The August 16, 2017 Update

Posted in Daily Magic Update on August 16, 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 August 16, 2017. Today's Update is brought to you by Wizards, clearly the best tribe.

Today's Must

  1. Commander VS: Commander 2017 Preconstructed Decks! | | Justin Parnell and Stephen Green

The Commander VS crew got their hands on four of the Commander (2017 Edition) decks and battled it out for the precon championship. I won't give anything away, but Wizards better win this, or these guys are off my list. Not that I have a list. But if there were a list, it would be without anyone who doesn't do Wizards proud.

The gang spends a bit talking through the decks as well, so if you're looking to get more familiar with what the decks do, this is a good spot to start.

After That, Read, Watch, or Listen to These

  1. What If Every Enchantment in Magic Entered the Battlefield at the Same Time? | ChannelFireball | Frank Karsten

Normally, one of these Frank Karsten specials would be the must read, but the ending to this one is just so—unsatisfying. The versions that looked at the same thing with creatures and artifacts were far more convoluted. Still, points for the series, points for figuring out the solution, and points for going so far as to try it on Magic Online.

  1. Commanding LORE: Mirri, Weatherlight Duelist | Aether Hub | Nicole

Mirri's return in Commander 2017 was an exciting callback to a much-loved Weatherlight crew member. There's so much to her back story that this 5-minute summary is a welcome refresher as to why we all loved her in the first place.

  1. Are Wizards Underpowered? C17 Arcane Wizardry Review | The Command Zone | Josh Lee Kwai and Jimmy Wong


. . . After listening to the podcast . . . I STILL REFUSE TO BELIEVE IT.

But I hear you and value your opinion.

  1. What's the Pick? Hour of Devastation Pack 1 Pick 1 with BenS | ChannelFireball | Ben Stark

Ben Stark doesn't do these articles often (the last one was before the Pro Tour), so it's a bit of a treat when we get one. Enjoy this look into the mind of one of the world's best drafters.

  1. Getting Some Modern Reps with Affinity | Hipsters of the Coast | Brendan McNamara

This piece is worth a read if for no other reason than the deck McNamara lost to in the Top 8. Um, sorry—spoiler alert?

  1. Instant Deck Tech: Curse Control (Standard) | MTGGoldfish | SaffronOlive

Well, this explains why I was suddenly playing against Torment of Scarabs last night. Torment of Scarabs was surprisingly annoying, so I'm not entirely sure this deck—and that card—are without merit.

What People Are Talking About

This went up just after the Update did yesterday, so I wanted to call it out today as well—especially since it's now "Various members of R&D, and also that guy who does the Daily Magic Update."

HASCON approaches, which means cosplayers like Ashlen Rose are approaching Providence. We're less than a month out, so make sure to grab your Mark Rosewater fan club jacket as you stroll past James Gunn, David Ortiz, Stan Lee, Flo Rider, and a bunch of other guests who didn't design even a single Un- set. Not one!

Deck of the Day

  1. A New Perspective to New Perspectives | MTG Mint Card | Soh Weng Heng

The fringy New Perspectives combo deck got a few upgrades with Hour of Devastation, and Soh Weng Heng puts them to good use. Check out his article for a full recounting of how Beneath the Sands, The Locust God, and Violent Impact of all things help improve the deck greatly.

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