The Standard Pauper Show, Issue 18

Section 1: This week in Standard Pauper

Round 3 of the Gauntlet is coming to a close and Izzet is making a strong showing.

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MPDC 27.03
3 November 2014
Standard · 18 Players
15 Decks · ~83% Reported
3 rounds Swiss
Top 8 playoff
Hosted by gwyned

1st I love me some Islands by Mundisv
2nd Black Green by mistermojorising
T4 Izzet Control by Maltercio
T4 Dies to Scourung Sands by MyGalaxy
T8 WG Heroic by beatnik bobby
T8 Tormenting Cruise* by benne433
T8 R by Carnuz
T8 MBC stuff by skayleef

Ok, I love me some Islands is a bit of a misnomer. It is technically an Izzet deck.

See! Even Gwyned knows the truth of this deck!

4 Treasure Cruise
4 Divination
4 Flurry of Horns
4 Lightning Strike
4 Magma Spray
4 Nullify
4 Rise of Eagles
4 Voyage’s End
2 Traveler’s Amulet
1 Crippling Chill
3 Tormenting Voice

9 Island
5 Mountain
4 Evolving Wilds
4 Swiftwater Cliffs

3 Disdainful Stroke
4 Scouring Sands
3 Negate
3 Coral Barrier
1 Cancel
1 Benthic Giant

What is the lesson here today? Winning decks are playing Izzet.
Cruise is strong. Strong enough to make splashing Blue in a burn deck a viable option.

We went over Dr. Baker’s deck, so I am not going to rehash it here. What you need, are options for winning the league.

Section 2: Potentially Winning Deck

Here are my picks for going against the Izzet grain:

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

4 Baleful Eidolon
4 Gray Merchant of Asphodel
4 Returned Phalanx
4 Servant of Tymaret
3 Benthic Giant
3 Disciple of Phenax
2 Black Cat

4 Pharika’s Cure
4 Read the Bones
2 Eternal Thirst
2 Font of Return
1 Aqueous Form
1 Festergloom

17 Swamp
4 Evolving Wilds
1 Island
1 Radiant Fountain

4 Asphyxiate
3 Festergloom
2 Mind Rot
1 Black Cat
1 Benthic Giant
1 Disciple of Phenax
3 Sultai Scavenger

You have control. You have creatures. You have removal. Topped off with some hexproof beats.

Standard · Unclassified
2nd by hero1141 in MPDC 27.02 (4-2)

4 Elvish Mystic
4 Setessan Oathsworn
4 Swordwise Centaur
3 Leafcrown Dryad
3 Nessian Courser
2 Nylea’s Disciple
2 Hooting Mandrills
4 Alpine Grizzly

4 Aspect of Hydra
3 Titanic Growth
2 Awaken the Bear
4 Savage Punch

20 Forest

4 Naturalize
4 Ranger’s Guile
2 Nylea’s Disciple
4 Highland Game
1 Awaken the Bear

Stompy, this is what stompy is, this is what stompy does. If you like turning creatures sideways, then this could be for you. I feel there are some improvements that can be made here. I like [c]Netcaster Spider[/c] more than Setessan Oathsworn personally.

Standard · Aggro
2nd by Maltercio in SPDC 27.03 (3-2)

4 Akroan Crusader
4 Minotaur Skullcleaver
4 Nyxborn Rollicker
4 Satyr Hoplite

4 Bolt of Keranos
4 Dragon Mantle
4 Hammerhand
4 Lightning Strike
4 Magma Spray
4 Titan’s Strength
3 Scouring Sands

18 Mountain

4 Font of Ire
3 Act of Treason
3 Fall of the Hammer
3 Borderland Marauder
1 Scouring Sands
1 Fearsome Temper

This is all about speed and aggro. You are trying to out fox the Izzet deck and sometimes, if you are lucky, you can beat it. MBC may be something of an issue, but good draws means you will win. If hyper aggro is your thing, this deck could be right up your alley.

Now, according to Bava, everything goes better with Treasure Cruise. So why stop the party boat!

Brennon’s Totally ripped off Wu deck “Token Cruise”

4 Akroan Skyguard
4 Lagonna-Band Trailblazer
3 Nyxborn Shieldmate
3 Sungrace Pegasus
4 Wingsteed Rider
3 Hopeful Eidolon

4 Treasure Cruise
4 Defiant Strike
3 Feat of Resistance
4 Gods Willing
3 Kill Shot

12 Plains
4 Island
4 Tranquil Cove
2 Evolving Wilds

2 Ajani’s Presence
4 Erase
1 Feat of Resistance
4 Aqueous Form
4 Pillar of Light

Will it work? Who knows!?

We need to trick this league up! Don’t let it get stale. A 48 man league of all Izzet all the time will be a snooze fest. Dr. Baker even commented on the mirror in his YouTube deck tech. He said it was painful.
Anyway, give me your ideas in the comments.