The October 5, 2016 Update

Posted in Daily Magic Update on October 5, 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 October 5, 2016. Today's Update is brought to you by Jonny Magic's semi-annual article writing, as he posted a rare article today about an even more rare foray into non-Pro Tour tournament play.

Today's Must

  1. Top 5 Kaladesh Illustrations | Hipsters of the Coast | Matt Jones

Short, simple, and to the point, this piece illustrates the five best pieces in Kaladesh, according to Jones. Well, really the top seven, as he includes two honorable mentions. But, clearly, if there are only two of them, they're ranked sixth and seventh, right?

After That, Read, Watch, or Listen to These

  1. A Pick Order List for Kaladesh Draft | ChannelFireball | Frank Karsten

Karsten gets ahead of his normal cadence and releases his pick order for Kaladesh before the Pro Tour. I guess that means Kaladesh is solved. Everyone can go home now.

(But, seriously, this article is great for anyone who drafts the set. And you should draft Kaladesh. It's great.)

  1. NEW Red-White Vehicles Standard Deck Tech for Magic: The GatheringKaladesh! | The Mana Source | Wedge

The hottest deck in Standard right now is Red-White Vehicles (see the Deck of the Day below), and Wedge has a primer for the deck queued up and ready for your vrooming.

  1. The 25 Best Decks in Modern: #25–14 | ChannelFireball | Brian DeMars

This is really cool for anyone who likes Modern. Or semi-arbitrary rating scales. Here, DeMars ranks decks in four categories—whether they lose to themselves, how often they score free wins, their resilience to hate, and their flexibility—and then uses that to rank the decks he sees as the best 25 in Modern.

  1. Commander Deck Tech Podcasts

Commander fan? Podcast fan? Rhetorical question fan? Well, then this entry is for you. I've got two entries in the podcasts about Commander decks series here, and they're both quite enjoyable.

They both clock in at around an hour, so they're perfect if you have a terrible commute home today, or just need a palate cleanser after the US Vice Presidential debate last night.

  1. It's Smuggler's Copter's World, We Just Live in It | Constructed Resources | Marshall Sutcliffe and Eric Froehlich

Wait, two podcasts within seven days of each other? What's gotten into the guys at Constructed Resources? This type of productivity is unprecedented...

As I said yesterday, the Smuggler's Copter hype train has left the station, and pretty much everyone is aboard. Sutcliffe and Froehlich narrate the ride.

Top 25

  1. No changes...yet

There were no pro-level events last weekend, which means no changes to the Top 25 once again—but hold on, because things are about to shift significantly as we head into two Grand Prix this weekend followed by a Pro Tour the next. Expect this list to look very different over the next two weeks.

Rank Name Points Change Previous
1 Owen Turtenwald 98.24 1
2 Seth Manfield 93.24 2
3 Lukas Blohon 85.93 3
4 Luis Scott-Vargas 80.13 4
5 Steve Rubin 75.33 5
6 Reid Duke 73.13 6
7 Shota Yasooka 67.03 7
8 Mike Sigrist 66.22 8
9 Martin Müller 64.23 9
10 Joel Larsson 63.73 10
11 Samuel Pardee 62.73 11
12 Paulo Vitor Damo Da Rosa 62.22 12
13 Ondřej Stráský 61.83 13
14 Andrea Mengucci 61.22 14
14 Oliver Tiu 61.22 14
16 Samuel Black 60.32 16
17 Ryoichi Tamada 59.42 17
18 Brad Nelson 59.22 18
19 Yuuya Watanabe 58.32 19
20 Jiachen Tao 57.82 20
21 Paul Rietzl 57.52 21
22 Alexander Hayne 56.22 22
23 Kazuyuki Takimura 56.02 23
23 Petr Sochůrek 56.02 23
25 Brian Braun-Duin 53.82 25

What People Are Talking About

  1. We are all familiar with the way aether impacts our lives

For those not aware, the Consulate has been sending out messages through Tumblr, Twitter, and Facebook (as Consulates do in this modern age). This #messagefromtheconsulate just so happens to feature gorgeous artwork from Kevin Tong showing aether coursing through the city. It's quite lovely.

This sounds great. I'm especially looking forward to the part where Magic the Amateuring steals all of the submissions.

Deck of the Day

  1. Red-White Vehicles

Here you have it, the most Kaladeshi Kaladesh deck that ever did Kaladesh—and it's currently the deck to beat.

It was piloted—that was on purpose—by Chris VanMeter to first place at the Open last weekend. Not counting lands, just twelve cards in the main deck weren't printed in Kaladesh, and the deck plays up Vehicles as much as is likely possible in Standard, thanks to both Veteran Motorist and Depala, Pilot Exemplar.

This is and will be the default aggressive strategy to start the season—so vroom vroom, mother truckers. Depala is coming for you.

And if you want to read about the deck from the winner's perspective, VanMeter has an article up today talking about the deck and his tournament win. Seth Manfield talks about the deck in-depth in his article today as well.

Chris VanMeter's Red-White Vehicles

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