Standard Pauper Show, Issue 14

Section 1: This week in Standard Pauper

Worlds, Worlds, Worlds!

As with the end of every season, there was a battle for the top spot in the season rankings.

The thing about these decks is, most will be gone after rotation.

Section 2: The Winning Deck

MPDC 26 WORLDS
6 October 2014
Standard · 11 Players
9 Decks · ~82% Reported
3 rounds Swiss
Top 8 playoff
Hosted by gwyned

Lets look at the results:

1st ETB v 2.1 by MyGalaxy
2nd GW Aura by hero1141
T4 WW Tokens by gwyned
T4 Costa Rica Control by rremedio1
T8 Bw Control by bigbee
T8 Dimir Mill by Garth_Edu
T8 Stracciatella by GodZo
T8 W/R auras by masterofphysics

SPDC 26 WORLDS
5 October 2014
Standard · 8 Players
8 Decks · 100% Reported
3 rounds Swiss
Top 4 playoff
Hosted by DrChrisBakerDC

Lets look at the results:

1st Creatureless Dimir Mill by DrChrisBakerDC
2nd WB Aura by beatnik bobby
T4 Bw Control by bigbee
T4 Costa Rica Control by rremedio1

A true list of champions!

We have seen these decks for a while, and thankfully we get a whole new set to brew with!

I did a series last year about rotation. I would like to produce a truncated view here.

Section 3: Brace yourselves, there’s going to be mass casualties

The top cards of this past season

72 Individual cards were represented in both Worlds tournaments combined.

[d]
Creatures
17 Hopeful Eidolon
17 Keening Apparition
17 Heliod’s Pilgrim
14 Auramancer
9 Nyxborn Shieldmate
8 Akroan Skyguard
8 Sunspire Gatekeepers
5 Sungrace Pegasus
5 Syndic of Tithes
4 Cloudfin Raptor
4 Gladecover Scout
4 Basilica Screecher
4 Leafcrown Dryad
4 Centaur Healer
4 Wingsteed Rider
4 Disciple of Phenax
4 Saruli Gatekeepers
4 Ubul Sar Gatekeepers
4 Gray Merchant of Asphodel
3 Lagonna-Band Trailblazer
3 Deputy of Acquittals
3 Archaeomancer
2 Akroan Crusader
2 Satyr Hoplite
2 Selfless Cathar
2 Ogre Jailbreaker
1 Suntail Hawk
1 Kingpin’s Pet
1 Scholar of Athreos
1 Seller of Songbirds
1 Sunspire Griffin
[/d]

I want everyone to think back. Remember when Gary first came out, and everyone thought he would dominate the format till rotation? Combining every top Worlds deck, there were only 4.

Far and away the biggest player was the little Eidolon that could.

Now, lets take a look at this creature field after rotation

[d]
Creatures
17 Hopeful Eidolon
17 Heliod’s Pilgrim
9 Nyxborn Shieldmate
8 Akroan Skyguard
5 Sungrace Pegasus
4 Wingsteed Rider
4 Leafcrown Dryad
4 Gray Merchant of Asphodel
4 Disciple of Phenax
3 Lagonna-Band Trailblazer
2 Selfless Cathar
2 Satyr Hoplite
2 Akroan Crusader
1 Scholar of Athreos
[/d]

For count, that is a reduction in the number of unique cards by 65%. Almost 2/3 reduction.

The total number is a bit different story.

Prerotation, there were 162 total creatures used, after, 82 remain. This is interesting because of the top four cards, 2 remain. So, we lose 50% of the top four cards, and 50% of total number of creatures. This tells me the top cards were used quite extensively.

The two cards that are leaving were both utility creatures, with a one time effect. [c]Auramancer[/c] was a white grave digger. While [c]Keening Apparition[/c] was a functional [c]Mortify[/c]. They will be missed. However, we do have a more expensive Auramancer replacement in [c]Griffin Dreamfinder[/c]. Keening was, however, more unique.

Now, lets take a look at realm of Spells

Before
[d]
Instants
14 Gods Willing
11 Celestial Flare
8 Devour Flesh
8 Lightning Strike
4 Ranger’s Guile
4 Shock
4 Essence Scatter
4 Crypt Incursion
4 Psychic Strike
4 Grisly Spectacle
3 Peel from Reality
3 Raise the Alarm
3 Fortify
3 Pillar of Light
3 Countermand
3 Eyes in the Skies
2 Pharika’s Cure
1 Titan’s Strength
1 Weapon Surge
[/d]

After
[d]
Instants
14 Gods Willing
8 Lightning Strike
4 Ranger’s Guile
3 Raise the Alarm
3 Pillar of Light
3 Peel from Reality
3 Countermand
2 Pharika’s Cure
1 Titan’s Strength
[/d]

Only 9 Instants remain. About 50%, and about 50% of the total used remain as well.

I think the 2 that will be missed the most are [c]Celestial Flare[/c] and [c]Devour Flesh[/c]. Neither of which I am sad to see leave. Don’t get me wrong. I love to make my opponent make a Sophie’s choice. What I hate, is having to make that choice. As we noted in our set review, there are no edicts at common in Khans. Get used to it folks, it is a brave new world.

[d]
Sorceries
7 Sign in Blood
4 Divination
4 Pilfered Plans
4 Flurry of Horns
4 Thassa’s Bounty
3 Triplicate Spirits
2 Kruphix’s Insight
2 Read the Bones
2 Uncovered Clues
1 Mind Sculpt
[/d]

I hate you pilfered plans, like a lot.

[d]
Sorceries
7 Sign in Blood
4 Thassa’s Bounty
4 Flurry of Horns
4 Divination
2 Read the Bones
2 Kruphix’s Insight
1 Mind Sculpt
[/d]

This one shows a lot less differentiations. The starting point was smaller to begin with, and the meta needs instants a lot more than sorcery speed. I expect to see a lot more triplicate spirits. Probably with some [c]Treasure Cruise[/c] mixed in.

And finally we get to the enchanting world of enchantments

Before
[d]
18 Ethereal Armor
10 Pacifism
9 Stab Wound
8 Font of Return
4 Death’s Approach
4 Madcap Skills
4 Quag Sickness
2 Hammerhand
2 Eternal Thirst
1 Oppressive Rays
1 Zephyr Charge
[/d]

Can you see it already? The feeling of doom is over whelming. I don’t even want to make the next list…

[d]
8 Font of Return
2 Hammerhand
2 Eternal Thirst
1 Oppressive Rays
[/d]

This is devastating. No more 3/3 first strike life link on turn 2. Let’s be honest, was that at all fair? No, it was not. Was it fun? Hell yes it was. The auras strategy will have to change dramatically or just go away. I have a strong suspicion that auras will go into a support role.

Since we got functional reprints of the gates (I like the refuges better), I did not do much with the lands this time.

What do you all think?

Section 4: A look at Classic Pauper

Lets play a game.

Here is a link to my pauper cube: http://cubetutor.com/viewcube/4594

Lets crack a virtual pack and you tell me your first pick!
cube crack a pack 1

What is your first pick?

Mine? I pick the [c]bonesplitter[/c], keeps me open and it is an awesome card.

(Note from the editor: Submit your post-rotation Standard Pauper lists on the most recent Faithless Looting article for a chance at fame and prizes! -bava)