The February 22, 2016 Update

Posted in Daily Magic Update on February 22, 2016

By Blake Rasmussen

Blake is the content manager for DailyMTG.com, 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 22, 2016. Today's Update is brought to you by Brago. Long may he reign.

What You Might Have Missed This Weekend

  1. Day Two Metagame Breakdown | StarCityGames.com | Nick Miller

If you weren't able to follow along with the StarCityGames.com Modern Open and want a recap, this is a good place to start. What does the Modern metagame look like right now? This snapshot will give you a good idea, but I'll give you a hint: it rhymes with Schmeldrazi.

  1. Re-Rise of the Eldrazi | Constructed Resources | Eric Froehlich and Marshall Sutcliffe

Want more on the Eldrazi, Modern, and Efro's wedding plans? Eric and Marshall re-up to talk about the Eldrazi in Modern. The podcast was recorded and went up before the aliens took over the Day Two Metagame Breakdown above, but it's still worth a listen.

  1. MTG—Top 10 Best Rares to Reprint in Eternal Masters—Part 2! | The Mana Source | Wedge

Inside, Wedge threatens physical violence. He also talks about cards that "objectively" should be printed in Eternal Masters. Spoiler alert: Wedge still has great facial hair. For any more information, you'll have to watch.

After Those, Read, Watch, or Listen to These

  1. Vocabulary Quiz: BFZ Block | Gathering Magic | Nick Vigabool

Nothing screams fun like vocabulary quizzes! Just thinking back to grade-school days when the teacher would surprise us with a pop quiz on vocabulary makes me feel all warm and fuzzy inside. Then again, I'm an editor and writer (and, clearly, masochist), so I might not be normal in that regard. But, either way, checking out the meanings of words on Magic cards can actually be kind of, dare I say it, fun. Where else do you use words like "abstruse," "roil," "salvo," or "vestige"?

Plus, this one's in quiz form. How many did you get right?

  1. Ask a Judge: Colorless Conundrum | StarCityGames.com | Paul Baranay

We're all talking about Eldrazi anyway, so that might as well extend to rules questions, right? The Eldrazi can be tricky plane-devouring aliens, so this article is actually really handy to handle much of the weirdness that surrounds them.

  1. Jund in Standard | TCGPlayer | Melissa DeTora

Jund has long been a deck that was a feature player in Modern (well, until recently at least), but Melissa wonders if the deck's grindy nature can't translate to Standard. And she has just the five-drop Goblin for the job...

Wait, no, sorry, not that one. This one!

What People Are Talking About

Another announcement?! Whhaaaa??

But, yup, today we announced Conspiracy: The Reign of Brago. Long live the king.

Fully half of the Top 8 at the StarCityGames.com Open in Louisville were Eldrazi decks, but that meant that half were not. Jeff Hoogland's deck was one of them (check out the list below), but you'll also notice the hashtag #eldraziwinter being used to talk about Modern right now. Why "winter"? Well, a long time ago, in a galaxy, actually pretty close to this one (it's this one), there was a dark time referred to as Combo Winter. Combo Winter was a time when Standard was dominated by combo decks from Urza's block, headlined by cards like Tolarian Academy and Time Spiral. It was one of the most broken formats ever, full of turn-one and turn-two wins. In Standard.

Combo Winter was preceded by Necro Summer, when Necropotence dominated Standard over the summer. Hence, Eldrazi Winter. It's cold outside, and the Eldrazi are doing their best to freeze out the competition, even if players like Hoogland are trying to break the ice.

But if you like the Eldrazi (for some reason), check out the photo from the Reddit thread 299 creatures in play at SCG Louisville Open.

Community Spotlight

  1. The Mana Pool Podcast

Billing itself as a podcast for casual players, The Mana Pool Podcast is a fun, inventive way to listen to people talk about Magic. In this case, those people are Chewie, Mike, Brian, and Dirk, and their mission in life (or at least in podcasts) is to enjoy Magic for one simple reason—it's fun. From their About section: "We like nothing better than sitting around a table playing a big game of multiplayer Magic, laughing and joking and generally being dorks, so that's what we've decided to do here."

If that sounds like your cup of tea, you should check out their most recent podcast—Old vs. New: Zendikar Edition.

Deck of the Day

  1. Kiki-Chord

Eldrazi and Affinity, yada, yada, yada. While the robots and the aliens will continue to get the press for the time being, Jeff Hoogland nearly crashed the party. As the top seed at the end of the Swiss in the StarCityGames.com Modern Open, Hoogland's Kiki-Chord deck was smashing the Eldrazi all day—until the Top 8 rolled around and Kozilek's Return crashed the party.

That said, it's fun to see a deck like this do well—unless you're the one who has to type it in. Thankfully, I'm on strictly copy-paste duty for the Daily Magic Update decklists, so I can whole heartedly endorse this fun-of festival.

Jeff Hoogland's Kiki-Chord—Top 8, StarCityGames.com Modern Open

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