Section 1: I’m having a crisis of faith…

Standard Pauper is super fun. Without it, I would have probably installed MTGO, try to play something in the JFF room, been beaten horribly over and over, and then uninstalled MTGO. I would have never met you guys. I would have deprived myself of the opportunity to interact with some of the coolest folks I’ve ever virtually met.

I owe a lot to the format. So it pains me to admit that I just don’t feel the same about Standard Pauper. It’s not you, it’s me. We are just in different places right now in our lives. I feel I need to see other formats. I think we are both mature enough to remain friends.

What’s that? You don’t mind? Woah, you’re into this too? You mean, this whole time I could have been doubling up on formats and you would have been cool with that? Well, why didn’t you say something? This is awesome! We can hook up like any time and we can both go play with whomever we want on the side. You’re the best format ever!

Well, it’s official. I am changing my format status to available.

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So, now that that is out, let’s discuss where to begin.

I will still be covering Standard Pauper. But the show will now be branching out into other budgetary formats. Commander, Cube, SilverBlack, Proxy Card making/tournaments (yes, there are entire proxy tournaments!) Be on the look out for a new era of deck promiscuity. I hope you will enjoy watching!

Section 2: This week in review


MPDC 26.03
25 August 2014
Standard · 20 Players
17 Decks · 85% Reported
3 rounds Swiss
Top 8 playoff
Hosted by gwyned

1st WB Aura* by beatnik bobby
2nd ETB* by MyGalaxy
T4 Rapid Red* by ByeBye
T4 WW Tokens* by gwyned
T8 RDW* by Carnuz
T8 BUG Defender Mill by hero1141
T8 Beasts by MisterMróz
T8 Creatureless Dimir Mill* by Muzac

Section 3: The winning deck!

WB AURA
Standard · Aggro-Control
1st by beatnik bobby in MPDC 26.03 (5-1)

Actually, this will cover the runner up. Unfortunately, the deck app on PDCMagic still does not have Journey Into Nyx and M15 cards so I can’t reliably put together the winning deck by Beatnik Bobby.

ETB

Standard · Aggro-Control
2nd by MyGalaxy in MPDC 26.03 (4-2)

Creatures (27)
Invasive Species
Centaur Healer
Cloudfin Raptor
Keening Apparition
Sunspire Gatekeepers
Ubul Sar Gatekeepers
Saruli Gatekeepers

Spells (11)
Negate
Peel from Reality
Prophetic Prism
Duress
Lands (22)
Selesnya Guildgate
Simic Guildgate
Azorius Guildgate
Evolving Wilds
Forest
Orzhov Guildgate
Dimir Guildgate
Golgari Guildgate
Island
Plains
Swamp
Transguild Promenade
Radiant fountain

SIDEBOARD (15)
Revoke Existence
Razortip Whip
Dispel
Duress
Pillar of Light

Wow, another name for this deck could have been “Nope, no Theros!” Not one, except for Revoke Existence (which isn’t a new card.)

This is a crazy attempt at Flickergate. I like it. It has moxy! Could you imagine Moxen in standard? That would be nuts, everyone would run the full set in any deck because why wouldn’t you?

Let’s look at a sample opening hand:

As it is my biggest concern with decks like this, I had to mulligan a 1-lander. The six cards above were well worth the mulligan. You have an enchantment killing bear, a recursions tool, and a ETB creature. And mana to cast them all.

Now let’s look at the next six cards:

These six weird me out, it is almost an exact repeat of the first six. This set has the Recur Bug so that’s a huge plus. You will be sitting in a great spot after you gain a ton of life and have 3/3 blockers at the ready. This deck should make Sam pretty happy. Also, I feel like this is a more “fair” version of Flickergate. Ghostly Flicker should have never been common.

MyGalaxy mentions that the biggest issues facing this deck are Voltron and RDW. The biggest of the two threats is Voltron as he only has peel to deal with large creatures. As we have seen, this is less effective with Bestow as they just get a ton of extra creatures when you peel the Black Lion.
What do you think about this deck?

Section 3: Podcasting

Still working on this. Unbeknownst to me, Apple does not make it easy to do this. I see why MTGCast has such a hold on market. We rednecks don’t take kindly to being told what to do. Therefore, I do not feel that MTGCast and me would get along very well.

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