The March 22, 2017 Update

Posted in Daily Magic Update on March 22, 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 22, 2017. Today's Update is brought to you by hitting our Swans and drawing some cards.

Today's Must

  1. The Best Magic Event in Texas | | Jeff Zandi

Yes, this is the same Jeff Zandi Corbin Hosler wrote about yesterday in a touching tribute to his oversized effect on Texas Magic. Today, Zandi comes out to promote a Texas tournament that's worth reading about even if you live nowhere near Texas. The Hunter Burton Memorial tournament is a charity tournament benefitting the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, and Zandi talks in great detail about what an amazing event the tournament will be. But Zandi also takes time to talk about Burton himself. The article is part tournament promotion, part memorial to a friend, and all heart-warming.

After That, Read, Watch, or Listen to These

  1. Puzzles!

Symptoms of being less than two weeks away from the start of previews include fidgeting, thumb twiddling, nervous foot tapping, F8-ing random websites, and, most fun of all, puzzles!

We've got three sets of puzzles today, as Sean Uy gives you a brain teaser on Gathering Magic, Frank Karsten one-ups him—well, actually, four-ups him—with five puzzles over on ChannelFireball, and Possibility Storm has their next puzzle. So stop twiddling your thumbs and start twiddling your brain.

  1. Consequences | Hype Club | Anthony Cameron and MattyStudios

Has something made Magic news over the past week or so? These guys cover it in this episode. Like, all the things, plus chatting about Modern Masters 2017 Edition drafts (which are great). And all in a tidy 1-hour episode.

  1. Looking Forward to Amonkhet | Pantheon Magic | Andrew Cuneo

Cuneo has a wish list for Amonkhet he's sharing just ahead of previews (which start in earnest April 3, but expect to get a taste of things to come next week). Whether he'll get everything he's looking for is another question entirely . . .

  1. The Commander Deck Building Template | The Command Zone | Jimmy Wong and Josh Lee Kwai

This is basically your "how to" build a Commander deck, from the guys who talk Commander every week. If you've ever felt overwhelmed by how many options there are for building one of these 100-card decks (99 plus your Commander, before anyone tells me they're 99-card decks), this is a good place to pick up a blueprint for getting started.

  1. Rhystic Study: Zur the Enchanter | MTGMintCard | Prophet of Kruphix

Even more Commander! With the recent release of Modern Masters 2017 Edition, and, consequently, more Zur the Enchanters running around, there's a renewed interest in the wacky but powerful Esper legend. This article runs through the basics of a Zur deck and how to build it.

If you want more on building Zur, or building any Commander deck, EDHREC is a good source for ideas and trends—including the uptick in people checking out Zur decks.

Community Spotlight

  1. Laboratory Maniacs

Let's stick with Commander. Laboratory Maniacs is a relatively new YouTube channel (about three months old) focused on multiplayer competitive Commander. These are the Spikiest of Spikey Commander decks, and they're quite impressive in that regard. The channel is mostly gameplay videos that pretty sharply and cleanly show the action of a four-player game, which can be difficult to pull off. Beyond that, they also have deck techs like the one shown below that are interspersed with funny video bits kind of playing in the background. Even if you prefer your Commander social and casual, these videos are fascinating to watch.

What People Are Talking About

It's kind of catchy, after a while.

(If you have no idea what's going on, SaffronOlive streamed a Swans of Bryn Argoll/Seismic Assault deck that plays 42 lands and, well, had a repetitive way of describing what was going on.)

  1. Hipster Nahiri

Thanks to a video on Tolarian Community College, hipster Nahiri is now a thing, and Tumblr has responded with a few examples of how memeified things can get.

Deck of the Day

  1. Four-Color(?) Delirium Stuff

I'm going to be honest here—I barely know what's going on with this decklist.

Clearly, there's something going on here. Magic Online player fishstza went 5-0 in a Competitive Standard League with this, uh, I guess we call it a deck? So there's something here.

I'm being a little over the top in my bewilderment, but this is a sight to behold. The deck is a delirium deck, make no mistake about that. Four Traverse the Ulvenwald; Sinister Concoction; a trifecta of Ishkanah, Grafwidow; Grapple with the Past; even To the Slaughter—the deck is clearly looking to get four card types in its graveyard and take off from there.

But where is there? Clearly, Ishkanah is a great place to be, especially against Mardu Vehicles. Sinister Concoction actually provides ample defenses against Copy Cat, strange as that may seem. And a trio of Eldrazi plus two Gearhulks make for some fantastic Traverse the Ulvenwald targets.

There's madness here (though not cards with actual madness), but clearly there's also method.

fishstza's Four-Color(?) Delirium Stuff

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