The October 20, 2016 Update

Posted in ARCHIVES - ARTICLES on October 20, 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 20, 2016. Today's Update is brought to you by a "but first..." before we get to the day's Magic news from around the web.

Thailand RPTQ Location Change

  1. Recently, Thailand's King Bhumibol Adulyadej passed away, leading to a nationwide mourning that is expected to last twelve months, restricting all entertainment activities. As a result, the RPTQ that was scheduled for March 2017 has been moved to Grey Ogre Games in Singapore. For the updated schedule, please refer to the Regional Pro Tour Qualifiers for Pro Tour Amonkhet event information page.

Today's Must

  1. Pro Tour Journal | Gathering Magic | Kyle Boggemes

Ever wonder what it's like to prepare for the Pro Tour? Kyle Boggemes gives you a look behind his preparation for Pro Tour Kaladesh.

After Those, Read, Watch, or Listen to These

  1. White-Blue Flash at Honolulu | MTGMintCard | Eduardo Sajgalik

The secret breakout deck of Pro Tour Kaladesh was White-Blue Flash, a deck that led a number of players to 8-2 or 9-1 records in Standard—including Eduardo Sajgalik. Here he recounts the deck and what makes it a powerful choice.

He wasn't the only one to write about a white-blue strategy—Daniel Unwin also has a piece on White-Blue Tempo over on ChannelFireball, and Eric Froehlich featured the deck in his Deck of the Day on the same website. Plus, Adam Yurchick chimed in on TCGPlayer as well.

  1. Best Modern Cards from Kaladesh (2/2) | Masters of Modern | Ben Bateman and Alex Kessler

Kaladesh didn't just shake up Standard—Bateman and Kessler think it has a lot of possibilities for Modern as well. So many possibilities, it took two podcasts to cover them all. You can listen to Part 1 here.

  1. What Would a Ten-Card Banlist Look Like? | | Sheldon Menery

If the author's name didn't tip you off, this article is about Commander, so don't panic. In this article, the Godfather of Commander wonders aloud—well, on the internet—about a Commander format that only banned ten cards, and no more.

  1. 2016 Eternal Weekend Preview | So Many Insane Plays | Steve Menendian and Kevin Cron

Eternal Weekend is this, uh, weekend in Europe (tomorrow I'll let you know how and where you can watch it), and that means the So Many Insane Plays crew has some ground to cover in advance of the large, eternal formats weekend of tournaments.

  1. Against the Odds: Dubious Challenge | MTGGoldfish | SaffronOlive

You knew it would happen at some point in time—Dubious Challenge practically screams Against the Odds. The challenge is right there in the name of the card. So, is SaffronOlive up to the, um, challenge of getting this to work?

What People Are Talking About

It was almost possible that Shota Yasooka (your new No. 1-ranked player in the world, by the way) was a robot sent back in time to play flawless Magic with blue decks, but then he cracked that smile. Now we're pretty sure he's just really, really good.

Deck of the Day

  1. Red-Green Energy

There are a number of ways to build red-green-based energy decks. There are the ones that go for individual card quality over speed, usually eschewing too many pump spells. Then there are the ones that look to kill quickly and sometimes in a combo-esque fashion, usually combining Electrostatic Pummeler plus an array of pump spells. Both have plenty going on for them, but today we're going to look at the former.

This list, from a 5-0 Competitive League performance by billster47, still plays plenty of energy-centric cards—Longtusk Cub, Lathnu Hellion, Bristling Hydra, Voltaic Brawler, and Harnessed Lightning—but skips too many pump spells and instead battles with cards like Chandra, Torch of Defiance, Tireless Tracker, and a few Vehicles.

This approach will likely become more popular as Jeskai Control and Grixis Control—decks with plenty of removal—are everywhere right now. That makes going all in on something that can be removed by two- and three-mana removal spells a dubious proposition. Note this deck does keep one pump spell, Blossoming Defense, which acts more like a counterspell for removal than a pump spell much of the time.

Billster47's Red-Green Brawler

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