The August 18, 2017 Update

Posted in Daily Magic Update on August 18, 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 18, 2017. Today's Update is brought to you by personal messages from beloved community members.

What to Watch Today and This Weekend

  1. Paul Cheon Streams | | Today at 1 p.m. PT/4 p.m. ET/8 p.m. UTC

Paul Cheon returns to streaming, and he's bringing a cadre of R&D folk with him. Paul, six actual playtesters, and myself (for some bizarre reason) will be drafting and playing and probably reading "Paul" get repeatedly spammed in the chat box. A perfect Friday afternoon.

  1. Grand Prix Denver | | Saturday and Sunday at 8:15 a.m. PT/11:15 a.m. ET/3:15 p.m. UTC

Ben Stark and Reid Duke join the coverage team as Denver looks to Standard to entertain the masses. And with the Standard metagame churning through itself—is Zombies the best this week? Red? Five-Color Goblin Dark-Dwellers Aggro?—it should make for an entertaining show.

After That, Read, Watch, or Listen to These

  1. C17 Set Review | Commander's Brew | Sean Tabares and Andy Hull

2 hours of worth of Commander (2017 Edition) reviewing is a lot, but there's a lot to go over. So listen to it while you train for a marathon. Or maybe while cleaning an entire house. Or while walking home from work because your car wouldn't start and no one could pick you up. Or just because you love Commander and Canadians.

  1. This Week in Legacy: Commander 2017 Spoilers | MTGGoldfish | Sean Brown

Legacy (and to a lesser extent Vintage) is actually able to play Commander cards (that's how we got True-Name Nemesis, for example) and, as such, gets to look at the set through a different lens. Brown looks at a bunch of different options, but ultimately settles on one gem he thinks will see Legacy play.

  1. Hunka Hunka Burning Rage | Top Level Podcast | Patrick Chapin and Mike Flores

Flores has strong feelings about Shrine of Burning Rage. Strong. Feelings. This isn't out of nowhere, as Shrine of Burning Rage did just win a Grand Prix, but Flores just can't even.

  1. Full-Time Magic with Ben Stark | Limited Resources | Marshall Sutcliffe and Ben Stark

Friend-of-the-show Ben Stark steps in this week to talk about, um, Magic: The Gathering, as Luis Scott-Vargas takes a week off. The rare joy of a Ben Stark podcast is worth every one of the 104 minutes of this podcast.

  1. Betrayal of Angels │ Magic: Shandalar #16 │ ProJared Plays!

I'll keep checking in on ProJared's Shandalar progress as long as he keeps playing. Now on the sixteenth video, these bite-sized (30-ish minutes) play videos are a vivid reminder of my childhood and a warm blanket of nostalgia.

  1. The Power of Magic Content with Kar Yung Tom | Constructed Criticism | Spencer Howland, Michael Hinderaker, and Kar Yung Tom

If you're reading this, you probably already believe in the power of Magic content. And even if you don't, the Professor's message today should give you a pretty good idea of its power. Or you could also listen to this podcast, too. I suppose.

  1. Gatewatch Era Retrospective—Shadows over Innistrad | Hipsters of the Coast | Beck Holden

With the Gatewatch defeated and scattered and rotation coming up, Holden is taking this time to look back on the Gatewatch's story so far. He's currently up to Shadows over Innistrad, with Magic Origins and Battle for Zendikar block already in the books.

Deck of the Day

  1. Grixis Graveyard

Be still my beating heart. I was just looking at Goblin Dark-Dwellers trying to figure out how best to use our old friend when, boom, this deck doth caught my wondering eye thanks to the brilliant plan of Strategic Planning and Champion of Wits.

This deck has a number of low-effort ways to fill the graveyard and several low-effort and always powerful ways to take advantage of that, all without becoming too overly reliant on that zone of the game. With Crook of Condemnation all over the place—not to mention Scavenger Grounds—graveyard decks need to find that balance between powerful when they get to do their thing and not completely neutered when the graveyard goes away. This deck seems to straddle that line perfectly.

JMNK's Grixis Graveyard

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