Community Participation League #2: Week Four

Hello Ladies and Gentlenerds!

Welcome to the halfway point! The midway point. The dab smack middle of the Pauper league! It’s been great so far, and we have 4 more weeks left!

I got the BYE this week!! So I get my first win! A win is a win so I am happy to get it.

Here are the current standings.

This week I faced Jmlima playing little red men, and I got beat 1-2 playing Dimir Teachings. I love the Teachings deck, but I think I need a ton more practice with it. Fellow league member obZen has brought the deck back into the limelight, and my hats off to him, as I love control, and Dimir Teachings is a great example of control.

[d title=”obZen’s Dimir Teachings”]

2 Crypt Rats
1 Mulldrifter
1 Twisted Abomination

2 Chainer’s Edict
4 Innocent Blood

4 Accumulated Knowledge
4 Brainstorm
4 Counterspell
4 Exclude
3 Mystical Teachings
2 Prohibit
1 Remove Soul
1 Disfigure
1 Crypt Incursion
1 Ghastly Demise
1 Grim Harvest
1 Wail of the Nim
1 Diabolic Edict

3 Evolving Wilds
3 Terramorphic Expanse
4 Dimir Guildgate
4 Swamp
8 Island

2 Circle of Protection: Red
1 Plains
1 Ghastly Demise
3 Jace’s Erasure
1 Muddle the Mixture
1 Evincar’s Justice
1 Allay
1 Echoing Decay
1 Negate
1 Nausea
2 Circle of Protection: Black [/d]

Just an amazing deck. Counters. Kill Spells. Great creatures. Recursion. Tutors. A varied sideboard with lots of tech. Again I tip my hat to you obZen, as this is a great deck.

Another deck I am slowly, evilly falling in love with is Esper Familiars. I am not the strongest combo player, and I punt all the time, but the deck is fun to play, in its own way. Its own evil, evil way.

[d title=”Esper Familiars”]


4 Cloud of Faeries

4 Nightscape Familiar

4 Sunscape Familiar

4 Mulldrifter

3 Sea Gate Oracle

2 Sage’s Row Denizen

1 Lone Missionary

1 Archaeomancer

1 Mnemonic Wall


3 Compulsive Research

2 Deep Analysis

2 Forsee


4 Snap

2 Ghostly Flicker

1 Reaping the Graves


3 Azorius Chancery

3 Dimir Aqueduct

4 Evolving Wilds

7 Island

2 Plains

2 Swamp

1 Terramorphic Expanse


2 Echoing Decay

3 Prismatic Strands

1 Hoodwink

2 Fade Away

1 Reaping the Graves

3 Nihil Spellbomb

3 Trinket Mage [/d]

I updated the sideboard to include the Trinket Mages and the Spellbombs, as the deck is weak to graveyard based decks. I know there is a version of the deck without the Sage’s Row Denizen, but I can’t imagine playing this deck without a direct win condition like milling your opponent out.

Week 4 updates!

We have had 2 outs this week, outs due to people just being not responsive to emails or MTGO Client contacts.



Of course we welcome you to come back next league if you want to give it another go. Thanks for playing the matches you did this time.

Khans comes online this weekend everyone!! So if you plan on jamming in a bunch of Wedge based sealed games this weekend try and get your matches done before hand. Oh yeah, Khans will be League legal next week, if you can plumb the depths of spoiler to find anything Classic Pauper worthy. Plan ahead if you can this week! You may need to play more matches before the prereleases start on Friday.

That also means that Standard Pauper is rotating soon! And so many annoying decks will die! The format may become fun to play again! So looking forward to that. No more Dimir Mill equals sideways smiley face. No more Armor, Devour Flesh, Essence Scatter, Pacifism. It’s a brave new day folks, let’s greet it with a smile everyone!

Plugs and What Not

In case you don’t know it, Brennon and I have an ongoing show on the YouTube channel and iTunes called The Standard Pauper Show. We have been having Mr. Danofhistory on to talk about the Gauntlet the last three weeks. It’s a blast! Watch or listen, it’s casual, and fun, but still competitive. Look down, it’s a link to last week’s show!!!

Still a good amount of orphan decks left in the second Pauper Gauntlet. Claim them, and win some pretty cool prizes both online, and paper, all provided by our own Peyton. Mr Peypey really set some good stuff up. More linkage for you!

Week 4 Match-ups!


And that’s it guys, go out there and get your matches done, have fun, as I kick my feet up and enjoy my BYE week! Of course email me if you have any questions or need anything. You know how to reach me.

Till next week I hope if you are looking down a herd of little ugly red men you sideboard in all your removal, and not have to mulligan to 4 cards. Those little ugly red monsters will just eat you all up if that happens.

Sam Aka Vaultboyhunter

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Sam Olliso (vaultboyhunter) started playing magic between Ice Age and 4th Edition, when he was in high school in the 1990s The first Rare he ever ripped was Force of Nature. His favorite card is Counterspell, favorite land Island. He has an amazing wife, a beautiful little baby boy. He enjoys PRE events, is a casual player with Spikey tendencies, and long walks on the beach. Add him on MTGO and message him for an add buddy if you want. He is mostly friendly with strangers, especially if you have candy.