Section 1: This week in Standard Pauper

This week is a very special episode of TSPS. Most of you have seen pictures of my cat Ash.
He is playing a very important role this week in the Pauper Gauntlet. He gets to chose the fate of a deck

Oh Ash, you are such a scamp.

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MPDC 27.06
24 November 2014
Standard · 14 Players
12 Decks · ~86% Reported
3 rounds Swiss
Top 4 playoff
Hosted by gwyned

1st Triumph of Evil by GodZo
2nd Looses to Great Merchant by MyGalaxy
T4 Izzet still stronk by Mundisv
T4 Bu Control by Torreth

Cruise Watch: 2014
1st Place: 0 Cruise
2nd Place: 0 Cruise
3rd Place: 4 Cruise
4th Place: 3 Cruise

Again, a much different story.

Section 2: The Winning Deck

Creatures (21)
Pharika’s Chosen
Disciple of Phenax
Gray Merchant of Asphodel
Servant of Tymaret
Sultai Scavenger
Mardu Skullhunter
Carrion Crow
Disowned Ancestor
Returned Reveler

Spells (15)
Debilitating Injury
Rakshasa’s Secret
Read the Bones
Font of Return
Bitter Revelation
Crippling Blight
Flesh to Dust
Pharika’s Cure
Lands (24)
20 Swamp
Radiant Fountain

SIDEBOARD (15)
Feast of Dreams
Festergloom
Bitter Revelation
Pharika’s Cure
Typhoid Rats
Gray Merchant of Asphodel
Flesh to Dust
Debilitating Injury
Disciple of Phenax
Font of Return

As was my first inclination after the League began, the curve speaks volumes.

Easy as 1, 2, 3 drop. Even though it was a small showing over all this week (probably due to the turkey worship in the United States) the players were all strong contenders. No slouches or give ups this week. GodZo is a great player and he was in a field of Standard Pauper heavy weights.

I am on the fence about this one. I feel that if I mulliganed and the hand was Swamp, Swamp, Ancestor, Blight, Font, and Dust I would have kept it. Therefore, I will keep this hand.

Now let’s look at the next six cards:

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Well, you have removal, some deathtouch, and even some hand disruption. Over all I would give this opening 13 a B-.

What would you give it?

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