The September 23, 2016 update

Posted in Daily Magic Update on September 23, 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 September 23, 2016. Today's Update is brought to you by Kaladesh Prereleases. May your promo be a planeswalker and your pool contain a Kaladesh Invention.

Prepping for the Prerelease

  1. The Kaladesh Prerelease Primer | ChannelFireball | Paulo Vitor Damo da Rosa

So this Prerelease Primer is more like a primer for people who have been to Prereleases before, but want a specific leg up for Kaladesh—what's good, what's bad, how to use certain mechanics, etc. And it's great for that. PVDDR always does a good job prepping players to win. But if this is your first Prerelease of any kind, or you're still pretty new to the game, I would also check out Gavin Verhey's Prerelease Primer from earlier this week. It's aimed at beginners.

  1. Kaladesh Prerelease Guide: Everything You Need to Know! | The Mana Source | Wedge

If you like your Prerelease primers in video form, then this one is for you! Why read all those words when you can listen to all those words. And there are moving pictures!

And if you want more than one video for your Prerelease prep, Gaby Spartz shared 6 Things to Know Before Your First MTG Prerelease.

  1. Kaladesh Removal List | MTGGoldfish | Sameer Merchant

Merchant created this spreadsheet as a companion to yesterday's instant-speed tricks list. It shows off the set's removal, divided by whether the removal is permanent, temporary, hits non-creatures, or removes something before it hits the battlefield. The list is, to say the least, incredibly thorough.

  1. The Comprehensive Guide to Energy in Limited | MTGMintCard | Chapman Sim

Speaking of comprehensive lists, Sim quite thoroughly covers the energy economy in Kaladesh—both what makes how much and what uses which amounts. If you want to dive deep, the resources are definitely available to you.

Speaking of which, here's a challenge. During the LoadingReadyRun Pre-Prerelease, I reached a high-point of 29 energy in one absurd game. That was, by far, the most of anyone during that event. Let me know if you beat that by tweeting at me @blakepr. Highest number gets a shout-out in the next Daily Update.

After Those, Read, Watch, or Listen to These

  1. Kaladecks | GAM Podcast | Gerry Thompson, Michael Majors, and Andrew Brown

Already thinking past the Prerelease to your first Friday Night Magic? Thompson, Majors, and Brown have been furiously testing decks for new Standard, and have more than a few insights to share.

  1. Toolcraft Exemplar is a Cross-Format All-Star | Top Level Podcast | Mike Flores and Patrick Chapin

In the grand tradition of Top Level Podcast, Chapin and Flores pick one card to get super excited about and hyperbolize it effusively. Better than Wild Nacatl? Could be! Smuggler's Copter the best card in Kaladesh? Chapin thinks so! Cloudblazer the best Mulldrifter since Mulldrifter? They don't talk about that, but it is!

  1. Dwarves Are Awesome | | Adrian Sullivan

Dwarves are awesome, thanks for noticing, Adrian. This article takes a look at the Dwarves of Kaladesh and discusses—in detail—how and why they're awesome.

  1. Madcap Monday | The Girlfriend Bracket | Erin Campbell, Hallie Santo, Katie Neal, and Kriz Schultz

There is Kaladesh talk in this episode, but the episode is about quite a bit more than that. From self-care to stereotyping to surrounding yourself with the right people, this episode is more about being a Magic player than playing Magic.

What People Are Talking About

  1. I'm new to MTG. Should I go to a Prerelease event?

This is a question that comes up around every Prerelease, and the answer is always the same—yes! Check out the thread for all of the reasons why Prereleases are tailor-made for new players.

Deck of the Day

  1. Bant Good Stuff | FisforFAKE

Even with Dromoka's Command and Collected Company rotating out of Standard, the guts of the Bant deck still exist. A number of players have been looking to move forward with some kind of strong Bant shell in the new Standard—and initial reports are strong.

For this one, I grabbed a list posted by FisforFAKE on the Reddit Spikes forum that has been getting some excited discussion. The deck strongly resembles Bant Company lists, just without, you know, Collected Company, and with a few Kaladesh goodies mixed in.

FisforFAKE also mixed in four copies of Essence Flux, in recognition of how many enters-the-battlefield abilities the deck has without having Collected Company to use them at instant speed. So that end-of-turn Reflector Mage you thought was gone? It's back. Spell Queller safely in play with no spell under it? Now a single U counters your spell. This deck is still quite dangerous, even without Collected Company.

FisforFAKE's Bant Good Stuff

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