The October 27, 2016 Update

Posted in Daily Magic Update on October 27, 2016

By Blake Rasmussen

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The Daily Magic Update is a roundup of everything Magic you should know on October 27, 2016. Today's Update is brought to you by So. Many. Previews.

Today's Commander (2016 Edition) Previews

Each day I'll collect the day's previews (both already previewed and yet to come) and list and link them here for ease of finding them all. There are a ton today, so we're going to motor through these. Enjoy!

  1. Official Commander 2016 Spoiler—kaBOOM! | Loading Ready Run

  1. Armory Automation | MagicCorporation

It's in French, and it's a video, so Google Translate can't save you now. But here's a helpful Reddit poster with a translation. Thanks, helpful Reddit poster!

  1. Anteprima Europea Commander 2016: Trasios, Eroe Marinide| Orgoglionerd

Thrasios, Triton Hero is kind of like if Coiling Oracle had an activated ability. And was a Merfolk. And was legendary. And had partner.

Okay, so they're not that much alike—except that where one goes, the other almost certainly follows.


Every set, the Korean Magic: The Gathering Facebook page has a preview card, and every set the internet at large misses their preview. Well, here it is. Homeward Path. You know you want it.

  1. Commander with Commanders: "Cantankerous Reunion" (Spoiler / Preview Card for Magic: The Gathering) | Tolarian Community College | The Professor

The video is hilarious. Watch it. That is all.

  1. New Spaces, Old Friends | Hipsters of the Coast | Jess Stirba

A reprint, but a lovely one.

  1. Exclusive Commander 2016 Preview: Grip of Phyresis | TCGPlayer

Wait...this card is an instant?!

  1. A First Glimpse at Magic: The Gathering—Commander 2016 | Paste | Cameron Kunzelman

Yup. That's a giant weird red card.

  1. Commander 2016 Preview: Magus of the Will | ChannelFireball | Eric Levine

Yup, that's a...wait, that does what?!

  1. Commander 2016 Preview | Snack Time | Ant Tessitore and Mike Linnemann

Another legendary partner is revealed—and this one got some flavor behind it.

  1. What else to look for

Today's a big preview day, and there's even more to look for. The Judges Blog is scheduled for a preview today, and R&D's Development Tumblr will talk in depth about some cards you've already seen. Plus, look for Twitter previews from Trick Jarrett and Ethan Fleischer. Finally, we're giving Reddit some love too.

Deck of the Day

  1. Craig Wescoe's White-Black Aggro

At Grand Prix Providence, Craig Wescoe finished 28th with the Craig Wescoe-iest of decks: white-based aggro. It also had black cards, but just barely. It's essentially a mono-white main deck splashing for the activated ability on Scrapheap Scrounger, plus the odd Shambling Vent activation, but there are a number of cool things going on here.

First is Stitcher's Graft, which loses much of its downside when Always Watching is in play or when Aerial Responder picks it up. Make your own Baneslayer Angel and all that. Meanwhile, although the deck is essentially a white attacking deck, it has several ways to gain card advantage, both virtual and real. Smuggler's Copter is, of course, present, and Thraben Inspector is its usual Clue-giving self, but there's also Selfless Spirit, which can blank a lot of removal.

But the best thing the deck had going for it was its pilot—Craig Wescoe, king of attacking with small white creatures.

Craig Wescoe's White-Black Aggro

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