The February 2, 2016 Update

Posted in Daily Magic Update on February 2, 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 on February 2, 2016. Today's Update is brought to you by Brian David-Marshall's excellent Oral History of the First Pro Tour. It's one of ours, so I won't put it on any of the lists below, but it really is a fantastic read.

Today's Must

  1. Magic: The PROthering—Episode 3: Melissa DeTora—Magic: The Gathering Video Podcast | Magic: The PROthering | Maria Bartholdi and Meghan Wolff

The women properly use the term "cloistered" while interviewing Melissa DeTora. And since we're big fans of Melissa here, we'll push anything she's on. Plus, Magic: The PROthering is a cool concept where Maria and Meghan interview pros about life, love, and Magic. Maybe not love. But maybe. You'll have to listen.

And come on, Melissa, it hasn't been raining for two months straight in Seattle. We had that one sunny day the other week.

After That, Read, Watch, or Listen to These

  1. Drawing Live—Design of a Card: Tar Snare | Hipsters of the Coast | Zach Barash

Did you—like basically everyone everywhere—look at the card Tar Snare over Release weekend and think to yourself "Man, I wish someone would write an exhaustive piece on just how good this card is or isn't." Of course you did! Thankfully, someone wrote that article.

By the way, I find it perfect that this article was written on Hipsters of the Coast. It's like that one friend who tells you that you have to check out this songwriter, Josh Ritter, but really his early stuff—though it has some complications in the harmonics—and let me tell you why in this 6,000-word essay. Oh, and you have to hear him live. Because live music is the only way to live.

That one goes out to my sister, who probably thinks my choice of a musician to represent the hipster sensibility is too mainstream.

  1. New Pauper, Week One | PureMTGO | Alex Ullman

While everyone else is studying Modern results like they're the Rosetta Stone, Alex Ullman is over here doing Heliod's work on the post-Cloud of Faeries Pauper metagame.

  1. Zookeeper | Gathering Magic | Sean Uy

Can you defeat a pro-level Modern deck...with your Draft deck? In this puzzle, Sean Uy asks this very question and sets up a board state where that's possible—or is it? Can you solve the scenario?

  1. Andrew's Melek, Izzet Paragon CMDR Deck [EDH / Commander / Magic: The Gathering] | CMDR Decks

The surest way to get your video featured on the Daily Magic Update? Include blue cards. Needs more Mulldrifter, though.

Every week, CMDR Decks goes through a new Commander deck to showcase some ideas and concepts of what a deck featuring that Commander could look like. Even if Melek, Izzet Paragon isn't your cup of tea, they have a whole host of videos on Commanders of all stripes and sizes.

What People Are Talking About

Politics are happening! The Daily Magic Update holds no official political position, but, as all Magic players know, literally flipping a coin is not a proper way to determine the outcome of a match. Now, things coming down to a metaphorical coin flip—a 50/50 proposition hinged on one decision—that happens quite frequently.

Don't be like Iowa. Don't flip coins to determine the outcomes of matches.

Grand Prix Toronto will be the first Standard Grand Prix featuring Shadows over Innistrad, and registration is open!

And no, the question mark playmat is not a real playmat. I'm the mean one who won't let them show the art. I rule my preview plan with an iron fist. But, like, a nice iron fist.

One of the most "liked" Magic-related tweets yesterday was—Owen Turtenwald as a Rat token. Given his mastery of Pack Rat when it was Standard-legal, it's a good fit.

Community Spotlight

  1. MTG Lexicology

The Twitter account @MtgGlossary is a fun distraction for logophiles (lovers of words) out there. The account looks at the root meanings of words, origins, and definitions of some of Magic's weirder words. And since we name a lot of cards, there's plenty to work with. For example:



Deck of the Day

  1. Pro Tour Oath of the Gatewatch Appetizer

With all the talk about Twin holding combo decks in check, people assumed linear decks would grip the format, taking hold of everything. And maybe that will still happen. But what we also have learned is that those decks were keeping down a lot of powerful, sorcery-speed cards.

At least that's one thing we can take from Henry Lams' win in a side event at Grand Prix Vancouver. With powerful tap-out threats such as Dragonlord Ojutai and Sun Titan leading the way, Lams was able to keep other decks in check with some counters and Supreme Verdict and Detention Sphere—two cards you'd never see when Twin was all the rage. Is this the direction Modern is headed?

Find out this week, on Pro Tour Oath of the Gatewatch!

Henry Lams's White-Blue Control

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