The February 26, 2016 Update

Posted in Daily Magic Update on February 26, 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 26, 2016. Today's Update is brought to you by 11. As in "there's so much good content today I had to go to 11."

What To Watch This Weekend

  1. Grand Prix Houston

Players all over the world will be rallying in Houston for the first look at high-level, post-Oath of the Gatewatch Standard. This collected company will be battling to select one prodigy, one grand master to become immensely successful.

And, uh, something something Siege Rhino.

Coverage starts Saturday at 1 p.m. Central Standard Time (2 p.m. EST/11 a.m. PST/ 7 p.m. UTC) on twitch.tv/magic.

  1. StarCityGames.com Philadelphia Open

Legacy is the name of the game in Philadelphia this weekend. Actually, the name of the game is Magic: The Gathering. The format is Legacy. But "the name of the format" doesn't rhyme, so, you know.

Anyway.

Coverage of the Legacy Open begins Saturday at 10:30 a.m. Eastern Standard Time (7:30 a.m. PST/ 4:30 p.m. UTC) on twitch.tv/scglive.

Before Those Events, Read, Watch, or Listen to These

  1. The Top 5 Best Magic: The Gathering YouTube Channels Ever | ManaLeak.com | Joseph Dunlap

A while back, Joseph Dunlap did a similarly informative article where he looked at the five most popular Magic streamers. We featured that one, so why not this one?

The article is a good resource if you're unfamiliar with the YouTube scene for Magic. Although, if you're a regular reader of this column, you've probably already heard and watched most of these. So share it with a friend. Or with someone who's not a friend. Or with strangers on the internet.

  1. "Magic: The Traveling" Takes the Geeky Game Everywhere—With Instagram to Prove It | Forbes | Lauren Orsini

This didn't make it into Forbes Forbes, but online Forbes is pretty cool too. This full feature piece details the Magic: The Traveling account you might be familiar with, including—and this is the fun part—the origin story of how Ben Ashbrook started the whole thing (hint: it involves playing Magic in the middle of a club in Los Angeles). Fun read.

  1. MtG Force of Will—Eternal Masters | Terese Nielsen

Terese Nielsen herself shows the steps in creating the new art for Force of Will in Eternal Masters, from sketch to final painting, complete with soothing music. It's the first video she's put on her channel in three years, so this is really a treat.

  1. Happy Marshall Sutcliffe Day!

It's not a holiday, but it should be. It's a double podcast day for everyone's favorite soothing voice (okay, that's actually Tim Willoughby, but, shhh, don't say that on Marshall Sutcliffe Day). Limited Resources is up with a new episode from Marshall and Luis Scott-Vargas, and it's all about the thought process behind a draft.

Meanwhile, on Constructed Resources, and just in time for Grand Prix Houston, Marshall and Eric Froehlich talk Oath of the Gatewatch Standard.

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

Standard, Legacy Leagues, and a discussion of "creature land" versus "manland" (it's "creature lands") are all on tap—and more—in this episode of The Girlfriend Bracket.

  1. Magic the PROthering: Matej Zatlkaj | Maria Bartholdi and Meghan Woff

Big Z!

Right, you probably want more than that. Fine. Matej Zatlkaj, Slovakian pro, Nate Price Fan Club President, and one of the nicest pro players you'll meet, joins Meghan and Maria this week to talk about super team Team EUreka, commentary, and the Magic scene in Slovakia.

  1. Y'all | Magic The Parenting

In which three parents talk about love, life, and what happens when you stop being polite and start being real.

No? That's not what this is about? Okay, lemme check the description...

My fault. Instead, the parents talk about the "manlands" vs. "creature lands" question (it's "creature lands") and traveling to tournaments with kids, among other things. Can you imagine the game 20 years from now when it might be incredibly commonplace for Grand Prix to have daycare service? We're getting there people. Lord knows I'm old...

What People Are Talking About

  1.  

Okay, we're serious. This is the real announcement. It has a set symbol and everything. Like Marchesa is going to let anyone take the crown from her anyway.

Right?

Sorry about that. Seriously. Last announcement. We swear.

Probably.

Sorry, sorry. I've gotta stop doing that. We're done.

Deck of the Day

  1. The Deck to Beat

Grand Prix Houston is this weekend—as you know if you read this article sequentially—and there is a clear deck to beat: Rally the Ancestors. One of the most popular and successful decks from the Regional Pro Tour Qualifier weekend, Rally is just incredibly good right now. And since the titular card will be rotating with Shadows over Innistrad, this will be one of the last chances to show the deck off at a Grand Prix level.

Greg Schafer qualified for the Pro Tour at the PRTQ in St. Charles, Missouri, by simply playing the best deck and packing it with four of everything. Seriously, outside of lands, the deck is all four-ofs. Why mess around when you have this much power?

Greg Schafer's Rally the Ancestors—1st Place, St. Charles, Missouri RPTQ

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