The December 2, 2016 Update

Posted in Daily Magic Update on December 2, 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 December 2, 2016. Today's Update is brought to you by That's the email to send in your Standard Showdown decklist after you crush it this weekend. Don't forget to include your record!

What to Watch This Weekend

  1. Grand Prix Denver

It's going to be a weekend jam-packed with Standard, and the biggest stop is Grand Prix Denver, with coverage starting at 10 a.m. local time (MT)/9 a.m. PT/12 p.m. ET/5 p.m. UTC on There have been a lot of rumblings about shifts in the Standard metagame away from a two-deck format and into a wider array of deck types. What will Denver bring to bear in the Standard format? Watch closely as the coverage team brings you all the action.

  1. Atlanta Invitational Weekend

By the time you read this, this is already underway. Seriously, it's probably streaming right now! The Invitational format is a three-day event mixing up Standard and Modern with some of the best players on the SCG circuit and in the world. Coverage starts at 10:30 a.m. ET on The winner receives invites to the end-of-year SCG Players' Championship and the Pro Tour, plus a bunch of other cool prizes.

After Those, Read, Watch, or Listen to These

  1. Standard Showdown Showdown | Ryan vs Jon | TCGPlayer | Ryan Gomez and Jon Corpora

The TCGPlayer crew tries something a little different as they crack two Standard Showdown boosters and then force Gomez and Corpora to build Standard decks out of those three cards. Dance for our entertainment! Dance!

  1. Following Designer Intent | ChannelFireball | Neal Oliver

Oliver provides some strong advice for improving at drafting that is surprisingly talked about very little—designer intent. Here he teaches you to look for the intelligence in the design and see what R&D wanted you to see in a Draft set, how to identify those markers, and what to do with them when you finally sit down to draft.

  1. Three New Amigos on the Block | Gathering Magic | Ali Aintrazi

Speaking of a new array of Standard decks (well, I was way back up in item 1. Stick with me here), Aintrazi highlights a few decks that are off the beaten path—but very capable of beating their own path in the metagame.

  1. My Top 100 Cards of All Time! #10–1 | The Magic Show | Evan Erwin

Erwin finishes his countdown of his top cards of all time—finally. This has been a long time in the making, and there are a few surprises left. No. 5 will shock and amaze you! Or maybe just make you shake your head and giggle a bit.

  1. Masters of Modern Founder Alex Kessler Talks Content Creation and Mana Management | MTG Pro Tutor | Shaun Penrod

Admittedly, the band of people interested in content creation is slim, but given the responses to the Update typically, I'm betting the percentage of content creators in my readership is higher than average. And if that's not your bag, there's plenty of Modern to discuss as well with one of the masters of, well, it.

What People Are Talking About

Tibalt is the bumbling henchman of the Magic Planewsalker world. But man does he wear a sharp suit.

I'm with Reid. I've played more Standard since Kaladesh than I have in a long time. And, yes, Panharmonicon/Cloudblazer, etc., but I think Kaladesh gave people a lot of cards like that to grab on to and love. So grab something wacky and love it. Reid says it's okay.

Deck of the Day

  1. Mardu Vehicles

Here's another Standard Showdown deck that crushed its event, going 4-0 and winning a sweet, sweet Standard Showdown booster.

The archetype isn't new—in some places it's called Four-Color Vehicles due to the light, sideboarded blue splash—but this player managed to sneak a few innovations in there. Thalia, Heretic Cathar is a card I'm seeing show up more and more (much to my chagrin) as a way to slow down midrange decks by a step or two. And since Mardu Vehicles is blisteringly fast, a step or two is all you need to put your opponents away.

If there's one addition I would make, it would be to add another Key to the City or two to the sideboard. If Ishkanah, Grafwidow does resolve, the Key is your best way to ignore it and keep attacking anyway.

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