The March 30, 2017 Update

Posted in Daily Magic Update on March 30, 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 30, 2017. Today's Update is brought to you by resolving futureshifts.

Today's Must

  1. Amonkhet Preview Card and Top Ten Black Cards in Modern| Masters of Modern | Alex Kessler and Ben Bateman

Much like Ornithopter before it, Aven Mindcensor got a reprint both as a Masterpiece and in the main set. Finally, we know where it was futureshifted from!

Come for the preview, stay for a ranking of the top black cards in Modern.

Amonkhet You Some Basic Land Images

  1. Bad puns aside, these are some pretty-looking basic lands.

And, don't forget, Amonkhet will have full-art lands as well!

What to Watch Today

  1. LoadingReadyRun's Thursday Afternoon Magic Stream | | 2–5 p.m. PT/5–8 p.m. ET

LoadingReadyRun does a Thursday afternoon Magic stream pretty much every week, but you should pay particular attention this week. For one, they're announcing a thing. A fun thing. But I'll let them announce that.

For another, they might have preview cards. It's a rumor I heard, but I do know the guy who gives those out, so I feel like that one might come true.

After Those, Read, Watch, or Listen to These

  1. Amonkhet Daily Spoilers—March 29, 2017 | AKH Masterpieces/Invocations | MTGGoldfish | SaffronOlive

Add SaffronOlive (less widely known as Seth) to the list of people who like the look of Amonkhet Invocations, and add a bunch more comments to the fray in the comments section of this video that, once again, was pretty split in opinion on them.

Wedge over at the Mana Source also took a look at them on his channel.

  1. Some Things I Would Change About Magic | Gathering Magic | Brian Braun-Duin

The World Champ talks about changes he would make to Magic, including Grand Prix structures, how dice are rolled, and the power of going first.

Not on his list? The structure of the World Championship.

  1. Going Ballistic for Mardu Ballista | Hipsters of the Coast | Chantelle Campbell

Know thy enemy, and all that. Mardu decks have shifted quite a bit since Veteran Motorist and Inventor's Apprentice were staples of the archetype. Campbell reviews what has changed and what it means for the deck and the metagame.

  1. Breaking the Cycling | Gathering Magic | Jason Alt

Cycling is back in Amonkhet, so Alt revisits it as a mechanic to fuel a unique Commander deck. Hey, any deck that can use Eternal Dragon as an engine has my vote.

What People Are Talking About

This originated with Scott-Vargas asking the internet for their team lineups for Grand Prix San Antonio, which takes place this weekend (and will be streamed on

  1. Can you tell us the playtest names for the 5 Amonkhet Gods? | Blogatog | Mark Rosewater

I'm always a bit tickled when Rosewater tries to give a cheeky answer and it nonetheless becomes news.

Deck of the Day

  1. Jason Simard's Mono-White Eldrazi and Taxes

I have multiple reasons for showing off this Modern list from Grand Prix Vancouver last month. And they're all fantastic reasons. Just the best reasons.

For one, the Masters of Modern just revealed this morning that Aven Mindcensor, a cog in this hateful wheel, is being reprinted in Amonkhet. Simard only played one in the main and one in the side, but the "gotcha" feeling of Aven Mindcensor is really high, especially in conjunction with Ghost Quarter.

For two, we have a Team Unified Modern Grand Prix this weekend in San Antonio, and it's worth noting that this deck is both powerful and steals very few cards other decks might want. Path to Exile is played in many places, Ghost Quarter gets used a bit, Eldrazi Temple goes in other Eldrazi decks, and Mutavault is played by Merfolk—but that's about it. It sucks up some powerful sideboard cards (Stony Silence and Rest in Peace), but any white deck would do that.

Finally, also note how many of these cards are in Modern Masters 2017 Edition. Restoration Angel, Path to Exile, Blade Splicer, Flickerwisp, and even the sideboarded Stony Silence and Grafdigger's Cage.

Given all of this, I wouldn't be surprised to see this deck pop up now and then in San Antonio.

Jason Simard's Mono-White Eldrazi and Taxes

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