The January 14, 2016 Update

Posted in Daily Magic Update on January 14, 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 14, 2016. Today's Update is brought to you by the number "2" and the letters "H" and "G."

Today's Must See

  1. MTG—How to Play Two-Headed Giant—An Introduction for Magic: The Gathering | Tolarian Community College | The Professor

Just in time for the Oath of the Gatewatch Prerelease, The Professor teaches a class on Two-Headed Giant. Combine with Jake Van Lunen's Two-Headed Giant primer on our site today for the full "gggaaaahhhhh, what do I do in Two-Headed Giant?" learning effect.

It's like school, but fun! (Stay in school, kids.)

Two-Headed Giant/Prerelease Content Blowout

  1. How to Play Two-Headed Giant | Wizards of the Coast

Hey, I know those people! They work just down yonder from me. They also made a video about playing Two-Headed Giant. It's like there's some kind of emphasis on team play coming up for some reason.

  1. Oath of the Gatewatch Prerelease—MTG Tips | TOTALmtg

He's British, but we won't hold that against Matt from TOTALmtg. In fact, the accent makes this easily today's most charming video on prepping for the Prerelease. This one goes well with a fine glass of Gavin Verhey's Prerelease Primer, for the most discernable of new-to-Prerelease palates.

  1. How to Win at Oath of the Gatewatch Two-Headed Giant | ChannelFireball |Neal Oliver

Finally, we have Neal Oliver, superstar, running through the spikier side of crushing people at your Prerelease. But, like, in a nice way. Oliver was one of the lucky ones who got to play Two-Headed Giant with Oath of the Gatewatch at Grand Prix Oakland last weekend, so he's one of the very few people on the planet who can tell you from experience what's going on.

What People Are Talking About


We did tell you we’d be back with more information, and Elaine Chase, senior director of all kinds of things and my grand-boss, discusses policy, proxies, and communication.

You can also find the relevant Reddit thread here, if you’d like to discuss it and earn imaginary internet points while doing so.

  1. Made some MTG Stencil Art | Snikrot914

Rising fast up the Reddit charts this morning are some stencil art drawings made by a Reddit user. The top comment as of writing this?

"That's a sexy crab."

A number of awesome new people are joining our coverage teams. And they're pretty excited about it! Meghan and Maria from Magic the Amateuring are joining Gaby and Melissa DeTora as new additions.

Art Spotlight

  1. The Magic Art of Kev Walker | TheMagicManSam

TheMagicManSam doesn't upload videos much, but when he does, he knocks it out of the park. Inspired by Gift of Tusks in Oath of the Gatewatch, The Magic Man takes a look at the art of Kev Walker, an artist with 365 pieces of Magic card art—one for every day of the year! Except for leap years. Kev Walker doesn't do leap years.

  1. World Breaker

World Breaker | Art by Jaime Jones

We've stopped doing Arcanas, but we haven't stopped producing awesome art. So let's highlight some of it!

World Breaker, with art by Jaime Jones looks imposing, powerful and—wait, what's that in the background?

Setting: Zendikar
Color: Eldrazi spell with green header
Location: Area on the continent of Tazeem similar to the reference image.

Action: Show us a massive Kozilek-lineage Eldrazi. It stands approximately 70 feet tall. In this shot, it lumbers through the water in a scene similar to the one in the reference packet. The gigantic suspended shell cracks apart as the Eldrazi passes it. But rather than falling to the ground, the pieces hang in the air, holding a vague shape of the shell.

Focus: The Eldrazi
Mood: Otherworldly, unsettling, and powerful

That reference image referred to in the art description? That's the Expedition art for Hallowed Fountain. Cool, huh?

Deck of the Day

  1. Agonizingly Slow Pauper Teachings Control

If you're like me, Mystical Teachings is pretty much all you want Magic to be about. At least on your side of the board. Tutoring and slow card advantage all in one? Sign me up! Duindael also signed up on Magic Online for a Pauper League, and it went pretty well for him. Less well for his opponents, who he mowed down in agonizingly slow fashion. His black-blue control deck has exactly four win conditions in the main deck—two Evincar's Justices, a Twisted Abomination, and a single Curse of the Bloody Tome. Everything else is card advantage, kill spells, counterspells, and land.

People will tell you that our kind—the lovers of slow control—hate fun. But that's just not true. We love fun, and we want it to last as long as humanly possible.

Also, our fun may not extend to your fun.

Duindael's 5-0 Pauper Teachings Control

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