Section 1: This week in Standard Pauper

No MPDC due to the U.S. holiday. However, Dr. Baker ran the SPDC on schedule!

SPDC 26.03
31 August 2014
Standard · 12 Players
11 Decks · ~92% Reported
3 rounds Swiss
Top 4 playoff
Hosted by DrChrisBakerDC

Eleven decks, not bad! This event seems to be picking up some real steam. I see this as a result of the community’s commitment to the format! Beside, who doesn’t love Standard Pauper? Crazy people, that’s who.

Lets look at the results:

1st Mill* by masterofphysics
2nd RW Heroic* by Luc3k
T4 WB Aura* by beatnik bobby
T4 Creatureless Dimir Mill* by Muzac

Normally I go over the winner. As you all probably know, I am not the biggest fan of mill. Besides, we have all seen it at this point. What we can look at is a deck that didn’t even place!

Say what? Oh yes, it was the one deck that caught my eye. Mostly because it is similar to one discussed in the web show! The thing that bothers me, is that this deck made a respectable showing. Going 2-1 in an event where the Top 4 placed deck went 2-2 is pretty good. The problem is that it gets nothing. Tie breakers broken wrong for this deck and that is just a shame.

WW

Standard · Aggro
Played by bigbee in SPDC 26.03 (2-1)

Creatures (23)
Sungrace Pegasus
Heliod’s Pilgrim
Auramancer
Hopeful Eidolon
Syndic of Tithes
Keening Apparition
Wingsteed Rider

Spells (14)
Ethereal Armor
Gods Willing
Pacifism
Celestial Flare
Lands (20)
16 Plains
Radiant Fountain

SIDEBOARD (15)
Razortip Whip
Beckon Apparition
Eyes in the Skies
Celestial Flare
Keening Apparition

I heart this deck so much! I even like the Fountains. Normally, I dislike colorless land in a non-artifact deck. Pure White Weenie goodness right here.

Let’s look at a sample opening hand:

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Pardon the blank card, it was the only way I could get them to line up properly.
Needless to say, this is a stone cold keep. You have all the mana you need and plenty to cast. I can only hope the next six cards don’t flood us out.

Now let’s look at the next six cards:

Righteous. Not the card Righteousness but rather the colloquialism meaning this is beneficial to me. I think we have a very good chance to win this particular game.

Section 2: Proxy card making

Part of covering budget formats is covering the wonderful world of proxy card making. You can Google magic card proxy and come up with hundreds of hits. Some good, some terrible. Some are spectacular, while some are just excuses to put boobs on things. Seriously, why do you want a naked anime chick on your plains card? Are you really that desperate?

Anyway, mtgsalvation has an entire forum for card renders and proxies. The rules are simple, make what ever your heart desires but never try to sell fake cards. Very simple. If the art is not your own, you cannot sell it. If the card is a copy of a real card and you try to sell it, Wizards will sue the poop out of you.

That being said, I want to show off a series of land cards I made and get some feedback and debate going. Because nothing is cheaper than imagination, I thought this deserved a place in the issue:

Dessicated Mire Forest of Stone Mountain of Ash
Brackish Marsh field of dust Teferis Mirage

First of all, the art is from a family of Indian watercolor artists: G D Paulraj and his two brothers G D Arulraj and G D Thyagaraj. You can find out more about their wonderful art here: http://indian-influences.blogspot.com/

I simply love the art.

The theme I was going for was a tribute to Teferi and his attempt to bring mana back to the broken lands of Dominaria. I wanted to make these common but even with the draw backs I doubt they would ever be. Anyway, each land is a broken version of the basic lands. They enter tapped and you can pay life to gain a single colorless mana. I gave them a cost so that it was not free mana. More like, Phyrexian mana.

What I dislike is the number of words used on each card. I am not a fan of Wizard’s need to define, in their entirety, what a token is and does on the card that generates it. I feel it is time to move away from this model. Otherwise, complex tokens will be harder to make. Here is the closest example of a complex token I can think of:

Why can’t the text of Goblin Kaboomist just say: At the beginning of your upkeep, put a colorless artifact token named Land Mine onto the battlefield.

Is the thought that one day bands of post apocalyptic kids will find magic cards buried in the ruins of Old New York? They would then need this full wall of text to enjoy the ancient game they have discovered? Just about everyone playing this game has some sort of access to the internet or other source of information to find out what this card does.

Which brings me to my other point. Wizards, why can’t we search for tokens on your site? This is mind boggling. You print them yet we have no reference to them on the official site. That’s just ridiculous. Anyway, back to the made up cards.

What I want to know from you all is, is this possible? Are these lands feasible in the current “New World Order?” What would you change?

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