The November 3, 2016 Update

Posted in Daily Magic Update on November 3, 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 3, 2016. Today's Update is brought to you by the Chicago Cubs. I know this is a roundup of all things Magic, but, come on.

Today's Must

  1. A Very Timely Pro Tour Kaladesh Report | ChannelFireball | Luis Scott-Vargas

At least as timely as you can be three weeks after the Pro Tour (yes, I get that that's the joke). Still, LSV has, as usual, one of the most insightful, entertaining reports around, and you'd be doing yourself a disservice by not reading this report from behind the coverage desk.

After That, Read, Watch, or Listen to These

  1. Game Analysis: Red-White Vehicles vs. Grixis Control | ChannelFireball | Reid Duke

Reid Duke goes deep in this one—and it's beautiful. Here he details the decisions and minutiae of a match between himself and Shota Yasooka during Pro Tour Kaladesh. Settle in—this one gets detailed.

  1. Kaladesh Archetypes Breakdown | Limited Resources | Marshall Sutcliffe and Luis Scott-Vargas

As much as my heart (and my writing reflex) wants to make a joke about Cloudlbazer being the best archetype, my head recognizes that I win far more often with aggressive red strategies. But that's just me. See what Marshall and LSV think are the best archetypes in Kaladesh Limited.

  1. Commander 1512 Review | Gathering Magic | Jason Alt

Besides the groan-inducingly obtuse title, this article is a good look at the "75% decks," as Alt calls them, and what cards from Commander (2016 Edition) fit in those kinds of decks.

  1. Slow Play: Myths and Truths | Magic Judge Blog | Brook Gardner-Durbin

There are a lot of misconceptions out there about what exactly constitutes slow play. Level 2 judge Brook Gardner-Durbin clarifies a few things for anyone looking to play in higher rules enforcement level tournaments.

  1. Xantcha: Magic's First Trans Hero? | Gathering Magic | Sam Keeper

This is a thought-provoking piece in which Keeper contests that Xantcha—a character from way back when Urza was running around battling Phyrexians—was actually Magic's first transgender character.

What People Are Talking About

Yes, we banned Peregrine Drake from Pauper. Important to keep in mind for this announcement, we consider Pauper a digital-only format (though, yes, we know people play it in real life, but certain cards have different rarities between paper and Magic Online, meaning the formats don't match exactly). So this type of off-schedule banning isn't normal and it's only because this is a digital format, which is easier to flip the switch on.

A good reminder that threatening anyone, especially other players, is never cool. Period. End of story. (But CVM provides some more details anyway. He's generous like that.)

Also known as the Gatewatch's worst nightmare come to life.

Deck of the Day

  1. Midrange Aetherflux Reservoir

You know I love me some Cloudblazer, but that's not why we're featuring this 5-0 League deck today (well, at least it's not the entire reason).

Magic Online player Dziffka piloted this white-blue deck to a 5-0 finish, finishing off players with Aetherflux Reservoir, but not working terribly hard to do so.

The deck is, essentially, a control deck built around utilizing creatures with enters-the-battlefield abilities plus Engulf the Shore. If Aetherflux Reservoir is in play, you gain a few life here and there, giving you a buffer. If that buffer gets big enough, you win. But the deck isn't pushing that angle very far. It can just plain out-value players with Thraben Inspectors, Cloudblazers, and Torrential Gearhulks. Essence Flux is especially spicy as a way to cheaply charge up Aetherflux Reservoir and get double use out of your many utility creatures.

The deck is incredibly fun. In fact, in the first game I played with it, I got to shoot someone for 50 damage. It felt as good as it sounds.

Dziffka's Aetherflux Midrange

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