The Jan. 11, 2016 Update

Posted in Daily Magic Update on January 11, 2016

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 for today, January 11, 2016. Today's Update is brought to you by the number 64.

Today's Must See

  1. SCGCharlotte | The Charlotte Open |

While no one in the Top 8 was playing 64 cards, there was plenty of Modern action ahead of Pro Tour Oath of the Gatewatch at the Charlotte Open. Brian Huffman won with Jund, but the Heartless Eldrazi deck shown in this video deck tech was certainly the talk of the tournament.

After That, Read, Watch, or Listen to These

  1. Decks Inspired by Oath of the Gatewatch | Gathering Magic | Abe Sargent

If ever a brewer could brew, how many brews could a brew brewer brew? Abe Sargent runs through three decks inspired by new Oath of the Gatewatch cards. Mostly casual, all a blast (one, literally).

  1. Oath of the Gatewatch Spoilers | The Mana Source | Wedge

The Mana Source is going all out for Oath of the Gatewatch now that the full set is live. Follow along on the preview playlist, as Wedge is uploading a new video about the new set roughly every three minutes or so (note: actual times not remotely close to every three minutes).

  1. Magic: The GatheringZendikar Expeditions | Muddy Colors | Howard Lyon

This art-focused feature popped up on Friday, but the Daily Magic Update didn't exist then. Plus we were all either busy pouring over the Oath of the Gatewatch Card Image Gallery anyway or mentally preparing ourselves for the Minnesota Vikings to suffer yet another heartbreaking playoff loss, so I can't blame you for missing this. I can blame Blair Walsh for missing that field goal, however. Whatever, I'm bitter.

Still, Lyon goes through his process for creating three of the Expeditions released with Oath of the Gatewatch: Mana Confluence, Strip Mine, and Ancient Tomb. They're pretty.

  1. Todd VS. The Boss: Esper Control VS. The Gatewatch | | Todd Anderson and Tom Ross (PREMIUM SUBSCRIPTION REQUIRED)

Todd is playing Esper Con—blah, blah, blah. The real reason you're watching this is to check out Tom Ross' Oath-fueled Naya deck with not one, not two, but three Oaths featured, plus a quartet of planeswalkers (a fifth in Nissa, Vastwood Seer even). This is a premium article, but it's worth a view if you're a subscriber.

What People Are Talking About

This weekend at Grand Prix Oakland, some players—including Gaby Spartz—got a sneak-peak at Oath of the Gatewatch with a Two-Headed Giant tournament. As you can see, despite Kozilek's re-emergence, Allies are alive and ready to wreck face. You can read about the premier of the format here from new DailyMTG writer Corbin Hosler.

See item No. 9 for more on Ben Rubin's 64-card special from the finals of Grand Prix Oakland. Hilariously, Reid Duke attempted to win the first game with Jace, Vryn's Prodigy's ultimate ability, trying to mill out Ben Rubin. Rubin, not one to stay with conventional thinking, was actually playing a deck four cards harder to mill out. Just like he planned...

Community Spotlight

  1. Fall of the Titans: OGW Review | SeibenMTG

SeibenMTG has a special place in the YouTube Magic community, in that he focuses primarily on the game's lore. Here he reviews one of the most lore-full (totally a word) cards in Oath of the Gatewatch, Fall of the Titans. Check out the rest of his channel for more (unofficial) looks at the story of Magic, especially if you're into the stories of older characters, such as Glissa, Braids, Oona, and more.

Deck of the Day

  1. Ben Rubin's 64-card Abzan Blue

Reid Duke might have won Grand Prix Oakland by expertly piloting a Four-Color Rally the Ancestors deck, but the talk of the tournament was definitely Hall of Fame Pro Ben Rubin playing 64 cards...because? Whatever Rubin's reason, he finished second with Abzan Blue plus a few. Now that's old school.

Ben Rubin's 64-card Abzan Blue

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And One More Thing...

  1. As a number of people noticed, the tokens were conspicuously absent from the preview weeks we just motored through (check out the full Card Image Gallery here). That's because I wanted to give you a little treat for this first Daily Magic Update. Or I wanted to toy with your token-related emotions. Or I wanted to get in a debate about whether a cackle could be maniacal or not. One of those things. You'll never know!

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