The November 29, 2016 Update

Posted in Daily Magic Update on November 29, 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 29, 2016. Today's Update is brought to you by Infinite Thopters!

Today's Must

  1. Video: Temur Aetherworks in Standard | | Shaun McLaren

One player, brave and bold, won't go quietly into that Standard good night. One player, a lone wolf, rages against the dying of the light. He will not settle for black and green cards. Even white and blue aren't satiating his need to build right now. No, Shaun McLaren must brew. And his latest is a Whirler Virtuoso/Aetherworks Marvel mash-up that tries to be a little bit country and a little bit rock and roll at the same time. Check it out.

After That, Read, Watch, or Listen to These

  1. First Strike #2 | Mana Deprived | Doug Potter, Robert Lombardi, and Kar Yung Tom

This is the second episode of a new Magic discussion/debate podcast/video from the good folks at Mana Deprived. This week, the crew discusses Grand Prix Chiba, Kaladesh Limited first picks, biggest pet peeves, and more. They've made a number of improvements since the first episode, so the podcast is certainly worth checking out and giving a test run.

  1. Gotta Love the Trinket Text | Hipsters of the Coast | Zach Barash

Barash stops to enjoy the little things in Magic with an exploration of trinket text. Trinket text is the text that's added to be flavorful, fun, or otherwise decorative that rarely comes up in actual gameplay (think "Protection from Dragons" on Baneslayer Angel).

  1. Brewed Force: Updated Blue-Red Dynavolt | ChannelFireball | Neal Oliver

Oliver is back to work on Torrential Gearhulk decks. Can you blame him? Torrential Gearhulk is all the things a blue mage should want to do in Standard. So Oliver is testing all of them. This week? Blue and red cards, plus some hot, hot Dynavolt Tower action. There have been a lot of Dynavolt Towers in the Standard Showdown results I've received so far, so this might be a good place to look for next weekend's events.

  1. Top 10 Equipment/Vehicles We Need Printed | Gathering Magic | Abe Sargent

Sargent knows his lore, and he's diving deep into Magic's lore for a number of Vehicles and Equipment that play prominent story roles, but never made it to a card either because they predate the subtypes or because, well, just because. Skyship Victory anyone? The Mask of Night's Reach? The freakin' Soul Bomb? Dakkon's Blackblade?! If you know what these are, then you get Sargent's excitement over the thought of having them created.

  1. Black Land | Commanderin' | Nate Burgess and Sean Whatson

Nate and Sean look at utilizing cards from Kaladesh to build with a pair of black commanders, including Gonti, Lord of Luxury. How can you not want to build with a Lord of Luxury? And how does one become a Lord of Luxury? Is it like becoming a Duke of Deliciousness? A King of Comedy? These questions totally not explored in this episode of Commanderin'.

Streaming Today

Of course Kenji is stream. Oh, aaaaand...

What People Are Talking About

Yeah, well, I have almost 2,000 Twitter, um...okay, this is actually quite the accomplishment and we're happy for the Professor. Well deserved. Here's to hitting 200,000.

The current schedule is to start this Wednesday with the first story and have one every week until DailyMTG takes a two week "best of" break December 19–30 (also known as we go home for the holidays). Then we pick back up again with two stories the week of Aether Revolt previews (January 2–5), and then one every week thereafter until the Aether Revolt story concludes.

Make sense?

Deck of the Day

10. Infinite Thopters!

This one was submitted by Shivam Bhatt, a well-known Magic personality on Twitter and consummate Commander player. For last week's Standard Showdown, he took a moment to step out of his Commander ways and dabbled in some Standard with the deck below, having, he said, "the best time."

The deck's core revolves around Decoction Module, Panharmonicon, and Whirler Virtuoso. With either two Modules and a Panharmonicon or one Module and two Panharmonicons in play, plus a Whirler Virtuoso (no small feat), you can actually make as many Thopters as you want! Each Thopter you make triggers Module twice for every Panharmonicon you have, making two energy. If you have two Modules, that's four energy, letting you make another Thopter and start the process over again!

While that feels like a tough thing to accomplish, the deck actually has a number of ways to make it a reality. Saheeli Rai can copy whichever second piece you're missing, as can Saheeli's Artistry. Also, cards like Glint-Nest Crane can make finding combo pieces easy, and a slew of energy-producing cards can help Whirler Virtuoso make a ton of Thopters, even if they aren't totally unbounded.

From there, Reckless Fireweaver makes every Thopter hurt, and Reckless Bushwacker can make them all hasty and hit twice as hard.

The deck is a blast to play and iterate on. Plus, if you can remember a sideboard (Bhatt left one off because he was used to Commander, where there are no sideboards), there are even more directions you can take the deck!

Infinite Thopters!

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