The February 24, 2016 Update

Posted in Daily Magic Update on February 24, 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 24, 2016. Today's Update is brought to you by Conspiracy, of which there totally isn't one. Nothing going on here. Move along.

Today's Must

  1. Commander VS: Ravnica Legends! | | Justin Parnell and Stephen Green

I'll admit, I'm kind of in love with these themed Commander Vs. videos. There's a ton of fun and flavor to be had by battling legends from the same block against one another. Here, the Gruul (Ulasht, the Hate Seed) take on Simic (Vorel of the Hull Clade), the Dimir (Mirko Vosk, Mind Drinker), and the Orzhov (Ghost Council of Orzhova, obviously).

After That, Read, Watch, or Listen to These

  1. MTG Artists Gain Playmats | Gathering Magic | Mike Linnemann

It's true! Thanks to a deal with Ultra PRO, artists can now produce playmats with some of their art on them! More details will be forthcoming from Ultra PRO, but Linneman has an early look at the news on Gathering Magic.

  1. Channel Reid—Standard Esper Control | ChannelFireball | Reid Duke

And now for something a little different in Standard, as Reid Duke walks through his Esper Control deck and shows off a Daily Event on Magic Online. Esper Control hasn't exactly been the most popular deck in Standard, but Reid is a big fan, and he shows us why in this series of videos. Plus, the deck includes Narset Transcendent, so it gets a thumbs up from me.

  1. History of the Eldrazi Winter 101 and Reprint Policy 304 with The Professor | Masters of Modern | Alex Kessler and Ben Bateman

The Professor is becoming a pretty popular person to patronize podcasts. Here, he and the Masters of Modern crew teach a few lessons on the current Eldrazi takeover of Modern as well as advanced reprintology.

  1. MtA Episode 161: Workin' on a Hell Farm | Magic the Amateuring | Meghan Wolff and Maria Bartholdi

Meghan and Maria torture themselves—or treat themselves, depending on your point of view—with old Magic rules text (have you seen Ice Cauldron?!). They also look ahead to Standard for Grand Prix Houston (this weekend!) and Team Sealed for Grand Prix Washington, D.C.

Top 25

  1. Quick, Nobody Move!

No pro-level events means no points. No points means no changes. That is all.

Well, not all all. I'll use this opportunity to say that Rich Hagon used to write these every week before they were incorporated into the Daily Magic Update, and, because it was a standalone article, Rich always had to find something to say. It's days like this that make me realize how difficult a job that could be.

But me? I can just say "Yo, nothing has changed. Move along." And then we do.

Rank Name Points Change Previous
1 Owen Turtenwald 78.88 1
2 Seth Manfield 68.87 2
3 Paulo Vitor Damo Da Rosa 66.29 3
4 Reid Duke 61.70 4
5 Paul Rietzl 61.47 5
6 Alexander Hayne 60.69 6
7 Martin Müller 59.53 7
8 Samuel Black 59.07 8
9 Ivan Floch 58.89 9
10 Eric Froehlich 58.25 10
11 Mike Sigrist 58.04 11
12 Fabrizio Anteri 56.53 12
13 Thiago Saporito 53.50 13
14 Yuuya Watanabe 53.47 14
15 Joel Larsson 52.68 15
16 Jacob Wilson 52.48 16
17 Ondřej Stráský 52.28 17
18 Brad Nelson 50.27 18
19 Kazuyuki Takimura 49.74 19
20 Martin Dang 49.51 20
21 Jason Chung 49.29 21
22 Kentaro Yamamoto 48.69 22
23 Antonio Del Moral León 48.48 23
23 Shahar Shenhar 48.48 23
25 Luis Scott-Vargas 48.32 25

What People Are Talking About

Whew. Okay everyone, I got everything fixed after that odd nonsense about Brago being stabbed by that mysterious and clearly powerful woman. We've updated the announcement, and the set is now called Conspiracy: The Empty Throne. Brago's dead, so clearly there's one less card, too.

This will definitely be our last update of the latest Conspiracy set. Well, probably. I mean, if you can't count on immortal ghost kings, everything kind of starts to look a little shaky.

It's true! The long-awaited Sealed League format will be available to play on Magic Online in just one week!

What's a Sealed League? Your best resource is the article where we announced them (up today!), but let me sum it up for you. You start out with a normal Sealed pool (six packs). You can then build and play matches at your leisure. Jonesing for a pack-cracking rush but can't build right now? Sealed Leagues! Want to grind a million Sealed pools as quickly as possible? Sealed Leagues! Just finish your first match and notice your home is on fire. Sealed Leagues! Also, the fire department!

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Speaking of Magic Online, Lee Sharpe, digital product manager of Magic Online, was home sick yesterday. Not that that much affects you, except it means he had a little extra time to answer questions about Magic Online. With all the answers he threw out, you might wish every day was a Lee Sharpe sick day!

Deck of the Day

  1. Dark Dwelling

While looking for a Deck of the Day for today, it quickly became apparent I had my choice of a variety of decks—just so long as I wanted a Goblin Dark-Dwellers deck.

List after list I spotted sported some number of the darkest of dwellers, which seems to be taking over Standard. So I went with a deck that played the full four.

RVNG went 3-1 in a Standard Daily Event on Feb. 22, and did so playing "only" three colors, something of a monumental feat in Standard right now. He chose to ally with the Mardu clan, and battered and bruised and attritioned his way to a winning record. The deck is reminiscent of Jund strategies that use powerful removal and powerful creatures to incrementally gain advantage. However, in the four-color Standard we have, most player have been using Jace, Vryn's Prodigy alongside their Crackling Dooms. But not RVNG. He's pretty happy with just Dark-Dwelling them back. That gives him more room for Hangarback Walker and Ayli, Eternal Pilgrim, plus a few Seeker of the Ways and Pia and Kiran Nalaars. Main deck Radiant Flames is an intriguing idea, though it both kills several of the deck's creatures and doesn't work with Goblin Dark-Dwellers, so who knows.

RVNG's Mardu Midrange—3-1 Standard Daily

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