The March 1, 2016 update

Posted in Daily Magic Update on March 1, 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 March 1, 2016. Today's Update is brought to you by Ooh-meh-zah-wah's Jee-tay.

Today's Must

  1. Official Proper Pronunciation Guide for Magic: The Gathering Card Names—Episode 1—MTG! | The Mana Source | Wedge

Do you know how to pronounce "Ayli, Eternal Pilgrim"? "Beleren"? "Umezawa's Jitte"?! Wedge helps out with some official pronunciations straight from us, Wizards of the Coast. Because who really knows how to pronounce "Nevinyrral's Disk"?

After That, Read, Watch, or Listen to These

  1. MTG—Top 5 Shadows over Innistrad Predictions for Magic: The Gathering | Tolarian Community College | The Professor

The Professor tries to guess what's in Shadows over Innistrad, and gets [redacted] correct. That's some solid guessing. Or some terrible guessing. I'm not sure.

  1. Vorthos Rising: Top 10 Reasons Why We're Entering a New Golden Age | Zach Dase

James Wyatt is one of our creative gurus for Magic, and he found this post by Zach Dase worth re-blogging, and for good reason. Dase highlights why Vorthoses are having basically the best time ever with Magic these days. It's even a Top 10 list for maximum internet points!

  1. Loreweaving: Random Facts You May Not Know About Innistrad | MTGGoldfish | Cid Vale Ferreira

In a new column from Cid Vale Ferreira (whose name I will likely misspell at some point in time), we get another entry into the Vorthos arena with Loreweaving. Here Cid looks at some pretty cool facts about the original Innistrad, but he goes deeper than "Did you know, Gavony is located, yada, yada, yada," and instead goes through some source material to talk about the design of characters, art, and lore.

  1. Lost in Translation | TCGPlayer | Conley Woods

Conley's here to tell you why brewing is better—or, rather, why building your own deck can give you an advantage over those who pick up something stock from somewhere or another. And at the end, he whispers something to Scarlett Johansen that is just—perfect.

  1. Standard Snapshot | Gathering Magic | Nick Vigabool

Who needs words when you have pictures and graphs! Nick Vigabool looks at Standard with a bunch of graphs and charts. If that's your bag, then certainly check out this rare offering.

What People Are Talking About

Okay, let me get this straight: the best team of the past year—with multiple Pro Tour wins—is now adding a Hall of Fame pro/human calculator (Frank Karsten), possibly the best Standard player on the planet (Brad Nelson), and Pro Tour Dragons of Tarkir Top 8 competitor Thomas Hendriks?


For more on Team EUreka, the group of European stars who dominated 2015, check out this article to get a sense of who they are and why adding even more stars to their stacked rosters is patently absurd.

Also, if you want more from Matej, who acts as spokesman for the team, the video of his appearance on Magic the PROthering is now on YouTube and, well, below.

Whoa yourself there, Wedge. Yes, we tweaked the Top 8 playoff formula a bit, announcing today that best-of-five matches in Pro Tour Top 8s would now have the first two games played before sideboarding, then the final three played with sideboards. It's a subtle change, but—we think—an important one.

And apparently it has Luis Scott-Vargas's stamp of approval, so we're pretty sure we did good here.

Community Spotlight

  1. Windmill Slam

And now for something slightly different. Windmill Slam does a lot of eclectic content, but they do also have something unique among Magic content creators: a game show.

Now, the game show has been dormant for a few months, so I can't say if they'll produce more, but the four episodes they do have are pretty fun. They are still producing semi-regular content, so the channel hasn't gone away, but we'll have to see if the game show is on hiatus or if it's a thing of the past.

Deck of the Day

  1. Hardened-er Scales

It was only a matter of time until Servant of the Scale broke out. You just can't keep power like that in check.

This past weekend saw the "worst kept secret in Magic"—Green-White Hardened Scales—break out and stomp all over people. The deck has existed in the past—in fact, it uses very few cards from Battle for Zendikar block—but was turbo-charged with the recent addition of Nissa, Voice of Zendikar and counter-distributing machine.

The deck works by lining up Hardened Scales with creatures that get or synergize with +1/+1 counters, and then hitting hard and fast. Hardened Scales is, of course, the key card, and the deck is far, far better with it in play. Servant of the Scale suddenly does a good Isamaru, Hound of Kondu Impression. Hangarback Walker saves two mana. Managorger Hydra gets absurdly large absurdly fast. Abzan Falconer tosses your whole team in the air for the killing blow. And Nissa? It's like getting to activate her -2 ability twice for no extra cost.

Ultimately, two copies made the Top 8 of Grand Prix Houston, so we're not quite looking at a revolution in the format, but we definitely have a new player on the scene.

Marc Jacobson's Hardened Scales—Top 8, Grand Prix Houston

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