The Daily Magic Update is a roundup of everything Magic you should know on March 31, 2017. Today's Update is brought to you by Grand Prix San Antonio and the team experience.
- The Magic Art of John Avon: Light | TheMagicManSam
For many, John Avon basic lands are the pinnacle of the basic land experience (yes, experience—some people are very serious about their basic lands). So it's about time TheMagicManSam reviewed Avon's work in another gorgeously edited video that covers his style, inspirations, and what makes him so popular.
What to Watch This Weekend
What has six thumbs, three different Modern decks, and a Grand Prix trophy? The winners of Grand Prix San Antonio, of course. Find out who meets that criteria by watching Saturday and Sunday with full coverage of the unique Team Unified format. I promise the commentators will have better jokes than this one. Mostly.
After Those, Read, Watch, or Listen to These
- GP San Antonio Team Power Rankings | ChannelFireball | Luis Scott-Vargas
This article is beautiful in its simplicity. LSV ranks known teams for Grand Prix San Antonio based on a "decks in Modern" scale. It's full of beats on his friends, actual information, and even more beats. Highly entertaining and highly worth your time.
- Magic: The Gathering Amonkhet Open House | MTG Young Mage | The Rhino
Saturday, April 15 is the Amonkhet Open House, where you can bring a friend to teach them to play Magic and get free cards, and the Rhino is excited. In this video, he tells you all about Open House and says he'll be there playing and teaching.
- Magic: The Gathering's Head Designer Has a Damn Hard Job | Kotaku | JR Goldberg
This is a lengthy and informative interview with Mark Rosewater by an outlet that doesn't often do lengthy and informative articles on Magic, so it offers an interesting perspective on what makes Rosewater's job so very difficult (and it's not answering questions on Blogatog).
- Glorybringer, the Gideon-Killer | Top Level Podcast | Patrick Chapin and Mike Flores
While typing this out, I accidentally wrote "Top Level Podcats." That has nothing to do with the content of this podcast, I just thought it was a great name for a podcast about top-level cats.
This podcast, however, is not about cats. It's about Glorybringer and the wrath it can bring to Gideon, Ally of Zendikar and basically everyone else, too.
- Larsson moves on up
Ten spots is a huge leap forward, and two players made jumps at or nearly at that many places this week. Joel Larsson, who just, you know, won a Grand Prix, jumped up ten spots to No. 11, while Eduardo Sajgalic went from No. 23 to 14, a monumental nine places up. Meanwhile, Martin Jůza re-joined the rankings after a bit of a hiatus.
|5||Paulo Vitor Damo Da Rosa||70.94||5|
|8||Lee Shi Tian||59.92||+1||9|
Dropped from rankings: Yuuki Ichikawa
What People Are Talking About
I feel like that name might actually stick . . .
And, hey, bonus whenever new lands are revealed—artists showing off their full art on Twitter!
I'm guessing my invite was lost in the mail with that signed copy of Panharmonicon. But, hey, I'm super happy for everyone else going.
Deck of the Day
Originally, my plan for this slot was to look for examples of the three decks Frank Karsten recommended for this weekend's Grand Prix San Antonio, but while looking for decks I came across this beauty that I'm calling Green-White Aggro Lands, because all of those are adjectives that describe part of the deck. Hey, creative deck naming isn't really my shtick.
At first glance, this looks like a normal, aggressive green and white deck. You've got Noble Hierarch, Knight of the Reliquary, Tarmogoyf, Scavenging Ooze, and Voice of Resurgence—pretty much your stock green-white gang. But then you see Tireless Tracker and Renegade Rallier, and you start to think maybe something is up. Then you see Azusa, Lost but Seeking; Crucible of Worlds; and Courser of Kruphix and you know something is up.
So basically you have a mostly aggressive green-white deck that looks to get equally aggressive with Ghost Quarters while utilizing Horizon Canopy as well, tying it all together with Collected Company.
It's creative and, apparently, competitive, as The_Gunslinger went 5-0 in a Competitive Modern League with the deck. I don't expect to see it at Grand Prix San Antonio, but I imagine the surprise factor would be high.