The March 20, 2017 Update

Posted in Daily Magic Update on March 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 March 20, 2017. Today's Update is brought to you by Temur Tower, party crasher and savior of all that is Standard. Even if that's a bit much, it was pretty cool to watch, well, this:

What You Might Have Missed This Weekend

  1. Grand Prix Porto Alegre Finals |

The video here starts near the end of Game 3, but shows the amazing comeback by Victor Fernando Silva with Temur Tower that prevented another Mardu victory. I met Silva years ago, and he's a nice guy and a studious, talented player.

Watch Silva claw his way back to a Grand Prix trophy, then check out his winning decklist below.

  1. Top 5 Moments | Grand Prix Shizuoka | Frank Karsten

Shizuoka didn't get the video treatment we got for Porto Alegre, so the always excellent analysis of Frank Karsten will have to suffice. From the evolution of Mardu to new brews to all the cool things the Grand Prix had in store for its players.

  1. Thragtusk, the Polarizer | TheMagicManSam

I'm almost always going to feature a MagicManSam video, but I really can't, in good conscious, not include a video where he literally calls out to me as some kind of video audition for a preview card. Given the quality, it's a pretty strong audition.

  1. The ORAT Returns for Card Re-evaluation Level-Ups | Limited Resources | Marshall Sutcliffe and Luis Scott-Vargas

Owen Turtenwald—that would be "The ORAT" part of the title—joins Marshall and Luis to talk about re-evaluating cards after a format has already taken shape. Plus, according to the episode description, "this episode also features a pretty." A pretty what? A pretty what?!

Listen in to find out.

  1. Death of Nicol Bolas—Lore Lesson | Aether Hub | SeibenLore

Did you know Nicol Bolas once died? True story. And before we head to Amonkhet, Seiben gives you the download on Nicol Bolas's greatest defeat—even if death couldn't stop him, it had to sting.

After Those, Read, Watch, or Listen to These

  1. The "Face-walker" Problem | MTGGoldfish | SaffronOlive

Seth, better known as SaffronOlive, believes Planeswalkers have become too strong and crowded out everything else. He offers three solutions that he thinks can get the Planeswalker conundrum back on track.

  1. Gamer Tips for Being Healthier | ChannelFireball | Brian DeMars

This is one of those "not really about Magic, but definitely about the gamer lifestyle" articles that pop up now and then and end up being worth the read. Gaming in general is often associated with soda, convention-center food, and hours sitting inside—but it doesn't have to be. DeMars talks about his journey to a healthier gaming lifestyle.

What People Are Talking About

  1. Gatherer comments reportedly being worked on.

I will (reluctantly, for fear of more memes) confirm that Mark, though he doesn't work on the web team, is correct. This doesn't mean there's an ETA, it doesn't mean we're even definitely bringing them back. But, yes, there is work being done in that space.

There was another flare-up of a semi-regular discussion among pros about 6-3 making Day Two of a Grand Prix. We're continually evaluating our Grand Prix structure, so we're always looking for this kind of feedback. So what do you think? How do you feel about players making Day Two of a Grand Prix at 6-3?

Deck of the Day

  1. Victor Fernando Silva's Temur Tower

We've seen Temur Tower before, but this is easily the best finish by the archetype so far, and Silva did it with some interesting, powerful tweaks.

For one, Silva ditched any creatures in the main deck except for Torrential Gearhulk to make Standard's rampant creature removal essentially dead draws. Then he added Kozilek's Return as a main deck, instant-speed sweeper. He also upped the number of counterspells to ten, and slimmed down on Anticipates.

But the biggest upgrade was the sideboard, where he added Longtusk Cub and Tireless Tracker so that, post-board, he could side out his Dynavolt Towers and pressure Saheeli Rai against Copy Cat. In the finals, it was Longtusk Cub that ended up going the distance, delivering Silva a well-earned Grand Prix championship.

Victor Fernando Silva's Temur Tower

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