The December 8, 2016 Update

Posted in Daily Magic Update on December 8, 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.

The Daily Magic Update is a roundup of everything Magic you should know on December 8, 2016. Today's Update is brought to you by Tim Aten, four-day Jeopardy! champion, general trivia master, and editor extraordinaire.

Today's Musts

  1. Panharmonicon Videos

See! It's not just me! People care about this deck! Today, two people in particular—Seth Manfield, who made the Top 8 of Grand Prix Denver with the deck, has a video and sideboarding talk. Pascal Maynard, who finished in the Top 64 with the deck, also has gameplay videos and a discussion of the deck. So I know what I'll be watching today.

And, heck, let's throw in a written deck guide from Eric Froehlich on ChannelFireball. Because the internet loves me today.

After Those, Read, Watch, or Listen to These

  1. Mirror Interviews | Limited Resources | Marshall Sutcliffe and Luis Scott-Vargas

Marshall, meet Luis. Luis, meet Marshall. Now interview one another. Such is the premise of this week's episode. For some reason I have the whole thing pictured like a Wes Anderson movie, complete with awkwardly standing across from one another, a set that looks like it's made out of cardboard, and both men wearing bright colors.

  1. Being Present | Constructed Criticism | Spencer Howland, Casey Bloodworth, and Michael Hinderaker

The crew talks Standard, Standard, Standard after all of the action last weekend, and then ties up the show with a discussion of being present in a game of Magic, which is kind of like being focused, but, um, well I'll let them explain it.

  1. Blue-Black Metallurgic Summonings Deck Guide | ChannelFireball | Bobby Fortanely

Panharmonicon wasn't the only wacky deck to see play at high levels last weekend—Fortanely finished in 11th place at Grand Prix Denver with a Metallurgic Summonings deck. I've seen a number of these lists come in for Standard Showdown as well, so don't be too shocked when someone throws down a five-mana enchantment that doesn't do anything until they untap. Because when they do untap? You're in for a world of pain.

  1. Top 5 Coolest/Weirdest Magic: The Gathering Products and Items! | The Mana Source | Wedge

Magic statutes? A Chandra skateboard? We've had some off-the-wall products over the years, and Wedge collects his Top 5 for your viewing pleasure.

  1. 5 Decks You'll Play This Weekend | Gathering Magic | Brandon Isleib

Isleib looks at some decks you could play this weekend at a Standard Showdown. The first three are pretty well-known, but check out those last two for some interesting brews that have the chops to compete.

Happy Anniversary

  1. Magic: Puzzle Quest's First Anniversary

Magic: Puzzle Quest is celebrating its first anniversary, and it's celebrating it in style with a new update today (the actual anniversary is December 10). There's a bunch of new stuff—including Kaladesh content—and new events. You can check out the gameplay video here, which visits all of the new challenges you can face in the game.

But the real challenge? Try to build a deck better than my Jace, Unraveler of Secrets deck. Thopter Spy Network and Drowner of Hope are just unbeatable together.

What People Are Talking About

@AllFairness is Tim Aten, an old-school Magic Pro and former Wizards of the Coast employee who is now the four-day champion on Jeopardy!. And absolutely no one who has ever played trivia with him at a local bar is surprised in the least.

The Masters of Modern posted a whole slew of questions under the hashtag #YearInReview. Then again, so did a million other non-Magic Twitter folks. If you want to partake in their review of 2016, best just to head to their Twitter page and respond to their questions there.

Deck of the Day

  1. Mono-Red Isn't Dead

I received a number of aggressive mono-red decks for the Standard Showdown, and all of them look great, but this one struck me as the greatestest. Chandra, Flamecaller is maybe a touch optimistic in a 24-land Village Messenger deck, but it's hard to argue with just jamming Chandras in your red deck.

Not only is this deck aggressive and burn-minded, but it also has the Hanweir Garrison and Hanweir Battlements combo to just Eldrazi some people out. I know the red mages around here approve, so why not burn some people out at this Saturday's Standard Showdown?

Mono-Red Aggro

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