The March 21, 2016 Update

Posted in Daily Magic Update on March 21, 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 21, 2016. Today's Update is brought to you by lots and lots of things to cover. This weekend, today, and April 6 have given us quite a bit to talk about.

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 somewhere other than DailyMTG.

  1. Rare land cycle

A lot of people had started to wonder what the latest iteration of dual lands would look like and, well, now we know. Our European team members revealed the cycle this morning, which is the afternoon for them. Time is weird. Check out the full cycle on the @Wizards_MagicEU Twitter handle.

  1. Burn from Within

Hareruya, a prominent Japanese Magic site, revealed Burn from Within over the weekend. As usual, Reddit can supply the translation. But the gist? It's a big burn spell.

  1. Corrupted Grafstone

A new graveyard-related mana rock. It's been a while since we've had a two-mana, non-creature artifact that produces mana. Could this be something special?

  1. Call the Bloodline

Some of our Italian friends at Orgoglio Nerd were kind enough to preview this interesting madness enabler/army creator. The page is Italian, but the translation can be found on Reddit.

  1. Engulf the Shore

Mono-blue decks, we see you with this preview from PureMTGO.com. But you won't be seeing many creatures in play if you can commit to Islands with this beauty. Like, a real commitment. If you like it then you better put a ring on it–level commitment.

Magic Duels News

  1. Shadows over Innistrad to release April 6 in Magic Duels

Shadows over Innistrad releases in Magic Duels on April 6 for iPad, iPhone, Xbox One, and PC via Steam. There's a ton of new stuff and a bunch of new cards. Like a lot. No, more than that. You can find out more on the official Duels page.

What You Might Have Missed This Weekend

  1. Owen Turtenwald is still good at Magic

Owen Turtenwald, the world's No. 1-ranked player by a country mile, made the Top 8 of the StarCityGames.com Standard Open in Indianapolis this past weekend. Andrew Funkhouser won the whole thing, all the while confirming that, yes, his last name really is Funkhouser. And, yes, he can get down.

  1. Top 5 Moments from Grand Prix Paris | Wizards of the Coast | Frank Karsten

Grand Prix Paris was the final high-level Standard tournament before Shadows over Innistrad and the format rotation. Check out the top five moments from the tournament, including the win with Grixis Control by Petr Sochůrek.

  1. YouTube Update March 2016—MTG Pre-Prerelease, Merch, Sidewalk Slam | LoadingReadRun

This is mostly here because Graham talks a bit more in detail about the Shadows over Innistrad Pre-Prerelease happening March 26 (you can go straight to the 2:30 mark for that). Yes, that's a week before the normal Prerelease. What's that entail? Watch below to get the details.

After Those, Read, Watch, or Listen to These

  1. Standard Madness | TCGPlayer | Melissa DeTora

Madness is back, and Melissa DeTora has your guide, covering enablers to payoffs to just what makes madness so intriguing and powerful.

  1. Shadows over Innistrad: Mythic Count Down (Part 1) | MTGGoldfish | Saffron Olive

With most of the mythic rare cards for Shadows over Innistrad revealed, Saffron starts counting them down from worst to best.

What People Are Talking About

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"Hand lands" was the early nickname frontrunner for the new cycle of lands in Shadows over Innistrad, but a challenger has arisen in "shadow lands." We at DailyMTG are eagerly awaiting the outcome of this internet debate so we can completely ignore the results and go about our way calling them shadow lands.

Deck of the Day

  1. Grixis Control Takes Paris

With a Hall of Fame Pro (Ben Stark) standing in his way, Petr Sochůrek didn't blink. And why would he? He had three of the most powerful characters in Standard on his side—Chandra, Flamecaller; Jace, Vryn's Prodigy; and Kalitas, Traitor of Ghet. This weekend, it seemed like the four of them—Petr included—could do little wrong, and the Grixis deck took down a strong Top 8 at Grand Prix Paris.

Surprisingly, much of this deck is surviving the rotation. Dig Through Time is the biggest loss, though Murderous Cut and Disdainful Stroke hurt as well. Losing the fetch lands is rough, but with only three colors, it's entirely possible the deck holds on to enough fixing to remain around. Cut and Stroke are likely at least a little replaceable too. It's Dig Through Time, really, that will make or break whether this deck can survive come rotation. Is it replaceable? Can we find another card drawer? Is Chandra still amazing?

It's almost time to find out. But, in the meantime, congratulations to Petr Sochůrek for winning Grand Prix Paris.

Petr Sochůrek's Grixis Control—1st place, Grand Prix Paris

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