The March 14, 2016 Update

Posted in Daily Magic Update on March 14, 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 14, 2016. Today's Update is brought to you by previews! They're here! Shadows over Innistrad previews are finally here, and as such...

Today's Previews

Every day during preview season, you can look to this section for any previews you might have missed, as we'll keep it updated with anything previewed not on DailyMTG. Today, that list is pretty short—but not short on power.

  1. Anguished Unmaking | TCGPlayer

Anguished Unmaking is the next card in a line of Vindicate-like effects coming out of black-white. TCGPlayer has the scoop in video form and a pair of articles by Melissa DeTora and Jadine Klomparens.

  1. Nahiri, the Harbinger | Gathering Magic

Nahiri is back—and she's angry. Anger leads to...well, in a white Planeswalker's case, it leads to becoming Boros.

After Those, Read, Watch, or Listen to These

  1. Sleepers and Busts for the Shadows over Innistrad Standard | MTGGoldfish | Saffron Olive

With previews starting (you did see above, right?), Saffron gets one last look at some potential sleepers in the new Standard, as well as the cards that probably aren't going to make it in the new world. Bring to Light without fetch lands, anyone?

  1. Brewer's Remorse | StarCityGames | Chris Lansdell

This is kind of the other side of the coin from Saffron's article above. Here, Chris lists cards not that he thought could or should have been better, but cards that are about to rotate out that he wishes he could go back in time and brew with. So much possibility, so little time.

What People Are Talking About

The was the best pair of tweets to encapsulate the absurdity of the team Grand Prix finals in Washington, D.C. Mike Hron and Rich Hoaen teamed up to win the last team Grand Prix—and then paired with other players to, I don't know, make it fair? The Top 4 was stacked, and the finals didn't disappoint, but, in the end, both Mike Hron and Rich Hoaen couldn't win the tournament—this time.

Yeah, a lot of "what people are talking about" for the next two weeks is going to be about Shadows over Innistrad, especially when cards like this are so frickin' cool. Sam Stoddard, who designed Startled Awake, tweeted a bit about how the card came to be.

What You Might Have Missed This Weekend

  1. The Kids Are All Right | Corbin Hosler | Wizards of the Coast

Every tournament has some story that grabs people's attention, that transcends the game just a bit and reminds us that there are so many people who play—and so many stories that go with them. This is that story from Grand Prix Washington, D.C., about three brothers, ages ten, thirteen, and fifteen, who all made Day 2. Even though their mom wouldn't let them play on the same team.

  1. MTG—Top 10 Best/Most Powerful Magic: The Gathering Decks of All Time! | The Mana Source | Wedge

I'm a little disappointed all of these decks don't contain either Mulldrifter or Cruel Ultimatum, but it's an okay list otherwise. Keep in mind while listening—these are decks Wedge thinks are contextually powerful in their respective formats. So don't expect ten decks with Ancestral Recall or Mishra's Workshop.

  1. Notes from the Coverage Booth: Houston and Detroit | ChannelFireball | Luis Scott-Vargas

Luis has a different kind of tournament report this weekend—one from the coverage perspective. He runs rapid-fire through a lot of topics, so try to keep up.

Deck of the Day

  1. Grand Prix Washington, D.C., Champions

It's not like you're going to download these lists and pump them directly into Magic Online, but I definitely have to give credit to the champions. They overcame a number of other stacked teams to take the crown at Grand Prix Washington, D.C., and they did it with some pretty sweet decks in the finals—including Matt Severa's very saucy double Ruins of Oran-Rief deck with Inverter of Truth. Congratulations!

Justin Cohen's Red-Green

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Matt Severa's Blue-Black

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Mike Hron's White-Blue

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