The November 17, 2016 Update

Posted in Daily Magic Update on November 17, 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 17, 2016. Today's Update is brought to you by Desert Bus for Hope, which is still going strong and has raised more than $400,000 in support of Child's Play Charity.

Today's Must

  1. Commander 2016 Art Review | Gathering Magic | Mike Linnemann

Of course he talks about the basic lands, but Linnemann goes eight steps further. He actually interviews Rebeca Guay about coming back to Magic and the lands she produced, talks Kev Walker Cube, and then launches into reviews of some gorgeous Commander (2016 Edition) art.

After That, Read, Watch, or Listen to These

  1. Cramming For #SCGKNOX | | Emma Handy

This might as well also be called "Cramming for the Standard Showdown," as Handy travels through a ton of Standard decks that are good for an SCG Open, a Friday Night Magic, or the upcoming Standard Showdown series.

  1. Grixis Control Sideboard Guide | ChannelFireball | Corey Burkhart

Burkhart, our resident futuristic robot sent back in time to play Grixis (what a narrow project scope that is) has the second part of his guide to Grixis in Modern with the scoop on sideboarding for all of your world domination Grixis playing needs.

  1. Listener Questions Answered | Limited Resources | Marshall Sutcliffe and Luis Scott-Vargas

Marshall and Luis might be in Rotterdam for the World Magic Cup, but that didn't stop them from answering your questions. Or from stroopwafel. Especially from stroopwafel.

  1. Tribal Decks | Magic the Amateuring | Meghan Wolff and Maria Bartholdi

Tribal decks, Commander (2016 Edition) cutest/grossest cards, the World Magic Cup, and stroopwafel are all on the docket for this episode.

People might think I'm joking about the stroopwafel. I'm not. We have them at nearly every Pro Tour, European or not. They're just delicious.

  1. Magic and Esports with Josh Kim | Masters of Modern | Ben Bateman and Alex Kessler

A very timely discussion of Magic as an eSport as we turn up the heat in Organized Play to push that envelope further.

What People Are Talking About

  1. Comic: The 4-Color Philosophies (OC)

Wondering which four-color commander is right for you? This comic delves into the mindset behind each of the decks. It's hilariously accurate.

Personally, I'm in love with this Cube after going 3-0 in my first attempt with the best enchantments deck I've had in basically any format ever. But I'm not the only one doing wild and awesome things.

The video hasn't been posted yet (as of this writing), but I bring this up because Treasure Chests became tradable yesterday (after a small, but fixed hiccup where they were, um, not), which had a lot of people talking about them. SaffronOlive seemed to enjoy just cracking his, which he traded for from one Willy Edel.

Deck of the Day

  1. Black-Blue Zombies

While the Cryptbreaker/Smuggler's Copter/Haunted Dead/Prized Amalgam clan has been shambling about Standard for a while, they've typically done so in the company of some red cards, particularly Fiery Temper, Lightning Axe, and friends. But Steve Rubin cut out all the red cards and still ended up with a very powerful, nearly Mono-Black Zombies deck that he used to finish 4th at the StarCityGames Open last weekend.

It turns out, the deck doesn't really need red cards to compete, as the recursive power of the black cards more than compensates. The only reason the deck has any blue is to occasionally cast Prized Amalgam (Ha! Why would you ever cast that card?) or one of the three sideboard cards.

Instead, the deck is more likely to grind opponents out, with Key to the City, Liliana, the Last Hope, Cryptbreaker, and more all giving ways to eek out small advantages over your opponent that snowball into something far, far more deadly.

Steve Rubin's Black-Blue Zombies

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