The October 20, 2017 Update

Posted in Daily Magic Update on October 20, 2017

By Blake Rasmussen

Blake is the content manager for, making him the one you should email if you have thoughts on the website, good or less good (or not good). He's a longtime coverage reporter and hasn't turned down a game of Magic in any format ever.

The Daily Magic Update is a roundup of everything Magic you should know on October 20, 2017. Today's Update is brought to you by the weekend. Just like every other Friday ever.

What to Watch This Weekend

  1. Cincinnati Open | | Saturday and Sunday at 7:30 a.m. PT/10:30 a.m. ET/2:30 p.m. UTC

More Modern spotlighting as the SCG Open winds its way to Cincinnati. Cedric Phillips and Patrick Sullivan have control of the microphones, so expect plenty of references to Kithkin and burn decks. Plus some solid commentary.

  1. Eternal Weekend | | Today through Sunday, starting "around 11 a.m. to noon" ET/8–9 a.m. PT/3–4 p.m. UTC

Details are a bit fuzzy on what and when exactly streaming will happen each day for Eternal Weekend, but it will happen and it is currently happening! Right now! Watch people casually flip Limited Edition (Beta) Black Lotus and Limited Edition (Alpha) Mox Sapphires onto the table as the oldest of the old gets its time to shine.

Top 25

  1. The Nationals Bump

The big movers this week were also two of the big winners over Nationals weekend, where Carlos Romão and Gerry Thompson each made their respective national teams and, as a result, got a sizeable bump in the Top 25.

Rank Name Points Change Previous
1 Paulo Vitor Damo Da Rosa 78.84 1
2 Reid Duke 75.42 2
3 Márcio Carvalho 74.42 3
4 Martin Jůza 72.85 4
5 Brad Nelson 70.99 5
6 William Jensen 69.28 +1 7
7 Shota Yasooka 69.28 -1 6
8 Yuuya Watanabe 66.28 8
9 Owen Turtenwald 66.13 +1 10
10 Samuel Pardee 66.13 -1 9
11 Seth Manfield 65.70 11
12 Kelvin Chew 63.28 12
13 Javier Dominguez 59.13 13
14 Lee Shi Tian 58.56 14
15 Samuel Black 54.99 15
16 Carlos Romão 54.56 +4 20
17 Steven Rubin 54.42 -1 16
18 Gerry Thompson 54.13 +5 23
19 Martin Müller 53.13 -2 17
20 Donald Smith 52.99 -2 18
21 Christian Calcano 52.28 -2 19
22 Eric Froehlich 51.42 -1 21
23 Brian Braun-Duin 51.28 -1 22
24 Corey Baumeister 51.14 24
25 Ken Yukuhiro 50.99 -1 25

After Those, Read, Watch, or Listen to These

  1. How to Approach Sunbird's Invocation | Top Level Podcast | Mike Flores and Patrick Chapin

Did you have any doubt these two would note the new deck with the weird enchantment and an "I win" combo? I didn't. Sure, they cover other decks, but they certainly focus on the newest way to approach some suns. And rightfully so.

  1. Vintage 101: Everybody's Working for the (Eternal) Weekend | MTGGoldFish | IslandSwamp

If you do end up watching some Vintage this weekend, maybe a guide would help, perhaps? IslandSwamp has you covered, with a look back at last year's champs and a run-through of what archetypes could show up this year.

  1. Modern: The Worst It's Ever Been? | | Brennan DeCandio

In what is sure to be a controversial-ish article, DeCandio posits that Modern is great—unless you want to play it competitively. He claims that wide-open does not equal "good competitive format," and talks about why. Sharpen those pitchforks, Modern lovers!

  1. Point Changes Effective Oct. 23, 2017 | Canadian Highlander

Canadian Highlander recently dropped a bunch of point values for cards. That means my Oath of Druids deck has a free point to work with! And Lim-Dul's Vault doesn't have to be that card! It could be Merchant Scroll or Mind Twist or, ooh, Tainted Pact! The options are, well, not endless. They're actually pretty discrete.

No idea what I'm talking about? Check out this Introduction to Canadian Highlander (with soon to be outdated point totals), or this explanation from the folks who run the format.

Community Spotlight

  1. #FridayMTG

We've highlighted this before, but it's Friday and I'm thrilled about that, so let's celebrate. This is a hashtag where you can find a lot of community members celebrating smaller content creators. Check them out if you have the time.

What People Are Talking About

  1. Dagger Burned

SaffronOlive is knocking some decks out of the park this week, and this clip is a good example of why. You can watch the full stream replay here.

Deck of the Day

  1. Vintage Dredge | TCGplayer | Steve Rubin

Those are some dirty words strung together—and it's an experience that only kind of resembles the Magic you're most likely used to playing. I mean, any deck that makes Hollow One and Dragonlord Kolaghan all-stars at the same time has got to be doing some weird stuff.

But, hey, it's Eternal Weekend, so let's break out a little bit of weird and take a look at a deck that's going to lead to confusing board states on stream all weekend long.

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