The March 28, 2016 Update

Posted in Daily Magic Update on March 28, 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 28, 2016. Today's Update is brought to you by set reviews. So very many set reviews.

Today's Must

  1. Shadows over Innistrad Limited Set Review—White | ChannelFireball | Luis Scott-Vargas

Set reviews are starting in earnest now. There are going to be a lot of them, so my goal on the Daily Magic Update is to share some of the best, and highlight people who are doing them—not to show every one done every day.

And LSV's set reviews are widely considered among the, if not the, best around. Full of humor, strategy, and a semi-reliable rating scale, there's a reason these are so eagerly anticipated come preview season.

After That, Read, Watch, or Listen to These

  1. Shadows over Innistrad Set Review (Part 1): Multicolor | MTGGoldfish | Saffron Olive and Chaz V

Saffron's first hot-take is a video review, so click the link to see what he's got to say. Or to just add to their hits. I don't know, maybe you're feeling generous today.

  1. How to Build Delirium Decks | TCGPlayer | Melissa DeTora

Melissa walks through, step-by-step, the process of building a delirium deck. Starting with enablers, moving to payoffs, and finishing with decklists, this article is definitely your guide to building with this crazy ability.

What You Might Have Missed This Weekend

  1. Magic: The GatheringShadows over Innistrad Pre-Prerelease | LoadingReadyRun

LoadingReadyRun gathered a bunch of community members together this past weekend for a pre-Prerelease of Shadows over Innistrad and filmed the whole thing. With nearly 6 and a half hours of content, you'll almost never run out of video to watch between your boss's infrequent visits to your desk. Not that we would condone watching hours of Prerelease footage at work. But you could.

  1. Eric of Many Shadows | The Mana Pool | Chewie and the Dorks

The Dorks are joined by a special guest (I'll let them explain it) this week as they explore the Shadows over Innistrad set. It's a fun set review podcast worth your time if you're looking for an informative laugh.

  1. MTG Lore: Unwelcome | Seibenlore

Seibenlore's Friday Night Lore video from this past week covers Unwelcome, the recent Magic Story featuring both Jace Beleren and Liliana Vess. So if you're behind on the story or just love Seibenlore's lore voice, watch away.

  1. Building Blocks: Combo Decks | Constructed Resources | Marshall Sutcliffe and Eric Froehlich

With Shadows over Innistrad brewing just getting started, Marshall and Efro took a quick trip to Combo Town last Friday to talk about what it means to be a combo deck and how they tend to work across formats. This podcast is for you if you're relatively new and want more information on combo decks, or if you just like playing solitaire.

What People Are Talking About

There's a lot of brewing going on with Shadows over Innistrad right now, and the card on everyone's mind is the Serra Angel with about thirteen other abilities, Archangel Avacyn.



With the full Card Image Gallery out, attention, for some, has turned to speculating on the changes that will happen when the banned and restricted list is updated a week from today on April 4. Modern has been discussed ad nauseam over the past few months due to the surge of Eldrazi decks, so the discussion turned briefly this weekend to "What if we only restricted cards?" Aaron Forsythe explained why that wasn't something R&D wants to pursue.

The other line of discussion was what could be done about the Shops deck in Vintage. There seems to be something of a consensus that something must be done (though even that is contested), but that what should be done is up for debate. Lodestone Golem is the popular choice to restrict, but Sam Black came in with the notion to restrict Mishra's Workshop itself. He wasn't alone in that sentiment.

Deck of the Day

  1. Vintage Oath of Druids

Montolio walked away with quite a bit of swag on Magic Online this weekend after conquering the Power Nine Challenge on Sunday. Of course, by the look of his deck, he has all the swag he needs.

For those unfamiliar, this deck uses the card Oath of Druids in combination with Forbidden Orchard to pull giant monsters straight from the deck into play—in this case Griselbrand and Emrakul, the Aeons Torn. As a backup plan, this deck uses Show and Tell—which isn't always included in Oath lists—to power out either creature or the single copy of Omniscience, which lets the deck do pretty much anything.

And speaking of talk of restricting something from Workshop, Montolio came prepared for Shops, packing main deck Steel Sabotage and the full four copies between the main deck and board, as well as Nature's Claims and Abrupt Decays. Combine that with Oath of Druids's ability to basically always be on and virtually impossible to remove against Shops, and you have a potent weapon for fighting an artifact-infused metagame.

Montolio's Vintage Oath—1st place, Power Nine Challenge

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