The March 30, 2016 Update

Posted in Daily Magic Update on March 30, 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 30, 2016. Today's Update is brought to you by math.

Today's Must

  1. Magic Math—Shadow Lands and Battle Lands | ChannelFireball | Frank Karsten

Confused about how you're going to be combining the new dual lands from Shadows over Innistrad with the ones we already have from Battle for Zendikar? Fret no more, as Frank Karsten—the mathiest guy in all of Magic content—breaks it down.

I mean, how can you beat opening sentences like "After seeing the new cycle of allied-colored dual lands from Shadows over Innistrad, I knew that I had to write an article on math and mana bases in the new Standard."

Of course you did, Frank. That's why we love you.

After That, Read, Watch, or Listen to These

  1. Shadows over Innistrad Spoilers: Best of the Rest—Part 1: White! | The Mana Source | Wedge

Once again, Wedge cranked out a ton of content on new cards for Shadows over Innistrad, tracking everything as it was revealed. Well, with everything now revealed (and fully stocked in Gatherer!), Wedge has started wading through everything else as well. White and blue are already done, and who knows, by the time I finish writing this sentence he might be through black, red, and green as well.

You can check out the full playlist here, or just start watching videos below.

  1. Charts!

Shadows over Innistrad Removal | MTGGoldfish | Sameer Merchant

This handy-dandy page lists all of the removal in Shadows over Innistrad by color, rarity, and various conditions and types. It even comes in downloadable form! It's the perfect gift for the Spike who has everything.

Grinding It Out—Shadows over Innistrad Instants, Flash, and Madness Spells | Hipsters of the Coast | Monique Garraud

Speaking of handy charts, Monique Garraud at Hipsters of the Coast blesses us with a table of all things that can potentially played at instant speed. Combined with the removal chart from above, you can Play Around All of the Things.

  1. Shadows over Innistrad Commander Review! | | Sheldon Menery

Sheldon Menery, the godfather of Commander, is back with his massively thorough Commander set review. If you're a Commander player, this is the review to check out. Plus all the other reviews too. We at the Daily Magic Update like to spread the love.

  1. Giant Frogs and the Number 13 | TCGPlayer | Ali Aintrazi

One of the best, most out-there brewers in the game takes a crack at two of the best, most brew-worthy cards in Shadows over InnistradThe Gitrog Monster and Triskaidekaphobia.

  1. A Fourth Eldrazi Titan? | Seibenlore

Seibenlore goes over the Marit Lage theory and whether the giant, frozen monster could possibly be an Eldrazi—or the cause of the madness on Innistrad.

Top 25

  1. The Less Things Change, The More They Stay Exactly, Precisely The Same

Seriously, no changes. No Grand Prix and no Pro Tour means no Pro Points. Move along.

Rank Name Points Change Previous
1 Owen Turtenwald 83.84 1
2 Paulo Vitor Damo Da Rosa 66.54 2
3 Seth Manfield 65.46 3
4 Paul Rietzl 63.14 4
5 Martin Müller 63.03 5
6 Reid Duke 61.24 6
7 Alexander Hayne 59.86 7
8 Samuel Black 58.43 8
9 Mike Sigrist 56.68 9
10 Fabrizio Anteri 56.03 10
11 Ivan Floch 55.22 11
12 Ondřej Stráský 54.16 12
13 Eric Froehlich 54.03 13
14 Thiago Saporito 53.89 14
15 Jacob Wilson 52.51 15
16 Joel Larsson 52.49 16
17 Martin Dang 52.27 17
18 Ryoichi Tamada 51.78 18
19 Yuuya Watanabe 50.14 19
20 Brad Nelson 49.78 20
21 Jason Chung 49.54 21
22 William Jensen 49.24 22
23 Kentaro Yamamoto 48.86 23
24 Ben Stark 47.89 24
25 Kazuyuki Takimura 47.76 25

Dropped from rankings: NONE

What People Are Talking About

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Community Spotlight

  1. Introduction to the Lore behind Magic

One community member, going by the online name BoromirProtectionSquad on imgur, has been working their way through Magic's lore by way of introduction for new players. They're currently on Part 3: Chandra, the Fire of Kaladesh. Previously they covered an Introduction and Jace, Vryn's Prodigy. Every indication is that this series will be ongoing.

Deck of the Day

  1. Red-White Equipment

Now that Shadows over Innistrad is fully searchable in Gatherer, that means I can start showing off some of the cool new brews in the Deck of the Day section, since the deck lists won't look all wonky. So be prepared for so much Standard.

Today we're going to look at one of the more out-there decks I've seen brewed so far. Even the author, Brian DeMars, called it "one of the stranger decks to come out of my brewing sessions."

You can view the article on the deck at ChannelFireball.

At its kor—er, core—the deck is an aggressive-ish tokens-ish deck that uses Equipment to make all of its various tokens into real threats. Stone Haven Outfitter and Weapons Trainer then make those bonuses even more devastating, and Reckless Bushwhacker turns a half-lethal crew whole.

And then there's Bone Saw.

The deck looks oddly synergistic and fun, which is not something I often say about Boros-flavored aggressive decks. It's quirky and new, and maybe we finally have enough pieces to turn this Draft archetype into a real contender.

Brian DeMars' Red-White Equipment

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