The December 15, 2016 Update

Posted in Daily Magic Update on December 15, 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 15, 2016. Today's Update is brought to you by Grizzly Bears, so many Grizzly Bears.

Today's Must

  1. The History of Grizzly Bears | Gathering Magic | Marshall Sutcliffe, Timothy Sinclair, Robert Burrows, and Richard Castle.

This video is something out of the History Channel meets Magic, and it's amazing. It's a touch introductory at the start if you're already well-versed in Grizzly Bears, but even then it's so well produced and it goes through so much Magic history that it's got a bit for everyone. Watch and enjoy the soothing narration of Marshall Sutcliffe and the parade of two-drop 2/2s.

After That, Read, Watch, or Listen to These

  1. Biggest Charity Event of My Life! | boogie2988

Boogie2988, a popular gaming YouTuber, held a Magic charity tournament benefitting St. Jude Children's Research Hospital. He was joined by fellow YouTuber The Professor. This video features footage from the event and a challenge to people at home to help out.

  1. Five More Winners and Losers from Standard GP Weekend | ChannelFireball | Paulo Vitor Damo da Rosa

For the second installment of this article, PVDDR focuses on individual cards that got better or worse—plus Joel Larsson.

  1. Rhystic Study: Narset, Enlightened Master | MTGMint Card | Prophet of Kruphix

Billed as "Your friends will hate you so much for this!" the Narset, Enlightened Master Commander deck is truly a work of art—that no one will ever want to play against. (I know this from personal experience.)

  1. Most Common In-Game Mistakes | Limited Resources | Marshall Sutcliffe and Luis Scott-Vargas

This 85-minute podcast covers some of the easiest traps to fall into while playing Limited. Like not playing around them ALWAYS FREAKING HAVING IT. I CAN'T BELIEVE THEY...ahem. Sorry. Not at all like that. The opposite of that. It's more about how to avoid easy mistakes to level up your Limited game.

  1. My First Year in Magic: Part 1 | | Emma Handy

We're going to be getting a lot of "year in review" articles coming up, so we might as well kick it off with a strong one! Handy looks at 2016, which she considers her "first year in Magic." But it's not the year she learned to play—it's the year she made playing the game a lifestyle. Kind of like that year I didn't go anywhere without a puka shell necklace. Okay, years. It was a lifestyle. But way less fun. Or cool. Or much of anything.

  1. Controlling Modern | MTGCardMarket | Emanuel Sutor

Control in Modern is a tough sell, but Sutor thinks he might have an answer to that particular quandry—Bant. It might not be what you think of when you think of control in Modern (No red for Lightning Bolt? No black for Inquisition of Kozilek?), but it might be the hero Modern needs.

What People Are Talking About

That it does, Evan, that it does.

We previewed Oath of Ajani on DailyMTG today as we wind down the Standard Showdown talk, since this is the final weekend to play in one. Oath of Ajani will be sent in oversized form to every store that participated, and they'll be shipping out soon!

The Players' Championship (that's what that hashtag is for) is this weekend! I'll share the coverage details tomorrow, but you can get an early jump on all that jazz, and your weekend viewing plans, here.

Deck of the Day

  1. Five-Color Superfriends

This deck is another favorite Standard Showdown submission, and basically everyone's dream planeswalker deck. It is exactly what the name implies—five colors, tons of planeswalkers, many friends.

The deck does skip the most obvious inclusion, Deploy the Gatewatch, in favor of cards that let it control the board or fix/speed up its mana. Plus, it lets you skip all the weird Deploy the Gatewatch math (How many do I need? How many can be duplicates?) and just fill out the deck with what you need.

This is the most honest-looking planeswalker deck I've come across, choosing to play things like Servant of the Conduit rather than trying to power out Deploy the Gatewatch or stuff in even more planeswalkers. It might just be the best way to approach such a strategy—don't get fancy, just let the planeswalkers do the work.

Five-color Superfriends

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