The Standard Pauper Show, Issue 31

Section 1: This week in Standard Pauper

Let’s give a big round of applesauce to Jack! Thanks for bringing your own brand of mad brew science to the show!

Section 2: Player run events

A quick note from Gwyned: “Yes MPDC will be off next week, with the first event of the new season on Monday, February 16th.”


2 February 2015
Standard · 16 Players
11 Decks · ~69% Reported
4 rounds Swiss
Top 8 playoff
Hosted by gwyned

1st MyGalaxy’s WW by bigbee
2nd RDW by Carnuz
T4 Rats Cats Garys and Cruises by JorgeJacoh
T4 Once More With Feeling by Trompinha
T8 BU Hexproof by beatnik bobby
T8 Golden Army by DoutorTyr
T8 WR Heroic by goomy1
T8 Looses to itself* by MyGalaxy

Cruise Watch: 2015
1st Place: 0 Cruise
2nd Place: 0 Cruise
3rd Place: 4 Cruise
4th Place: 4 Cruise
5th – 8th Place: 0 Cruise

See kids, you don’t have to go cruisin’ to have a good time.

As Gwyned pointed out on his twitter feed, Bigbee did this whole season without catching cruise fever. Well done, Bigbee!

4 Loyal Pegasus
4 Mardu Hordechief
4 Selfless Cathar
4 Sungrace Pegasus
3 Akroan Skyguard
3 Jeskai Student

4 Raise the Alarm
4 Triplicate Spirits
3 Inspired Charge
2 Ajani’s Presence
2 Gods Willing
2 Pillar of Light

19 Plains
2 Radiant Fountain

4 Divine Favor
3 Smite the Monstrous
3 Erase
2 Pillar of Light
1 Ajani’s Presence
1 Gods Willing

This deck is a bliznado of white fury. I like how he references My Galaxy in the title but makes 1st place. Yet MyGalaxy hilariously names a very similar deck “Loses to itself” and finishes a distant Top 8. (Yes I am guessing the name was done after the fact, but come on. Pretend the joke was a confluence of cosmic hilarity and not pre-planned schtick. )

We have seen this archetype several times over the course of the season. So, I will not be showcasing this deck. Instead, I give you the runner up!.

Standard · Unclassified
2nd by Carnuz in MPDC 27 WORLDS (3-2)

4 Akroan Crusader
4 Foundry Street Denizen
4 Nyxborn Rollicker
4 Satyr Hoplite
3 Bloodfire Expert
3 Borderland Marauder
3 Minotaur Skullcleaver
3 Valley Dasher

4 Lightning Strike
3 Dragon Mantle
3 Hammerhand
3 Titan’s Strength
2 Barrage of Boulders

17 Mountain

3 Scouring Sands
3 Magma Spray
3 Font of Ire
3 Fall of the Hammer
3 Act of Treason

JPHSnake would be proud! RDW is a classic. It will always be around. However, the last 2 times this deck was entered, it didn’t even make Top 8. It always amazes me out varied this meta is yet it has the smallest pool of cards.

Now, lets look at an opening hand:

Not bad. I think you have to expect a lot of hands like this.

The slope of power!:

Now let’s look at the next six cards:

My ultimate fear when playing a crazy aggro style deck, the flood. Like the old testament, when I flood is significant, it can destroy your whole world. That may be too dramatic, but with no way of dealing with extra cards, you are stuck with what you have.

Section 3: Fate Reforged

Lets look at a potential brew regarding the newest release:

2 Benthic Giant
4 Monastery Flock
3 Vaporkin
3 Welkin Tern
4 Write into being

3 Nullify
4 Voyage’s End
3 Whisk Away
2 Divination
3 Rise of Eagles
4 Treasure Cruise

4 Evolving Wilds
17 Island
4 Radiant Fountain

1 Benthic Giant
4 Disdainful Stroke
3 Griptide
4 Negate
1 Rise of Eagles
2 Weave Fate

This deck is stuck between being aggro and control. Is that what they call midrange? I have never understood that term. I just hear people call a deck midrange and I go with it.

Now, lets look at an opening hand:

Here is the curve (not a curve):

Now let’s look at the next six cards:

Is it good enough? Let me know what you think in the comments!