The March 7, 2017 Update

Posted in Daily Magic Update on March 7, 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 March 7, 2017. Today's Update is brought to you by Reid Duke. But not that Reid Duke.

Announcing Announcement Day

  1. March 31, 2017 from Meeples Games on

Announcement Day is coming! On March 31, we'll be live-streaming Announcement Day from Friday Night Magic at Meeples Games in Seattle, Washington, starting at 6:45 p.m. PT (that's 9:45 ET). We'll be announcing new sets for the rest of 2017 and into 2018, all on

Today's Must

  1. Now What? | MTG Mint Card | Eduardo Sajgalik

Sajgalik returns with the second part of his Pro Tour Aether Revolt "report." It's not a normal tournament report—which you can tell from the quotes I haphazardly threw around the word—but instead more a collection of musings on success, on finding your way to success, and what to do once you get there. The value in this article comes from the fact that the advice is as applicable to life as it is to Magic. Well, maybe not the part about Ridgescale Tusker being the best, but the rest of it is pretty applicable.

After That, Read, Watch, or Listen to These

  1. Spectrum 24 Award Nominations

Congratulations to Clint Cearley (Broken Concentration) and Wesley Burt (Accursed Witch) for being nominated for creating Top 5 pieces of artwork in their categories by the jury for Spectrum 24: The Best in Contemporary Fantastic Art. I'm told, by the internet and Noah Bradley, that these are basically the Oscars for fantasy artists. The winners will be announced April 22.

  1. #11 | ChannelFireball | Paulo Vitor Damo da Rosa

In which our hero is unwilling to help a man sit with his pregnant wife. Oh, and he also gets his eleventh Pro Tour Top 8 and tells you how he prepared for the tournament.

  1. History of Bolas, Part 1 | Wizardry Foundry | Robert Trueblood

With Amonkhet coming up, now is a great time to brush up on your Bolas. In this quick and dirty summary, Trueblood catches you up on Nicol Bolas's origins and early activities up through Alara.

  1. Thoroughly Modern Masters | Gathering Magic | Alex Ullman

There were a ton of shifts down to common in Modern Masters 2017 Edition, and Ullman is here to figure out just what all of these new additions to Pauper mean for the format.

The Tokens of Modern Masters 2017 Edition

  1. Now that you've seen all of the cards in Modern Masters 2017 Edition, you might be wondering what the tokens look like. Well, wonder no more. They look exactly like this:

What People Are Talking About

No, no, not that Reid Duke.

This isn't going to be confusing at all. Read #7 specifically on the link above, which actually calls out Reid Duke the Magic player (who currently beats Reid Duke the hockey player in the Google search game) for being, well, also Reid Duke.

Owen posted this yesterday evening and basically confirmed that he was a master and maybe one of the most dedicated pros on the planet. Even Paulo Vitor Damo da Rosa said the sheer number seemed astronomical.

Deck of the Day

  1. Standard Zombies!

Magic Online player Holy_85 proved that Zombies weren't dead yet, piloting a mono-black Zombies deck to a 5-0 record in a Competitive Standard League. Yes, that's 24 Swamps, and only 24 Swamps, listed under lands.

Technically Prized Amalgam has some blue in it, but, let's be honest—if you're ever casting that card, you're probably losing.

The deck has a ton of cool plays built into it. It has multiple ways to madness out a Voldaren Pariah, a ton of ways to make tokens to allow you to flip the Pariah, and easy access to the Haunted Dead/Prized Amalgam synergy. In fact, you never have to cast either, as Cryptbreaker or Sinister Concoction can simply discard Haunted Dead to get the party started.

In fact, the big break with this list is just how many Sinister Concoctions Holy_85 played. Typically, players have dabbled with just one, maybe one in the sideboard. But Holy_85 went for the full four, plus four Fatal Push, plus four Grasp of Darkness, plus two Ruinous Path! Add in Voldaren Pariah and creatures don't stand a chance.

The sideboard shores up the control matchup (like Temur Tower), where you might have a ton of dead (pun intended) removal spells by letting you bring in discard, more resilient threats, and some creatures with built-in card advantage.


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