The March 15, 2016 Update

Posted in Daily Magic Update on March 15, 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 15, 2016. Today's Update is brought to you by Isobel the Angel.

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 in places other than DailyMTG.

  1. Arlinn Kord/Arlinn, Embraced by the Moon | ChannelFireball | Luis Scott-Vargas

We've been basically counting down to Arlinn since her story a few weeks back. And now you can finally see her. Werewolf Planeswalker!

  1. Sage of Ancient Lore/Werewolf of Ancient Hunger | The Mana Source | Wedge

Wedge is hungry like the wolf, and this particular Werewolf is getting its Maro on.

  1. Falkenrath Gorger | | Masashi Koyama

Already dubbed "Savannah Lions with upside" by the Reddit crowd, this little guy should see some serious play. Oh, and this is also the packaging Vampire we saw last week!

  1. Rattlechains | MagicCorporation

The flashiest of Spirits is here to make all your flashy Spirit dreams come true. The original is in French, but Reddit did good work translating it.

  1. Macabre Waltz | Gathering Magic | Mike Linnemann

We've seen this card a few times before, and each time the art has been—disturbing. And this version may be the best yet. It's that cool. Mike Linnemann talks to the artist, William Murai, to get his take on the process and the vision of this spooky piece.

After Those, Read, Watch, or Listen to These

  1. MTAcast—It's GP DC! Team Sealed and Interviews with the Personalities of Magic: The Gathering | Magic the Amateuring | Meghan Wolff and Maria Bartholdi

Meghan and Maria report live (but, like, recorded live) from Grand Prix Washington, D.C., and talk Team Sealed and get in a few interviews with the people behind the scenes. And also in front of the scenes. Basically, all around the scenes.

  1. All 61 Modern Legal Planeswalker Rankings (Pt. 1/2) | Masters of Modern | Alex Kessler and Ben Bateman

This is pretty great, and quite the endeavor. The Masters of Modern seek to rank every Modern-legal planeswalker. In fact, it's such a task that the crew only gets through the first half in this podcast. No spoilers, but—poor Jace, the Living Guildpact. All he wanted to do was bring balance to the planeswalker pantheon.

And while you're over at Rocket Jump, you might as well check out The Command Zone as well, which spends its 100th episode building a Commander deck live.

  1. MTG—How to Build a 3 Color EDH/Commander Mana Base for Magic: The Gathering | Tolarian Community College | The Professor

The Professor gets on his teaching stool and breaks out the slide rule to discuss building three-color mana bases in Commander. Since a lot of Commander players love going three colors, and since nearly as many have trouble getting the mana right (I'll throw myself in that camp), this ends up being a very useful, informative video all about that mana.

What People Are Talking About

How cool is this? Artist Howard Lyon used four separate paintings for Magic cards to tell the story of an angel he calls Isobel. He even spells it out in this Reddit thread.

Deck of the Day

  1. Bant Tokens—Nearly Rotation-Proof

Thomas Berry won a StarCityGames Invitational Qualifier with a deck that, well, it's pretty close to rotation-proof with a few substitutions.

First of all, the deck is looking to flood the board with cheap, hard-hitting creatures alongside token producers like Eldrazi Skyspawner, Hangarback Walker, and the odd Secure the Wastes. From there, Nissa, Voice of Zendikar and Gideon, Ally of Zendikar buff everyone. Dromoka's Command and Silkwrap are there for support, and the sideboard offers enough disruption to get the deck by.

So what rotates from this list? Well, the mana base will have to be redone with the loss of fetch lands, but that should be possible. Otherwise, only Warden of the First Tree and Wingmate Roc rotate, and it's possible Shadows over Innistrad will have some kind of replacements for them, though Wingmate Roc is the hardest to substitute for. The deck could, for instance, simply play more Hangarback Walkers or Secure the Wastes. It could even support Retreat to Emeria, though that gets less attractive as landfall leaves fetch lands behind.

Thomas Berry's Bant Tokens, 1st Place, StarCityGames Invitational Qualifier

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