The February 1, 2016 Update

Posted in Daily Magic Update on February 1, 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 1, 2016 about the last weekend in January. Today's Update is brought to you by a lot of content from us—because we ran three events this weekend. But it wasn't just about the results; our writers captured the character and fun of the Grand Prix weekend. In fact, the only one who had a better weekend than our writers was Reflector Mage.

Today's Musts

  1. Strength, Determination, and Love of Magic at Grand Prix Vancouver | Wizards of Coast | Melissa DeTora

After the Super Sunday Series two weekends prior, two of the competitors, Van Nguyen and Daniel Opplinger, were struck by a car while legally crossing at a light. Despite his injuries, Van made his way to Grand Prix Vancouver, where Melissa DeTora—in her first coverage gig—shared the story of friendship, recovery, and, yes, Magic.

  1. Top Moments of Nagoya, Mexico City, and Vancouver 2016 | Wizards of the Coast

Only have time for a quick recap of the Grand Prix this weekend? Here's the encapsulated version of the takeaways from each Grand Prix.

A Tale of Four Cities

Four tournaments took place in four cities this weekend. Oath of the Gatewatch Limited at Grand Prix in Vancouver, Nagoya, and Mexico City, and a Open in Columbus.


  1. Catching Up With Team Face to Face | Wizards of the Coast | Melissa DeTora

Ahead of Pro Tour Oath of the Gatewatch, all of the major teams were attending one of the events this weekend, looking for valuable testing time, Pro Points, and a first competitive look at Oath of the Gatewatch Limited. Team Face to Face Games, which has its roots in Canada, naturally took on Grand Prix Vancouver. Melissa DeTora caught up with the giant team in the not-quite-frozen North.


  1. Bant Company with Andy Ferguson | Columbus Open | Ken Crocker

Andy Ferguson might not have won the whole thing, but second place is okay. I guess. At any rate, Ken Crocker managed to snag a deck tech during Ferguson's run up to, well, runner up. In fact, it was Collected Company weekend at Columbus, as SCG also grabbed deck techs from Jesse Cagle and Jim Davis playing the ubiquitous green instant.

Mexico City

  1. Chris Pikula—Recapturing the Magic | Wizards of the Coast | Corbin Hosler

"There's always that Hall of Fame thing."

Corbin Hosler's feature on Chris Pikula, the Meddling Mage himself, is touching, inspiring, and a bit heart-warming.

  1. All Roads Lead to Mexico | Wizards of the Coast | Corbin Hosler

Mexico City became the go-to spot for many of the top-ranked players in the game this weekend. With three choices, why Mexico? Turns out, they all really like Mexican food. At least I'm assuming that's the answer, but there's probably a better one in this article.


  1. Magical Cosplay | Wizards of the Coast | Chapman Sim

Play a magical guessing game with these cosplayers from Grand Prix Nagoya. With Big Magic offering up a prize to the best cosplayer on the weekend, even more players broke out their sowing machines and strutted their stuff in Nagoya. Number six might just be the best cosplay ever.

  1. Top 5 Cards of Grand Prix Nagoya | Wizards of the Coast | Chapman Sim

Nagoya got to go first, so as results from that tournament started to trickle in online, it seemed to start affecting how players drafted in Vancouver and Mexico City. The Green-White Support deck, in particular, was a thread picked up by coverage that began to color what players were looking for in drafts. Time-shifting a grand prix, as it turns out, can actually have a ripple effect on the other tournaments! Here, we see which strategies and cards pushed Nagoya to the forefront of innovation.

What People Are Talking About

There is absolutely nothing I could say about this that would make it any more adorable or awesome, so, instead it's presented with very little comment.

Check out Terese Nielsen's cards here.

Deck of the Day

  1. Dan Jessup's Infect takes the Modern Classic

Another week, another set of Modern results. This time a Blue-Green Infect deck in the hands of Dan Jessup won the Modern Classic that had seven distinct archetypes in the Top 8 (Green-Red Tron placed two copies) and three more in the Top 16. With new addition of Slip Through Space, Infect has even more tools to deal 10 points of infect damage quickly and effectively, so definitely look for Infect to make an impact at Pro Tour Oath of the Gatewatch.

Oh, and all of those sweet, sweet Modern lists? They can be found here.

Dan Jessup's Infect

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