The Daily Magic Update is a roundup of everything Magic you should know on December 7, 2016. Today's Update is brought to you by the art of Jesper Ejsing.
Yes, I'm a big Panharmonicon homer, but this article would probably occupy this spot regardless of my undying love for getting two triggers out of Cloudblazer. It's an emergent deck in the Standard metagame. The (now) No. 2–ranked player (see below) in the world just took this deck to a Top 8 at last weekend's Grand Prix. And the deck is just cool. And also really, really good. And now the rest of the world knows it too.
- The Magic Art of Jesper Ejsing | The Magic Man Sam
The Magic Man Sam doesn't publish new videos very often, but when he does he knocks it out of the park. This is a deep look at the art of one of Magic's most interesting artists, Jesper Ejsing. This is the best art-centric video you'll watch today, and probably for a while after that. Certainly a must for art lovers.
After Those, Read, Watch, or Listen to These
- Commander at WotC and Atraxa Alterations with Trick Jarrett | The Command Zone | Josh Lee Kwai and Jimmy Wong
This episode of The Command Zone has it all—name dropping me, talk of value, mentions of Panharmonicon, discussion of my sweet mono-white Commander deck—you know, everything you want out of a podcast. I suppose it also talks about updating the Atraxa deck, and Trick Jarrett is there too. But, whatever.
- First Strike #3—From Aetherworks Marvel to Magic as an e-Sport | Mana Deprived | Kar Yung Tom, Bryan Gottlieb, and Robert Lombardi
In the race to get out more sports talk show–like Magic shows, First Strike is lapping In Response, with now its third episode. Not that there's an actual race anywhere outside of my head, but in there, the competition is heating up. Cloudblazer is there too. It's a mess.
At any rate, in this episode, Aetherworks Marvel and Magic's status as an e-sport are on the docket, as are Grand Prix Denver controversies, Modern, and Standard talk as well.
- Standard and Mardu Vehicles after the GPs | ChannelFireball | Frank Karsten
The article starts out offhandedly discussing using the Nash equilibrium (made famous among us common folk thanks to the movie A Beautiful Mind) and ends with a lengthy discussion of how Karsten would shape Mardu Vehicles, the deck that won a Grand Prix last weekend. If that's not a recipe to make the Daily Update without mentioning Cloudblazer or Panharmonicon, I don't know what is.
What to Watch Tonight
- Magic Mics | Evan Erwin, Reuben Bresler, and Erin Campbell
It's Wednesday, so that must mean some mics are going to get magic. With a ton of Grand Prix, Standard, and Aether Revolt action happening over the weekend and into Monday, there will be no end of topics for these heads to talk about. Probably including Panharmonicon. So check out twitch.tv/magicmics at 11 p.m. ET/8 p.m. PT.
- Two Grand Prix send shivers up and down the Top 25
The top story, of course, is that Panharmonicon pushed Seth Manfield up enough points to jump to No. 2 in our Top 25. Or maybe Manfield pushed Panharmonicon to new heights. Either way, the pairing has Manfield on top of everyone, save Yasooka.
But there were actually a ton of shifts from the weekend's results. Ondřej Stráský and Samuel Black had the biggest moves, sliding up three spots each. Stephen Rubin moved into the Top 5 after another strong Grand Prix. And Paul Reitzel is back in the Top 25, displacing Thiago Saporito, after another strong Grand Prix performance.
|8||Paulo Vitor Damo Da Rosa||59.30||8|
|18||Lee Shi Tian||53.29||18|
Dropped from rankings: Thiago Saporito
What People Are Talking About
It's the Twelve Days of Christmas—made into a Magic card. For all of your holiday cheer needs.
Shipments are arriving in stores packed with Aether Revolt goodies. More to come as we start preview season in earnest January 2, but expect to see cool things like this popping up here and there!
Deck of the Day
- (Nearly) Mono-Blue Artifacts
Here's another Standard Showdown submission that made me smile. The deck is essentially a Metalwork Colossus deck that sticks to almost entirely just blue, but it has a few twists.
The spiciest is the not mono-blue option, Saheeli Rai, who can give you hasty a Metalwork Colossus, scry to set up Glint-Nest Crane, double-up on Foundry Inspector to let you cheat costs for a turn, or let you draw cards with copies of Hedron Archive. R&D member Sam Stoddard thinks Saheeli is one of the most underplayed cards in Standard, and this deck shows off a way to make the card shine.
Additionally, the nearly mono-blue nature of the deck makes Engulf the Shore a viable way to keep the board clear, and Gearseeker Serpent can be basically Tarmogoyf under the right circumstances (just don't draw too many—hence the single copy).
The deck is super fun and sweet, and just the right kind of awesome for a Standard Showdown.