The Daily Magic Update is a roundup of everything Magic you should know on November 17, 2017. Today's Update is brought to you by slightly cryptic commands. Partially cryptic commands?
What to Watch This Weekend
- Grand Prix Portland | twitch.tv/magic | Saturday and Sunday at 9:15 a.m. PT/12:15 p.m. ET/4:15 p.m. UTC
Temur Energy continues to menace Standard, but new innovations are popping up. Big Red, Approach of the Second sun variants, and even the odd Grixis Control list are working to break through. Tune in to Portland to see who cracks the code this week.
- StarCityGames.com Baltimore Open | twitch.tv/scgtour | Saturday and Sunday at 7:30 a.m. PT/10:30 a.m. ET/2:30 p.m. UTC
For a twist, the SCG Open is hosting a Team Constructed tournament where teams of three play Standard, Modern, and Legacy.
What to Watch Today
- Unstable Preview Stream | Trick Jarrett, Blake Rasmussen, and Ben Hayes | twitch.tv/magic | 1 p.m. PT/4 p.m. ET/8 p.m. UTC
Oh, hey, that's me! Well, I guess I know what I'm doing this afternoon. Join Trick, myself, and lead Unstable developer Ben Hayes as we preview—well, some number of cards. It's hard to say. It's all going to get a little . . . random.
- Iconic Masters with Wedge and The Professor | Game Knights #12 l Magic: The Gathering Gameplay | The Command Zone | Jimmy Wong, Josh Lee Kwai, The Professor, and Wedge
To celebrate Iconic Masters (and we do mean celebrate), Jimmy and Josh brought The Professor and Wedge to Game Knights to play with the iconic set.
Every day I'll highlight the day's previews found elsewhere on the interwebs (read: not on DailyMTG).
- Commandercast the Unpreview | Commander Cast
Roll, roll, roll, and somewhere in there, Commander Cast will share a preview card or two with you.
- Very Cryptic Command | Top Level Podcast | Patrick Chapin and Mike Flores
If you ask me, this could have been even more convoluted. We went easy on you here.
- How Magic: The Gathering's Latest Set Will Break All the Rules (Exclusive) | Nerdist | Kyle Hill
Spider Monkey Scientist! Sure, it does things with dice rolling and all that, but—SPIDER MONKEY SCIENTIST!
- PAX Unplugged | twitch.tv/pax
The boss always gets the good stuff, like stealing people's turns and giving them to someone else who isn't even in the game, or making your graveyard an extension of your battlefield. Check out the PAX video archive if you missed them!
This one just tickled me exactly the right way. I'm still not entirely sure why.
Never look a Gift Horse in the mouth. Unless that mouth is full of Goblins. Actually, maybe still don't.
Previews to Watch For
- Desert Bus | LoadingReadyRun | twitch.tv/desert bus
LoadingReadyRun is running Desert Bus starting today, and as part of their broadcast, they'll be sharing an entirely normal preview card. Entirely normal.
And, finally, today's "ya gotta work for it a bit" preview will be coming to you via the Twitters.
- This Week's Top 25, or "People are Still Playing Tournament Magic, Despite Unstable"
Very quietly, Kelvin Chew of Singapore has made himself the fifth best Magic player in the world—for this week.
Take that in for a moment. Chew might not be the most recognizable name, particularly outside of the Asia-Pacific region, but he's been killing it lately. And this week, he killed it all the way to No. 5 in our rankings.
The biggest winner this week—and possibly of the past few months—is Corey Baumeister, now ranked No. 14 in the world after his fourth Constructed Grand Prix Top 8 in a row. His brother Brad Nelson, who sneaks in a Grand Prix Top 8 now and then, also went up a place.
Meanwhile, Matthew Severa jumped back into the rankings after a bit of an absence, displacing Steven Rubin.
|3||Paulo Vitor Damo da Rosa||73.49||3|
|13||Lee Shi Tian||58.99||13|
Dropped from rankings: Steven Rubin