The October 17, 2016 Update

Posted in Daily Magic Update on October 17, 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 17, 2016. Today's Update is brought to you by Thing in the Ice, the surprise breakout card of the Pro Tour Kaladesh finals!

Today's Must

  1. Enter the Battlefield: Roanoke

Take a trip to Roanoke, Virginia, unassuming home to Pro Tour stars Brad Nelson and Brian Braun-Duin and, of course, the famous Then, follow Brian's journey to Champion at the 2016 Magic World Championship!

What People Are Talking About

  1. Shota Yasooka wins Pro Tour Kaladesh!

Pro Tour Kaladesh Champion Shota Yasooka was getting lots of well-earned praise before and after his big win this weekend! Congratulations, Shota!

If you haven't yet had a chance to watch the finals between Shota Yasooka and Carlos Romão—or if you just want to watch it again—it will always be worth your time. If you want to cut straight to the chase to see what the master brought to the table, you can find Yasooka's decklist below.

After Those, Read, Watch, or Listen to These

  1. Pro Tour Kaladesh Single Card Spotlights

These cards were key to the decks that rose above the competition this weekend at Pro Tour Kaladesh. You won't find a single deck that made it to the Top 8 without at least one of these at its disposal, so pay attention! You'll be seeing a lot more of these in games to come:


  1. Pro Tour Kaladesh Deck Tech

We tapped some of the top pros wandering around Honolulu this weekend to show us how they went about putting together their decks for the Pro Tour. Check out the videos below for a valuable look into the minds of some of Magic's strongest players!


  1. Pro Tour Kaladesh: By the Numbers | MTGGoldfish | SaffronOlive

SaffronOlive wastes no time getting into the gritty analysis of Pro Tour Kaladesh. Guided by strict performance numbers, he takes a hard look at the top decks of the weekend along with the most-played cards.

  1. Sideboard Better: Control | ChannelFireball | Paulo Vitor Damo da Rosa

Paulo continues his sideboarding tips, this time narrowing in more specifically on control decks. Control is arguably the archetype that calls for the most consistent and mindful sideboarding for continued success. Find out how to keep the best answers rolling out in Games 2 and 3 here!

  1. Inside Pro Tour Testing from Hawaii | Limited Resources | Marshall Sutcliffe and Luis Scott-Vargas

Marshall and LSV broadcast live from Hawaii to bring you the inside scoop on ChannelFireball's Pro Tour testing methods!

  1. Max-Value Grand Prix | Gathering Magic | Morgan Wentworth

While playing Magic among some of your most skilled peers is the highlight of each Grand Prix, you can always do more to get the most out of your trip. Morgan has some advice inspired from her recent experiences at GP Atlanta to help you get the most out of your next Magic vacation.

  1. Daily Digest: Presence of the Master | | Ross Merriam

Brimming with respect, Ross breaks down what made Shota Yasooka's deck so successful at Pro Tour Kaladesh this weekend.

Deck of the Day

  1. Shota Yasooka's Grixis Control

This complex brew of a deck is what led Yasooka to take home the title of Pro Tour Kaladesh Champion! With only two nonland four-ofs and four one-ofs in the main deck, this deck relies on a broad variety of counterspells, creature removal and burn spells, and draw spells to keep the opponent off the board long enough to hit them hard with Thing in the Ice and Torrential Gearhulk.

Shota Yasooka's Grixis Control

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