10Tix Modern League: Winning and Notable Deck Lists

We started this event way back at the beginning of October and it has only just wrapped up. I have learned my lesson and will never run a big double-elimination event like that again; from here on out it is Swiss and cuts to Top 8, all the way. What I may do again, however, is run a 10Tix Modern event.

The format was super interesting and varied and a nice assortment of lists managed to perform well. We’ll probably return to it again for a future event, though for the very next event I have my eyes set on Penny Dreadful. I’m not sure when we’ll get that up and running, but keep an eye out, probably in February.

On to the good stuff now, though. Here are the best-performing and coolest lists from our 10Tix Modern league event. Prizes for this event were provided by the ever-awesome Cardhoarder. Please consider buying stuff from them either through their site or bots to thank them for all the PRE support they provide.

Winning List: UB Control by Mabus_77

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Creatures
3 Teferi, Mage of Zhalfir
1 Frost Titan
1 Kozilek, the Great Distortion

Spells
2 Black Sun’s Zenith
1 Consume the Meek
3 Delay
2 Go for the Throat
4 Mystical Teachings
2 Repeal
3 Rewind
4 Rune Snag
1 Slaughter Pact
1 Sudden Death
2 Think Twice
2 Tribute to Hunger

Artifacts
1 Spine of Ish Sah

Land
6 Island
3 Swamp
4 Temple of Deceit
3 Dimir Aqueduct
4 Dreadship Reef
3 Underground River
4 Drowned Catacomb

Sideboard
2 Cancel
1 Consume the Meek
4 Disfigure
2 Dispel
2 Doom Blade
1 Haunting Hymn
1 Soul Spike
1 Sudden Death
1 Tribute to Hunger
[/d]

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Mabus_77 took this list undefeated in six matches to the final. Littlefield came up out of the loser’s bracket and beat Mabus in the first match, but wasn’t able to get the back-to-back match wins he needed to secure victory. In the end, this UB Control list went 7-1 and took first place.

Price-wise this deck came in at $8.56 when submitted on October 5, though it has risen to $13.55 today. Still affordable by any means.


2nd Place List: Soul Sisters by Littlefield

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Creatures
4 Ajani’s Pridemate
4 Hanweir Militia Captain
4 Lone Rider
2 Serra Avenger
4 Soul Warden
4 Soul’s Attendant
4 Squadron Hawk
4 Suture Priest

Enchantments
1 Honor of the Pure

Spells
3 Blessed Alliance
3 Brave the Elements
2 Path to Exile
2 Sunlance

Land
19 Plains

Sideboard
1 Borrowed Grace
1 Brave the Elements
2 Circle of Protection: Green
1 Divine Offering
2 Honor of the Pure
4 Kor Firewalker
2 Revoke Existence
2 Timely Reinforcements
[/d]

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There were a lot of strong white lists in the event, but Littlefield managed to pilot this Soul Sisters version all the way into a solid second place. After losing his third match, he fought his way through to the finals, taking the first match against Mabus_77 but not being able to attain the back-to-back match wins he needed to secure first place. In the end the list went a very respectable 10-2.

White lists are great for budgets, which may be why we saw so many crop up in this event. This list weighed in at $8.65 and is actually priced slightly cheaper today at $8.52, with over half of that blown on the 2x [c]Path to Exile[/c]s.

Our fourth place list, finishing 5-2 and piloted by Michelle_Wong, was also Mono White, though eschewed the sisters for a more aggressive package.


3rd Place List: Mono U Tron by Playm4ker

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Creatures
3 Conduit of Ruin
1 Drowner of Hope
1 Bane of Bala Ged
1 Mage-Ring Responder
1 Platinum Angel
1 Ulamog’s Crusher
1 Desolation Twin

Spells
1 Anticipate
3 Condescend
1 Fabricate
4 Mana Leak
1 Reality Shift
2 Repeal
1 Sleight of Hand
3 Spatial Contortion
1 Spell Burst
1 Summary Dismissal
3 Thirst for Knowledge

Artifacts
4 Expedition Map
1 Lightning Greaves
1 Mindslaver

Lands
1 Academy Ruins
2 Blighted Cataract
1 Ghost Quarter
8 Island
4 Urza’s Mine
4 Urza’s Power Plant
4 Urza’s Tower

Sideboard
1 Aetherize
1 Dispel
1 Fabricate
2 Icy Blast
3 Negate
1 Orbs of Warding
1 Ratchet Bomb
1 Spatial Contortion
1 Tormod’s Crypt
3 Vapor Snag
[/d]

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I love U Tron in Modern so I was really happy to see Playm4ker do well with this list. Undefeated in its first five matches, this deck fell from grace only at the end, but still finished a respectable 5-2.

This deck snuck in at exactly $10 when submitted, though due to recent bannings the price has skyrocketed today to just under $30. Still an affordable list for the format and such a fun archetype to play.


5th Place Lists: UG Infect and Elves

Tied for fifth place we find two mostly green lists, Infect piloted by Bibbob ($12) to a 5-2 finish and Elves piloted by Nate316 ($18) which finished 4-2.

7th Place Lists: Stompy and WW

Nickdebe and Yokai_ round out the top 8 with their lists. Nickdebe piloted Mono Green Stompy ($14) to a 4-2 finish while Yokai_ took yet another aggressive White list ($11) through to a 6-2 finish.

All the red lists placed out of the top 8, though a handful did make the top 16, along with a few more control lists, mainly in UB and UW, and another elves list.

A deck of one’s own

Since the format necessitated people submitting their deck lists ahead of time, I had to opt out of playing this event, since it would hardly seem fair if I knew ahead of time what cards each of my opponents would be playing.

Even so I had a lot of fun testing the format, and put together a handful of lists. Of them, had I had the chance to play, I probably would have run this UB Pack Rats list with [c]Training Grounds[/c].

I love brewing Modern on a budget and received a lot of great comments from our participants as well. I hope everyone had fun, and will keep an eye out for our next event, which will likely launch sometime in February. All events are free to enter and feature prize support from Cardhoarder.

Common Pauper Cards Legal in Modern

If you are looking to adapt a Pauper list to the Modern Pauper format, here is a look at the top 4 archetypes and which cards carry over from winning lists. I will add more decks to this article when I have a bit more time, but hope this will help get started.

How to test.

  1. Download a Pauper list and import it into MTGO as a Modern list.
  2. Immediately remove any cards flagged as “Not legal for this format.”
  3. In the sets filter, check each set from 8th Edition and up, ignoring “Timeshifted.” If you include SOI this will be 53 sets.
  4. Set the rarity filter to “Common.”
  5. OPTIONAL: Set low slider on quantity to “0” if you want to search cards you may not own.
  6. Using this filter, search for each remaining card in the list.
  7. If your card shows up when you search, this means it is legal. If it does not show up, the card is not legal. You can check your results using the lists below to verify if you are doing it right.

NOTE: Using the “format” filter won’t work, as it will show cards like Rancor that have been printed at common, though not in a Modern legal set. You have to use the “set” filter instead to filter out these cards.

#1: Delver

Sample list by The_zzz

[d title=”Legal cards”]
Maindeck
16 Island
2 Snow-Covered Island
4 Delver of Secrets
4 Faerie Miscreant
4 Ninja of the Deep Hours
1 Bonesplitter
4 Spire Golem
1 Vapor Snag
1 Relic of Progenitus
4 Spellstutter Sprite
Sideboard
3 Annul
2 Narcolepsy
3 Stormbound Geist [/d]

[d title=”NOT legal cards”]
Mainboard
4 Counterspell
1 Daze
3 Gush
4 Ponder
4 Preordain
3 Snap
Sideboard
1 Coral Net
3 Hydroblast
3 Serrated Arrows [/d]

#2: Stompy

Sample list by slizzard

[d title=”Legal cards”]
Mainboard
1 Epic Confrontation
16 Forest
4 Groundswell
2 Hunger of the Howlpack
2 Mutagenic Growth
4 Nest Invader
4 Nettle Sentinel
2 Bonesplitter
4 Skarrgan Pit-Skulk
3 Vault Skirge
4 Vines of Vastwood
4 Young Wolf
Sideboard
3 Epic Confrontation
2 Feed the Clan
4 Gleeful Sabotage
3 Scattershot Archer [/d]

[d title=”NOT legal cards”]
Maindeck
1 Brindle Shoat
4 Quirion Ranger
4 Rancor
1 River Boa
Sideboard
1 Brindle Shoat
2 Tangle [/d]

#3: Goblins

Sample list by Pjotrek666

[d title=”Legal cards”]
Maindeck
4 Foundry Street Denizen
4 Goblin Bushwhacker
4 Goblin Cohort
2 Hammerhand
4 Jackal Familiar
2 Lavastep Raider
4 Lightning Bolt
4 Mogg War Marshal
17 Mountain
Sideboard
3 Forge Devil
2 Immolating Souleater[/d]

[d title=”NOT legal cards”]
Mainboard
1 Chain Lightning
3 Goblin Sledder
4 Mogg Conscripts
4 Mogg Raider
3 Sparksmith
Sideboard
3 Death Spark
2 Goblin Vandal
2 Gorilla Shaman
2 Pyroblast
1 Sparksmith[/d]

#4: RUG “Don’t call me Temur” Tron

Sample list by DavidTron

[d title=”Legal cards”]
Maindeck
4 Ancient Stirrings
4 Chromatic Sphere
4 Expedition Map
4 Fangren Marauder
4 Haunted Fengraf
2 Prismatic Lens
4 Prophetic Prism
4 Sea Gate Oracle
1 Ulamog’s Crusher
2 Unknown Shores
4 Mulldrifter
4 Chromatic Star
Sideboard
4 Ancient Grudge
2 Electrickery
2 Ray of Revelation [/d]

[d title=”NOT legal cards”]
Maindeck
2 Chainer’s Edict
2 Firebolt
3 Rolling Thunder
4 Urza’s Mine
4 Urza’s Power Plant
4 Urza’s Tower

Sideboard
3 Circle of Protection: Red
4 Pyroblast[/d]

Community League #9: Modern Pauper

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April showers bring Modern Pauper! Registration remains open through April 7 and the league will begin April 8. Keep an eye on our events page for updates and use Challonge for pairings and standings.

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Community League #9: Format and Rules

Modern Pauper uses commons only from Modern-legal sets. To be legal a card must have been printed as a common in a set that is legal in Modern. Cards that were commons in earlier sets and reprinted as uncommons in a Modern-legal set are not allowed. We will use the Modern filter on MTGO. Cards from both the Pauper banned list and Modern banned lists are NOT allowed for this format..

First pairings go up on April 8.

I will post the first pairings on April 8 and will also send out an email with contact information. I try very hard NOT to send people lots of emails. It is up to you to keep track on the site and get in touch with your opponents promptly. After that, you will have to check the site for your next pairings, which will go up on Friday each week. It will be up to each participant to contact their opponent by email to set up their match for the week. Don’t wait for your opponents contact you; be proactive!

For this event I am going to be very strict concerning players that don’t communicate well. If your opponent says they are having a hard time getting in touch with you, and you don’t respond to my follow-up email in a timely fashion, your opponent will get the win for that week and you may be removed from the event. Check your email, respond to your email, email your opponents, email me. Short notes are fine, but KEEP IN TOUCH!

We will play 4-6 weeks of Swiss and then cut to top 8 with the goal to finish the league by the end of May.

League Rules

1. Modern Pauper uses common-rarity cards from the Modern card pool. We will play one match per week and you can change lists as often as you like.

2. Duels will be 1v1 and fought in matches best 2 out of 3. You get 3 points for a match win, 1 point for a draw, and 0 points for a loss. A BYE counts as a win. Match timers should be set to the default of 25 minutes.

3. We will use Challonge to track this event. It is the responsibility of the winner to report their win. Report by the end of Thursday each week.

4. Communicate early and often. I will only send out the one email with all your contact information. Don’t lose it! Get in touch by email (it is much more effective than waiting around on MTGO). If no one communicates with each other or with me, that week’s pairing will be considered a draw and one or both players may be removed from the league. If one person is attempting to communicate and the other person is not, they should let me know. I will attempt to solve issues when I can, but when that doesn’t work out, the person who is trying to communicate will always get the win. Don’t wait until the last minute.

5. After the initial email all official league announcements will happen here on the site. You can always stay up to date with the link on the home page or by keeping tabs on the Events page. You can also get updates by liking us on Facebook or following me on Twitter @bava_mtg.

6. We’ll play 4-6 weeks of Swiss and then cut to Top 8. The league will end by May 30.

7. You can drop at any time. Please let me know if you’d like to drop before the next week’s pairings go up. You will always be welcomed back into subsequent league events.

8. Contact me if you have any questions.

Banned Lists

We are banned cards from BOTH the Modern and Pauper banned lists for this event. That means these common-rarity cards are banned.

Cards banned via Pauper banned list:

  • Cloudpost
  • Cranial Plating
  • Empty the Warrens
  • Grapeshot
  • Treasure Cruise

Cards banned via Modern banned list:

  • Ancient Den
  • Cloudpost
  • Great Furnace
  • Ponder
  • Preordain
  • Seat of the Synod
  • Seething Song
  • Treasure Cruise
  • Tree of Tales
  • Vault of Whispers

League Prizes

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Pauper Gauntlet round six first half

We are now in round six. If a deck loses a single match now it is eliminated for good.

What is the Pauper Gauntlet?
All about the Pauper Gauntlet Season 03: http://mtgolibrary.blogspot.se/2015/11/the-pauper-gauntlet.html
All the deck lists: http://mtgolibrary.blogspot.se/2015/11/the-decks-of-pauper-gauntlet-s03.html

Round six
Round six is played in the Tournament Practice room.Here are all the results of round six so far
23 decks entered round five.

Mono Red Heroic defeats Kuldotha Jeskai 2-0
Infect is crushed by Dimir Teachings 0-2
Green One defeats Affinity 2-1
Izzet Cooldotha defeats Midnight Presence 2-0
Blue Bichinho loses to MBC 0-2

Death Control dies to Izzet Tron 0-2
Stompy defeats a quitter 2-0
Burn loses to Teachings 1-2
Stompy Tokens races Burn 2-0

5-4 so far. 14 decks are left to play in round six.

What happens now?
Round five will end on March 1st and then round six begins. I estimate round six to be another two week round.

Top 10 decks still alive
BUGs & Pigs, Green One, Mono Red Heroic, Stompy (5)

The Eliminations to this point
Round six eliminations so far: Infect, Blue Bichinho, Death Control, Burn (runner-up from last season)
24th place (round five) Illusory Tricks, White Heroes, Goblins, Suicide Black, Turbo Angler, Simic Oracle, Kuldotha Mardu, Elves, Rhystic Tron, MUC, Black Auramancer, Love Train,
36th place (round four) Counter-Kitty,UB Trinket Control, Rakdos Vampires, Flying Ninjas, Turbo Zoo, Shroudfang Ninja. Delver, Green Ramp LD, Snow-Go, Turbo Exhume
45th place: Shared by the 26 decks eliminated in round three: Affinity, Exhume Control, Familiars, Rebel Grind, Pestilence Control, Encroaching Blight, Green Grifters, The Pauper Gauntlet, Project X, Tortured Toolbox, RG Land Crusher, RG Landfall, DelverFiend, Eggs, Gary Busey LD, Selesnya Flash, Abzan Grindhouse, Bant Fog, Crocajund, BUG Proliferators, Evil Allies, Land-o-derm, Pig Trinket, Sultai Delve, 5-color Green
70th place: Shared by nine decks that died during double Elimination, (round one and two): Red Land Destruction, Mono Black Land Destruction, Glass Cannon Red, Tortured Madness, Cheaty Morph, Living End, 1-land Spy, UB Justice Control and Dragon Delve.

Round 1 ended 56-22 (72% match win rate)
Round 2 ended 13-9 (59% win)
Round 3 ended 43-26 (62% win)
Round 4 ended 32-11 (74% win – best win rate so far in Pauper Gauntlet history!)
Round 5 ended 23-12 (66% win)

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Pauper Gauntlet S03R04 Week Two

We are now in the middle of round four. The decks are now fighting for their lives but there is still hope of a voteback if you get eliminated. The voteback happens after this round ends on February 7th, 2016.

What is the Pauper Gauntlet?
All about the Pauper Gauntlet Season 03: http://mtgolibrary.blogspot.se/2015/11/the-pauper-gauntlet.html
All the deck lists: http://mtgolibrary.blogspot.se/2015/11/the-decks-of-pauper-gauntlet-s03.html

The banning of Cloud of Faeries
Two decks are in trouble because of the banning of Cloud of Fairies: Delver and Blue Bichinho. The brewers have now modified their decks and both decks are still in the Pauper Gauntlet S03.

Round four
Round fouris played in the Tournament Practice room and if a deck loses it is elmiinated from the Pauper Gauntlet (unless voted in the voteback). Here are all the results of round four so far
43 decks bravely walked into round four, ready to fight to the death.

UG Madness defeats Delver 2-0
Infect defeats AzKitty 2-0
Rakdos Vampires loses to Cavern Control 1-2
Counter-Kitty dies to Dimir Teachings 1-2
Stompy Tokens vs Angler Delver 2-1

Death Control vs Snow Zoo Quitter 2-0
BUGS & Pigs vs Burn 0-2
UB Trinket Control vs MBC 0-2
Kuldotha Mardu vs Grixis Valuetown 2-1
Bant Sword and Shield vs AzKitty 2-1

Aristocrats vs Dimir Control 2-0
MUC vs Bant Fog 2-0
Stompy vs RUG Tron 2-0

9-4 gives a total score of 18-7 for round four so far. Round four ends this upcoming week.

Below are the results from R04 matches from last week:

Izzet Cooldotha defeats Orzhov Extort 2-1
RUG Tron makes short work of Elrond, Legolas and Friends (Elves) 2-0
Shroudfang Ninja is defeated by Orzhov Metalcraft 1-2
WW Soul Tokens defeats Hexproof 2-1
Goblin Storm Combo goes off against Grixis Counterburn 2-1

White Heroes defeats Dimir Control 2-0
Burn fights a GW Tokens Essence Warden deck and still wins 2-1
Flying Ninjas dies to Dimir Control 1-2
Turbo Zoo falls to AzoriusKitty 1-2
BorosKitty Initiated defeats Burn 2-0

Simic Oracle races Burn 2-1 somehow. Rancor is a good card.
Black Auramancer wins against Burn as well, 2-0

What happens now?
Round four will end on Sunday Feb 7 and then we will have the voteback. 36 decks are still alive and three more will return via the voteback.

The preliminary format for the Voteback is that every viewer gets three votes and three decks are brought back into the Gauntlet. A deck that is voted back can be from any round – i.e. even the decks that lost during double elimination can come back after the Voteback.

The Eliminations before this round
Round four eliminations so far: Counter-Kitty, BUGS & Pigs, UB Trinket Control, Rakdos Vampires, Flying Ninjas, Turbo Zoo and Shroudfang Ninja.
44th place: Shared by the 26 decks eliminated in round three: Affinity, Exhume Control, Familiars, Rebel Grind, Pestilence Control, Encroaching Blight, Green Grifters, The Pauper Gauntlet, Project X, Tortured Toolbox, RG Land Crusher, RG Landfall, DelverFiend, Eggs, Spiteful Leeches, Gary Busey LD, Selesnya Flash, Abzan Grindhouse, Bant Fog, Crocajund, BUG Proliferators, Evil Allies, Land-o-derm, Pig Trinket, Sultai Delve, 5-color Green
70th place: Shared by nine decks that died during double Elimination, (round one and two): Red Land Destruction, Mono Black Land Destruction, Glass Cannon Red, Tortured Madness, Cheaty Morph, Living End, 1-land Spy, UB Justice Control and Dragon Delve.

Round 1 ended 56-22 (72% match win rate)
Round 2 ended 13-9 (59% win)
Round 3 ended 43-26 (62% win)

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Why should your favorite deck return to the Pauper Gauntlet?

The Pauper Gauntlet S03 Voteback starts on February 7th here on mtgolibrary.blogspot.com.
The voteback is a chance for decks that have been eliminated from the Pauper Gauntlet to return to action in round five. You will each get three votes and three decks will be voted back. Any deck that is eliminated is eligible for voteback, even the decks that were eliminated in round two.

More about that on February 7th.

Previous seasons I have just made a short argument for each deck so you could see why you should vote it back. One year I tried to be funny. This year I want you guys to argue for the decks. First and foremost I want the brewer to defend his deck, next the champion, then the public and last myself.

So, notice the important order.

1. Brewer
2. Champion
3. You the reader
4. Me

So, if there is a deck that you want to return to the Pauper Gauntlet that was eliminated in round two, three or four (no decks were eliminated in round one), post your reasons for bringing it back below and I will include them in the February 7th article.

Good arguments include, but are not limited to:

Dan made a serious play mistake
I love this deck
This deck got a horrible matchup
This deck had terrible luck with mulligans

Unsure if your beloved deck is still in? Well, then you are probably not passionate enough to make a case for a defeated deck… but I will still tell you.

In this video, Sam summarizes which decks are in and which are out

You can also read about it here: http://mtgolibrary.blogspot.se/2016/01/the-pauper-gauntlet-week-ending-jan-17.html

All about the Pauper Gauntlet Season 03: http://mtgolibrary.blogspot.se/2015/11/the-pauper-gauntlet.html

All the deck lists: http://mtgolibrary.blogspot.se/2015/11/the-decks-of-pauper-gauntlet-s0

Pauper Commander League Reminder and Updates

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Hello! I wanted to remind folks to sign up for our upcoming league by the end of Thursday this week.

Sign up in the comments on this post.

And now for some quick updates.

These commanders are banned based on 1v1 “Duel Commander” rules: Derevi, Empyrial Tactician, Edric, Spymaster of Trest, Erayo, Soratami Ascendant, Oloro, Ageless Ascetic, Rofellos, Llanowar Emissary, Zur the Enchanter.

Join the #PEDH chat room when you’re in MTGO to find practice partners.

Match timers should be set for 40 minutes rather than the normal 25. I could not find this option when making a challenge, but if you are in the play screen you can open a match with a 40-minute time limit and restrict it to just your buddies, then message your opponent to join. 25 minutes does not seem enough time to finish an EDH match.

We have just over 20 people signed up at the moment. Tell your friends and get more people to join us; I have been practicing and it is a really fun, interesting, and challenging format!

Get in touch if you have questions and, if you really love us, become a patron today. Thanks!

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Pauper Gauntlet Season Three, Week 7: Middle of Round Three

We are now in round three of the Pauper Gauntlet. Play has moved to the Tournament Practice room and decks are now eliminated immediatly if they lose.

What is the Pauper Gauntlet?
All about the Pauper Gauntlet Season 03: http://mtgolibrary.blogspot.se/2015/11/the-pauper-gauntlet.html
All the deck lists: http://mtgolibrary.blogspot.se/2015/11/the-decks-of-pauper-gauntlet-s03.html

Round three
Round three is played in the Tournament Practice room and if a deck loses it is elmiinated from the Pauper Gauntlet (unless voted back after round 4). Here are all the results of round three so far (including results from last week)

We were 12-4 in round 3 when this week began. 67 decks went into round three.

These are the matches that have been played this week.

Blue Bichinho beats Mono Black Land Destruction 2-1
Simic Oracle takes down tier 1 deck MBC 2-1
CrocaJund loses to Simic Devoid 1-2
Turbo Angler wins against AzoriusKitty 2-1
Delver obliterates Rakdos Nightmare 2-0 (The best deck in Pauper has not done well in the Pauper Gauntlet – maybe this is the year for Delver?)

RG Land Crusher gets overrun by Suicide Black 0-2
Suicide Black defeats RUG Tron 2-1
Stompy Tokens defeats Angler Delver 2-0
Pestilence Control stood no chance against Izzet Tron 0-2
Izzet Cooldotha takes on a TE deck that quit

Selesnya Flash is defeated by Delver 0-2
MUC faces a quitter
The Pauper Gauntlet is eliminated from the Pauper Gauntlet by MBC 1-2
Pauper Nightmare takes on Delver and wins 2-0
Gary Busey is arrested and imprisoned by WatchRites 1-2

TurboZoo defeats Goblins 2-0

16 matches played with a 10-6 record. 22-10 total for round 3. 35 decks still has to play their round 3 match. 57 decks are still active in the Pauper Gauntlet S03.

These were the earlier matchs played in round 3 before this week:

RUG Tron defeats Angler Delver 2-0
Green Ramp LD takes down Ninjutsu Reality Acid (!) 2-1
Infect gets a two turn kill (see above) and wins 2-1
Mono Red Heroic crushes Jund Dredge 2-0
Green One takes on Simic Explore and wins 2-0

Goblins run over Rakdos Reanimator 2-0
Exhume Control got outresourced by Pig Trinket piloted by a Gauntlet fan 0-2
5-color Green is murdered by Angler Delver 0-2
Death Control wins against Eye Candy Control 2-0
BUGS & Pigs plays double lifestaff against RDW and wins 2-0

Affinity lost to Dimir Teachings 1-2 and is eliminated.
Burn defeats AzoriusKitty 2-0
Encroaching Blight is defeated by White Metalcraft 1-2
Black Auramancer, the Pauper Rogue Cup champion, defeats MBC 2-1
Kuldotha Mardu defeats RUG Tron 2-1.
MBC defeats BorosKitty 2-1

What happens now?
Round 3 will end on Jan 19 (it was a long round due to the holidays). Round 4 will be shorter and will end on Sunday Feb 7 and then we will have the voteback. The preliminary format for the Voteback is that every viewer gets three votes and three decks are brought back into the Gauntlet. A deck that is voted back can be from any round – i.e. even the decks that lost during double elimination can come back after the Voteback.

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Community League #8, Pauper Commander: Registration is Open

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The holidays are over and it is time to get our next league event going. I hope you guys enjoyed a merry Yule and are ready for some Magic mayhem.

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Community League #8: Format and Rules

I thought it would be fun to try something different for this league, and I’m not sure what could be more different than Pauper Commander. Commander, also known as EDH (Elder Dragon Highlander) is a singleton format with 100-card lists and a “Commander” card to lead your armies.

About the Format

Build decks using the “Commander” format in MTGO. Here are the official rules and banlist for Commander and a link with additional information on the format. Commander uses the Vintage card pool. We are playing 1v1 so Duel Commander bans apply as well.

These Commanders are banned: [c]Derevi, Empyrial Tactician[/c], [c]Edric, Spymaster of Trest[/c], [c]Erayo, Soratami Ascendant[/c], [c]Oloro, Ageless Ascetic[/c], [c]Rofellos, Llanowar Emissary[/c], [c]Zur the Enchanter[/c].

Pauper Commander, the way we will play it, differs from regular Commander in that while your Commander may be of any rarity all of the other cards in your deck must be commons. We will not be using the Pauper banned list for this event.

We will be enforcing the “printed as a common in an online set” restriction, however, which means no [c]Sinkhole[/c], no [c]Desert[/c], and no [c]Hymn to Tourach[/c]. Basically set your rarity filter in your MTGO collections page to “Common” and go from there.

This is a singleton format. The only cards you can have more than one copy of in your lists are basic lands and [c]Shadowborn Apostle[/c]s. We will be playing matches (best 2 games out of 3) and 1v1.

Registration is open now and closes in on Friday, January 22.

To sign up, provide your MTGO username, your real name (or preferred pseudonym), and your time zone down in the comments below.

I will post the first pairings on January 22 and will also send out an email with contact information. I try very hard NOT to send people lots of emails. It is up to you to keep track on the site and get in touch with your opponents promptly. After that, you will have to check the site for your next pairings, which will go up on Friday each week. It will be up to each participant to contact their opponent by email to set up their match for the week. Don’t wait for your opponents contact you; be proactive!

For this event I am going to be very strict concerning players that don’t communicate well. If your opponent says they are having a hard time getting in touch with you, and you don’t respond to my follow-up email in a timely fashion, your opponent will get the win for that week and you may be removed from the event. Check your email, respond to your email, email your opponents, email me. Short notes are fine, but KEEP IN TOUCH!

We will play 4-5 weeks of Swiss and then cut to top 8 with the goal to finish the league by the end of February.

League Rules

1. Pauper Commander uses the Vintage card pool and while your Commander may be any rarity all of the rest of the cards in your deck must be considered “common” in MTGO.

2. Duels will be 1v1 and fought in matches best 2 out of 3. You get 3 points for a match win, 1 point for a draw, and 0 points for a loss. A BYE counts as a win. Set your match timers for 40 minutes.

3. We will use Challonge to track this event since it worked well last time. It is the responsibility of the winner to report their win. Report by the end of Thursday each week.

4. Communicate early and often. I will only send out the one email with all your contact information. Don’t lose it! Get in touch by email (it is much more effective than waiting around on MTGO). If no one communicates with each other or with me, that week’s pairing will be considered a draw and one or both players may be removed from the league. If one person is attempting to communicate and the other person is not, they should let me know. I will attempt to solve issues when I can, but when that doesn’t work out, the person who is trying to communicate will always get the win. Don’t wait until the last minute.

5. After the initial email all official league announcements will happen here on the site. You can always stay up to date with the link on the home page or by keeping tabs on the Events page. You can also get updates by liking us on Facebook or following me on Twitter @bava_mtg.

6. We’ll play 4-5 weeks of Swiss and then cut to Top 8. The league will end by February 28.

7. You can drop at any time. Please let me know if you’d like to drop before the next week’s pairings go up. You will always be welcomed back into subsequent league events.

8. Chat about the league or share lists over in our forums.

9. Contact me if you have any questions.

League Prizes

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The winner of this event will receive 35 bot credits from Cardhoarder.

Second place will receive 15 bot credits from Cardhoarder.

In addition, the best-ranking patron in the league will receive 10 tickets from me personally. This will be in addition to any prizes already won by placing first or second in the event.

The winning patron will have to have been in good standing for at least one month, so go sign up now if you haven’t already!

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Pauper Gauntlet Season Three, Week Six: Middle of Round Three

We are now in round three of the Pauper Gauntlet. Play has moved to the Tournament Practice room and decks are now eliminated immediatly if they lose.

What is the Pauper Gauntlet?
All about the Pauper Gauntlet Season 03: http://mtgolibrary.blogspot.se/2015/11/the-pauper-gauntlet.html
All the deck lists: http://mtgolibrary.blogspot.se/2015/11/the-decks-of-pauper-gauntlet-s03.html

Round three
Round three is played in the Tournament Practice room and if a deck loses it is elmiinated from the Pauper Gauntlet (unless voted back after round 4). Here are all the results of round three so far (including results from last week)

67 decks entered round three.

RUG Tron defeats Angler Delver 2-0
Green Ramp LD takes down Ninjutsu Reality Acid (!) 2-1
Infect gets a two turn kill (see above) and wins 2-1
Mono Red Heroic crushes Jund Dredge 2-0
Green One takes on Simic Explore and wins 2-0

Goblins run over Rakdos Reanimator 2-0
Exhume Control got outresourced by Pig Trinket piloted by a Gauntlet fan 0-2
5-color Green is murdered by Angler Delver 0-2
Death Control wins against Eye Candy Control 2-0
BUGS & Pigs plays double lifestaff against RDW and wins 2-0

Affinity lost to Dimir Teachings 1-2 and is eliminated.
Burn defeats AzoriusKitty 2-0
Encroaching Blight is defeated by White Metalcraft 1-2
Black Auramancer, the Pauper Rogue Cup champion, defeats MBC 2-1
Kuldotha Mardu defeats RUG Tron 2-1.
MBC defeats BorosKitty 2-1

12-4 so far, which is decent.

63 decks remain in the third season of the Pauper Gauntlet (+3 from the voteback)!

What happens now?
Round 3 will end on Jan 19 (it was a long round due to the holidays). Round 4 will be shorter and will end on Sunday Feb 7 and then we will have the voteback. The preliminary format for the Voteback is that every viewer gets three votes and three decks are brought back into the Gauntlet. A deck that is voted back can be from any round – i.e. even the decks that lost during double elimination can come back after the Voteback.

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Pauper Gauntlet Season Three, Week Five: The first eliminations of the Pauper Gauntlet

Round two of the third season of the Pauper Gauntlet is over and eight decks have been eliminated during double elimation. Round three has started and another two decks have fallen. 68 decks remain.

What is the Pauper Gauntlet?
All about the Pauper Gauntlet Season 03: http://mtgolibrary.blogspot.se/2015/11/the-pauper-gauntlet.html
All the deck lists: http://mtgolibrary.blogspot.se/2015/11/the-decks-of-pauper-gauntlet-s03.html

Round two is over!
If you read further than this, you will get results spoiled. That is probably why you are here, though.

Catch the matches when they are published on Twitter: @MagicGathStrat
Watch the feature matches on youtube: youtube.com/magicgatheringstrat
Also make sure you subscribe to magicgatheringstrat2 on YouTube for more matches.

Ok, lets get into details.

All the matches of round two:

Mono Black Land Destruction is outresourced by Illusory Tricks 1-2
Rakdos Vampires defeats Golgari Delve
Glass Cannon Red falls to White Metalcraft 0-2
Suicide the Painless runs into another mirror match (almost) but the opponent quits. The deck also faces bad press for its tasteless name and will return during round 3 as Pauper Aristocrats.
Livind End is crushed by Angler Delver 0-2

Tortured Madness is defeated by Pestilence 1-2
BorosKitty Initiated defeats MBC splashing white 2-1 in a very tight match
Dragon Delve lost to RUG Tron and was eliminated from the Pauper Gauntlet despite being able to put a 11/9 flyer vigilance Gurmag Angler into play. Turns out that Fangren Marauder just gains too many life.
Sultai Delve defeats Izzet Wizards 2-0
Crocajund defeats Illusory Tricks 2-1. With so many people playing Tricks in the practice rooms I am starting to believe that people actually read magicgatheringstrat.com. Tricks was the runner-up in season one of the Pauper Gauntlet and is a deck brewed by my friend Bava.

UB Justice Control was defeated by Blue Bichinho (the flying blue swarm) 1-2
Burn defeats Sultai Exhume 2-0.
Cheaty Morph is defeated by Nightsky Mimic 0-2
Familiars defeat Azorius Control 2-0
1-land-spy ran into a control deck and could not go off. 0-2

Snow Go defeats Orzhov Removal 2-0
Tortured Toolbox defeats Mono Black 2-0
Rebel Grind defeats Boros Landfall 2-0
Eggs defeats Illusory Tricks 2-1
Goblin Storm Combo goes off against Abzan Lifegain and does 65 points of damage in one turn! The match ends 2-1 to the combo deck.

Mono Red Land Destruction is defeated by Selesnya Vigilance 0-2
MBC defeats Mono Blue 2-0

22 matches played in round two. The final score was 13-9.

The following eight decks are eliminated (but can be voted back after round four if you really miss one of them): Tortured Madness, Living End, Glass Cannon Red, Mono Black Land Destruction, Dragon Delve, UB Justice Control, Cheaty Morph, 1-land-spy and Mono Red Land Destruction.

Round three has started!
Round three is played in the Tournament Practice room and if a deck loses it is elmiinated from the Pauper Gauntlet (unless voted back after round 4).

Affinity lost to Dimir Teachings 1-2 and is eliminated.
Burn defeats AzoriusKitty 2-0
Encroaching Blight is defeated by White Metalcraft 1-2
Kuldotha Mardu defeats RUG Tron 2-1.
MBC defeats BorosKitty 2-1

67 decks remain!

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Pauper Gauntlet Season Three, Week Four

Round one of the third season of the Pauper Gauntlet is over and now the losers of that round face the threat of elimination in round two!

What is the Pauper Gauntlet?
All about the Pauper Gauntlet Season 03: http://mtgolibrary.blogspot.se/2015/11/the-pauper-gauntlet.html
All the deck lists: http://mtgolibrary.blogspot.se/2015/11/the-decks-of-pauper-gauntlet-s03.html

Round one is over!
If you read further than this, you will get results spoiled. That is probably why you are here, though.

Catch the matches when they are published on Twitter: @MagicGathStrat
Watch the feature matches on youtube: youtube.com/magicgatheringstrat
Also make sure you subscribe to magicgatheringstrat2 on YouTube for more matches.

Ok, lets get into details.

These were the final matches of round one:

Elves took down Esper Control 2-0
Snow Go faced Bant Fog in a very skill intensive matchup. I am sure the more experienced pilot would win on either side. I was not the more experienced pilot and lost 0-2. In fact, this was the very first Pauper Gauntlet match ever that I was timed out and lost by the clock. Check out the video above if you want to be boooored
Tortured Toolbox lost to Domain 0-2
Land-o-derm defeated Encroaching Blight 2-0

Turbo Exhume defeated RB Madness 2-1
Evil Allies ran into a quitter
BUG Profilerators saw the worst misplay of the Gauntlet so far but then the opponent quit after winning the first duel.

78 matches played. The final score was 56-22.

Round two has started!
Any deck that loses in round two is eliminated from the Pauper Gauntlet (unless voted back by you, the readers, after round four).

Dragon Delve lost to RUG Tron and was eliminated from the Pauper Gauntlet despite being able to put a 11/9 flyer vigilance Gurmag Angler into play. Turns out that Fangren Marauder just gains too many life.
Sultai Delve defeats Izzet Wizards 2-0
Crocajund defeats Illusory Tricks 2-1. With so many people playing Tricks in the practice rooms I am starting to believe that people actually read magicgatheringstrat.com. Tricks was the runner-up in season one of the Pauper Gauntlet and is a deck brewed by my friend Bava.
UB Justice Control was defeated by Blue Bichinho (the flying blue swarm) 1-2
Burn defeats Sultai Exhume 2-0.

Cheaty Morph is defeated by Nightsky Mimic 0-2
Familiars defeat Azorius Control 2-0
1-land-spy ran into a control deck and could not go off. 0-2
Snow Go defeats Orzhov Removal 2-0
Tortured Toolbox defeats Mono Black 2-0

Rebel Grind defeats Boros Landfall 2-0
Eggs defeats Illusory Tricks 2-1
Goblin Storm Combo goes off against Abzan Lifegain and does 65 points of damage in one turn! The match ends 2-1 to the combo deck.
Mono Red Land Destruction is defeated by Selesnya Vigilance 0-2
MBC defeats Mono Blue 2-0

Seven matches remain in round two. So far we have lost the following five decks: Dragon Delve, UB Justice Control, Cheaty Morph, 1-land-spy and Mono Red Land Destruction. 73 decks remain in the Pauper Gauntlet S03.

Round two ends on December 22nd and round three will be going on over the Holidays and will be a 3 or 4 week round.

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