The February 8, 2016 Update

Posted in Daily Magic Update on February 8, 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 8, 2016. Today's Update is brought to you by the Gatewatch. They clearly have some work to do.

Today's Must

  1. Pro Tour Oath of the Gatewatch

As it usually does, the Pro Tour dominated the conversation and content this weekend. I won't make Pro Tour content all of the numbers today—even though our clear, number one best all-time coverage writer stepped back into the ring to cover a match again, like Michael Jordan unretiring (the first time)—but I will highlight some of the items that are worth a read or a watch if you've got the Pro Tour on your mind.

And, of course, you can check out the entire playlist of videos on our Oath of the Gatewatch playlist on YouTube.

Deck of the Day

  1. Pro Tour Oath of the Gatewatch winner

What else other than the Pro Tour winning deck? And what a deck it was. Featuring Draft all-stars Ruination Guide, Vile Aggregate, and Eldrazi Skyspawner, this list went beyond the colorless lists played to near perfection by Ivan Floch, Luis Scott-Vargas, and Shuhei Nakamura. It may look like a pile of draft leftovers—but it sure didn't play like one.

Jiachen Tao's Blue-Red Eldrazi—Winner, Pro Tour Oath of the Gatewatch

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After Those, Read, Watch, or Listen to These

  1. MTG—The Worst Magic: The Gathering Cards Ever Printed—Episode 8! | The Mana Source | Wedge

Did you get tired of seeing too many powerful cards at the Pro Tour over the weekend? Wedge has the perfect antidote to the high-powered taste of Modern with the worst cards ever printed. Hey, they can't all be Thought-Knot Seer.

  1. TeamCFB Deck Tech: Modern Eldrazi | ChannelFireball | Luis Scott-Vargas

Luis Scott-Vargas went all the way to the Top 4 of Pro Tour Oath of the Gatewatch—joined in the Top 8 by Shuhei Nakamura and Ivan Floch—with a list that ran roughshod over the field. Find out how the deck ticks and why the team decided to play it. (Hint: The answer is that it's a fairly strong deck. Just a bit.)

Ch-ch-ch-ch-ch-changessss...Announced at the Pro Tour

5. WMC and WMCQ Changes Announced at PT Oath of the Gatewatch

We announced a slate of changes to the World Magic Cup and World Magic Cup Qualifiers for this next year. If the WMC isn't your cup of tea, you can skip this, but if you have even a passing interest in watching the next one—or playing in it!—well then, read on.

What People Are Talking About

It is in fact announced! You can view the full announcement here. And if you want to take part in all of the speculation, there is, of course, a Reddit thread, or you can talk about it on Twitter using the hashtag #MTGEMN. Regional tournaments happened this weekend as well! No doubt itself will fill you in on many of the results soon, so check back there!

Frank Lepore may not have won the Pro Tour, but his wobbly ride to the top, to the outside looking in, and finally to the Top 8 was a ride viewers will remember. He's now qualified for Pro Tour Shadows over Innistrad, and it wouldn't be surprising to see him do well there too, because when it rains, well, it Lepores.

Congratulations to Luis Scott-Vargas! May you always be involved in anything where LSV can be turned into a pun.

Community Spotlight

  1. Cranial Insertion

Cranial Insertion is a rather unique site, focusing almost exclusively on rules questions, typically focused on the latest cards, but always willing to tackle any question thrown at them. The really cool part though? Their articles are translated into seven languages! You can read answers to rules questions in Chinese, English, Spanish, German, Spanish, French, Italian, and Russian. Not all languages go up at the same time, but simply having so many languages available is largely unheard of in the Magic community, so they have to get some credit for that.

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