The October 6, 2016 Update

Posted in Daily Magic Update on October 6, 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 6, 2016. Today's Update is brought to you by Nezumi children, tender stories, and the gentle weeping sound in the background yesterday.

Today's Must

  1. The Best Week One Kaladesh Brews | TCGPlayer | Adam Yurchick

Once the first results for a new Standard start rolling in, it tends to focus content down to just a few decks or metagame analysis, which is too bad, because there's a lot going on in Kaladesh to explore. Yurchick, however, is still exploring, looking at the best brews out there for Standard. He's got a whopping eight decklists to peruse, each with potential to break out at the Pro Tour.

What People Are Talking About

  1. Defense

I missed this article yesterday as a quirk of catching Gathering Magic just as the day's articles were loading, but before this particular one did. But the article, written by Jay Kirkman, spawned a lot of discussion about what a Planeswalker Deck should be—and is. The article was a reaction to the review created by The Professor on Tolarian Community College, and pointed out that the goals of Planeswalker Decks for new players might not align with the more entrenched players.

  1. It should have been me

*Sniff* I'm not crying. You're crying.

(If you're not sure what this is about, read yesterday's Magic Story, "Release."

After Those, Read, Watch, or Listen to These

  1. Reprint Rumble—Kaladesh Inventions | Original Magic Art | Josh Krause

Ah yes, the real Reprint Rumble we've all (well, some of us) been waiting for—Kaladesh Inventions. Reprint Rumbles compare and let you vote on which art is better. In this case, all of the Kaladesh Inventions are lined up against their non-Invention counterparts. If I had to hazard a guess, I would guess that Inventions have a pretty good shot here. The cards are simply gorgeous, and the art is a big part of that.

  1. A Different Kind of Single Card Strategy in Commander | | Sheldon Menery

The godfather of Commander walks through the best of the best. Not your Sol Rings and your Mana Crypts—the real power cards that make everyone sit up in a multiplayer game and squirm in their seats a little bit. Or a lot bit.

  1. Cosplay: Ajani Walks Among Us | Gathering Magic | MJ Scott

Scott interviews cosplayer Dani Hartel about her Ajani cosplay (which she showed off at the 2016 Planeswalker Summit back at Grand Prix Portland), as well as general advice for anyone looking to cosplay.

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

Another day, another look at a new deck coming out of Kaladesh. Here, Unlicensed Disintegration takes center stage with an aggressive black-red artifact-based deck that can win explosively fast.

  1. September/October Deck Doctors | Masters of Modern | Ben Bateman

Not a typo, as it's just a one-man show on the Masters of Modern for this episode. But one is all it takes as Bateman helps a listener's deck improve and become more competitive. Useful for anyone who has a Modern brew they like, but just can't quite get over the hump.

  1. Dime a Dozen #109: Can Kuldotha Compete? | MTGO Academy | Jason Moore

Moore tests a theory about a Peregrine Drake–infested Pauper metagame by battling with Kuldotha Jeskai—a blue-red-white artifact-based synergy deck—in a series of Pauper videos. And, yes, he casts Mulldrifter.

Deck of the Day

  1. White-Blue Control

Yesterday we saw the aggressive side of Kaladesh, today let's take a look at the more controlling options—specifically, the return of White-Blue Control.

We've been without a true White-Blue Control deck basically since Sphinx's Revelation left us, but a number of new tools in Kaladesh make the deck look like it might be viable again. And the performance of Gunner Ratliff—who finished in 26th place at the Open last weekend with the list below—gives many Azorius mages hope.

First of all, we have a strong planeswalker to hold down the fort in Dovin Baan, who is capable of forcing the opponent into overextending into everyone's new favorite mass removal spell, Fumigate. The deck also gets a new two-mana counterspell in Revolutionary Rebuff. And while Rebuff might just be the worst Mana Leak variant we've ever played with, it still might be good enough to make the cut. Meanwhile, Skywhaler's Shot is a solid removal spell that provides extra value (and kills Smuggler's Copter), while Glimmer of Genius might just be the best instant-speed card draw spell we've had in a while.

And, of course, Torrential Gearhulk is the biggest, meanest Snapcaster Mage you've ever seen. And if that sentence alone gets you feeling all tingly inside, well, this deck just might be for you.

Gunner Ratliff's White-Blue Control

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