The December 12, 2016 Update

Posted in Daily Magic Update on December 12, 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 12, 2016. Today's Update is brought to you by a Consulate Crackdown.

What You Might Have Missed This Weekend

  1. Grand Prix Milwaukee Top 5 Moments | Wizards of the Coast | Corbin Hosler

There's a ton of coverage you could sift through from Grand Prix Milwaukee, but if you've only got a few minutes, the Top 5 Moments piece has got you covered. From Matt Severa's continued strong performance, the dominance of Team East-West Bowl, Corey Burkhart's breakout performance, and an underdog winning the whole thing.

  1. In Response: Masters Sets, New UN-Set, and Commander Control - A Magic The Gathering Debate | Tolarian Community College | The Professor and Josh Lee Kwai

The second episode of this debate-style Magic talk show aired on Friday, but it's worth a watch at pretty much any time, if for no other reason than the introduction and Josh Lee Kwai's sunglasses look.

  1. MTG – Top 10 Best Standard Cards of 2016 for Magic: The Gathering! | The Mana Source | Wedge

The year is nearing its conclusion, and Wedge takes the opportunity to count down the 10 best cards of 2016. However, Neither Cloudblazer nor Panharmonicon made the list, so I'm not sure how seriously I should take it. But go ahead and watch it anyway, because it's kind of great regardless.

After Those, Read, Watch, or Listen to These

Another Monday, another Aether Revolt preview card. This one is called Consulate Crackdown in English, and it represents when the Consulate, well, cracks down on the people of Kaladesh. There's been some question on the exact translation of the card, so I figured we'd just show you the card in English to answer all your translation questions:

  1. Magic Puzzles | | Jennifer Long

There's been a bit of talk lately about Magic as a puzzle-solving exercise; not as a "find a way to win before the end of the turn" kind of puzzle, but a "what's the best play" kind of puzzle. Jennifer takes a long look at a few scenarios and asks you, gentle reader, to solve the puzzles she puts before you.

See an Exclusive Aether Revolt Preview Early

  1. Wizards Account Holders will be getting an Aether Revolt preview card on December 19. Don't have a Wizards Account? Sign up at Do have a Wizards Account? Well, um, good job. You're all set.

What People Are Talking About

Vintage Cube early?! Happy Holidays to me. And some other people, I suppose. But also to me.

SandyDog, if you aren't aware, is Brandon Burton, a longtime Magic Online grinder, strong player, and has one of the best stories on the Pro Tour. It's always good to see Burton doing well, and after his performance this past weekend, we'll be seeing him at Pro Tour Amonkhet!

They got engaged at a Magic event, so it's only right that we celebrate the nuptials of Hall of Fame Pro Eric Froehlich and Magic streamer Athena Huey. He proposed when he was inducted into the Hall in 2015, and now they've sealed the deal. Congratulations to the happy couple!

Deck of the Day

  1. Life and Taxes

This Standard Showdown brew takes a lot of cards that have shown promise but never quite gotten there—plus a few all-stars—and puts together a synergistic, grindy black and white deck capable of grinding with the best of them.

Check out some of the synergies the deck has going for it. Ayli, Eternal Pilgrim works best with sacrifice fodder and lifegain, and this deck has both in spades. Accursed Witch sacrifices nicely, turning into lifegain after the fact. Eternal Scourge, Relentless Dead, and Scrapheap Scrounger all have ways of returning to play—Eternal Scourge even feeds Scrapheap Scrounger to do so.

And several of the cards are effective for the current metagame, especially against vehicles. Kambal, Consul of Allocation triggers if opponents play Vehicles, Authority of the Consuls stops players from crewing vehicles with newly cast creatures, and Authority is even strong against the ever-present Ishkanah, Grafwidow and Emrakul, the Promised End. Plus, it helps that it makes it harder to be ambushed by Torrential Gearhulk and Avacyn.

It's a well-put together deck and looks like a blast to play. I would highly recommend trying this out at the final Standard Showdown this Saturday.

Life and Taxes

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