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 Bojuka Bog. 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)

Creatures (25)
Disowned Ancestor
Highland Game
Satyr Wayfinder
Disciple of Phenax
Shaman of Spring
Gray Merchant of Asphodel
Abomination of Gudul

Spells (11)
Flesh to Dust
Scout the Borders
Treasure Cruise

Land (24)
Evolving Wilds
Forest
Island
Jungle Hollow
Swamp
Sideboard (15)
Font of Return
Pharika’s Cure
Mardu Skullhunter
Naturalize
Festergloom

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: Read the Bones, Commune With the Gods, or Sign in Blood. I would only do that if you really just want to give Cruise the finger. What I really like is the Abomination of Gudul. Nice big beefy flier that can give you card advantage.

Look at it. It is pretty crazy. I have wondered why the other Morph cards haven’t been seeing play. Is Ponyback Brigade 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?

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