The MagicGatheringStrat Show, Ep. 1

Section 1: This week in Standard Pauper

New name, same great taste … in cards.

Section 2: Player run events

MPDC 28.01
16 February 2015
Standard · 18 Players
13 Decks · ~72% Reported
3 rounds Swiss
Top 8 playoff
Hosted by gwyned

1st Izzet Control* by beatnik bobby
2nd Mumm-Ra, the Ever-Living* by rremedio1
T4 I hate rats by masterofphysics
T4 Red Deck Wins* by _ShipIt_
T8 RDW* by Carnuz
T8 UB Midrange by drazinus
T8 Red Soldier* by goomy1
T8 UR Control* by tilt_aint_sexy

Cruise Watch: 2015
1st Place: 4 Cruise
2nd Place: 4 Cruise
3rd Place: 4 Cruise
4th Place: 0 Cruise
5th – 8th Place: 7 Cruise

Wow, y’all went cruising this week for sure!


Standard · Control
1st by beatnik bobby in MPDC 28.01 (5-1)

3 Benthic Giant
3 Coral Barrier
2 Sigiled Starfish

4 Flurry of Horns
4 Lightning Strike
4 Treasure Cruise
3 Rise of Eagles
3 Voyage’s End
2 Barrage of Boulders
2 Disdainful Stroke
2 Divination
1 Nullify
3 Whisk Away

9 Island
4 Evolving Wilds
4 Mountain
4 Swiftwater Cliffs
3 Radiant Fountain

4 Scouring Sands
3 Negate
2 Nullify
2 Disdainful Stroke
1 Cancel
1 Coral Barrier
1 Barrage of Boulders
1 Whisk Away

Beatnik! You may have defeated me this week, but I’ll get you next time! Next time!!

Yes, he defeated me in this week’s standard pauper sealed league match. But that is ok. It was an awesome fight and we beat each other up real good.

The thing I like about this deck is the [c]Sigiled Starfish[/c]. You read that correctly, the starfish. Why you may ask? Because he lets you scry at instant speed. And he blocks Minotaur tokens. This ridiculous starfish blocks raging minotaurs. How is that even possible? I have no idea. I am just glad he does.

What is the proper title for for a being that can reproduce by segmentation? It? That seems mean. I will just say he and if someone can correct me, feel free.

Now, lets look at an opening hand:

Keep! Very nice hand. And I get to have my pet starfish. Secret tech, you can scry the first upkeep you have after you play the starfish. Yes, it taps it for the turn but you smooth your draw immediately which is nice and can be crucial.

Now, for the curve!

Now let’s look at the next six cards:

Well, I gotta say, Gwyned was right. Izzet is pretty strong. Even though you have a lot of high cost spells, you have the tools to keep it going until you throw your hay maker.

Would you keep the original hand? Let me know what you think in the comments!