The October 18, 2016 Update

Posted in Daily Magic Update on October 18, 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 18, 2016. Today's Update is brought to you by all of you. Because I'm thrilled to be back writing on the internet in your general direction. You complete me. You had me at hello. You've got something on your nose.

Today's Must

  1. Top Ten Magic Artists of All Time | Gathering Magic | Abe Sargent

This list is as subjective as they come (eye of the beholder, and all that), but man if it isn't a fantastic conversation starter. I would imagine my Top 10 would look different, and yours would as well. But at least we can all agree on one thing—everyone else is wrong and my subjective list is objectively the best.

Check out Sargent's version, then chime in on what artists you think are the best.

After That, Read, Watch, or Listen to These

  1. The Winners and Losers of Pro Tour Kaladesh | TCGPlayer | Seth Manfield

The winners were everyone who likes Standard and are thrilled for a new, interesting, Kaladesh-infused format. The losers are those of us who still are stuck on Hawaii time.

Or, Manfield goes over what strategies and cards benefited and lost from the results in Honolulu. That too. But, also, the time zones thing. Now where is my coffee?

  1. Channel LSV—Standard Colossus Affinity | ChannelFireball | Luis Scott-Vargas

Quietly one of the coolest decks to come out of the Pro Tour (see the Deck of the Day) was the Temur Colossus deck that sought to cast Metalwork Colossus on the cheap. Luis was doing coverage all weekend, but he clearly was jonesing for a little Colossus action once all was said and done.

  1. Podcast 091: Pro Tour Kaladesh | MTGGoldfish | SaffronOlive and Chaz V

If you follow SaffronOlive on Twitter, you know he has many opinions and thoughts. This week, he has many opinions and thoughts, and shares them in podcast form alongside Chaz V!

  1. Constructed Criticism 157: Pro Tour Reactions | Constructed Criticism | Spencer Howland, Manny Meraz, Casey Bloodworth, Drew Walden, and Michael Hinderaker

And if you liked one podcast about the Pro Tour, why not two?

  1. Black-Green Aggro Deck Guide | ChannelFireball | Eric Froehlich

Eric Froehlich went lone wolf at Pro Tour Kaladesh, and the result was an 8-2 Standard record with a very powerful Black-Green Delirium deck. Though he sputtered on Day Two in Draft, the deck was certainly strong enough to put him in Top 8 contention early on, as he started out as one of only two undefeated players after Day One.

  1. Top 8 Decks from Pro Tour Kaladesh! | Strictly Better MTG

Haven't had enough commentary on Pro Tour Kaladesh? Me either! Let's face it, that's most of what you're getting this week. Here, Strictly Better covers the Top 8 decks, which had a little bit of everything.

What People Are Talking About

Finally, Gideon can team up with My Little Pony and Jace can get his hands on a Transformer. More news will be coming, but for now, you can check out what information exists here.

  1. Commander (2016 Edition) Preview is a week from today | Blogatog | Mark Rosewater

Well, now a week from yesterday. So tune in next Monday as we show off this year's edition of the popular Commander lineup. I know I've got my new Commander picked out.

Deck of the Day

  1. Temur Colossus

Want to go big? Like, really big? Oliver Polak-Rottmann did so to the tune of a 7-3 record in Standard at Pro Tour Kaladesh last weekend with Metalwork Colossus, a giant creature that Polak-Rottmann could, with some frequency, cast for free or very close to it.

The deck uses a variety of useful artifacts to gum up the board and, just as importantly, reduce the cost of Metalwork Colossus. From there, Sanctum of Ugin can be sacrificed to find another colossus or an Elder Deep-Fiend, as the situation calls for it.

The deck is a Kaladesh invention through and through, and that inventiveness will likely be coming to a Friday Night Magic near you very soon.

Oliver Polak-Rottmann's Temur Colossus

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