The MagicGatheringStrat Show, Ep. 10

Section 1: This week in Standard Pauper

Section 2: Player run events

MPDC 29.03
27 April 2015
Standard · 22 Players
16 Decks · ~73% Reported
3 rounds Swiss
Top 8 playoff
Hosted by gwyned

1st heroic by kukikira
2nd Wintergreen by gwyned
T4 Mono U Scribe Combo by WujekMZK
T4 BUR.n by Yaxarell
T8 UR Control by beatnik bobby
T8 Esper Control by hero1141
T8 Deck not found** by Michelle_Wong
T8 Just a Little Touch by rremedio1

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

Lets take a look at Gwyned’s almost mono colored deck.


Standard · Aggro
2nd by gwyned in MPDC 29.03 (4-2)

4 Elvish Mystic
4 Nessian Courser
4 Nylea’s Disciple
4 Stampeding Elk Herd
4 Swordwise Centaur
3 Nessian Asp
2 Alpine Grizzly
3 Anticipate
3 Aspect of Hydra
3 Epic Confrontation
3 Treasure Cruise
16 Forest
4 Thornwood Falls
2 Evolving Wilds
1 Island

3 Sedge Scorpion
3 Ranger’s Guile
3 Plummet
3 Naturalize
2 Disdainful Stroke
1 Vulpine Goliath

I know I normally focus on mono colored decks, but this one was different. I love that Simic made the finals.

If you are going to splash for a card, why wouldn’t it be Treasure Cruise?

Now, lets look at an opening hand:

Now I want to show you the “curve”:

More like, “look out dangerous curves ahead.”

Let’s look at the next six cards:

I think these cards give you a pretty good chance of winning.

With anticipate coming up very soon and strong three drops, you have the ability to hold off any opponent until you can drop the asp.

Section 3: The League

So, if the next league is classic pauper, what will you be playing?

I really do not want to play delver. Does that mean I won’t win though? Here is the current (as of 4/29/2015) pauper metagame according to

Pauper metagame

We have: MonoBlack, Delver, Affinity, Delver Fiend and Stompy making the top 5. Also, if you add the other slightly different version of Stompy to the top 5 version, that makes Stompy #3. That is actually a lot more diverse than I had initially thought.

But I cannot go with the flow. I have to do what I feel in my heart!

Turbo Angler

4 Gurmag Angler
4 Ulamog’s Crusher
2 Simian Spirit Guide
4 Stinkweed Imp

4 Dragon Breath
2 Dragon Fangs
4 Exhume
4 Faithless Looting
4 Gitaxian Probe
4 Lotus Petal
4 Manamorphose
4 Tormenting Voice

4 Geothermal Crevice
4 Sandstone Needle
2 Sulfur Vent
6 Swamp

4 Duress
2 Electrickery
4 Ingot Chewer
3 Magma Spray
2 Pyroblast

Tobias has inspired me and I will play this till I am beaten 4 times!