The Standard Pauper Show, Issue 15

Section 1: This week in Standard Pauper

Like Mr. Wonka says, you get nothing this week. Though he seems a bit harsh.

However, I am fairly proud of this week’s episode so I do encourage you to sit back and enjoy it. Oh, and please visit it on YouTube. The comments were particularly good!

Thanks for the Tweet, Derek!

Section 2: The Winning Deck

Unfortunately there are no winning decks. The problem is, I am a stickler when it comes to format consistency.

Here are our slightly revised deck lists:

Cyrulean’s Secret Bayou Graveyard Sauce

4 Leafcrown Dryad
4 Satyr Wayfinder
4 Netcaster Spider
2 Undergrowth Scavenger
3 Hooting Mandrills
3 Sultai Scavenger

2 Lash of the Whip
2 Asphyxiate
3 Bitter Revelation
3 Molting Snakeskin
3 Cast into Darkness
3 Debilitating Injury
2 Font of Return

8 Forest
4 Jungle Hollow
10 Swamp

No sideboard as I have no idea what the meta will look like. I think you get the idea.

Ana’s Succulent Sultai Graveyard Salad

4 Elvish Mystic
4 Satyr Wayfinder
3 Nimbus Naiad
3 Hooting Mandrills
3 Sultai Scavenger

4 Flesh to Dust
3 Commune with the Gods
3 Scout the Borders
3 Bitter Revelation
3 Treasure Cruise
4 Debilitating Injury
1 Font of Return

2 Dismal Backwater
4 Evolving Wilds
4 Forest
2 Island
4 Jungle Hollow
4 Swamp
1 Thornwood Falls
1 Unknown Shores

3 Festergloom
4 Netcaster Spider
3 Negate
2 Naturalize
3 Disdainful Stroke

I think we took a similar path. What would you add or remove from these decks to make them more effective?

Section 3: A look at Drawing Cards

Oh the lolz!

No, what I am wondering about is why everyone is flipping their shiz over Treasure Cruise

First of all, the art is gorgeous:

Artist: Cynthia Sheppard
Artist: Cynthia Sheppard

I have this as part of my rotating background images. If you are so inclined, you can visit this site:

They have so many beautiful images, I highly recommend it.

Secondly, the card is Sorcery speed.

This is not the second coming of [c]Ancestral Recall[/c].

This is not instant speed. If I can’t do it in response to something, it will never be as good.

Third, I don’t care if [c]Ancestral Vision[/c] is banned in modern.

You will not cascade into Treasure Cruise. How many alternate ways are there to cast 0 cost spells? Now, how many alternate ways are there to cast 8cmc spells? You will not cast Treasure Cruise during your upkeep for 0. These cards are not the same. You must spend resources, not just mana, to get this out by turn 4. Sure, it can happen much earlier. What did you give up to make that happen? There are costs to such a card. Powering it out on turn three seems like way more work than would be worth it. Why not just play reanimater and use your graveyard as the second library?

I do not see the ban hammer falling on this card anytime soon. What I see here is a fixed version of ancestral visions. I know I have no “skins on the wall” so WTF should I know right? I can only tell you what I see, and that is a lot of hype. Maybe if Sultai dredge becomes a real thing. Don’t you think they will work on fixing [c]Jeskai Ascendency[/c] first? Turn three kills get a lot of attention from Sir Bannington.

ban hammer jeskai