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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
"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.
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