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

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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.

Boros Heroic (Standard Pauper)

Land (19)
Wind-Scarred Crag
Mountain
Plains
Evolving Wilds

Creatures (19)
Akroan Crusader
Akroan Skyguard
Lagonna-Band Trailblazer
Satyr Hoplite
Jeskai Student
Ainok Bond-Kin

Spells (22)
Inferno Fist
Defiant Strike
Feat of Resistance
Chosen by Heliod
Dragon Mantle
Gods Willing
Sideboard (15)
Fall of the Hammer
Scouring Sands
Pillar of Light
Lightning Strike
Hopeful Eidolon

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.

Avery61

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.

W/B Control (Standard Pauper)

Land (22)
Evolving Wilds
Plains
Radiant Fountain
Scoured Barrens
Swamp

Creatures (17)
Scholar of Athreos
Griffin Dreamfinder
Pharika’s Chosen
Servant of Tymaret
Disciple of Phenax
Gray Merchant of Asphodel

Spells (21)
Feat of Resistance
Last Breath
Kill Shot
Pillar of Light
Debilitating Injury
Eternal Thirst
Font of Return
Read the Bones
Flesh to Dust
Sideboard (15)
Last Breath
Pillar of Light
Feast of Dreams
Pharika’s Cure
Festergloom
Child of Night
Sultai Scavenger

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.

Izzet Control (Standard Pauper)

Land (22)
Evolving Wilds
Island
Mountain
Swiftwater Cliffs

Creature-Like Spells (8)
Rise of Eagles
Flurry of Horns

Other Spells (30)
Voyage’s End
Nullify
Divination
Treasure Cruise
Magma Spray
Lightning Strike
Tormenting Voice
Bolt of Keranos
Traveler’s Amulet
Sideboard (15)
Disdainful Stroke
Force Away
Negate
Coral Barrier
Scouring Sands

 

DrChrisBakerDC

Congrats on taking it down, Bava!

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

Boros Heroic v.2 (Standard Pauper)

Lands (19)
Plains
Mountain
Evolving Wilds
Wind-Scarred Crag

Creatures (19)
Akroan Crusader
Akroan Skyguard
Jeskai Student
Wingsteed Rider
Lagonna-Band Trailblazer

Spells (22)
Chosen by Heliod
Defiant Strike
Dragon Mantle
Feat of Resistance
Gods Willing
Ajani’s Presence
Sideboard (15)
Pillar of Light
Scouring Sands
Lightning Strike
Hopeful Eidolon
Erase

 

JorgeJacoh

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

Green Deck Wins (Standard Pauper)

Lands (21)
18 Forest
Radiant Fountain

Creatures (29)
Alpine Grizzly
Elvish Mystic
Leafcrown Dryad
Swordwise Centaur
Nessian Asp
Sedge Scorpion
Hooting Mandrills
Netcaster Spider
Nylea’s Disciple
Golden Hind

Spells (10)
Aspect of Hydra
Mortal’s Resolve
Ranger’s Guile
Sideboard (15)
Savage Punch
Plummet
Naturalize
Highland Game
Awaken the Bear

 

Najay1

Congrats on the win! Here was my list.

Mono-Red Aggro (Standard Pauper)

Land (19)
19 Mountain

Creatures (18)
Akroan Crusader
Foundry Street Denizen
Borderland Marauder
Sigiled Skink
Valley Dasher

Spells (23)
Dragon Mantle
Hammerhand
Magma Spray
Titan’s Strength
Lightning Strike
Bolt of Keranos
Sideboard (15)
Crowd’s Favor
Hammerhand
Deathbellow Raider
Scouring Sands
Act of Treason
Seismic Strike

 

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.

Cheers!

/bava

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