The MagicGatheringStrat Show, Ep. 3

Section 1: This week in Standard Pauper

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Section 2: Player run events

MPDC 28.02
2 March 2015
Standard · 11 Players
8 Decks · ~73% Reported
3 rounds Swiss
Top 4 playoff
Hosted by gwyned

1st turURu by Yaxarell
2nd Mumm-Ra* by gwyned
T4 Heroic cruise* by Forli
T4 Mono Blue by Trompinha

It’s good to see Mumm-Ra playing. Even without his creator piloting. Coming 2nd even.

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

So, Treasure Cruise is a good card? Who would have thought it?

Lets take a look at the winner:

I don’t know how many Whisk Away you ran, so I had to speculate… but I am not a fan of 60+ card decks.
4 Omenspeaker

4 Flurry of Horns
4 Lightning Strike
4 Magma Spray
4 Nullify
4 Rise of Eagles
4 Treasure Cruise
4 Voyage’s End
2 Cancel
2 Divination
3 Whisk Away

11 Island
6 Mountain
4 Swiftwater Cliffs
3 Evolving Wilds

4 Disdainful Stroke
1 Whisk Away
3 Negate
3 Cancel
3 Scouring Sands
1 Mnemonic Wall


Now, lets look at an opening hand:

Wow, mana, removal, blocker with draw smoothing actions and a win con?? Who wouldn’t keep?

Now here is a weird kind of curve/plateau:

Now let’s look at the next six cards:

Well, you get ever so close to that rise of eagles mana. I like this a lot. Your opening hand is strong and your draws are really nice.

Section 3: Pauper Comparison


You see here an evolution of sorts. The classic giant spider has been ruling the green skyways since alpha. Aerie Bowmasters is straight up better. But lets look at some of the iterations in between.

The cloudcrown card is a better card. Three power kills a lot more thing and the same CMC makes this a winner. The extra green mana is a downside, but if you are already considering the bowmasters, you have accepted this downside.

I think the penumbra spider gives you a harder choice. This is a card that replaces itself with a token copy. It won’t kill a spire golem, but if that golem gets a piracy charm and breaks through, the token is there to pick up the slack.

The bowmasters gives you the choice for three modes:

1. Turn 3 – You get a 2/2
2. Turn 4 – You can have a 3/4 with reach
3. Turn 6 (forgetting about ramp) – you can have a 4/5 with reach.

That last mode lets you kill just about everything in the air at pauper level.

So, what do you think about this new edition?