The August 23, 2017 Update

Posted in Daily Magic Update on August 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 August 23, 2017. Today's Update is brought to you by getting started hunting down all that sweet, sweet Magic geocaching.

Today's Must

  1. Hatred Outlives the Hateful | TheMagicManSam

The best line of flavor text in the game? Maybe. But Sam uses that bit of flavor text from Rancor as a way to answer the question "What makes good flavor text?"

After That, Read, Watch, or Listen to These

  1. Tolarian Tutor: Mulligans – A Magic: The Gathering Study Guide | Tolarian Community College | The Professor

Prof is kicking off a new series that teaches skills for Magic players—like how best to mulligan. The Prof not only brings his own insight, but consulted with top Magic players to assemble the advice needed to mulligan better.

And there isn't a person on the planet who couldn't get better at mulligans. Myself for example; my creed is "Never mulligan, but if you have to, maybe don't?" That doesn't always work out.

  1. 7 Keys to Leveling Up Your Sideboarding | ChannelFireball | Frank Karsten

While we're learning things, why not learn how to sideboard better. Some of these tips are eye-openers that make a ton of sense but have rarely been presented so simply and clearly.

  1. Mairsil the Pretender | Commanders Brew | Sean Tabares and Andy Hull

Ignore the Canadian economics banter at the beginning and skip right to the part where they start brewing with the most intriguing commander from Commander (2017 Edition)—Mairsil the Pretender.

  1. A Fraction of the Colors | Hipsters of the Coast | Levi Byrne

Byrne asks a simple but certainly interesting question—would you play fewer colors with one of the commanders with eminence, just to take advantage of that single ability without ever casting them? For example, would you ever play a mono-blue Inalla, Archmage Ritualist deck?

  1. How to Tweak Temur Energy for Your Metagame | MTG Mint Card | Arnaud Soumet

Temur Energy is the deck of the moment, but also quite customizable. Soumet shows you how to make tweaks to tackle the decks you expect to face.

  1. Commander VS: Amonkhet Gods, Round 2! | | Justin Parnell and Stephen Green

More like Amonkhet versus Hour of Devastation Gods, as this battle pits Bontu the Glorified and Kefnet the Mindful against The Locust God and The Scarab God.

What People Are Talking About

Who knows?! Could be!

  1. Cats of the Multiverse | Sarpadian Empires Vol. VIII | Andrew Weisel

Cats have been one of the most hidden yet widespread tribes in the Multiverse, which is fitting for the felines. Here, Weisel sheds a little light on the more than 20 different kinds of Cats in the Multiverse, and why they all want to sit in the same box.

Deck of the Day

  1. Scarab God Control

The newest hotness is The Scarab God, a hard-to-kill, cascading threat that runs away with games as soon as you get to untap with it. As creature-based as Standard is, The Scarab God is quite the trump card, especially when backed up by so much removal. If it's this powerful now, it's likely going to be one of the premier threats in Standard. For now, it'll have to settle for being, well, one of the premier threats in Standard.

Scarab God Control

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