Section 1: This week in Standard Pauper

I hope everyone is enjoying the slightly new format of the show! I put a decent amount of work into these and I am fairly proud of the end product. Could it be more polished? Of course. But for the low cost of free, this is the best I can give you ;)

Round six has already begun! Please take a moment to watch some of the matches. I know you will enjoy them.

Speaking of cross promotion, here are a couple of the Gauntlet videos I helped make:

The Green One vs Izzet Cruise Control


Tortured Toolbox vs MBC
SPDC 27.08
7 December 2014
Standard · 9 Players
9 Decks · 100% Reported
3 rounds Swiss
Top 4 playoff
Hosted by DrChrisBakerDC

1st Boros Heroic by DrChrisBakerDC
2nd MBC Splashed by beatnik bobby
T4 BW Control by flying_men
T4 UR Token by Maltercio

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

Does not appear that the dreaded TC has totally warped the format. I like that. I hate to see a single card change things up. Much like Ghostly Flicker, which was a pain in the butt.

Section 2: The Winning Deck

We went over Dr. Baker’s deck in the show, so lets look at another one.

Standard · Control
2nd by beatnik bobby in SPDC 27.08 (3-2)

Creatures (25)
Benthic Giant
Disowned Ancestor
Gray Merchant of Asphodel
Returned Phalanx
Servant of Tymaret
Disciple of Phenax
Baleful Eidolon

Spells (19)
Feast of Dreams
Pharika’s Cure
Read the Bones
Debilitating Injury
Eternal Thirst
Font of Return
Treasure Cruise
Fleetfeather Sandals
Lands (24)
13 Swamp
Dismal Backwater
Evolving Wilds

Flesh to Dust
Whirlwind Adept
Rotfeaster Maggot
Molting Snakeskin
Baleful Eidolon
Disciple of Phenax
Pharika’s Cure

Again, let us look at the curve

Looks more like getting flipped the bird rather than a deck curve. There are 2 drops galore in this revision of a previous winner.

No bad. You have your 2 mana you need for Phalanx. But that will be all you are casting. Is that one door stop enough to keep this hand? If we look back at the curve, the odds are your next draw is either a land or a 2 drop. With this in mind, I say keep.

Now let’s look at the next six cards:

Island off the top is pretty nice. The hand is a bit slow and you are not casting Treasure Cruise any time soon. But, you have a nice early drop, 2 regenerators, and some decent hand disruption. Over all I fine with keeping this hand.

Section 3: Modern Masters 2 Speculation

Put on your thinking caps. Get gatherer ready. And come up with some cards you think may get pushed to common. This might be hard. What you have to look at are archetypes you feel Wizards will try to push, and figure out which cards need to always be available in draft. Those will be the cards dropped to common.

Another way to think about it is “What answers need to be common.”

I’ll go first.

My choice for pushed to common is: Wipe Away!

Why? Because it is an answer to combo. I think some sort of combo is going to be present and this card will disrupt that without being such a buzz kill.

Now your turn!

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