The November 2, 2016 Update

Posted in Daily Magic Update on November 2, 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 November 2, 2016. Today's Update is brought to you by premium foil commanders.

Today's Must

  1. First Look at Commander 2016 | The Command Zone | Josh Lee Kwai and Jimmy Wong

Not only do we have an entire podcast dedicated to Commander (2016 Edition), but that podcast has a new home! The Command Zone (and Masters of Modern) have moved to, which houses a number of other podcasts as well.

After That, Read, Watch, or Listen to These

  1. Reprint Rumble—Commander 2016 | Original Magic Art | Josh Krause

There are a number of card with updated art in Commander (2016 Edition)—but is the old art or the new art better! You decide! Though Krause doesn't mind sharing his opinions as well.

  1. Self-Compassionate Magic | ChannelFireball | Will Jonathan

When was the last time you read an article that quoted a psychologist and developmental researcher? Today? Because you read this article? Good on you.

For those who don't reflexively click on everything I offer you, this article covers the psychology of self-doubt and self-criticism, and talks about better ways to handle losing.

  1. Commander Compleated | Gathering Magic | Mike Linnemann

Mike Linneman takes the new "Breed Lethality" (read: Not Red) Commander (2016 Edition) deck for an upgrade—a very Phyrexian upgrade.

  1. Team Unified Modern Primer Part 2: The Metagame | ChannelFireball | Frank Karsten

Frank Karsten is already jazzed up for the World Magic Cup, so much so that he's already on the second primer on Team Unified Modern. So jazzed up, he's mathing all over the place, figuring out the likelihood of certain deck pairings among teams. It's vintage Karsten.

  1. Epic Flail | Gathering Magic | Sean Uy

A new puzzle featuring a new Commander (2016 Edition) card. You're dead next turn—can you win before that happens?

Top 25

  1. The No. 1 carousel keeps going round and round

We've had quite the revolving door at No. 1 these past few weeks. Owen Turtenwald started there, pre–Pro Tour. Shota Yasooka won Pro Tour Kaladesh, taking over the top spot, only to lose it to Seth Manfield last week.

Well, Yasooka's back, still by the narrowest of margins. How does that happen with no major result between the two of them? The Top 25 is a yearly ranking system that measures performance over the last twelve months. That means there's some decay for events that happened a long time ago, and players who have done better more recently are rewarded. Since Yasooka recently won a Pro Tour, his results are more skewed toward the now than just about anyone else on the list, hence, the decay will tend to favor him (despite Manfield's recent second-place finish at a Grand Prix).

Elsewhere on the list, Petr Sochůrek is the lone new entry after his Grand Prix performance last weekend, while Márcio Carvalho continues to climb the standings. Brad Nelson is the unfortunate one who drops off the standings, which you can see right here.

Rank Name Points Change Previous
1 Shota Yasooka 88.11 +1 2
2 Seth Manfield 87.69 -1 1
3 Owen Turtenwald 86.04 3
4 Lukas Blohon 77.54 4
5 Reid Duke 76.72 5
6 Steven Rubin 72.25 6
7 Luis Scott-Vargas 67.07 7
8 Yuuya Watanabe 59.90 8
9 Paulo Vitor Damo Da Rosa 59.64 +3 12
9 Mike Sigrist 59.64 9
11 Martin Müller 58.99 -1 10
12 Márcio Carvalho 58.87 +5 17
13 Ondřej Stráský 58.58 -2 11
14 Joel Larsson 58.31 -1 13
15 Samuel Pardee 56.31 -2 13
16 Samuel Black 55.90 -1 15
17 Petr Sochůrek 55.76 NR
18 Oliver Tiu 55.64 -2 16
19 Andrea Mengucci 54.64 -1 18
20 Ryoichi Tamada 54.17 -1 19
21 Lee Shi Tian 53.76 -1 20
21 Kazuyuki Takimura 53.76 -1 20
23 Kentaro Yamamoto 53.29 23
24 Jiachen Tao 53.23 -2 22
25 Matthew Nass 53.08 -1 24

Dropped from rankings: Brad Nelson

What People Are Talking About

Yes, what the tweet says. Foil commanders!

You can take the pro out of the Pro Tour, but you can't take the Pro Tour out of the pro.

Deck of the Day

  1. Orzhov Lancers

This deck has popped up now and then over the past few months, but with every set we get new toys, and with every new legendary toy, Thalia's Lancers gets that much better.

This version of Legendary White-Black (sometimes also called White-Black Angels or some derivation thereof) comes from Brennan Decandio, who has mixed in a number of white and black Kaladesh legends for some spice.

The linchpin of the deck is Thalia's Lancers, which lets you search up a number of spicy legends. Target A No. 1 are the two halves of Brisela, Voice of Nightmares. Thalia's Lancers lets you play enough copies of both Bruna and Gisela to reliably meld them. If that isn't your plan (for whatever reason), there are a multitude of other options, including, thematically, Thalia herself. Did you think her Lancers would leave home without her?

Brennan Decandio's Orzhov Lancers

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