The November 14, 2016 Update

Posted in Daily Magic Update on November 14, 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 14, 2016. Today's Update is brought to you by Desert Bus for Hope!

What You Might Have Missed This Weekend

  1. Top 5 Moments of Grand Prix Rotterdam 2016 | Wizards of the Coast | Tobi Henke

Draft mastery, a storm combo kill, and a Hall of Fame pro returning to the finals stage—with two of his best friends. Team Grand Prix are the best, and this article captures the best of the weekend.

  1. Tom Ross is still the boss

Tom Ross left the comfy confines of Infect this past weekend to live a little on the Tron side with his Green-White Tron build. Ross dominated the tournament, finishing the Swiss in first place and then making his way through the Top 8 to claim the trophy. Check out the archives to re-watch all the action.

  1. The Official Basic Lands Power Rankings | ChannelFireball | Luis Scott-Vargas

Well, this is something. Yes, it's an article by Luis Scott-Vargas about the "best" lands to play. He's kind of serious. I think. Or mostly joking. Who the heck knows these days?

Today's Must

  1. DB10—Beej Talks Layers in Magic: The Gathering | DesertBusForHope | Too Many People To Type Out, but mostly Beej

Mostly I'm calling this out to call out Desert Bus for Hope, an annual fundraiser in support of Child's Play Charity with the LoadingReadyRun crew. As I write this they've "bused" (they play a game called Desert Bus during the entire event—because) about 46 hours—with about 90 yet to go. They've also raised more than $144,000. You can watch and donate at, where they do some cool giveaways (including Magic items) now and then. If you want more detail on what Desert Bus for Hope is, check out the article from Adam Styborski on TCGPlayer today.

After Those, Read, Watch, or Listen to These

  1. The Method for Testing a New Deck | | Jennifer Long

With the Standard Showdown coming up, you might be tempted to try out a new deck or test a new brew. Jennifer Long has the keys to making sure your deck can survive in the wilderness.

  1. "Stalwart Unity" Commander 2016 Deck Tech and Upgrades featuring Kynaios and Tiro – MTG! | The Mana Source | Wedge

Wedge has been running videos on updating all the new Commander (2016 Edition) decks, giving players multiple directions, options, hints, tips, and tricks. The video below is just one of three he's done so far (with two more yet to come). You can check out the others on his videos page.

  1. Getting the Most Out of Your Commanders from Commander 2016 | | Michael Glover, Kerry Meyerhoff, and Paul Palmer

You picked up your copy of each of the five Commander (2016 Edition) decks, right? Or ten of each to get enough of each of the basic lands? Either way, now there are a lot of ways to proceed with the decks—and Glover, Meyerhoff, and Palmer have a bit on each of the commanders to point you in a direction. Intended for players relatively new to the Commander scene, this article highlights a few cool pathways for each commander.

What People Are Talking About

  1. SaffronOlive on the importance of hate cards in Standard

The topic of the lack of hate cards currently in Standard for the top strategies got a lot of people talking over the weekend, asking for everything from Rending Volley to Rest in Peace, and other things that make blue look bad. The question on the forefront for most people was, "Is the game better with or without them?"

Is that a real number? Like, a possible number someone could reach? Well, congratulations, Mr. Nakamura.

Deck of the Day

  1. Abzan Delirium

James Gibbs finished in 5th place with this host of one-ofs at the Standard Classic in Columbus this past weekend. It is, for the most part, a Black-Green Delirium deck like the ones that have been on top of Standard for a while, only spiced up with a bunch of singletons and two-ofs and some powerful white cards.

No one is sleeping on Archangel Avacyn, but the first time its flipped with Grapple with the Past, your opponent's eyes are going to bug out. And Anguished Unmaking is just the best possible removal spell in all worlds for a deck that wants the best possible removal spells.

The deck is kind of like mashing together the White-Black Thalia's Lancers deck and Delirium, and then splitting Painful Truths and Live Fast just because. It's a bit Wild West, but it is clearly effective.

James Gibbs's Abzan Delirium

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