The October 14, 2016 Update

Posted in Daily Magic Update on October 14, 2016

By Nicholas Wolfram

Nicholas Wolfram fell promptly in love with tabletop and video games when he was only two years old, and he has been writing about them since he figured out how words worked. Now he puts together words about Magic, which he started playing way back in 2000.

The Daily Magic Update is a roundup of everything Magic you should know on October 14, 2016. Today's Update is brought to you by Pro Tour Kaladesh, which starts today!

Today's Must

  1. The State of Kaladesh Standard | MTGMintCard | Zen Takahashi

Pro player Zen Takahashi gives a comprehensive look at how he currently sees the metagame for Kaladesh just before the Pro Tour and what he expects to see hit the table this weekend. This Pro Tour is almost guaranteed to bring surprises, so be sure to tune in to see if Zen's predictions give him an edge over the competition!

What to Watch This Weekend

  1. The Pro Tour, of course!

Live coverage of Pro Tour Kaladesh begins on twitch.tv/magic at 12 p.m. PT/3 p.m. ET/7 p.m. UTC. Don't miss the first Pro Tour of the 2016–17 season!

After Those, Read, Watch, or Listen to These

  1. Red-Green Pummeler Deck Analysis | TCG Player | Craig Wescoe

Swinging for 20-plus on turn four consistently is a pretty exciting prospect, so it's no wonder why Electrostatic Pummeler has been getting increasing attention lately. Craig takes a look at two deck versions based on this concept that have been seeing success lately.

  1. Happy Testing When It Matters the Most | ChannelFireball | Brian DeMars

Brian reveals the strict Magic workout regimen that he uses to hone and refine his decks and skills leading up to major tournaments. While it may be too late for you to use these techniques for Pro Tour Kaladesh, it isn't too early to start thinking about Aether Revolt!

  1. White-Black Control with Kaladesh | ChannelFireball | Andrea Mengucci

Looking for ways to counter the aggressiveness dominating the current Standard metagame, Andrea explores how to make an effective and curvy White-Black Control deck.

  1. When Magic: The Gathering Goes Sci-Fi, the Results Are Gorgeous | i09 | James Whitbrook

While the gameplay is what keeps us all coming back for more, the art of Magic is often the first aspect of the game that enraptures the attention of new players. Kaladesh is a set that continues to push into new territory for Magic art, as it puts a sci-fi spin on its aetherpunk aesthetic. James takes us through an exclusive early look at next year's book The Art of Magic: The Gathering—Kaladesh as he marvels at the many depictions of Vedalkens along with some other great art from Kaladesh.

  1. 10 Underrated Cards in Kaladesh Limited | MTGMintCard | Chapman Sim

As the metagame for Kaladesh Limited continues to develop, many are keeping an eye out for overlooked cards that are easy to grab from under people's noses. Chapman weighs in on his top ten common and uncommon picks that he'll be picking when other's pass them.

  1. Meet Blossoming Defense, Cross-Format All-Star | Top Level Podcast | Patrick Chapin and Michael J Flores

Take a trip back to early Magic strategy as Patrick and Michael discuss Rob Hahn's seminal article series "The Schools of Magic." Then, listen to more of their predictions on the impact Kaladesh will have on Modern, with extra emphasis on Blossoming Defense.

  1. Impress Me | StarCityGames.com | Bennie Smith

Almost every legendary creature in Kaladesh has gotten its fair discussion as a potential commander in the future, but one we still haven't heard much about is Padeem, Consul of Innovation. At first glance, this makes sense: she is mono-colored, has stats suited for a blocker, and doesn't offer an ability that seems immediately exciting. But Bennie thinks we've been missing something. Check out his blue artifact brew and see if you agree.

What People Are Talking About

  1. Doing the hula

Do you want to see some Pro Tour players hula dancing? Of course you do.

  1. Emrakul is officially an award-winning model!

Congratulations, Emmy! (This was written under my own volition. I promise.)

Deck of the Day

  1. Craig Wescoe's Red-Green Energy Pummeler

This brew from Craig Wescoe is an archetype that we will likely see climbing the ranks this weekend. Based on building up big energy reserves and then destroying the opponent with a giant Electrostatic Pummeler (ideally with trample thanks to Built to Smash) on turn four or five.

Craig Wescoe's Red-Green Energy Pummeler

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