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

Creatures (20)
Leafcrown Dryad
Satyr Wayfinder
Netcaster Spider
Undergrowth Scavenger
Hooting Mandrills
Sultai Scavenger

Spells (18)
Lash of the Whip
Bitter Revelation
Molting Snakeskin
Cast into Darkness
Debilitating Injury
Font of Return

Land (22)
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

Creatures (17)
Elvish Mystic
Satyr Wayfinder
Nimbus Naiad
Hooting Mandrills
Sultai Scavenger

spells (21)
Flesh to Dust
Commune with the Gods
Scout the Borders
Bitter Revelation
Treasure Cruise
Debilitating Injury
Font of Return

Land (22)
Dismal Backwater
Evolving Wilds
Jungle Hollow
Thornwood Falls
Unknown Shores

sideboard (15)
Netcaster Spider
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 Ancestral Recall.

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 Ancestral Vision 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 Jeskai Ascendency first? Turn three kills get a lot of attention from Sir Bannington.

ban hammer jeskai

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