Section 1: This week in Standard Pauper

First off, let’s look at the SPDC and recap the Pauper Gauntlet!

If you can get live Standard Pauper events to take place at your LGS, I will promote it!

Sam and I will discuss the event and any decklists that may have participated.

Now, on with the PRE!

MPDC 27.02
27 October 2014
Standard · 18 Players
14 Decks · ~78% Reported
3 rounds Swiss
Top 8 playoff
Hosted by gwyned

1st Splashed MBC by beatnik bobby
2nd STOMP by hero1141
T4 R by Carnuz
T4 Grixis Control v. 2 by WujekMZK
T8 Tormenting Cruise by benne433
T8 Red Stuff by Blazing_Archon
T8 Dies to mass removal by MyGalaxy
T8 Heliod’s Giant by Pie_Master

Section 2: The Winning Deck

There is a problem with the pdcmagic.com website. It does not let me see the match ups. I know this deck was the winner, but the I cannot see how it made it to the top.

SPLASHED MBC

Standard · Control
1st by beatnik bobby in MPDC 27.02 (5-1)

Creatures (24)
Baleful Eidolon
Gray Merchant of Asphodel
Returned Phalanx
Servant of Tymaret
Benthic Giant
Disciple of Phenax
Black Cat

Spells (14)
Pharika’s Cure
Read the Bones
Eternal Thirst
Font of Return
Aqueous Form
Festergloom

Land (23)
17 Swamp
Evolving Wilds
Island
Radiant Fountain

SIDEBOARD (15)
Asphyxiate
Festergloom
Mind Rot
Black Cat
Benthic Giant
Disciple of Phenax
Sultai Scavenger

Beatnik… Bobby… BB… B-Dawg… We need to talk. Your main deck, it has 61 cards. This makes my brain melt. Why the 1?

The other issue I have is, why are evolving wilds better than Jungle Hollow? You are splashing for 9 cards off of 5 mana. Now, I understand you won. However, I just don’t see how, if you are already accepting that your land will be tapped, 4 lands that do nothing on their own are better than one that taps for 2 of either man you need.

Let’s look at a sample opening hand:

Impressive first 7. I am keeping this all day everyday. The phalanx stops early aggro and the Eidolon will most likely be getting in for a few points of damage.

Now let’s look at the next six cards:

Not a lot of gas coming up in the next 6. You will get the 5 you need for Gary and that may just be enough to win the game. What I also see is that we could be starting the game at 21 hp if that Evolving Wilds were a Jungle Hollow.

Section 3: Why are you playing this game?

I use InoReader, which is an RSS feed aggregator, to keep on top of all the writing in Magic. Of the last 100 articles I read, only 5 mentioned having fun.

“5.”

Just let that number sink in. Why are we playing this game? Is it not to have fun? Let’s face it, almost none of us are going to make a living from this game. Oh, you may make some cash buying and selling cards. You may even win an FNM or a regional. That will not pay the bills. So why else are you playing other than to have fun?

Recently I started playing Commander. When you sit down with a few friends, have a couple of you favorite beverages, and just hang out and sling some cards, that is fun. It fulfills our basic instincts for socialization and stimulation. It is a very basic and very healthy need. We are social animals. Despite what some of you may believe, we all need each other.

This game gives us the perfect opportunity to stimulate some of the most primal and important parts of your brain. Basically, this is what we are meant to do. We have built civilizations, together. We have crossed oceans in nothing more than logs lashed into a rough bowl shape, together. So, why are so few articles about this game written about having fun?

“But winning is fun for me!”

Yes, everyone likes to win. The reason I am even writing this article is to get you to think about why winning seems to hold more importance than having fun. Being caught up in the high of the win should not cloud what this game was based on, social interaction. Unless you suffer from a difference in brain chemistry, being social and having fun with other humans will benefit you far more than racking up wins.

As I mentioned above, very few of us will ever make a living at this. If you do have the goal of becoming a professional magic player, I want to leave you with this quote from Michael Jordan:

“I’ve missed more than 9,000 shots in my career. I’ve lost almost 300 games. 26 times, I’ve been trusted to take the game-winning shot and missed. I’ve failed over and over and over again in my life. And that is why I succeed.”

On the other hand, if you are like me, get out, find yourself a group of like minded players, draw some cards and have fun. Oh, and try to win a few games while you are at it!

Do you like having fun or do you want to win at all costs? Which attitude do you think is healthier?

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