The MagicGatheringStrat Show, Ep. 4

Section 1: This week in Standard Pauper

I really like the [c]Glaring Aegis[/c]. It speaks to me and my love of value.

Section 2: Player run events

MPDC 28.04
16 March 2015
Standard · 14 Players
10 Decks · ~71% Reported
3 rounds Swiss
Top 4 playoff
Hosted by gwyned

1st Heroic cruise* by Forli
2nd UW* by Yaxarell
T4 Men In Light Blue* by Adner
T4 Grixis Merchant of Asphodel* by rremedio1

Well, since the only thing new in the top 4 is a Grixis deck, let’s look at what Roberto has for us!

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

Ok, now for the deck:

[d title=”Grixis Merchant of Asphodel by Rremedio”]
Creatures
3 Gurmag Angler
4 Black Cat
4 Gray Merchant of Asphodel
4 Pharika’s Chosen
3 Generator Servant
1 Disciple of Phenax
1 Mnemonic Wall

Spells
3 Lightning Strike
3 Rakshasa’s Secret
3 Tormenting Voice
3 Treasure Cruise
2 Voyage’s End
1 Peel from Reality
1 Unmake the Graves
1 Void Snare

Lands
5 Swamp
4 Bloodfell Caves
4 Dismal Backwater
4 Evolving Wilds
2 Island
2 Mountain
2 Swiftwater Cliffs

Sideboard
2 Pharika’s Cure
2 Barrage of Boulders
2 Negate
2 Feast of Dreams
1 Voyage’s End
1 Disciple of Phenax
1 Rakshasa’s Secret [/d]

Now, lets look at an opening hand:

Turn 4 angler is pretty good, but is that fast enough? You have a bit of protection with voyage’s end. I am concerned this has too many high cost cards. You are years away from casting that treasure cruise.

Now let’s look at the next six cards:

So, what Dragons cards make this deck stronger?

What new cards make this deck weaker?

I would replace [c]Void Snare[/c] with [c]Sidisi’s Faithful[/c]. It can be a blocker if needed and it cannot be negated!

What do you think?