The Standard Pauper Show, Issue 19

Section 1: This week in Standard Pauper

Round 4 of the Gauntlet is starting, and the Standard Pauper League starts this week!

Don’t forget to look for you League matches!!

http://magicgatheringstrat.com/2014/10/community-league-update-changing-the-guard/

http://pdcmagic.com/gatherling/displaySeries.php?series=MPDC
MPDC 27.04
10 November 2014
Standard · 18 Players
16 Decks · ~89% Reported
3 rounds Swiss
Top 8 playoff
Hosted by gwyned

1st I love me some Islands by Mundisv
2nd Izzet Control by Maltercio
T4 UB Control by gwyned
T4 Gary’s Cruise* by Pie_Master
T8 Splashed MBC by beatnik bobby
T8 Stomp by GodZo
T8 Dies to Great Merchant* by MyGalaxy
T8 BW Heroic by Torreth

Let me run down the Top 8:
1st: 4 Cruise
2nd: 4 Cruise
T4: 2 Cruise
T4: 4 Cruise
T8: 0 Cruise
T8: 0 Cruise
T8: 0 Cruise
T8: 2 Cruise

I know that is a reduction, but wow. That is pretty telling. I don’t have a problem with it. It is a good card. The problem in standard pauper right now is that we have no [c]Bojuka Bog[/c]. Nothing at common affects the graveyard enough to make a dent in the Cruise.

Section 2: Potentially Winning Deck

One deck that I saw that looked very interesting was the Gary’s Cruise

GARY’S CRUISE
Standard · Control
Top 4 by Pie_Master in MPDC 27.04 (4-1)

[d]
Creatures
4 Disowned Ancestor
4 Highland Game
4 Satyr Wayfinder
4 Disciple of Phenax
3 Shaman of Spring
4 Gray Merchant of Asphodel
2 Abomination of Gudul

Spells
3 Flesh to Dust
4 Scout the Borders
4 Treasure Cruise

Land
4 Evolving Wilds
5 Forest
2 Island
4 Jungle Hollow
9 Swamp

Sideboard
2 Font of Return
2 Pharika’s Cure
4 Mardu Skullhunter
4 Naturalize
3 Festergloom
[/d]

Let’s look at a sample opening hand:

Keep. Turn 1 play you can outlast on turn 2. Turn 3 you scout the boarders or play the Morph. All good things you can do.

Now let’s look at the next six cards:

A bit of a flood, but you have a lot of draw and searching in the first 13 that I don’t think it matters a great deal. This is a solid deck that I expect to do well in the future. It is important to know that this deck went 2-0 against “I loves me some Islands” in the early rounds and 1-2 in the Top 4. That’s 3-2 over all.

Now I know it has the Cruise. But you could easily replace that with other draw spells: [mtg_card]Read the Bones[/mtg_card], [mtg_card]Commune With the Gods[/mtg_card], or [mtg_card]Sign in Blood[/mtg_card]. I would only do that if you really just want to give Cruise the finger. What I really like is the [mtg_card]Abomination of Gudul[/mtg_card]. Nice big beefy flier that can give you card advantage.

Look at it. It is pretty crazy. I have wondered why the other [c]Morph[/c] cards haven’t been seeing play. Is [c]Ponyback Brigade[/c] not strong enough?

4 creatures for 5 mana is pretty strong in any format. Or is there is just not enough support in those 3 colors?