Section 1: This week in Standard Pauper

Lordy, lordy, it’s time for a new season!

This first week is weird. There is a glitch going on in MTGO which is allowing any card printed at common at any point in its history to be used in a pauper event. This goes for Standard as well as Classic Pauper matches.

In these results below, you may need to take that into consideration if a card was used, like stab wound, which is allowed for this week only.

MPDC 27.01
20 October 2014
Standard · 17 Players
12 Decks · ~71% Reported
3 rounds Swiss
Top 8 playoff
Hosted by gwyned

1st Random Red by Mundisv
2nd Save the cheerleader v2.0 by wisker
T4 BU Control by Muzac
T4 RDW by Torreth
T8 UR Tempo by benne433
T8 WB by bigbee
T8 STOMP by hero1141
T8 The Splashing Pauper v2 by makepeaceonearth

Section 2: The Winning Deck

I want to talk about 2 decks.

One, the first one, uses one of the “forbidden” cards. The second, only used legal cards.


Standard · Aggro
1st by Mundisv in MPDC 27.01 (4-1-1)

Creatures (23)
Akroan Crusader
Foundry Street Denizen
Minotaur Skullcleaver
Nyxborn Rollicker
Satyr Hoplite
Borderland Marauder

Spells (19)
Arc Lightning
Dragon Mantle
Lightning Strike
Titan’s Strength
Inferno Fist
Trumpet Blast

Land (18)
18 Mountain

Kragma Butcher
Magma Spray
Ill-Tempered Cyclops
Act of Treason
Fall of the Hammer
Scouring Sands

Arc Lightning really makes this deck cook. Pun totally intended.

Let’s look at a sample opening hand:

I need a cool image for Snap Keep! Cause this keep be snappy. We do hit the top of our curve with the 2 three drops, but with 2 mana in hand. I feel pretty good about our chances.

Now let’s look at the next six cards:

Thankfully we had a hand of gas because its going to take a lot of fuel to get our boat out of this flood. That seems like a disproportionately large number of lands in the first 13. Oh well, random is cruel mistress.

Now for a look at a deck that was certified by the Olympic Committee to be free of illegal substances.


Standard · Aggro
2nd by wisker in MPDC 27.01 (4-1-1)

Creatures (23)
Ainok Bond-kin
Akroan Skyguard
Lagonna-Band Trailblazer
Elite Skirmisher
Hopeful Eidolon
Wingsteed Rider
Nyxborn Shieldmate

Spells (18)
Ephemeral Shields
Gods Willing
Oppressive Rays
Chosen by Heliod
Defiant Strike

Land (19)
19 Plains

Pillar of Light
Mortal Obstinacy
Kill Shot

I like this deck. You know why? Cause I like my decks like I like my women… with Mono.

Clever Heroes TV show reference in the title aside, this seems like a very fast, very consistent deck.

Let’s look at a sample opening hand:

Two Snap Keeps in a circle! That reference is about as dated as my wardrobe. Which is out of date.

Now let’s look at the next six cards:

Pulling the protection, a hero and a combat trick all in the next four turns is very good for us.

Both of these decks can go the distance. The only thing I wonder is what the next week holds for us. As of writing this, the filter is fixed and Pauper is back to its old self again.

Section 3: A look at Classic Pauper

I was unfortunately absent during this week’s Pauper Show. I really hate to miss out. I love our weekly chats together. Just you, me, and a warm PC between us.

October has been historically hectic in my house. This year’s will be in the top five craziest Octobers ever. Just about everything that can go wrong has. Anyway, here is Dan and Sam discussing the Pauper Gauntlet in all its glory.

Round 3, The Culling Begins.

Now that’s a tag line!

How do you all feel about a possible standard pauper league? Sam has put it to a vote, let him know what you think.

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