The March 3, 2016 update

Posted in Daily Magic Update on March 3, 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 March 3, 2016. Today's Update is brought to you by countdowns. 5...4...3...2...

Today's Must

  1. Excerpt #4: On China | "Magic: The Addiction" | James Hsu

Here's something a bit different. James Hsu says he is publishing a book about his time spent playing Magic over the past 20 years, and he's published four excerpts from the book on his website. The fourth one is all about his experience playing in China, and it's pretty telling about the differences in culture that are nonetheless bridged by our little card game. Very cool read.

After That, Read, Watch, or Listen to These

  1. Everyone talks about Hardened Scales

Let's see, today is Thursday, which means it's exactly the right time of the week for publishing schedules to dive deep on the previous weekend—and the previous weekend was all about Standard and Hardened Scales at Grand Prix Houston. Want to read about or watch videos of the Green-White Hardened Scales deck? Here are some options:

And, of course, you can read all about the deck's breakout weekend on the Grand Prix Houston coverage page.

  1. Against the Odds: Psychogenic Probe | MTGGoldfish | Saffron Olive

Ever wanted to punish your opponent just for the act of shuffling? And then want to punish them some more by forcing them to shuffle a bunch—with a side of pain? Saffron finds out what that world is like with a Modern Psychogenic Probe list sure to cause headaches for your opponent.

  1. Werewolf Planeswalker: Arlinn Kord | Seibenlore

Well that was fast. Yesterday, we revealed a werewolf Planeswalker, Arlinn Kord. Today, Seibenlore has a video up about it. That's quite the turnaround.

  1. Top 10 Best Commons/Uncommons to Reprint in Eternal MastersPart 1 and Part 2 | The Mana Source | Wedge

Let the speculation continue!

What People Are Talking About

Tick, tock, tick, tock...

A whole lot of people clicked that very button on Magic Online when Sealed Leagues were finally open to the public just yesterday. So many, in fact, that the League cap was raised from 2,000 up to 3,000, and, as of this writing, there were 2,611 active players in the League. You can learn more about Sealed Leagues here, or just turn and ask the player closest to you. By this point, chances are good they've joined.

Amidst the talk of OH MY GOSH, A WEREWOLF PLANESWALKER yesterday, people took note of Hal and Alena as well. Just figured I'd make sure everyone saw Kimberly Kreines (the author of the story) give the official answer on Twitter.

Including this because no tweet has made me laugh this much this early in the morning. Or maybe it's because I'm half-awake that these GIFs made me giggle. Either way, Gaby Spartz's stream hosted a discussion of the best Magic-related GIFs last night, and Luis Scott-Vargas got pretty close to the best. In order:

Deck of the Day

  1. Scapeshift shifts back

Scapeshift has not been a terribly popular deck lately, but that might have been because the old version—a three-color version that went deep on blue for cards such as Remand and Cryptic Command—was pretty bad at playing a fast enough game to keep up with the Eldrazi. Which makes sense—the deck was meant to be a slow combo deck that could protect itself until it won with a single spell.

These days, who has that kind of time? Might as well go as fast as possible to seven lands, cast Scapeshift, and win, right? Charmed_Life's version drops blue for more acceleration, including the double-acceleration of Khalni Heart Expedition. You know speed is the key when Explore and Farseek are only worth two slots apiece. This deck benefits greatly from Eldrazi's inability to interact with it (Chalice of the Void is as close as that deck gets, and it's mostly set to one, which touches very little in this deck) and the general pushing out of counter magic in the format, making Scapeshifts without protection far more viable.

Will we see more of this deck in Detroit? Maybe in Melbourne? Could it blossom in Bologna? We'll find out this weekend!

Charmed_Life's Scapeshift—5-0 Modern League

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