The November 30, 2016 Update

Posted in Daily Magic Update on November 30, 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 30, 2016. Today's Update is brought to you by waiting just one more week—not even—to open your Aether Revolt presents.

Today's Must

  1. Jeskai Control in Standard | TCGPlayer | Seth Manfield

Seth Manfield, No. 3–ranked player in the world, goes a different direction for testing out Standard today. Jeskai Control has picked up some steam as a viable alternative to Blue-White Flash or Black-Green Delirium, and Manfield puts it through its paces in these four videos today. Standard Showdown fodder, maybe?

After That, Read, Watch, or Listen to These

  1. A Guide to Black-Green Delirium | MTGMintCard | Martin Dang

Whether you're in beat 'em or join 'em mode, you should know all about Black-Green Delirium heading into the Standard Showdown this weekend. Pro Tour Dragons of Tarkir winner Martin Dang has the low down on Spider town.

  1. A Father's Duty—Sidar Kondo of Jamuraa | SeibenLore

Seiben takes a look at one of the newest partner commanders with some of the juiciest lore in the set. He's Gerrard's adoptive dad. And Vuel's (also known as Volrath) birth father. Basically, he was father to the antagonist and the protagonist of the Weatherlight Saga. Maybe he needed to work on his parenting skills a bit before all the flanking nonsense.

  1. Commander 2016 Deck Testing—Kydele and Breya | The Command Zone | Jimmy Wong and Josh Lee Kwai

I was going to include this anyway, but seeing this tweet didn't hurt. I'm sure the pair muse about many other possibilities while working their way through Kydele and Breya decks. But they also talk Panharmonicon possibilities in Commander. I'll stop drooling if you will.

  1. Rules Tidbits | Mana Deprived | Brook Gardner-Durbin

Gardner-Durbin provides three little rules quirks every tournament player should be aware of—and many, many miss. Admit it—we've all done the second one.

If you're a newer player, you likely don't know who Jamie Wakefield is, and that's a minor tragedy (and a major way to make me feel old). But the former pro, author, and master of all things is back for this interview with Islandswamp.

Top 25

  1. Yamamoto Returns!

After winning Grand Prix Chiba, Kentaro Yamamoto was also the biggest winner on the Top 25, shooting all the way up to No. 13 after not being ranked for some time. Big wins will do that. Joining him on his climb up the charts is fellow countryman Yuuya Watanabe, who also made the Top 8 of that Legacy Grand Prix, jumping up six spots to just barely enter the Top 10.

At the very top of the charts, Shota Yasooka holds fast, while Owen Turtenwald and Seth Manfield trail by about 6 points each. They would essentially need a Grand Prix win to get within sniffing distance of the top spot at this point.

Meanwhile, I haven't pointed this out before, but how about a round of applause for Luis Scott-Vargas, who is still ranked in the Top 10 after moving to the commentary booth this year. It speaks mostly to how incredible his last season was that the decay and not playing in events hasn't even dropped him below No. 9.

Rank Name Points Change Previous
1 Shota Yasooka 88.18 1
2 Owen Turtenwald 82.99 2
3 Seth Manfield 82.46 3
4 Lukas Blohon 73.89 4
5 Reid Duke 71.05 5
6 Steven Rubin 69.75 6
7 Marcio Carvalho 64.42 7
8 Paulo Vitor Damo Da Rosa 60.87 +1 9
9 Luis Scott-Vargas 60.58 -1 8
10 Yuuya Watanabe 60.22 +6 16
11 Mike Sigrist 57.87 -1 10
12 Ondřej Stráský 57.48 -1 11
13 Kentaro Yamamoto 57.34 NR
14 Samuel Pardee 57.14 -2 12
15 Joel Larsson 56.14 -2 13
16 Andrea Mengucci 55.87 -2 14
17 Martin Müller 55.40 -2 15
18 Lee Shi Tian 54.65 +1 19
19 Alexander Hayne 52.87 -2 17
20 Petr Sochůrek 52.65 -1 19
21 Ryoichi Tamada 52.56 -3 18
22 Samuel Black 52.22 -1 21
23 Matthew Nass 51.38 -1 22
24 Oliver Tiu 50.87 -1 23
25 Thiago Saporito 50.65 -1 24

Dropped from rankings: Brian Braun-Duin

What People Are Talking About

  1. The Rabiah Scale | Blogatog | Mark Rosewater

Well, that didn't take long. People asked for a Rabiah Scale (an estimation of how likely we are to return to certain planes as a setting for a new Magic set), and now they have one. The Rosewater is a generous blogger.

Ooohhhh! That just gave me chills. Vintage Cube is already practically the most wonderful time of the Magic Online year, and now you'll be able to play it in League form? Sign me (and a few thousand of my closest friends) up.

Not sure what this is referring to? Today we announced December event updates, which include information about the Vintage Cube.

Deck of the Day

  1. Green-White Energy Delirium Control

This might be my favorite innovative deck to come in through the Standard Showdown. It's unexpected, it's many of the things all together, and it's in a (currently) underplayed color combination, especially for control.

The deck actually dares to combine Aetherworks Marvel and Dynavolt Tower in the same deck, so that you can use the abundant energy the deck is capable of producing to do, well, any number of things—including activating Consulate Surveillance!

The deck also plays eleven Wrath effects. Creatures are not sticking around against this deck.

But the real kicker here is Verdant Crescendo. I had to look it up too. It's from the Nissa Planeswalker Deck, as is Nissa, Nature's Artisan. I'm not sure if this player decided they were powerful or if they just wanted to build with them, but this has to be the first time I've seen them in a decklist anywhere. Either way—challenge accepted and completed!

Green-White Energy Delirium Control

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