The March 10, 2016 Update

Posted in Daily Magic Update on March 10, 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 March 10, 2016. Today's Update is brought to you by Gerard Butler, for delivering the quote you'll be hearing for the next eighteen months or so.

(Note: Gerard Butler in no way endorses the Daily Magic Update. Wouldn't that be weird?)

Today's Must

  1. A Bright Future—Looking at Shadows over Innistrad | TCGPlayer | Adam Yurchick

Yesterday our must-read was an article from Frank Karsten on the cards leaving Standard with the upcoming rotation. Today, Adam Yurchick takes a glance in the direction not many people always consider—forgotten gems that might have a chance to shine in the new world. We already have a lot of toys to play with—now we just have to see if we can break any of them in the new Standard.

After That, Read, or Listen to These

  1. In which two articles on two separate topics make the same joke about a movie that came out in 2007

Look, I'm not saying this isn't possibly the most obvious movie-quote related reference to come out of Innistrad, but I am saying that we might be running an article tomorrow that borrows the same quote. So, get used to it.

Today's articles referencing this quote?

Now let's see how many articles we can title similarly, but still not exactly the same, over the next few months. We can do it, community!

  1. JudgeCast #141—Shadow(s) over Innistrad Mechanics | JudgeCast | CJ Shrader, Bryan Prillaman, and Jess Dunks

For those who want a deeper dive on the mechanics of Shadows over Innistrad, JudgeCast has you covered. Helmed by a level 2 and a pair of level 3 judges, JudgeCast knows their stuff—and now they're sharing that knowing stuff with you. Like gentlemen.

  1. Limited Resources 327—Gettin' Siggy With It | Limited Resources | Marshall Sutcliffe and Luis Scott-Vargas

And for an ungentlemanly podcast, Marshall Sutcliffe and Luis Scott-Vargas talk about an alternate world where one of Will Smith's biggest hits is slightly altered, and the dystopian future that world faces because of it.

Or maybe it's just them having a little fun with Player of the Year Mike Sigrist's name, and they invite the Platinum pro on to talk Limited. It could be the first or the second. Really, it's a coin flip.

Video Time!

  1. Blue's Clues | Magic Mics | Evan Erwin, Reuben Bresler, and Erin Campbell

I'm mostly including this because the crew's reaction to having a preview card in two weeks is adorable. They got really excited.

But then they do some living in the now and talk cards that have already been previewed, ranting and raving over some of the more exciting ones.

  1. MTG—A Guide To Kaseto EDH / Commander for Magic: The Gathering | Tolarian Community College | The Professor

Soothing music plays in the background as The Professor waxes philosophically before jumping into how to build a Kaseto, Orochi Archmage Commander deck—and the deck's plan isn't just to jam a bunch of Snakes.

Snake Jam. Awesome band name. I call it.

  1. Against the Odds: Eon Hub | MTGGoldfish | Saffron Olive

Saffron goes deep with Eon Hub and, for the first time in a while, pretty much doesn't win at all. Sorry, um, spoiler alert. But the deck is super fun and a unique way to look at "winning" with Eon Hub. Just, ya know, without the winning part.

What People Are Talking About

Avacyn, I just got a call from the neighbors that you've been slaughtering villagers again. Is that true? Avacyn?! Don't you walk away from me!

There was some talk on Twitter yesterday about Grand Prix Washington, D.C., and the fact that there isn't going to be live video coverage of the tournament. While there will be text coverage (which you can find right here on DailyMTG) and some video segments produced after the fact, there will not be live video coverage. If you follow the thread above, there is some interesting discussion on the topic, on how hard Limited is to broadcast, and, also, how much star power these events can usually bring.

Deck of the Day

  1. Knuck's Last Ride

Of all of the wedge-aligned creatures from Khans of Tarkir, it sure seemed like Savage Knuckleblade coulda been a contender. It has so many abilities! It's so big! But, alas, it ended up playing, like, fourth fiddle to Siege Rhino, Mantis Rider, and Sidisi, Brood Tyrant. At least it was better than Rakshasa Vizier.

At any rate, as befits Savage Knuckleblade's time in Standard, in this four-color Collected Company deck it's kind of just coming along for the ride, hoping to high-five Mantis Rider as they crash in together, crossing its hairy fingers that the caster of Collected Company doesn't really want another Reflector Mage.

Interesting in HerosOfKern's deck is also the pair of Dispels to go along with 26 creatures and two spells aimed at interacting with creatures. It speaks to the ubiquity of Collected Company and Rally the Ancestors (plus some things like Murderous Cut or Crackling Doom) that those get a seemingly random-looking spot, especially in a deck that very much could play Stubborn Denial.

The sideboard is interesting as well, as three Exert Influences is probably the most I've seen in a decklist all season—a fact a few people have bemoaned lately. The deck probably gets into a lot of near-mirrors and midrange-ish matchups, and stealing Siege Rhino certainly clears the way for the deck's smaller creatures.

And, quite possibly, makes Savage Knuckleblade feel just a little bit better about itself.

HeroesOfKern's Four-Color Company—5-0 Standard League

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