The Standard Pauper Show, Issue 28

Section 1: This week in Standard Pauper

We do not seem very enthusiastic about this set. A few standouts were:

Arashin Cleric Sandsteppe Outcast Enhanced Awareness
Refocus Jeskai Runemark Whisk Away
Reach of Shadows

Feel free to disagree with our assessments.

MPDC 27.10
12 January 2015
Standard · 13 Players
10 Decks · ~77% Reported
3 rounds Swiss
Top 8 playoff
Hosted by gwyned

1st UR Control by Trompinha
2nd Like a Bolas (almost…) by rremedio1
T4 Dies to Scourung Sands by MyGalaxy
T4 What Is Love? by Nagi_Bultra

Baby don’t hurt me, don’t hurt me, no more.

Cruise Watch: 2015
1st Place: 4 Cruise
2nd Place: 4 Cruise
3rd Place: 0 Cruise
4th Place: 4 Cruise

Huge up tick Cruise count this week. I don’t know why you’re not there. I give you my love, but you don’t care. So what is right? And what is wrong? Gimme a sign.

Section 2: The Winning Deck

WHAT IS LOVE?
Standard · Control
Top 4 by Nagi_Bultra in MPDC 27.10 (2-2)

This deck made it to the Top 4 and it is a different kind of deck. Oh, I don’t know, what can I do? What else can I say, it’s up to you. I know we’re one. Just me and you. I can’t go on.

What is love gives us a preview of the deck we discussed on the show.

[d]
Creatures
4 Omenspeaker
1 Benthic Giant

Spells
4 Divination
4 Griptide
4 Kill Shot
4 Last Breath
4 Nullify
4 Treasure Cruise
3 Raise the Alarm
2 Rise of Eagles
1 Voyage’s End

Lands
12 Island
5 Plains
4 Evolving Wilds
4 Tranquil Cove

SIDEBOARD
3 Negate
3 Voyage’s End
2 Benthic Giant
2 Erase
2 Disdainful Stroke
2 Cancel
1 Raise the Alarm
[/d]

Now this deck will benefit from a few of the cards in Fate Reforged. I want no other, no other lover. This is our life, our time. When we are together, I need you forever. Is it love? It just might be. Lets look at an actual curve this week:

Weird, those high cost tokens really sway the form.

I wish that either the divination or Treasure Cruise was a land. Any land really. However, I think keeping this is not bad. You are one land away from a great opening hand.

Now let’s look at the next six cards:

Ask and ye shall receive indeed. We get a little flooded but I feel pretty good. So yes, this is love.

Section 3: How would I update it?

-4 [c]Griptide[/c] +4 [c]Whisk Away[/c]
VS Whisk Away

I just see it as a better card.

-4 [c]Kill Shot[/c] +4 [c]Sandblast[/c]
VS Sandblast

I really want to try out Sandblast over Kill Shot.

What do you think?