The March 22, 2016 Update

Posted in Daily Magic Update on March 22, 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 22, 2016. Today's Update is brought to you by the number thirteen.

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. Also watch Mark Rosewater's Twitter account for another card later today!

  1. Triskaidekaphobia

Ladies and gentlemen, LoadingReadyRun.

  1. Fevered Visions

Everyone loves drawing cards! It's great for everyone! Right? Right? Brainstorm Brewery explores this preview card that challenges that notion.

  1. Hanweir Militia Captain / Westvale Cult Leader

The UK branch of Ars Technica previewed this flipping beauty, including close-up looks at the art of both sides.

After Those, Read, Watch, or Listen to These

  1. White-Black Control in Shadows Standard | ChannelFireball | Brian DeMars

Brewing intensifies.

The Card Image Gallery isn't yet full, but people are already getting a jump on potential decks for post-rotation Standard. Today's offering from Brian DeMars is a white-black list inspired by getting the most out of Relentless Dead—in a control shell.

  1. Shadows over Innistrad: Mythic Count Down (Part 2) | MTGGoldfish | Saffron Olive

Saffron is back with the second part of his mythic rare countdown for Shadows over Innistrad. You'll never guess what he has at No. 1!

And that is my one attempt at being click-baity today.

  1. MtA Episode 165: Flavor Funtime | Magic the Amateuring | Meghan Wolff and Maria Barthold

Shadows over Innistrad is dripping with flavor, so it's natural Meghan and Maria jump on the flavor train with Wizards of the Coast Community Manager Alison Luhrs. I didn't pick this item because my coworker was in it, but that didn't hurt. Plus, Alison was one of the key people involved in the big Shadows over Innistrad launch weekend, and the mastermind behind Hanweir Chronicles. If you're paying attention to the lore around this set, you better pay attention to this podcast.

Judge Promos

  1. Shardless Agent and Temporal Manipulation

With shipments going out soon, we thought we'd give everyone a peek at the latest judge promos.

What People Are Talking About

For those wondering what nickname the new dual lands received from R&D...

We are still very likely to call them "shadow lands" here at DailyMTG, but a new challenger could arise to make us change our minds. Maybe. Although I don't think my suggestion to follow the Lorwyn tribal lands' naming convention is going to stick.

  1. Prerelease puzzle solved, explanation and rewards

What's this now? Prerelease puzzle? But the Prerelease hasn't happened yet!

Well, posters for the Prerelease started arriving in stores all around the world, and each one had a piece of a larger puzzle. The internet banded together to solve it and tracked down the cause of Innistrad's problems—Nahiri. As a reward, the internet received a few new preview cards, plus some cool concept art, including Nahiri's. Good job, internet!

Deck of the Day

  1. Esper Dragons—new top of the food chain?

Over the weekend, Esper Dragons, in the hands of Robert Wright, came thiiis close to winning the Standard Open in Indianapolis. He ultimately fell to Andrew Funkhouser's Rally the Ancestors deck, but that deck is soon to rotate. And Esper Dragons? It mostly stays intact.

From the main deck, Wright's list loses Disdainful Stroke, fetch lands, a single copy of Utter End, and a pair of Crux of Fates. That's it. Well, almost it. Those are all pretty replaceable in some form or fashion (except maybe Crux of Fate). The big loss, as with many of these blue decks, is Dig Through time. Esper Dragons can look toward Dragonlord's Prerogative to fill that gap, but it's not the same.

But there's a very solid core of Dragonlord Ojutai, Dragonlord Silumgar, Jace, Silumgar's Scorn, and Foul-Tongue Invocation that still exists and will likely continue to be a player in the new Standard.

Robert Wright's Esper Dragons—2nd Place, Open Indianapolis

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