The Jan. 12, 2016 Update

Posted in Daily Magic Update on January 12, 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 12, 2016. Today's Update is brought to you by glowy eyes and some of the most beautiful Magic cards you will ever see.

Today's Must See

  1. Oath of the Gatewatch Limited Set Review: White | ChannelFireball | Luis Scott-Vargas

When Luis-Scott Vargas reviews a set, the people listen. Even if what they're listening to is a metric ton of puns. Check out the first entry today and then follow along as he runs through the entire set over the next week or six.

After That, Read, Watch, or Listen to These

  1. The Top 5 Cards from Oath of the Gatewatch BEST for Modern for Magic: The Gathering | Tolarian Community College | The Professor

The Professor's latest video tackles the best five cards for Modern from Oath of the Gatewatch and a nasty case of the Kor Firewalkers. With Pro Tour Oath of the Gatewatch featuring Modern, you might as well start brainstorming at a college. Even a community one.

  1. Sleeper Hold | Gathering Magic | Sean Uy

Board-state puzzles have a long history in Magic, and Sean Uy does that tradition proud with a perplexing puzzle featuring the long loved, and oft-discussed "Sleeper" preconstructed deck from Urza's Saga, everyone's favorite preconstructed deck featuring enchantments that turn into creatures. Right? Just me? Anyway, the puzzle is fun.

  1. Oath of the Gatewatch Tricks | MTGGoldfish | Sameer Merchant

If you like being surprised at the Prerelease, avert your mouse. But if you like knowing exactly what your opponent might have for tricks at every mana cost—in a handy table format—then click no further as Sameer Merchant goes through Literally. Every. Trick. In. The. Book. The book being Oath of the Gatewatch.

  1. Brew Corner—Stone Haven Drawing | Hipsters of the Coast| Aaron Gazzaniga

Aaron Gazzaniga "doesn't know Standard very well," but he knows when a card has brewability (brewability—adj., the quality of leading to brews), and today he's all over Stone Haven Outfitter, the "wannabe Skullclamp."

  1. Tobias Andrion | Gathering Magic | CMDR Decks

Another fun entry from Gathering Magic, CMDR decks delivers a Pauper Commander deck headed by the mighty (not really) and powerful (not at all) Tobias Andrion, selected specifically for the synergies (it's a common) and strategies (it's a common) it brings to the table. Looking to add even more restrictions to your next Commander deck? Get some inspiration from Tobias and friends.

What People Are Talking About

  1. Old School 93/94 side event at Grand Prix Oakland, January 10

Old School Magic is picking up steam with a lot of long-time players, and the beauty of the cards doesn't escape notice in this Reddit thread. You can see the photos of decks played in the event here.

No, guys, seriously. How do you do that glowy thing? Did I do my oath wrong?

Community Spotlight

  1. Colorless Mana| Cardboard Crack

It's colorless.

Cardboard Crack is a comic about, what else, Magic. If you haven't checked out the comic before, then I'm guessing your internet browser is broken. Wait, how are you reading this?

Deck of the Day

  1. Josh Cho's White-Black Tokens

You know what else Reality Hemorrhage kills? Auriok Champion. You know what else is becoming a major player in Modern thanks to Josh Cho's fourth-place finish at the Open in Charlotte? Auriok Champion and its token friends. You know what gets wine out of carpet? No. Seriously, I'm asking. That one wasn't rhetorical.

Josh Cho's White-Black Tokens

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