Section 1: This week in Standard Pauper

This week Brennon and Sam talk about PREs and Spoilers. Dan joins in and discusses round 8 of the Gauntlet. And everyone decides that a Lava Axe is probably better then a Dragon. It’s the Standard Pauper show, I hope you enjoy it!

Section 2: The PREs

MPDC 27.09
5 January 2015
Standard · 17 Players
15 Decks · ~88% Reported
3 rounds Swiss
Top 8 playoff
Hosted by gwyned

1st Boros Heroic by gwyned
2nd Boros Tokens by tiagoxsr
T4 Fights! by MyGalaxy
T4 Good deck, bad pilot by rremedio1
T8 BW Enchantments by Chipp
T8 Dimir devotion by Forli
T8 Graveyard Shenanigans by mattmath
T8 Izzet Control by tazerdadog

As I mentioned in my article, the top 2 slots were taken up by Boros. It’s all WR up in this tournament.

Cruise Watch: 2015
1st Place: 0 Cruise
2nd Place: 0 Cruise
3rd Place: 0 Cruise
4th Place: 3 Cruise (Just you Roberto)

So, cruise seems to have settled in to its place. The decks that want it, will use it. The decks that don’t, have no reason to splash.

Section 3: The Winning Deck

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

Spells (22)
Chosen by Heliod
Defiant Strike
Dragon Mantle
Feat of Resistance
Gods Willing
Inferno Fist

Land (19)
Evolving Wilds
Wind-Scarred Crag

Pillar of Light
Hopeful Eidolon
Scouring Sands
Lightning Strike
Fall of the Hammer

This deck has torn up the PREs and the League (looking at you Mr. Bava!)

Here is the “curve”:

Lets compare that to Bava’s:

Guess what? It was a trick question. Was that even a question? How could it be a trick question if I didn’t ask you anything? Oh well, there you have it. Strong decks are strong.

Keep it.
No more discussion.

Now let’s look at the next six cards:

Maybe a little flooding, but I would guess you have so much gas to begin with, a bit land won’t hurt your chances.

Section 4: Future Sight

Now I have a question for Bava and Gwyned.

“What cards, spoiled so far, make this deck better?”

The pickins be mighty slim.

Is this card any good to you? I would say your current 2 drops are way better. Does this make excess land more useful? Yes, but the card economy seems bad.

You don’t run trumpet blast, so this card is just way too much mana.

But what about our runner up.

Standard · Unclassified
2nd by tiagoxsr in MPDC 27.09 (4-1)

Creatures (17)
Borderland Marauder
Mardu Hordechief
Sungrace Pegasus
Selfless Cathar
Jeskai Student

Spells (20)
Lightning Strike
Raise the Alarm
Trumpet Blast
Flurry of Horns
Triplicate Spirits
Tormenting Voice

Land (23)
Evolving Wilds
Wind-Scarred Crag

Magma Spray
Smite the Monstrous
Revoke Existence
Pillar of Light
Last Breath
Divine Verdict
Triplicate Spirits
Flurry of Horns

Is this a viable home for War Flare? It does fit with the theme. Does the extra mana cost make Trumpet Blast a better choice?

Tell me what you think!

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