The November 23, 2016 Update

Posted in Daily Magic Update on November 23, 2016

By Nicholas Wolfram

Nicholas Wolfram fell promptly in love with tabletop and video games when he was only two years old, and he has been writing about them since he figured out how words worked. Now he puts together words about Magic, which he started playing way back in 2000.

The Daily Magic Update is a roundup of everything Magic you should know on November 23, 2016. Today's Update is brought to you by Standard Showdown, starting this weekend in local game stores around the world!

Tomorrow is Thanksgiving in the US, and Wizards HQ will be closed so that we can all spend some quality time with our friends and families. DailyMTG will be taking a break Thursday and Friday, but we'll be back on Monday with all your regularly scheduled Magic goodness. Happy Thanksgiving!

Now, back to the Update.

Today's Must

  1. The Best On-Camera Deck of All Time | StarCityGames.com | Mark Nestico

Aetherworks Marvel is one of the most intriguing build-around cards currently in Standard. Every time it leaves the metagame as a contender, it seems to surge back in with a new game plan of vengeance. Mark breaks down his team's most recent iteration of the deck, which is now in Golgari instead of the usual Temur. I think we'll be seeing a lot more of this deck at Standard Showdown this weekend and in the months to come.

After That, Read, Watch, or Listen to These

  1. How to Play Planechase: A Multiplayer Variant of Magic: The Gathering | Tolarian Community College | The Professor

In case you missed my recent article on Planechase Anthology, the Professor has a video to help prime you on Planechase as a format as well as what to expect from the launch of Planechase Anthology this Friday. If you've never played a game of Planechase, don't miss this!

  1. Commander VS: Community Outreach! | StarCityGames.com | Justin Parnell and Stephen Green

The Commander VS. crew is piloting decks from some of the Magic community's most respected content producers, including a Roon of the Hidden Realm deck from our very own Blake Rasmussen. Blake's deck features Cloudblazer, Mulldrifter, and Panharmonicon, so you know it's authentic.

  1. Power Rankings | Channel Fireball

Channel Fireball reveals their latest power rankings for cards in Standard, Modern, and Legacy. Personally, I'm glad to finally see my girl Emrakul making the charts in Standard. Between the return of Aetherworks and the rise of Black-Green Delirium, I'm sure she'll be disrupting some board states at Standard Showdown this weekend.

  1. Millstone Mayhem | StarCityGames.com | Ross Merriam

Ross really wants an answer for Black-Green Delirium in Standard, and I'm with him. His proposal this time is a traditional Blue-Black Control deck centered around milling your opponents out with Startled Awake, Minister of Inquiries, and Manic Scribe.

  1. The 6 Most Misleading Uncommons in Kaladesh Draft, Part 1 | Channel Fireball | Frank Lepore

If you're as guilty as I am of drafting Whirlermaker and then never doing much with it, then Frank is ready to hit you with some hard truths about your Kaladesh drafting habits.

Top 25

  1. Andrea climbs the ladder

The 2016 World Magic Cup shook up the Top 25 rankings over the weekend, with players moving up and down as they battled on behalf of their countries. The big winner—aside from Greece (congratulations, Greece!)—was Andrea Mengucci, who moved up seven spots to No. 14 by leading Italy to the semifinals.

Rank Name Points Change Previous
1 Shota Yasooka 87.37 1
2 Owen Turtenwald 84.94 +1 3
3 Seth Manfield 84.21 -1 2
4 Lukas Blohon 75.50 4
5 Reid Duke 72.43 5
6 Steven Rubin 71.08 6
7 Márcio Carvalho 65.26 +1 8
8 Luis Scott-Vargas 62.15 -1 7
9 Paulo Vitor Damo Da Rosa 62.02 9
10 Mike Sigrist 59.02 10
11 Ondřej Stráský 58.72 11
12 Samuel Pardee 58.39 12
13 Joel Larsson 57.39 +2 15
14 Andrea Mengucci 57.02 +7 21
15 Martin Müller 56.75 -1 14
16 Yuuya Watanabe 56.35 -3 13
17 Alexander Hayne 54.02 +4 21
18 Ryoichi Tamada 53.68 -2 16
19 Lee Shi Tian 53.64 +5 24
19 Petr Sochůrek 53.64 -2 17
21 Samuel Black 53.35 -3 18
22 Matthew Nass 52.28 -2 20
23 Oliver Tiu 52.02 -4 19
24 Thiago Saporito 51.64 NR
25 Brian Braun-Duin 51.26 -2 23

Dropped from rankings: Kazuyuki Takimura

What People Are Talking About

  1. Outstanding Magic cosplays! Cosplayers Ray Richter and Lyz Brickley got some well-deserved attention for their excellent cosplays of Avacyn, the Purifier and Tamiyo, respectively.

Deck of the Day

  1. Bradley Hill's Jeskai Control

In a Standard currently brimming with White-Blue Flash and Green-Black Delirium, Bradley Hill managed to take second place at the StarCityGames.com Open Standard in Knoxville last weekend with this Jeskai Control deck. With the addition of red mana for stronger board control from Nahiri, the Harbinger and Harnessed Lightning, the deck looks to overtake White-Blue Flash as the strongest control deck of the format.

Bradley Hill's Jeskai Control

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