The March 17, 2016 Update

Posted in Daily Magic Update on March 17, 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 17, 2016. Today's Update is brought to you by Drownyard Temple. Because I'm allowed to play favorites with preview cards.

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. Here's what is public by the time I write this, but I would keep an eye on Reddit and a pair of Twitter accounts for more.

  1. Europe gets previewy—Traverse the Ulvenwald and Westvale Abbey/Ormendahl, Profane Prince

Our European brothers and sisters of Wizards of the Coast previewed a pair of cards in the past 24 hours, with Traverse the Ulvenwald coming out on Twitter and Westvale Abbey/Ormendahl, Profane Prince being previewed in multiple languages at the same time—French, Italian, German, and Spanish.

  1. Olivia's Bloodsworn, Stromkirk Mentor, Twins of Maurer Estate, Merciless Resolve

Gaby Spartz celebrated her Oliva, Mobilized for War preview on by showing off a virtual coven of Vampire-related cards on her stream, which you can watch here.

  1. Rise from the Tides

This preview came to us from Japan. Where they live in the future. True story.

  1. Drownyard Temple

Mana Deprived previewed this gem that really gets my Johnny sensibilities going. But, apparently, it also tickles other people's griefer sensibilities

  1. Pieces of the Puzzle

It took me a second to figure this out, but if you don't speak Japanese, you can see the card about halfway down by clicking on a blue button. This card was previewed here to show off the related Grand Prix playmat. As usual, Reddit is helpful for translations (and for pointing out this leaked before this official preview).

  1. Vessel of Volatility

Pauper gets a little love in this Gathering Magic preview from, who else, Alex Ullman.

And, yes, this is part of a cycle. You'll see the rest of the cycle on next week when Marshall Sutcliffe takes the stage.

After Those, Read, Watch, or Listen to These

  1. I'm GP Like DC Morning | JudgeCast | CJ Shrader

There's been a lot of chatter in the last week about how well Grand Prix Washington, D.C., was run, especially considering it was a team tournament and one of the largest Magic tournaments ever. Several high-level judges join the podcast to talk about how that feat was accomplished and what their experiences were like.

  1. Affinity Ascendancy (Videos) | TCGPlayer | Raphael Levy

If the title alone doesn't pique your curiosity, maybe three cards involved in this brew will—Day's Undoing, Erayo, Soratami Ascendant, and, of course, Ornithopter. Good ol' Ornithopter.

  1. The MTG Ethicist—Clocks, Newbs, and Exploits | ChannelFireball | Matt Sperling

Unique among repeating features (well, at least one repetition), the MTG Ethicist takes a look at ethical dilemmas in the game and answers the question we all ask ourselves when facing such a dilemma—what would Matt Sperling do?

  1. Against the Odds: Battle of Wits | MTGGoldfish | Saffron Olive

It could work, right? Battle of Wits is a card that can totally happen, yeah? I mean, if you just find the right...sure, and there's that new...yeah, but...

Hmm, maybe just watch and see what Saffron can do with it.

What People Are Talking About

  1. San Francisco Giants Player Hunter Pence Playing Magic: The Gathering

The title says exactly what it means. If you don't follow sports, American sports, or baseball, Hunter Pence is a very talented Major League Baseball player, and one of the best players in the game. He also, apparently, enjoys a bit of Battle for Zendikar block Limited.

But the most impressive fact about Hunter Pence? He recently played himself on Fuller House, where he dated Stephanie Tanner. A dream come true, I'm sure.

Deck of the Day

  1. The Eldrazi Take Shape in Standard

With the rotation nearly upon us, it behooves us to look at decks that might survive the rotation intact or nearly so, and today's offering is a Blue Eldrazi deck that's been making the rounds a bit recently and keeps most of its key players around—namely, the Eldrazi—but does take some hits on a few fronts.

For one, this is the deck that has made Ghostfire Blade really shine. Every creature either is colorless or makes colorless creatures, making Ghostfire Blade equip on the cheap. Additionally, Tomb of the Spirit Dragon gives the deck a ton of free life points against aggressive decks, and merely takes up a land slot. That will be hard to replace, if not impossible.

Wernillious 3-1 Standard Daily—Blue Eldrazi

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