Hello ladies and gentlenerds! Welcome to week two of the league.
Week one was a great success, thanks to everyone for being flexible for not only the communication issues but also the change in the week set up. Wednesday to Monday is a little shorter but it really helps with getting the next week ready.
So I applaud you guys for doing what you do, and that’s shining like diamonds as you rock at playing this amazing game of Magic.
So first off, the standings!
Here they are. Check them out and make sure your standings have been put in correctly!
Week one is the most divided week, half on top, half on bottom. I expect things to mix up as the weeks go on! Congrats to the winners, I am sure all the games were amazing. I know I got to watch about a half dozen myself and it was awesome to watch all the decks and all the amazing plays.
A few reminders, remember to email you opponent as soon as you can in the week. I know the weekend is the best time to play the matches, but try not to wait to the weekend to set up the match.
Also remember the winner should come back here and post the win/loss record for the match. It just works best that way.
With the new pairing program we are using, Challonge, it doesn’t allow for repairing. We are going to compensate for a few different things. If your opponent drops from the League after pairings you get the win. If you are trying to reach your opponent and they don’t respond back to you, then you get the win. These aren’t free wins, but wins that are just and fair to give.
We have had 3 drops from the league, Rahrahrah, Honorbound84, and Thephatty500. We welcome you all to try again next week. That means there will be one player randomly selected for a BYE each week until we get back down to an even number. But a BYE counts as a win. So that’s the upside.
Khans of Tarkir
So I thought I would look into the Khans of Tarkir spoiler and see if anything pops out to me as being a good fit for Pauper. Most modern sets don’t have a bunch of cards at the power level as Pauper. Pauper is the format of Rare power level commons, and that’s why we love playing it.
These are of course all wild speculation on my part, and I will probably wrong on 99% of them. Proudly wrong!
Of course I am only going to talk about new cards, no reprints or functional reprints.
These are in no order besides what pops out at me.
[c]Ainok Bond-Kin[/c] I think this guy could slot on curve into White Weenie style decks. There are a lot of cards that give away free +1/+1 counters, and First Strike is a pretty decent ability in combat. Plus the ability to grow as the game goes on is pretty good past the midrange.
[c]Disdainful Stroke[/c] There are less restrictive counters in Pauper, but cheap counters are pretty much always good counters. I don’t know if MUC wants this card in its 75, but it’s a card that deserves a good looking at.
[c]Embodiment of Spring[/c] Early game blocker, and land searching. I like the card. Would like it more if it didn’t have the basic land restriction, or that the new common lands in the set had a Gate like subtype but that’s Magic design for you, wish and wish and wish, and play the cards they deal you.
[c]Force Away[/c] Bounce with the chance at Looting. I like that combo. Instant. 1U and it awards you for having a good sized creature on board, which in the right deck you have that anyways. Seems like a tight little package.
[c]Jeskai Windscout[/c] It’s the Kiln Fiend effect but for any noncreature spell you cast. I think this slots into Delver Fiend, and maybe into just Delver. I think for Pauper this may very well be the one card I can say will have an impact. I like this card a lot.
[c] Mardu Hordechief[/c] Again slots pretty good into White Weenie style decks. 3 power 4 toughness for 3 mana seems good. I quite like this guy as well.
[c]Mardu Warshrieker[/c] I feel like there is some sort of infinite mana combo with this guy. It would have to be second main phase, and I can’t quite figure it out, but I am sure some intrepid brewer out there can do what my brain can’t.
[c]Taigam’s Scheming[/c] I don’t know. I just don’t. Digging 5 deep for two mana feels so strong. Dumping a whole bunch of junk into the yard feels great. I love this card with Brainstorm. I am not sure. But I like it.
[c]Treasure Cruise[/c] Thoughtcast tells us that 1 casting cost draw spells rock the format. The Cruise has a lot more set up. But in a control deck that is burning draw spells and counters you may find a way to draw 3 to 12 cards off of these bad boys for just 4 mana and some dead cards.
[c]Bloodfell Caves[/c] [c]Blossoming Sands[/c] [c]Dismal Backwater[/c] [c]Jungle Hollow[/c] [c]Rugged Highlands[/c] [c]Scoured Barrens[/c] [c]Swiftwater Cliffs[/c] [c]Thornwood Falls[/c] [c]Tranquil Cove[/c] [c] Wind-Scarred Crag[/c]
The sexy lands as I call them. I think these are pretty much an instant replacement for the Guildates for every deck that doesn’t care about the Gate subtype. Which is pretty much every deck in Pauper. The Gatekeeper flicker deck is far too slow for the format. Don’t think the one life gain is marginal either. Against aggro or burn it helps you out pace them a little bit, in a control deck it helps you get to late game. It’s a great cycle of lands, and probably the cards that will have the biggest impact on the Pauper Format.
And that’s it folks my highly over reaching prediction on what cards from Khans that may see play in good old Classic Pauper.
Plugs Links and other odds and ends!
So Dan has started the Pauper Gauntlet, and its going like gang busters. He is still looking for people to claim decks and win prizes, and there are a bunch of really really good decks left. Just comment in the comments and profess your love for one of the decks that are left. You know you want to. I got Boros Kitty!!! Makes me happy!
Brennon and I are having Dan on The Standard Pauper show for the months and years the Gauntlet is going to take, so tune in for that hot Swedish talking. And regular American talking.
There is also a super exciting announcement about The Standard Pauper show coming up, but I will let Brennon tell you guys all the bells and whistles during his next article. It’s pretty sweet folks.
Pairings for Week #2
One important note BEFORE pairings. Some people missed our emails, and we sent quite a few in the first week just to make sure everyone saw them. Moving ahead, we will be very conscious of sending too many emails. So please make sure to check your spam folders for our emails, and to whitelist @magicgatheringstrat.com email addresses so that they get through.
Get out there and do battle guys. It’s going to be awesome.
And that’s it. If you need any help have any questions or just want to talk about the weather feel free to email me at any point.
And may you always Teachings for Teachings for Teachings,
Sam AKA Vaultboyhunter