Hello again, Ladies and Gentlenerds, and welcome to week 5 of the League!

Looks like another week of great matches, I lost to BYE 1-2; he was playing Delver and I was playing 75 land cards, all Islands. I thought it was good tech. Maybe I was wrong?

First for all you wonderful folks, the standings!

Congrats go out to Deluxeicoff, Najay1, and Dew4au for being 4-0 going into week 5! Lots of 3-1s as well, so great job to all you winners!

Updates

Not much to update this week, one person who chose to drop and a few people who we had to remove from the league due to non-participation. The league has 3 weeks left, and week 8 will be top 8 week, and will operate the same way the last league did.

The Drop was Obzen, thanks for joining good sir, it was great having you, and watching you teach us all a thing of two about Teachings. I know I learned. The outs, people removed from the league for not emailing opponents, or responding to my emails, were Hatta and Clozeone.

Thanks for joining guys, and I hope you try again next league if you have the time!

Oh yeah, Khans Cards are legal this week; I know I am looking forward to playing the Sexy Lands, and maybe take a few Treasure Cruises during some games now!

So I have been following Dan doing the Gauntlet #2 from before it started this time around. Last time in the lead-up to the Gauntlet #1 my wife was about to pop out our kiddo, so I didn’t have time to brew, or follow the deck submission process. This time I submitted a bunch of decks. One of the decks submitted was One Land Spy. The deck list baffled, and confused me. It wrinkled my brain. The magical, Magic madman David Shaffer, as well as League friend Obzen, were some of the early originators of the deck.

I love the idea of the deck as it can win turn 1 or turn 2 a bunch of the time, but the other side of the coin is its one of the more complicated decks I have ever played, in the 19 odd years I have been playing MTG.

I have been lucky enough to have a buddy lend me the cards to build the deck, as it’s not on the cheap end due to the Lotus Petals, and the Land Grants. Thanks, Joe!

It took me 30 goldfishes to go off the first time. Probably another 20 to figure out a good hand to start with to go off before turn 6. So it’s got a learning curve that is fairly steep.

Here are three similar but different deck lists.

David Shaffer One Land Spy (Pauper)

Creatures (25)
Balustrade Spy
Elves of Deep Shadow
Simian Spirit Guide
Wild Cantor
Tinder Wall
Street Wraith
Anarchist

Instant (12)
Dark Ritual
Cabal Ritual
Songs of the Damned

Sorcery (15)
Land Grant
Gitaxian Probe
Destroy the Evidence
Morgue Theft
Haunting Misery

Artifact (7)
Lotus Petal
Conjuerer's Bauble

Land (1)
Forest
Sideboard (15)
Basking Rootwalla
Duress
Fog
Ingot Chewer
Crypt Rats
Flaring Pain

This is a traditional build I guess. It’s got the Spy with the Destroy the Evidence back up, got the Haunting Misery win con. It’s got ramp, in spell and creature form. It is the build I have been testing, and I have only played one game with it, my opponent played a Crossroads, I went off, and could only deal 21 points of damage. So yeah. Tricky to play.

Sammy_Deluxe One Land Spy (Pauper)

Creatures (27)
Balustrade Spy
Simian Spirit Guide
Street Wraith
Tinder Wall
Wild Cantor
Elves of Deep Shadow
Dimir House Guard
Anarchist
Wirewood Guardian

Instants (14)
Dark Ritual
Cabal Ritual
Songs of the Damned
Manamorphose

Sorcery (11)
Gitaxian Probe
Land Grant
Morgue Theft
Haunting Misery

Artifacts (7)
Lotus Petal
Conjurer’s Bauble
Lands (1)
Forest

Sideboard (15)
Blood Celebrant
Cavern Harpy
Duress
Flaring Pain
Fog
Gray Merchant of Asphodel
Ingot Chewer
Mnemonic Wall
Pit Keeper

This is the build Sammy_Deluxe submitted to the Gauntlet #2. It’s got Wirewood Guardian to act as a 5th Land Grant, it’s got a Sideboard Plan of Blood Celebrant into Cavern Harpy into Gray Merchant. So that’s a different idea, a Plan B in the sideboard. This build didn’t do too great in the first round, but I think that was more to Dan being daunted by the deck more than anything else, as I have watched Sammy play a few games in the Tournament Practice room, and he seems to know it inside and out.

Arnaud’s One Land Spy (Pauper)

Creatures (29)
Balustrade Spy
Simian Spirit Guide
Street Wraith
Wild Cantor
Tinder Wall
Manaforge Cinder
Pit Keeper
Blood Celebrant
Dimir House Guard
Elvish Aberration
Gray Merchant of Asphodel
Cavern Harpy
Mnemonic Wall

Instant (14)
Dark Ritual
Cabal Ritual
Songs of the Damned
Manamorphose

Sorcery (10)
Land Grant
Gitaxian Probe
Morgue Theft

Artifacts (6)
Lotus Petal
Conjurer’s Bauble
Lands (1)
Forest

Sideboard (15)
Exhume
Faithless Looting
Ulamog’s Crusher
Scattershot Archer

More creatures. The Cavern Harpy and Gray Merchant is the main win con as there is no Haunting Misery in the 75 at all. Arnaud’s back up plan seems to be Faithless Looting into Exhume Crusher on turn one, which is probably a touch of Magical Christmas land, but would be pretty impossible to beat in Pauper.

I am no expert on the deck, so I can honestly say I love all three builds. I haven’t tried out Arnaud’s build yet, but plan on it in the next few days. Not in my League match, as I haven’t gone insane in the last week!

Plugs and what not!

The Pauper Gauntlet is into round 2 now, and there are still a ton of great decks not claimed for the fabulous prizes. Link for you to click on! Click the link, claim a deck, and win prizes, it only takes a minute guys!

http://mtgolibrary.blogspot.com/2014/09/the-decks-of-pauper-gauntlet.html

Editor-Wonder-Beast Bava is always looking for deck submissions for his Faithless Looting articles. This week is Budget Standard or Standard Pauper with the new Khans-based Standard. I submitted a deck, everyone is welcome to do so as well! Plus Loot Box prizes! Free stuff for you is the best stuff for you! Link it up!

http://magicgatheringstrat.com/2014/10/faithless-looting-10-in-the-company-of-khans/

Remember, guys, to email early and often! Both parties should send an email to get things rolling, and remember that the weekend is good to get your match in, but bad to schedule the match up. Try and set things up before Friday if you can. Thanks guys, you are all superstars!

Week 5 Matchups!

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And that’s it for week 5 folks. During the BYE week I started a new game of Fallout New Vegas with the goal of beating the game and all the DLC without killing a single creature or human. I am a huge Fallout fan if you couldn’t tell from my MTGO log-in name, and have logged about 300 hours between Fallout 3 and New Vegas. It’s an awesome challenge, I love anytime you can play a game in a way that flies in the face of what the designers want. I am one DLC down!!

Till next week may all your match ups be good, and you draw all your lands on curve.

Sam Aka Vaultboyhunter

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