The March 21, 2017 Update

Posted in Daily Magic Update on March 21, 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 21, 2017. Today's Update is brought to you by hanging anchor tags and technology updates.

Today's Must

  1. How to Play Magic: The Gathering | ChannelFireball | Reid Duke

If you're reading these words right here, you probably don't need this article. But you might need it to show to your friends, or to help you teach them the basics of the game. Either way, this is a handy article to have around.

And don't forget that Duke also wrote the excellent Level One, which is one of the most thorough teaching tools on the interwebs.

After That, Read, Watch, or Listen to These

  1. Nahiri's New Job—Magic: The Gathering | Tolarian Community College | The Professor and Ashlen Rose

Hipster Nahiri gets a job—at a local game store. There . . . is not much more that I can say about this video.

Wait, there is! Stick around after the main attraction for a very serious Prof giving an update on his channels comings and goings.

  1. From Grand Prix Admission to Modern Masters Draft | First Strike | Kar Yung Tom, Bryan Gottlieb, and Doug Potter

Grand Prix Day Twos, Temur Tower's win and what it means for Standard, Modern Masters 2017 Edition, and a lengthy treatise on the debt ceiling—one of these things is not in the latest episode of First Strike, but you'll have to listen to find out which one.

  1. The 5 Worst Decks I've Ever Played | ChannelFireball | Luis Scott-Vargas

We've all had a case of the "too smart for our own goods." Luis Scott-Vargas had it at least three times. And, not too strangely, usually with Paul Cheon in tow.

  1. Modern Masters 2017 Edition Removal List | MTGGoldfish | Sameer Merchant

Still looking to get in some Modern Masters drafts before Amonkhet arrives? Already through a draft or five but they didn't go so well? Merchant has a bit of help for you here, with a comprehensive list of the removal that you should expect to see when you sit down across from an opponent.

  1. It's Jund What Smashes | Monday Night Magic | Chewie Slate and Bill Bloodworth

Monday Night Magic, if you're not familiar, is a long-running podcast from Chewie (of the Mana Pool) and Bill Bloodworth. The pair discusses elevating some tier 3 Standard decks, the newest Duel Decks, and something, something, Cluze.

  1. Mastering Modern Masters 2017 Edition | Hipsters of the Coast | Zach Barash

These kinds of articles are fun. In this one, Barash recounts three successful Modern Masters 2017 Edition drafts, what made them awesome, and what you can learn for your drafts. He doesn't even brag at all about his Snapcaster Mage/Venser, Shaper Savant draft. Though I have to believe keeping Rewind in the sideboard of your double-Mystical Teachings deck can't be right.

What to Watch Tonight

  1. Vintage Super League | | 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT

Tonight's Vintage Super League lineup is competing for, well, let's just let our old friend helpful tweet tell us all about it. Take it away, helpful tweet:

What People Are Talking About

  1. [Standard] Black-Red Eldrazi at Grand Prix Porto Alegre (t16) | Reddit | Pedro Carvalho

I'm really enjoying this resurgence in forum-written tournament reports. In this one, Pedro Carvalho recounts his Porto Alegre experience with one of Standard's up-and-coming decks, Black-Red Eldrazi, a deck we featured as the Deck of the Day last week. This one doesn't talk much about the tournament itself, but does explain some of the deck's card choices and what he would change going forward.

Deck of the Day

  1. Rafael Bertolli Parra's Black-Green Energy

Rafael Bertolli is doing his part to take down the big two—Mardu and Copy Cat—by piloting his updated version of a former member of the big three. Bertolli, who finished in the Top 8 of Grand Prix Porto Alegre, sleeved up a bunch of energy-generating cards, a few that say "+1/+1 counter" on them, and smashed face just last weekend.

This is actually a bit of a walk back from Ben Stark's inclusion of Unlicensed Disintegration, and shows there's still room for an aggressive Winding Constrictor deck in the format.

Oh, and it's yet another reminder that Longtusk Cub is an aggressively good Magic card.

Rafael Bertolli Parra's Black-Green Energy

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