The December 6, 2016 Update

Posted in Daily Magic Update on December 6, 2016

By Blake Rasmussen

Blake is the content manager for DailyMTG.com, 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.

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Today's Must

  1. Standard Power Rankings | ChannelFireball

So many reasons I put this here. One, I love power rankings. I don't follow basketball, but I follow basketball power rankings. I'll read power rankings for anything. Heck, I'll read power rankings for Power Rangers (Tommy as the White Ranger, obviously).

Two, we've just had a ton of Standard results that altered the metagame once more. Third, with Standard Showdowns in full swing (I keep getting great decklists—keep them coming at standardshowdown@wizards.com), this is a useful tool for surveying the landscape.

But the real reason? ChannelFireball pandered hard to me and put Panharmonicon at No. 1. Well played, ChannelFireball. Well played.

After That, Read, Watch, or Listen to These

  1. Quick Hits: The Aetherwerkin' It Edition | StarCityGames.com | Mark Nestico

This one has a bit of everything Standard, and a lot of Aetherworks Marvel. Aetherworks Marvel is to Nestico as Panharmonicon is to me, so only click on it if you're prepared to be inundated by Marvel, Marvel, Marvel.

  1. Tibalt's Sweet New Ride | Monday Night Magic | Chewie Slate, Bill Bloodworth, and Aaron Lacluyze

The Monday Night Magic crew has a ton to talk about in this episode, from all of the Standard tournaments ever (or just a million last weekend), to new decks (Panharmonicombo!), to Heart of Kiran, and a whole shtick about all of the things 540 can be (it makes sense in context).

  1. Brewed Force: Combustible Reanimator | ChannelFireball | Neal Oliver

This is another sweet brew I haven't seen much of in submitted Standard Showdown decks, but I've definitely lost to it a number of times—a Mardu-flavored, Combustible Gearhulk–driven reanimator deck. If that doesn't pique your interest, then you must not love explosions and Gearhulks all that much. If you do, click the link above and hold on tight.

  1. Is it worth it to buy a Kaladesh Gift Box for Magic: The Gathering? | Tolarian Community College | The Professor

The Professor checks in on the latest iteration of the Gift Box to see if the quality is there to make it a worthy, well, gift.

  1. The Super Staples of Commander | TCGPlayer | Bruce Richard

The best of the best. The cream of the crop. The tools that make the Commander world go round. Richard has them all.

  1. Holistic Wisdom: 7 Cool Commander Mechanics | MTGMintCard | Freyalise

Sticking with Commander for a moment, Freyalise revisits the best seven mechanics brought to us by the Commander products. Myriad is one of my favorites too, but only when I can give it to a Cloudblazer. Thanks, Blade of Selves!

What People Are Talking About

  1. On the leaks

A leak happened yesterday that I'm going to acknowledge but not link to or reveal too much about, except to say that the leak was unfortunate for anyone who likes following the story. We have a plan for situations like this (which was an accident—best laid plans and all of that...) that we think will enhance our ability to tell you the story of a set in the future. Look for more details on that likely sometime in February. In the meantime, know that we'll stick with our original schedule despite the leak, as most people either 1) haven't seen it because they aren't that entrenched in the rabid world of spoiler seeking or 2) would like to experience the previews in a more intentional way.

This Tumblr post is a solid explanation for why this is the last I'll say about anything that slips out early. We want to preserve the experience for those who want it that way.

  1. Four new character bios were added to the Aether Revolt product page! | Vronos

We can't sneak anything by you (Literally. Nothing.), though this wasn't something we were trying to. The Aether Revolt product page has a bunch of new information, safe for information junkies and experiential previewers alike.

Deck of the Day

  1. Zada and the Wolves

After my gleeful Panharmonicon moment yesterday, I return to Standard Showdown decks (though Panharmonicombo makes a great Standard Showdown deck). Today's deck is one of the cooler ones I received from this past weekend, which I've taken to calling "Zada and the Wolves" because, well, it has Zada. And some Wolves.

The key interaction is between Zada, Hedron Grinder (or Mirrorwing Dragon) and Silverfur Partisan. With those two pieces on the battlefield, any targeting spell essentially doubles the number of Wolves you have in play. To make the most of that, the deck packs a bunch of one-mana spells to trigger the Partisan as many times as possible, creating an army.

But even if Partisan isn't available, the deck can still do a ton of damage with either Zada or Mirrorwing Dragon and just a few creatures. Rush of Adrenaline can become Overrun. And Expedite can become Ancestral Recall.

The deck is fun and potentially explosive, and it looks like a lot of care has gone into balancing the numbers for the deck, so I would highly recommend this fun, aggressive, combo-ish deck for your next Standard Showdown. Just be sure to bring a lot of Wolf tokens.

Zada and the Wolves

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