Community League #3: Wrap-Up

Somewhere there is a fat lady singing. For some, it’s a little victory song. For other’s, a sad and lonesome dirge. After some delays due to illness and holiday, the third MagicGatheringStrat Community League has come to an end. We had some great matches in the top 8, and strong competition. In the end, the winner became more than a man. He became a legend.

Alright, alright. So I feel weird writing about this, because I ran the event, and then I won the event. Which is cool; I’m stoked. But it feels self-aggrandizing to go on about it too much. So I’ll just do a little announcement in some sort of large, bold font, and then we’ll move on to some videos and some of the deck lists that made it into the top 8.

The final bracket


DrChrisBakerDC and najay1 never actually got a chance to play their “bronze match” so really they both get 3rd place.

The Winner

Congratulations to Bava for winning the third MagicGatheringStrat Community League and becoming a champion of Standard Pauper. We did not, sadly, hit our donation cap to turn on prize support, but a good time was had by all, and some damned fine Standard Pauper was played.

Bava ran Gary’s Cruise in weeks 1 and 2; winning the first week against Heroic and losing in week 2 against Esper Control. In week 3 he switched over to Chris Baker’s Boros Heroic, which he ran through the rest of the event, making some minor changes along the way. For the record, that means this list went 5-0.

Here is the final list.

[d title=”Boros Heroic (Standard Pauper)”]

4 Wind-Scarred Crag
5 Mountain
6 Plains
4 Evolving Wilds


3 Akroan Crusader
4 Akroan Skyguard
4 Lagonna-Band Trailblazer
4 Satyr Hoplite
2 Jeskai Student
2 Ainok Bond-Kin

2 Inferno Fist
4 Defiant Strike
4 Feat of Resistance
4 Chosen by Heliod
4 Dragon Mantle
4 Gods Willing

2 Fall of the Hammer
3 Scouring Sands
4 Pillar of Light
2 Lightning Strike
4 Hopeful Eidolon [/d]

And here is the complete run on video. Apologies for the semi-final match, which has no commentary. My computer was on the fritz that week, so I had to play the match on a different machine and make a recording after. Chris Baker has the match on his channel (along with other excellent Magic), so go check it out there if you like.


Top 8 Lists

Thanks to those who chose to share their lists from the Top 8. If you’d like to share your own lists (however well or poorly they played out for you) please feel free to do so in the comments or over on the forum. I’d love to see what people played and hear about their experiences in the league.


The deck I played in the top 8 was a poor meta-game decision. I knew that DrChrisBaker was likely playing a Boros Heroic deck and I went for W/B Control list I had never played before. That was a mistake as Chris easily took me out.

Here’s the list I played in the T8.

[d title=”W/B Control (Standard Pauper)”]
4 Evolving Wilds
3 Plains
2 Radiant Fountain
4 Scoured Barrens
9 Swamp

3 Scholar of Athreos
1 Griffin Dreamfinder
2 Pharika’s Chosen
3 Servant of Tymaret
4 Disciple of Phenax
4 Gray Merchant of Asphodel

2 Feat of Resistance
2 Last Breath
4 Kill Shot
1 Pillar of Light
3 Debilitating Injury
3 Eternal Thirst
1 Font of Return
3 Read the Bones
2 Flesh to Dust

1 Last Breath
3 Pillar of Light
2 Feast of Dreams
2 Pharika’s Cure
2 Festergloom
3 Child of Night
2 Sultai Scavenger [/d]

Here is the list I should have played which got me into the T8; I would have probably still lost to Chris (since it’s virtually his deck) but at least I would have been playing a deck I was familiar with.

[d title=”Izzet Control (Standard Pauper)”]
4 Evolving Wilds
9 Island
5 Mountain
4 Swiftwater Cliffs

Creature-Like Spells
4 Rise of Eagles
4 Flurry of Horns

Other Spells
4 Voyage’s End
4 Nullify
4 Divination
4 Treasure Cruise
3 Magma Spray
4 Lightning Strike
2 Tormenting Voice
3 Bolt of Keranos
2 Traveler’s Amulet

4 Disdainful Stroke
1 Force Away
3 Negate
3 Coral Barrier
4 Scouring Sands [/d]



Congrats on taking it down, Bava!

Here’s my list: Boros Heroic v2.0. Looking forward to the next league. :D

[d title=”Boros Heroic v.2 (Standard Pauper)”]
6 Plains
5 Mountain
4 Evolving Wilds
4 Wind-Scarred Crag

4 Akroan Crusader
4 Akroan Skyguard
4 Jeskai Student
4 Wingsteed Rider
3 Lagonna-Band Trailblazer

4 Chosen by Heliod
4 Defiant Strike
4 Dragon Mantle
4 Feat of Resistance
4 Gods Willing
2 Ajani’s Presence

3 Pillar of Light
3 Scouring Sands
3 Lightning Strike
4 Hopeful Eidolon
2 Erase [/d]



Congrats for the league. Here is my list, too. It’s Stompy with a fancy name.

[d title=”Green Deck Wins (Standard Pauper)”]
18 Forest
3 Radiant Fountain

4 Alpine Grizzly
4 Elvish Mystic
4 Leafcrown Dryad
4 Swordwise Centaur
3 Nessian Asp
3 Sedge Scorpion
2 Hooting Mandrills
2 Netcaster Spider
2 Nylea’s Disciple
1 Golden Hind

4 Aspect of Hydra
3 Mortal’s Resolve
3 Ranger’s Guile

3 Savage Punch
3 Plummet
3 Naturalize
3 Highland Game
3 Awaken the Bear [/d]



Congrats on the win! Here was my list.

[d title=”Mono-Red Aggro (Standard Pauper)”]
19 Mountain

4 Akroan Crusader
4 Foundry Street Denizen
4 Borderland Marauder
3 Sigiled Skink
3 Valley Dasher

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

2 Crowd’s Favor
1 Hammerhand
4 Deathbellow Raider
2 Scouring Sands
3 Act of Treason
3 Seismic Strike [/d]


Community League #4

What will it be? When will it start? Not much is known about this mysterious league. Hopefully you know you want to participate in it, no matter the format. That’s the part that matters!

We’ll probably start planning in mid-January for a league to start the beginning of February. Did you like the format of this league: 4 weeks of Swiss and cut to top 8? Should we do something else? This is where your input is crucial!

And the format? Here are some choices. Vote in the comments for your top choice or write-in something different.

Modern Silverblack – Commons and uncommons from Modern. This format remains wide open and it would be fun to revisit.

Standard Silverblack – Commons and uncommons from Standard. Unexplored territory and a natural segue from Standard Pauper.

Rotating Block(s) Pauper – Each week you get 1-2 blocks to build a Pauper list from. Blocks rotate every week.

BYOBlock Pauper – Same as above, but you get to pick one block and a second block is assigned each week.

Pauper EDH – 100 cards. 99 singleton commons and 1 uncommon Commander (doesn’t need to be a Legend). EDH commander color restrictions apply.

Those are the choices I think would be fun. Vote in the comments for your favorite!

Thanks everyone for playing. I hope you all had a great time and will join us for League #4.