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!

Spells (38)
Treasure Cruise
Flurry of Horns
Lightning Strike
Magma Spray
Rise of Eagles
Voyage’s End
Traveler’s Amulet
Crippling Chill
Tormenting Voice
Lands (22)
Evolving Wilds
Swiftwater Cliffs

Sideboard (15)
Disdainful Stroke
Scouring Sands
Coral Barrier
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)

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
Lands (23)
17 Swamp
Evolving Wilds
Radiant Fountain

Mind Rot
Black Cat
Benthic Giant
Disciple of Phenax
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)

Creatures (26)
Elvish Mystic
Setessan Oathsworn
Swordwise Centaur
Leafcrown Dryad
Nessian Courser
Nylea’s Disciple
Hooting Mandrills
Alpine Grizzly

Spells (13)
Aspect of Hydra
Titanic Growth
Awaken the Bear
Savage Punch
Lands (20)
20 Forest

Ranger’s Guile
Nylea’s Disciple
Highland Game
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 Netcaster Spider more than Setessan Oathsworn personally.

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

Creatures (16)
Akroan Crusader
Minotaur Skullcleaver
Nyxborn Rollicker
Satyr Hoplite

Spells (27)
Bolt of Keranos
Dragon Mantle
Lightning Strike
Magma Spray
Titan’s Strength
Scouring Sands
Lands (18)
18 Mountain

Font of Ire
Act of Treason
Fall of the Hammer
Borderland Marauder
Scouring Sands
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”

Creatures (21)
Akroan Skyguard
Lagonna-Band Trailblazer
Nyxborn Shieldmate
Sungrace Pegasus
Wingsteed Rider
Hopeful Eidolon

Spells (18)
Treasure Cruise
Defiant Strike
Feat of Resistance
Gods Willing
Kill Shot

Land (22)
12 Plains
Tranquil Cove
Evolving Wilds
Sideboard (15)
Ajani's Presence
Feat of Resistance
Aqueous Form
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.

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