The October 31, 2016 Update

Posted in Daily Magic Update on October 31, 2016

By Blake Rasmussen

Blake is the content manager for DailyMTG.com, 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 October 31, 2016. Today's Update is brought to you by Halloween. This year I'm going as someone who obsessively talks about their Panharmonicon deck and Cloudblazer. What about you?

First, Some Things That Might Interest You

  1. Commander (2016 Edition) Tokens

The last piece of the puzzle people were looking for during preview week for Commander (2016 Edition) last week were the (many, many) tokens. Well, look no farther.

  1. Planechase Anthology Packaging

Commander (2016 Edition) releases November 11, but if that isn't enough to take care of your multiplayer cravings, we have the ultimate multiplayer experience coming out November 25. We announced it a while back, but we haven't yet shown you what it's going to look like. How about we do that now?

What You Might Have Missed this Weekend

  1. Grand Prix Warsaw and Santiago

It was a tale of two decks this weekend, as Black-Green Delirium put the most copies of any deck into the Top 8s of both Warsaw and Santiago, but White-Blue Flash won each of the tournaments. But there was plenty more coming out of those tournaments to pay attention to. Here are a few items worth looking back on:

I also want to talk about the deck that got second at Santiago, so we'll do that in the Deck of the Day below. It was a gutsy metagame call that nearly paid off for one player.

  1. North American Eternal Weekend Top 8 Decks in Vintage and Legacy

Somehow it was fitting—Emrakul, the Promised End—yes, the one currently legal in Standard—dealt the final points of damage in the Vintage Championship during Eternal Weekend as Joseph Bogaard won that particular crown. And, oddly enough, even though it didn't make the Top 8, Paradoxical Outcome—yes, the Kaladesh card—was the talk of the tournament. You can check out the Top 8 decks in both Legacy and Vintage on the link above.

You can check out the replays of Emrakul's Vintage takeover as well as everything else from the Card Titan Twitch archive page.

  1. Eric Deschamps Slideshow of Flaying Tendrils Promo Art Creation

Over the weekend, Eric Deschamps showed off his process for the creation of some Eldritch Moon promotional art. It's spooky and gorgeous.

After Those, Read, Watch, or Listen to These

  1. The Scariest Cards in Modern! | StarCityGames.com | Jennifer Long

There are some truly terrifying cards and pieces of art in Modern, and Long uses those as a jumping-off point for several short stories inspired by some horrifying cards. This is a fun one.

  1. Episode 440—Spooky Subtypes: All the Rest | The Mana Pool | Chewie and the Dorks

Halloween needs a few spooky creatures running around, so Chewie and the Dorks cover Magic's horrors (not just Horrors) in this podcast. Though, to me, few things are scarier than a Lemur...I mean, Lemure.

(For those who don't know, Hyalopterous Lemure is a Spirit, and a lemure is a restless or migrant dead. But the picture looks kind of cuddly. That's because there was a misunderstanding about the difference between a lemur (an adorable primate) and a lemure.)

What People Are Talking About

  1. I carved one of my favorite card arts for Halloween this year: Necropotence

You win the Magic pumpkin-carving contest. This Necropotence-inspired pumpkin looks so good, it can draw 19 cards.

Congratulations Mark. Your job can have a drink on me.

Deck of the Day

  1. Jonathan Lobo Melamed's Blue-Red Fevered Visions

Fevered Visions is a deck known for feasting on midrange decks just like Black-Green Delirium, and boy did Jonathan Lobo Melamed feast this weekend, finishing in second place at Grand Prix Santiago.

The deck is a holdover from pre-Kaladesh Standard, with a few important upgrades. First, Spirebluff Canal is a great upgrade for the mana base in a deck that lacked enough strong dual lands until Kaladesh. Second, Chandra, Torch of Defiance finally came out to play, acting as a key four-drop at the top of Melamed's curve. Chandra, along with the deck's namesake Fevered Visions, makes sure the deck never lacks for things to do.

Speaking of things to do, Thing in the Ice was nowhere to be seen. Instead, Melamed went aggressive with Thermo-Alchemist and Stormchaser Mage, choosing damage over any form of subtlety or trickery. From there, cheap removal and direct damage did the rest.

As black-green continues to re-rise, look for Fevered Visions to start keeping it in check, just as Melamed almost did all the way to a trophy. Almost.

Jonathan Lobo Melamed's Blue-Red Fevered Visions

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