The November 11, 2016 Update

Posted in Daily Magic Update on November 11, 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 11, 2016. Today's Update is brought to you by Commander (2016 Edition) release day! Today!

Today's Must

  1. Out of the Box l Commander 2016 Gameplay | The Command Zone | Jimmy Wong and Josh Lee Kwai

Craig Blanchette and Josh Kim join Jimmy and Josh to try out the new Commander (2016 Edition) decks. This video is awesome and fun, just like Commander (2016 Edition). But you don't have to take my word for it—you can watch it right here:

After That, Read, Watch, or Listen to These

  1. Hug it Out | Gathering Magic | Robert Burrows

Group hug Commander decks have mostly been the stuff of Pheldagriff, but there's a new sheriff in town. Well, two, kind of. Kynaios and Tiro of Meletis just want to help out everyone, and Burrows shows you how to sculpt the deck to do just that. Winning? Maybe if there's time in between all the fun.

I agree with that handsome man with the cocked eyebrow tweeting out this link. Maybe you should read the thing he wants you to read.

  1. Is Skred Red a Prison Deck? | Top Level Podcast | Mike Flores and Patrick Chapin

The boys try to make sense of Skred Red in Modern—and, naturally, rave about it.

  1. My Top 100 Cards of All Time! #20–11 | The Magic Show | Evan Erwin

Erwin's countdown to his favorite cards continues with the penultimate video in the series. There's heaps of both Evan gushing and nostalgia in this video, so tune in if you're a fan of either.

What to Watch This Weekend

  1. Grand Prix Rotterdam

Team tournaments are kind of the best, and this weekend Rotterdam will be hosting a Kaladesh Team Limited Grand Prix with live video coverage on starting tomorrow at 11 a.m. local time/2 a.m. PT/5 a.m. ET/10 a.m. UTC.

  1. Columbus Open

We're back to Modern as the Open visits Columbus this weekend. The stream starts on Saturday (tomorrow) at 10:30 a.m. ET/7:30 a.m. PT on as Chris VanMeter and Andrew Boswell host.

What People Are Talking About

Yup, this made the news here. Local news is the best. There were also a bunch of articles about it. From to the Washington Post to Deadspin to the Chicago Tribune to Rolling freakin' Stone. And people say journalism is dead.

We should note, we also made an equivalent gift to a Seattle-based children's charity.

  1. EMA Reprint

Happy Holidays! Now I know what I want for my birthday. And Christmas. And Thanksgiving? Maybe?

Deck of the Day

  1. Mardu Planeswalkers

I'm just fathoming a guess here, but could Magic Online player TheShaheenSoorani maybe be control master Shaheen Soorani? Maybe?

If so, Soorani has cooked up another brew here that should get your control blood boiling. This planeswalker-centric Mardu deck packs a ton of punch, plus Soorani pet-card Goblin Dark-Dwellers. He's been advocating a black-red-based approach to control since Kaladesh was released, and this looks like his latest iteration (oh, and it went 5-0 in a Competitive Standard League). The deck features five different planeswalkers up and down the curve, plus removal, card draw, and powerful creatures.

This might just be the Sooraniest deck I've ever seen that didn't contain blue cards. I can imagine this being a blast to play at FNM, just piling up the dice on your makeshift Mardu Gatewatch and cackling as they tick ever higher.

TheShaheenSoorani's Mardu Planeswalkers

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