The February 19, 2016 Update

Posted in Daily Magic Update on February 19, 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 19, 2016. Today's Update is brought to you by the weekend. Do I need a reason? Weekends are awesome.

Today's Must

  1. MOCS to the Max! | Top 8 Podcast | Patrick Chapin and Mike Flores

The Magic Online Championship Series Playoff Event might be the toughest tournament around these days, which makes its results of particular interest to format detectives Patrick Chapin and Mike Flores. Here they explore their favorite decks, powerful strategies, and what it means to "splash" Nissa, Voice of Zendikar in a nearly mono-red deck.

What to Watch This Weekend

  1. Louisville Open Weekend

A Modern Open headlines the weekend in Louisville, flanked by a Standard Classic and a Legacy Classic. Coverage begins at 10:30 a.m. EST as players converge on Louisville to either upend the Eldrazi or join them. You can watch all of the action on

After That, Read, Watch, or Listen to These

  1. A Very, Very Condensed History of the Multiverse | Fireside Magic | Seth Weinstein

Fireside Magic is a cool little blog we watch for now and then that isn't updated very often, but there is some cool stuff contained within. This condensed history of the Multiverse (and it earned both of those "verys") is one such cool thing. It has recently been updated to include the events of Oath of the Gatewatch, so check it out if you have a passing interest in flavor and want the tl;dr version at your fingertips.

  1. Eternal Masters Spoilers: Everything you Need to Know about this Magic: The Gathering Set—MTG! | The Mana Source | Wedge
  2. MTG—Top 10 Best Rares to Reprint in Eternal Masters—Part 1! | The Mana Source | Still Wedge

Two videos for the price of...two videos.

In the first video: Did you miss everything going on about Eternal Masters this past week? And I mean all of the official stuff, not all that...other stuff. Wedge has a 5:36-long summary (though the EMA information ends around 4:40) of the information that's out there now.

In the second video, Wedge talks about the ten best rares to reprint in Eternal Masters—and gets [redacted] of them right! Holy cow! Good job, Wedge! Or maybe bad job, Wedge. Hard to say when I can't read what's under that redaction.

  1. An In-Depth Look at the Weird Colors of Oath of the Gatewatch | Limited Resources | Marshall Sutcliffe and Luis Scott-Vargas

Colors are weird, man. Like, how do we know that you see the same blue I do? Maybe the blue I see is what you would call green, and your green is my red and your red is my yellow? Mind blown, right?

I don't think that's what Marshall and Luis are talking about, but colors are weird, man.

  1. Mic Check | The Girlfriend Bracket | Erin Campbell, Hallie Santo, Katie Neal, and Kriz Schultz

Fridays are often heavy on podcasts (in fact, you should also check out the latest Magic the Amateuring video podcast today as well!), so we might as well slide another one in here. The women of The Girlfriend Bracket have a lot to talk about this week, from Game Day to memories of Christopher Rush and Wayne England. Plus they'll probably talk about Eternal Masters. Because you must. There is no escaping it.

What People Are Talking About

Grand Prix Washington, D.C. isn't until March 12, but you're going to start seeing a lot of excitement out of people looking to play in the tournament. Team tournaments are rare, and when they happen you end up seeing exciting pairings like multiple Pro Tour Champions pairing up together to battle. Hosted by, it's sure to be one of the most anticipated Grand Prix of the year.

In, like, a month. So simmer down now.

  1. Girlfriend drew this in honor of our teams' Pro Tour Top 8!

Still celebrating from their high finish at Pro Tour Oath of the Gatewatch (and rightfully so!), this reddit thread shows off some cool art depicting the Top 8 competitors from Team East West Bowl—including champion Jiachen Tao and some otherworldly beings that helped get them there.

Deck of the Day

  1. Shape Anew

There are actually a number of cool lists that hit 5-0 recently in the Magic Online Modern Constructed League (check out the Turbo Scapeshift list and the Goblins decks, for instance), but the mostest cool of them all is a sneaky Shape Anew deck played by LessThanHubi to a pristine record.

At first, it looks like a fairly typical Jeskai deck with some atypical, but not unreasonable choices. Pia and Kiran Nalaar is (are?) a Modern staple at this point, and Blade Splicer has been played here and there. Thopter Engineer is a bit weird, but it's two bodies, I guess. One Blinkmoth Nexus is seemingly out of place, but defensible if you squint.

Then you see this:

And you go "Ooooohhhhh!" And maybe "Ahhhhh!" The fact that the deck can play out like a normal Jeskai control deck is a powerful mark in its corner, and throw in an "I win" card like Shape Anew and you've got a potent combination. Because before the Eldrazi were around, the Phyrexians had that evil, format-warping thing down. Maybe it's time for a clash of the titans.

LessThanHubi's Shape Anew—5-0 Modern League

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