The MagicGatheringStrat Show, Ep. 14.5

Section 1: This week in Standard Pauper

Due to scheduling issues, there will be no show this week.

Please, dry your tears and rest assured in the knowledge we will be back next week.

But I do have this!

Section 2: Player run events

SPDC 29.08

Standard · 10 Players
10 Decks · 100% Reported
3 rounds Swiss
Top 4 playoff
Hosted by rremedio1

1st monoGreen by Jonder_qind
2nd Azor’s Heroes by AmericanGaren
T4 Izzet Control by beatnik bobby
T4 monoGreen by yelloweyes2

The winning deck:

Standard · Aggro
1st by Jonder_qind in SPDC 29.08 (4-1)

4 Alpine Grizzly
4 Elvish Mystic
4 Glade Watcher
4 Stampeding Elk Herd
4 Swordwise Centaur
2 Aerie Bowmasters
2 Frontier Mastodon
2 Nessian Courser
4 Aspect of Hydra
4 Epic Confrontation
4 Titanic Growth
18 Forest
4 Evolving Wilds

4 Savage Punch
3 Sedge Scorpion
3 Plummet
2 Hunter’s Ambush
1 Naturalize [/d]

The MatchUps

R1:  Win:  2 – 0 vs.  karakusk  Blue Black 
R2:  Loss:  1 – 2 vs.  yelloweyes2  monoGreen 
R3:  Win:  2 – 1 vs.  johnnyinabucket  Double U Dubya 
T4:  Win:  2 – 0 vs.  beatnik bobby  Izzet Control 
T2:  Win:  2 – 1 vs.  AmericanGaren  Azor’s Heroes 

Interesting to note is the fact that this deck lost to the other mono-green deck.

YellowEyes then went on to lose to Beatnik Bobby’s Izzet Control in R3 and AmericanGaren’s Azor’s Heroes in T4. However, you can see that Jonder_quin subsequently beat Beatnik and AmericanGaren in the following rounds.

Lets look at the two and see what could have been the difference:


I highlighted the differences.

As you can see, Garen’s had fewer lands, but Jonder’s had 4 Evolving Wilds (which I don’t agree with but that is my opinion). Could Garen have been mana screwed more times than Jonder and thus leading to the deck’s defeat?

My other biggest concern with Garen’s deck is the Oathsworn. [c]Setessan Oathsworn[/c] is only good if you can make it heroic, and you will have to do it TWICE to make it better than a Nessian Courser. Why would I waste my my time when I can have a 3/3 hit the ground and be ready to fight immediately?

What do you think?

MPDC 29.08

Standard · 16 Players
15 Decks · ~94% Reported
3 rounds Swiss
Top 4 playoff
Hosted by gwyned

1st tokens v2 (no sb) by karakusk
2nd Heroic cruise by Forli
T4 Red Alert by goomy1
T4 People Fly by rremedio1

The winning deck:

Standard · Aggro
1st by karakusk in MPDC 29.08 (5-0)

4 Aven Skirmisher
4 Mardu Hordechief
4 Sandsteppe Outcast
2 Selfless Cathar
4 Dragon Fodder
4 Impact Tremors
4 Raise the Alarm
4 Triplicate Spirits
3 War Flare
2 Collateral Damage
2 Lightning Strike
2 Rush of Battle
8 Plains
5 Mountain
4 Evolving Wilds
4 Wind-Scarred Crag
3 Island
3 Plains
3 Swamp
3 Mountain
3 Forest [/d]

No sideboard, I just wanted a placeholder for a more consistent look.

The MatchUps

R1:  Win:  2 – 1 vs.  yelloweyes2  monoGreen 
R2:  Win:  2 – 0 vs.  gwyned  GB Constellation 
R3:  Win:  2 – 1 vs.  goomy1  Red Alert 
T4:  Win:  2 – 1 vs.  goomy1  Red Alert 
T2:  Win:  2 – 0 vs.  Forli  Heroic cruise

Section 3: The Community League

Well, week 3 has come and gone and I am now 2 – 1 – 0

The first week I won against Affinity, the second week, I lost to Dimir Control, and this week I won versus Rhystic Tron.

The first 2 weeks I went with Turbo Exhume. The deck is crazy and explosive and fun to play. However, in a solidly Swamp heavy meta, I decided to go a different route:

Mono White by Deluxeicoff
4 Doomed Traveler
4 Order of Leitbur
4 Soul Warden
4 Squadron Hawk
4 Suture Priest
4 Guardians’ Pledge
4 Raise the Alarm
4 Battle Screech
1 Cenn’s Enlistment
4 Journey to Nowhere
19 Plains
4 Quicksand


3 Cloudshift
4 Lumithread Field
3 Prismatic Strands
2 Rune of Protection: Red
3 Standard Bearer [/d]

The deck is a lot of fun and I used the Order of Leitbur’s pump ability way more often than I thought I would.

So, a tip of the hat to Deluxeicoff for this solid build.

How have the rest of you done?