The November 4, 2016 Update

Posted in Daily Magic Update on November 4, 2016

By Blake Rasmussen

Blake is the content manager for DailyMTG.com, 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 4, 2016. Today's Update is brought to you by Tezzeret's luscious mane. That hair is spectacular.

What to Watch This Weekend

  1. Grand Prix Dallas/Ft. Worth

Some nobody's from ChannelFireball will be hosting coverage of Grand Prix Dallas/Fort Worth all weekend, but maybe you've heard of them? Gaby Spartz, Luis Scott-Vargas, Marshall Sutcliffe, and William Jensen? Oh, you have? Well, then, coverage starts at 9:15 a.m. PT/12:15 p.m. ET/4:15 p.m. UTC on twitch.tv/channelfireball.

  1. StarCityGames.com Baltimore Open

While Dallas/Ft. Worth goes Modern, Baltimore is going Legacy. Twitch.tv/scglive will be bringing you two days of Legacy action starting at 7 a.m. PT/10 a.m. ET/2 p.m. UTC Saturday and Sunday, hosted by Craig Krempels and Cedric Phillips.

After Those, Read, Watch, or Listen to These

  1. Gearhulk or Grafwidow? | Top Level Podcast | Patrick Chapin and Mike Flores

Chapin and Flores talk flavors of black-green decks in Standard for this week's edition, but the question of the best five-drop for the deck is on the table—Verdurous Gearhulk or Ishkanah, Grafwidow?

  1. Field Research in Standard | StarCityGames.com | Adrian Sullivan

Tamiyo, Field Researcher doesn't get her due in Standard. That's me saying that, not Sullivan. Though Sullivan says it too, and that's why I wholeheartedly recommend this article. In it, Sullivan talks about his trials and tribulations with Tamiyo, the successful lists he's found, and what his testing has revealed for the powerful planeswalker.

  1. The Most Popular Casual Ways to Play Magic: The Gathering | Magic the Amateuring | Meghan Wolff and Maria Bartholdi

Want to relax with some casual Magic at home with friends? Meghan and Maria talk about some of the most popular ways to spice up your home game. Plus, a bunch of other topics that are all entertaining and worth listening to come up as well, from Grand Prix Dallas to Flavor Text Theater.

  1. Building a Mana Base and Commander 2016 | Masters of Modern | Ben Bateman and Alex Kessler

Even the Modern-iest of Modern players are getting in on some Commander (2016 Edition) talk. But they do circle back to Modern, and with Grand Prix Dallas/Fort Worth this weekend, it's good to get some Modern talk in your ear hole.

Community Spotlight

  1. The Pilot | Men from Modo | David Savill and Travis Sowers

A mostly new podcast with an old name you might recognize, Men from Modo is an attempt at resurrecting a former podcast that was by players who you would consider Magic Online players, like Kenji Egashira. Now hosted by David Savill and Travis Sowers, this episode is the first of what they say will be, at minimum, a few more episodes—all with a bent toward Magic Online. Kaladesh Limited play takes center stage for this first episode.

What People Are Talking About

Congratulations from us as well!

  1. PAX Aus amazing Kaladesh set up.

This Reddit thread captures a pretty fantastic picture of what's going on in PAX Australia with Magic right now. Like, right now right now. And it's as wondrous as Tezzeret's hair.

Deck of the Day

  1. Esper Control

I'll admit, I got shivers when I saw this list played by Alex Clark at a StarCityGames.com Invitational Qualifier. It hit all of my control player bones. Planeswalkers like Dovin Baan and Liliana, the Last Hope? Check. Glimmer of Genius plus Torrential Gearhulk? Check. Noxious Gearhulk? Check. Fumigate? Check. It even plays Unsubstantiate as a tempo play to get to the late game; it's a card that I very much want to be good, but never quite seems to make the big leagues.

The biggest issue I see with this deck is the mana. Grasp of Darkness, Stasis Snare, and Void Shatter all ask for double color as early as turn three, and while there are a ton of dual lands in this build, I can see it tripping over its mana now and then.

Still, if true control lists give you chills, this might just be the deck for you.

Alex Clark's Esper Control

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