The February 16, 2016 Update

Posted in Daily Magic Update on February 16, 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 16, 2016. Today's Update is brought to you by fun. Because Magic should be fun, and sometimes we seem to forget that. 

Today's Must

  1. Tall Tales #97 | The Command Zone | Jimmy Wong and Josh Lee Kwai

This one is fun. Jimmy and Josh hold off on all the Commander philosophy stuff and just tell stories about awesome games and fun times had. So take a break from thinking, and just enjoy some good old-fashioned Commander stories. It's why we really play.

After That, Read, Watch, or Listen to These

  1. Goodbye, Christopher Rush | ChannelFireball | David Ochoa

We're not yet done collectively saying goodbye to Christopher Rush and Wayne England. And why should we be? Here, David Ochoa shares his memories of meeting Christopher Rush and how Rush's art affected him along the way.

  1. Mikaeus, the Unhallowed | Gathering Magic | CMDR Decks

With Shadows over Innistrad now firmly in people's lines of sight, lovers of the first Innistrad are positively oozing with anticipation. Revisiting one of the most powerful legends from our first trip to the spookiest of planes, CMDR Decks has a Commander offering for you that is "not as broken as you think."

  1. Duel Decks: Blessed vs. Cursed Preview | TCGPlayer

Yesterday we debuted the full deck lists and new cards for Duel Decks: Blessed vs. Cursed. We thought it was awesome, but of course we did. The question is—do other people? TCGPlayer went ahead and reviewed it as well, and they, well, you'll have to watch to find out.

  1. Magic: The Gathering Lore Series: Mercadian Masques—Part 3—FINAL! | The Mana Source | Wedge

I heard a lot of people talking about Rishadan Port yesterday, and I'm not quite sure what all that was about, but I have to assume it has to do with Wedge's final Mercadian Masques lore video. There can be no other explanation!

(Also, dear Heliod, please do not take this as any kind of confirmation of anything. It's a joke)

Back to the video!

What People Are Talking About

  1. Fear not, literally-eight-people-who-messaged-asking-for-a-high-res-Force-of-Will, I've got your back | Wizards Magic Tumblr

This one I'll allow, but just this one. If there's something everyone can agree on from the Eternal Masters announcement yesterday, it's that this Terese Nielsen art is a fantastic update to Force of Will.

But that's it. You get one.

Fine, more than one.

There are a lot of rumors flying around right now, but at least this one is easy to squash. Eternal is simply a word we use to describe formats that can use cards from all of Magic's history, including Cube, Commander, Vintage, and Legacy. It is not a new format. And you know it's true because Aaron Forsythe said so.

But what about those other rumors, the more insidious ones? Please rest assured we have a lot of people working very hard to address some of the more concerning ones. We take all of this very seriously and will address what we can. Look for a statement on this very website soon.​

Community Spotlight

  1. Strictly Better MtG

Enthusiastic, varied, and relatively prolific, Strictly Better MtG features deck techs on everything from Sphinx's Tutelage decks to Simic Flash to Hedron Alignment, often with a budget component. Around for more than a year now (Their thirteen-month anniversary was three days ago! Happy Thirteen-Month Anniversary Three Days Ago! I didn't get you anything.), they have a touch over 16,000 subscribers and don't look like they'll be going anywhere any time soon.

Deck of the Day

  1. Ousting the Eldrazi—almost

Yes, yes, the Eldrazi won. The Magic Online PTQ, that is. But they almost didn't. Coming thiiiiis close was IWALKALONE, who walked alongside some blue and white spells to nearly topple the Eldrazi. Employing main deck answers to Eldrazi lands (Spreading Seas) and ways around Reality Smasher's discard clause (Detention Sphere and Supreme Verdict), this white-blue deck was teched out enough to rumble through a Top 32 that was about half Eldrazi and a Top 8 that had three Eldrazi decks present.

Huh, three isn't so bad. Maybe things have started to turn?

IWALKALONE's White-Blue Control—2nd place, Magic Online PTQ

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