Well, seems I have some new digs to test out! I hope you found me alright. Were the directions good enough? I know how Google maps can be sometimes.

First off, lets get to the heart of the matter. The meat of the article. The nugget you all want.

Section 1: This week’s episode of The Standard Pauper Show:


I do love me some spoilers!

Section 2: This week in Standard Pauper:

Now, lets look at the latest numbers from PDCMagic.com

MPDC 25.03
16 June 2014
Standard · 33 Players
23 Decks · ~70% Reported
5 rounds Swiss
Top 8 playoff
Hosted by gwyned

1st Azorius Aggro by Torreth* by DreamersTango
2nd Ice Cream* by GodZo
T4 Bw Control* by DrChrisBakerDC
T4 Azorius Aggro* by Torreth
T8 Dimir Mill* by Cabel
T8 Mono Gray Control* by FlxEx
T8 Dr.Orz* by MyGalaxy
T8 PieTime BW* by PieTime

That is a list of foes I would not choose to meet!

Section 3: The winning deck!

Lets take a closer look at the winning deck.

AZORIUS AGGRO BY TORRETH

Standard · Aggro-Control
1st by DreamersTango in MPDC 25.03 (6-2)

Land (20)
Island
10 Plains
Azorius Guildgate

Creatures (30)
Keening Apparition
Azorius Arrester
Akroan Skyguard
Daring Skyjek
Loyal Pegasus
Cloudfin Raptor
Triton Shorestalker
Wingsteed Rider

Spells (10)
Mizzium Skin
Ajani’s Presence
Hidden Strings
Gods Willing
Sideboard (15)
Lagonna-Band Trailblazer
Negate
Mortal Obstinacy
Voyage’s End
Celestial Flare
Hopeful Eidolon
Dispel

I love the idea and you had me at Lagonna-Band Trailblazer! Such a strong card. I will forgive that it is in the sideboard, but I think it could be strong in the main. I have to feel bad for Torreth. His deck won the day, but he wasn’t playing it. Such a bitter sweet sensation, I am sure.

Lets look at a sample opening hand:

Ok, I will keep this, but we must draw at least one more land to get those riders into the air.

Now lets look at the next six cards:

I feel good about the keep. We get the mana we need and plenty of gas to go with it.

Here is how I would play it out:
Turn 1: Play Island, , cast Cloudfin Raptor
Turn 2: Play Plains, , cast Loyal Pegasus, Swing for 1 with the Raptor
Turn 3: ,, cast Azorius Arrester, Swing for 4 in the air, play the Guildgate

On a side note, Gwyned is hosting a semi-standard pauper league!

In his own words:

“It is with great excitement that I announce a special league-style event for the summer: Multicolor Mayhem League!

A couple weeks ago, we had a special Monday Pauper Deck Challenge in which all the Commons from Shards of Alara, Conflux, Alara Reborn, Return to Ravnica, Gatecrash, and Dragon’s Maze were legal. The format was so fun, and with so many interesting possibilities, that I decided to extend the fun!”

This is where our format is going. With Wizards showing only cursory support for Pauper, it is up to the player-base to provide the incentives. The Multicolor Mayhem league will go on for weeks. I wish I could report on the decks, but I am afraid all that is available to the public are the standings.

Multicolor Mayhem
Rank Player Match Points OMW % PGW % OGW % Matches Played Byes
1 DrChrisBakerDC 6 0.5 0.999 0.45 2 0
2 DrDemento 6 0.417 0.999 0.25 2 0
3 VGFactor88 6 0.417 0.8 0.367 2 0
4 gwyned 6 0.333 0.8 0.167 2 0
5 oneeyedjack1 3 0.999 0.333 0.8 1 1
6 RRR726 3 0.75 0.5 0.75 2 0
7 rremedio1 3 0.75 0.4 0.8 2 0
8 benne433 3 0.75 0.4 0.7 2 0
9 beatnik bobby 3 0.667 0.5 0.5 2 0
10 Adner 3 0.5 0.6 0.4 2 0
11 mattmath 3 0.417 0.6 0.3 2 0
12 Gq1rf7 3 0.417 0.5 0.25 2 0
13 Carnuz 3 0.417 0.4 0.4 2 0
14 rpitcher 0 0.999 0.333 0.8 1 0
15 joekewwl 0 0.75 0 0.75 2 0
16 Linker41 0 0.75 0 0.65 2 0
17 kelevra6 0 0.5 0.2 0.5 2 0

I will keep you abreast of the league as I can.

Also, we have started our own league, run by VaultBoyHunter himself!

Please check it out: http://magicgatheringstrat.com/2014/06/announcing-the-first-magicgatheringstrat-com-community-participation-league/

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