Hot off the heels of one of the biggest news weeks in recent memory, the last few days of February were relatively quiet by comparison.

Relative being the key term.

Find a Local Game Store

Wizards has released an event and store locator. You can check it out here. While still in Beta, this tool can help players old and new alike find a local game store, as well as a place to participate in events like Friday Night Magic prereleases.

Modern Horizons

Modern is a high powered format. Since its inception, the card pool has been limited in that all the cards have had to pass through Standard to make it to the larger format. This has proved problematic. As the power level of Modern goes up, it becomes harder and harder for cards balanced for Standard to make an impact.

Modern Horizons looks to help remedy this issue. The set, which contains both reprints and new cards, will not be Standard legal but every card will be eligible for inclusion in Modern decks (as well as Legacy, Vintage, and Commander). The new cards will be geared towards older formats—the reprints, however, are something different entirely. They are cards not currently legal in Modern—this means that they could be from a supplemental product like Commander or a pre-Mirrodin release like Invasion—and will become legal in Modern once released in Modern Horizons.

The Modern specific release will release on June 14th (and come to Magic Online on June 13th), and will also feature a prerelease the weekend of June 8th. Previews for Modern Horizon will start at the end of May.

Grand Prix Los Angeles

Modern was the name of the game at the Grand Prix at MagicFest Los Angeles. The Grand Prix was the first event this year to feature video coverage provided by ChannelFireball. That wasn’t the only first at Los Angeles. Dana Fischer became the youngest player to ever make Day 2 of a Grand Prix, and the first ever Pauper Mythic Qualifier was held on Saturday.

At the end of Day 2, only eight remained. There were two copies each of Izzet Phoenix, Dredge, and Hardened Scales, as well as a TitanShift and a Grixis Death’s Shadow in the elimination rounds. In the end it was Pro Tour Guilds of Ravnica Top 8 competitor Michael Bernat on Izzet Phoenix that emerged victorious. The power of Faithless Looting was on full display as Bernat was able to get firebirds for free and awaken horrors, while also using Standard all-star Pteramander a week away from its breakout performance at the Mythic Championship.

Izzet Phoenix

Michael Bernat

2 Polluted Delta
4 Scalding Tarn
4 Spirebluff Canal
3 Steam Vents
3 Island
2 Mountain
4 Arclight Phoenix
2 Crackling Drake
2 Pteramander
4 Thing in the Ice/Awoken Horror
1 Chart a Course
4 Faithless Looting
2 Gut Shot
2 Lightning Axe
4 Lightning Bolt
4 Manamorphose
4 Serum Visions
1 Surgical Extraction
4 Thought Scour
4 Opt

Sideboard
2 Surgical Extraction
1 Spell Pierce
1 Shattering Spree
1 Rending Volley
2 Dragon's Claw
2 Dispel
1 Chandra, Torch of Defiance
2 Blood Moon
1 Anger of the Gods
2 Abrade

Looking Forward

The MagicFest train takes a break next week before a double dip the week after. The weekend of March 15th sees Modern Grand Prix at the MagicFests in Bilbao and Tampa. After that it’s only two weeks until the Mythic Invitational at PAX East.