The March 23, 2017 Update

Posted in Daily Magic Update on March 23, 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 23, 2017. Today's Update is brought to you by so very many Modern Masters 2017 Edition drafts.

What People Are Talking About

This was basically my entire Twitter feed yesterday once Magic Online drafts for Modern Masters 2017 Edition started. And it seems like basically anything is viable, as long as you go hard enough. You can go aggressive, controlling, or just make a ton of tokens. Whatever they choose, it seems like people are having a blast.

  1. 30 Life for 1v1 Commander

Yes, 1v1 Commander support is coming to Magic Online, complete with a new banned list. We'll have a longer update on this likely in mid- to late-April.

After Those, Read, Watch, or Listen to These

  1. Developing Modern Masters 2017 with Adam Prosak | Commanderin' | Phil DeLuca, Nate Burgess, and Sean Whatson

Adam Prosak, lead developer of Modern Masters 2017 Edition, goes deep on what makes the set tick with the Commanderin' crew, including everything from individual cards all the way up to the interlocking archetypes.

  1. 7 Best MM3 Rares in Limited | MTG Mint Card | Freyalise

And if listening to Prosak wax and wane about Modern Masters 2017 Edition Limited makes you want to draft, Freyalise is here to clue you in on the best rares to crack should you be so fortunate.

  1. MTGO Overview, Steps and Phases, and an Aether Revolt Crack-a-Draft | Limited Resources | Marshall Sutcliffe and Luis Scott-Vargas

Marshall and Luis are in teaching mode today, talking Magic Online how-tos and Magic's phases and steps (and where to set stops on Magic Online so you don't run through key points of the turn).

But don't listen to them. Real gamers set exactly two stops—post-combat main phase and opponent's draw step. What else would you really need?

  1. Against the Odds: Spore Life (Modern) | MTGGoldfish | SaffronOlive

Sporemound and Life and Limb aren't exactly Modern powerhouses. But the fans get what the fans want. And in this case they wanted a 3/3 for five paired up with a four-mana enchantment that makes all of your lands vulnerable to removal. Just like the best decks!

  1. Facts of the Grind | | Emma Handy

This article isn't for everyone, but it's pretty good fodder for the grinders and those who are thinking about taking on tournament Magic more regularly. Handy talks about her year on the tour and what it takes to play this much tournament Magic week in and week out.

  1. Rogue's Alley: Standard Bant Angels | Gathering Magic | Kevin Crimin

It's been a while since anyone has tried to fuse Bruna, the Fading Light and Gisela, the Broken Blade, but the combination of Aetherworks Marvel and Eldritch Evolution makes that prospect a little bit easier. Check out this brew and the accompanying video to see just how simple it can be.

Top 25

  1. Yuuya Watanabe is still great

Though he's been relatively quiet lately, Yuuya Watanabe is never one to be underestimated. Ever. He recently jumped up six slots on the Top 25—now to No. 17—on the back of a 12-3 performance at Grand Prix Shizuoka that saw him just one match win out a potential Top 8. Also finishing 12-3 was Yuuki Ichikawa, who rejoins the Top 25 again on the strength of that performance.

That means the Top 25 lost one Pascal Maynard, who slipped just off the list, as his 2017 season hasn't been quite as strong as his 2016 one when he challenged for Grand Prix Master.

Rank Name Points Change Previous
1 Márcio Carvalho 89.21 1
2 Shota Yasooka 80.01 2
3 Owen Turtenwald 77.49 3
4 Seth Manfield 77.15 4
5 Paulo Vitor Damo Da Rosa 73.15 5
6 Reid Duke 69.92 6
7 Steven Rubin 65.05 7
8 Lukas Blohon 63.12 8
9 Lee Shi Tian 62.68 +1 10
10 Brad Nelson 60.15 -1 9
11 Kentaro Yamamoto 57.81 11
12 Alexander Hayne 56.15 12
12 Oliver Tiu 56.15 +1 13
14 Ivan Floch 55.98 14
15 Ondřej Stráský 55.88 15
16 Petr Sochůrek 55.68 16
17 Yuuya Watanabe 54.71 +6 23
18 Jiachen Tao 54.55 18
19 Matthew Nass 54.51 -2 17
20 Samuel Pardee 54.31 -1 19
21 Joel Larsson 53.31 21
22 Mike Sigrist 53.15 22
23 Eduardo Sajgalik 53.14 -3 20
24 Yuuki Ichikawa 51.51 NR
25 Brian Braun-Duin 51.21 -1 24

Dropped from rankings: Pascal Maynard

Deck of the Day

  1. Red-Green Energy

This deck has been around for a while, but it has picked up steam as players learn how to adjust it to the new metagame. The aggressive nature of the deck keeps Saheeli decks on their toes, and the explosiveness lets it go toe-to-toe with even the most aggressive Mardu Vehicles draws. And don't forget that Blossoming Defense shuts down the ever-important Unlicensed Disintegration.

This particular list is by Mayhem1287, who went 5-0 in a Standard Competitive League recently. There's a bit of play in which pump spells you want to use and what, precisely, the sideboard looks like, but this is certainly a good place to start.

Red-Green Energy

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