The March 25, 2016 Update

Posted in Daily Magic Update on March 25, 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 25, 2016. Today's Update is brought to you by the full Card Image Gallery for Shadows over Innistrad, which is up today!

Today's Musts

  1. Shadows over Innistrad Top 20 | TCGPlayer | Craig Wescoe

Let the countdowns begin! No. 11 will shock and amaze you! You won't believe which card Craig says is No. 3!

We're going to see a lot of countdown articles coming up, so brace yourselves, but a lot of them are going to be worth reading. This is one of them. Wescoe, a Pro Tour Champion, runs down 20 of the most impactful cards from Shadows over Innistrad. You'll never...wait, sorry. He does get a little cheaty with numbers 20–16 though. (Hint: They're dual lands).

If decklists are more what you're looking for and you have Premium—sorry, it isn't on the free side—you can also check out Gerry Thompson's spewing of a million new decklists here.

Announcing New Booster Battle Packs

  1. Now, with Shadows over Innistrad...

Coming with the Shadows over Innistrad release is another way to experience Magic—Booster Battle Packs.

Available in North American mass market stores, Booster Battle Packs contain a random pairing of two 30-card decks ready to battle against each other, as well as two Shadows over Innistrad booster packs to spice things up. These ready-to-play decks are flavored to feel like playing Sealed, with just a dash of the excitement that comes from opening up a booster pack or two.

Grab a Battle Pack, grab a friend, and you've got everything you need.

We're offering these in mass market stores as a way to help out players who don't have access to one of our awesome hobby retailers. The decks are the same five monocolored decks available for free at Wizards Play Network locations around the world, and they offer a quick and easy way to learn and improve your Magic game—all while battling your friends.

They look like this:

Look for Booster Battle Packs in mass market stores starting April 29 with an MSRP of $9.99.

Before we go, some people have already noticed that there are cards in these decks that have a unique expansion symbol. Just so we're all aware, these cards are Standard-legal for as long as Shadows over Innistrad cards are Standard-legal.

After Those, Read, Watch, or Listen to These

  1. The Winners and Losers of the New Standard Format | ChannelFireball | Owen Turtenwald

The No. 1 player in the world has the scoop on the cards and combinations he's eying as the format rotates. He sees some major players going up, others going down, and one or two plummeting. As usual, Owen doesn't mince words.

  1. Shadows Over Innistrad Character Spotlight: Avacyn | Wizards of the Coast

We shine the spotlight on Avacyn, who lately has been acting a little more...punitive.

Voiced by Matt Tabak and laced with his sense of humor, this is the tl;dr version of Avacyn and Innistrad. It's a 2-minute summary to catch you up with the story so far up to Shadows over Innistrad.

  1. Shadows Over Innistrad Mechanics and When to Use Removal | Limited Resources | Marshall Sutcliffe and Luis Scott-Vargas

Marshall and Luis get a bit of a jump on Shadows over Innistrad—by a few hours—and start talking mechanics of the new set.

  1. Arlinn Kord Play Patterns | Top Level Podcast | Mike Flores and Patrick Chapin

Chapin and Flores explore likely—and even some unlikely—scenarios for Sorin, Grim Nemesis and Alrinn Kord in their typical incredibly detailed style.

  1. Dragons in New Standard | | Shaheen Soorani

Dragons aren't going anywhere just yet. With Dragons of Tarkir sticking around in Standard for a bit, these flying behemoths aren't ready to stop casting shadows over Standard. Shaheen Soorani serves up three potential new Standard lists fueled by the best kind of fuel—Dragons.

  1. Do the Thing | The Girlfriend Bracket | Erin Campbell, Hallie Santo, Katie Neal, and Kriz Schultz

The Girlfriend Bracket tackles a number of topics, but the foremost among them is diversity in Magic, spurred on by this article in online Forbes.

  1. Crapshots Ep332—The Rhino | LoadingReadyRun

It's sad to see an animal forced out of its natural habitat. Let's all shed a single tear for Siege Rhino.

What People Are Talking About

There's no fighting it. This is the topic for today. Which cards are good, which are bad, what's the Limited environment all about, and where's our legendary Werewolf? You can discuss it all using the hashtag #MTGSOI on Twitter or join in the discussion on Reddit. Either way, good luck trying to discuss anything else with a Magic fan today.

Deck of the Day

  1. Green-Blue Crush

Here's something truly new, out of a Invitational Qualifier in Hatboro, Pennsylvania (where all true innovation comes from). Cory Dissenger finished in 7th place with a new list that almost entirely survives rotation.

Eschewing white and Collected Company, Dissenger took parts of the Bant Company Deck deck, included some blue instants, and tacked on a heaping helping of Crush of Tentacles. That, by the way, is what the Briber's Purse is for—a semi-useful zero-cost spell that can turn on surge for Crush of Tentacles when necessary.

Also note the liberal use of Pulse of Murasa, which can form a pretty strong loop with Den Protector as the game goes long.

The deck loses only a few cards with the rotation, and could potentially gain a few new cards from Shadows over Innistrad. Oh, have I not mentioned? The full Card Image Gallery is live. Maybe you can pick up some ideas over there.

Cory Dissenger's Green-Blue Crush

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