Pauper Gauntlet Season Three, Week Three

The first round of Season Three is drawing to a close!

Learn what happened in week one | All about the Pauper Gauntlet Season 03 | All the deck lists.

Catch the matches when they are published on Twitter | Watch the feature matches on YouTube | Also make sure you subscribe to MagicGatheringStrat2 on YouTube for more matches.

All of the videos are on our site at http://magicgatheringstrat.com/the-pauper-gauntlet-season-three/.

The second week of round one

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

Ok, lets get into details.

  • Suicide is Painless ran into the mirror match curse and lost 0-2 – What is up with these super unlikely mirror matches? Which other decks played against Suicide is Painless in round one? That’s right. No other deck.
  • Shroudfang Ninja took on Snow Zombies and won 2-0
  • DelverFiend took on RG Madness. It is hard to race DelverFiend with an aggro deck. 2-1 win.
  • BorosKitty Initiated took on the Sliver horde and was ran over 1-2
  • Croca Jund took on Caw Blade (the dream never dies!) Loss 0-2
  • WW Soul Tokens took on Mono Blue Control. It is hard to control white weenies. Win 2-0
  • Stompy Tokens went up against Azorius Flicker. Your value does not matter if you are crushed to a pulp. Win 2-1
  • Illusory Tricks defeated Grixis Turbo Angler in the air 2-0
  • RG Landfall took on Grixis Angler and impressed everyone with an overwhelming 2-0 victory-
  • Goblin Storm was disappointed by MBC 1-2
  • Turbo Zoo fought Temur Freed Combo and won 2-1
  • Love Train spread the love to Simic Evolve 2-0
  • Project X comboed off against JeskaiKitty 2-0
  • Bant Sword and Shield defeated Angler Delver in a tight match 2-1
  • Turbo Angler defeated Izzet Freed Combo 2-1
  • Rhystic Tron was ready to fight JeskaiKitty but the opponent quit early.
  • Counter-Kitty showed Dimir Control what real card advantage is. 2-0
  • Spiteful Leeches defeated Simic Proliferate in the first duel and then he quit
  • Mono Green Ramp LD took away all the lands from a Dimir deck 2-0
  • 1-land-Spy …. well, it only worked once. 1-2 vs MBC
  • Infect ran through Naya Thallid Walls and poisoned the opponent 2-0
  • Exhume Control reanimated the heavy hitters and took down RUG Tron 2-0

22 more matches played. Only 9 matches remain until round one is over!

The score this week was 17-5 meaning that we now stand at 51-20, which is about what was expected.

The 20 decks that so far are facing elimination in round 02 of the Pauper Gauntlet season three are: Familiars, MBC, Rebel Grind, Glass Cannon Red, Burn, Tortured Madness, Living End, Rakdos Vampires, Mono Red Land Destruction, Cheaty Morph, Eggs, UB Justice Control, Mono Black Land Destruction, Dragon Delve, Suicide is Painless, BorosKitty Initiated, Croca Jund, Goblin Storm Combo, 1-land-spy and Sultai Delve.

Yes, that is three Top 10 decks from last season, a tier 1 deck (MBC) and the champion deck from the first season (BorosKitty) at risk of early elimination. Last year only three decks were eliminated in round two.

The goal is to win with all these decks in round two and have all 78 decks see the first tournament practice round in round three.

Round one will end right before we record the MagicGatheringStrat podcast on December 15th. Round two will end on December 22nd. As the winners do not play in round two, the second round will be significantly faster. Round three will go on over the holidays.

What happens to the decks that lost?

Round one and round two are double elimination so round two will have the losers play yet another match in the JFF room. If the decks win they move to round three (which will be tougher!) where they will join the winners of round one.

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Pauper Gauntlet Season Three, Week Two

The Pauper Gauntlet has started!

Learn what happened in week one | All about the Pauper Gauntlet Season 03 | All the deck lists.

Catch the matches when they are published on Twitter | Watch the feature matches on YouTube | Also make sure you subscribe to MagicGatheringStrat2 on YouTube for more matches.

All of the videos are on our site at http://magicgatheringstrat.com/the-pauper-gauntlet-season-three/.

The second week of round one

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

Ok, lets get into details.

  • Simic Oracle defeated Tortured Abzan 2-1 and made it to round 3.
  • Mono Black Control took on its nemesis RUG Tron and got outvalued 0-2, forcing this tier 1 deck to play in round 2 and face the risk of early elimination!
  • Delver took on Freed from the Reel Combo and won 2-0
  • White Heroes ran into the unlikely mirror match (what are the odds?) and won 2-1
  • Top 10 S02 deck Rebel Grind faced off against MBC but lost 1-2
  • Cyborgs (White Weenie Metalcraft) took on Domain and won 2-1
  • Crowd favorite 5-color Green took on Goblins and bounced Lone Missionaries all day for a 2-0 victory.
  • Top 10 S02 deck Familiars lost to Elves 0-2
  • The confusingly named deck The Pauper Gauntlet took on Golgari Delve and won 2-1
  • Creature swarm deck Blue Bichinho faced UB Control and won 2-0
  • Pauper Gauntlet S02 winner Stompy took on RUG Tron and won 2-1
  • Power_T’s Pig Trinket faced an interesting RG Eldrazi ramp deck and won easily 2-0
  • Glass Cannon Red proved unreliaby and lost to White Weenie 1-2
  • Pauper Gauntlet S02 runner-up Burn took on Turbo Angler and was crushed 0-2
  • Tortured Madness faced Faeries (not Delver …. Faeries!) and lost hard 0-2
  • Everyone’s darling Green Grifters faced top tier Angler Delver and somehow won 2-1. This is a behaviour we have seen before from Green Grifters. Surely that was what made everyone vote it in this year.
  • Top 10 S02 deck Bugs & Pigs took on Grixis Control and won 2-1
  • Suicide Black, cheered on by many, faced Pestilence and won 2-1 to the crowd’s delight
  • RB Control Deck Pauper Nightmare took on DelverFiend and won 2-1. Removal is good.
  • UB Trinket Control, the deck that started it all, faced Bant Blink and won easily 2-0
  • RG Land Crusher also faced Bant Blink and made the elaborate deck unable to play its spells 2-0
  • Abzan Grindhouse played the grindiest match so far in the Gauntlet, winning with 15 seconds left against Dimir Control, timing him out.

22 more matches played. 18 wins. 6 losses. 31 matches to go until we are done with round one.

With the 16-9 result from week one the current result stands at 34-15.

The 15 decks that so far are facing elimination in round 02 of the Pauper Gauntlet season three are: Familiar, MBC, Rebel Grind, Glass Cannon Red, Burn, Tortured Madness, Living End, Rakdos Vampires, Mono Red Land Destruction, Cheaty Morph, Eggs, UB Justice Control, Mono Black Land Destruction, Dragon Delve, and Sultai Delve.

Yes, that is three Top 10 decks from last season plus a tier 1 deck (MBC) at the risk of early elimination. Last year only three decks were eliminated in round 02.

The goal is to win with all these decks in round 02 and have all 78 decks see the first tournament practice round in round 03.

Round one will end right before we record the MagicGatheringStrat podcast on December 15th. Round two will end on December 22nd. As the winners do not play in round two, the second round will be significantly faster. Round three will go on over the holidays.

What happens to the decks that lost?

Round one and round two are double elimination so round two will have the losers play yet another match in the JFF room. If the decks win they move to round three (which will be tougher!) where they will join the winners of round one.

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Community League #7: Modern Silverblack, Final

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After six rounds of Swiss and a grueling Top 8, we are proud to crown the winner of Community League #7 in Modern Silverblack.

Congratulations to Kelevra6 for winning the league! As the winner of this event, you receive 50 bot credits from our good friends at Cardhoarder.

For taking second place, NewHJ will receive 25 bot credits from Cardhoarder.

For bringing in third place, Bobgar gets serious bragging rights. Well done, sir! Read on below for a full video account of his league run.

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What were your thoughts on Modern Silverblack this time around? It is one of my favorite PRE formats, so I hope you guys enjoyed it. I played the same list for all six rounds of Swiss, which is uncharacteristic of me and also partially why I didn’t record any matches this time around. The list felt *really* strong but had an issue against really aggressive match-ups. In all the matches I lost, the games were literally an issue of a single turn.

Every time.

I went 4-2 in the end which wasn’t enough to make top 8. Hell, even one person who went 4-1-1 didn’t make top 8. Here was my list.

[d title=”Silverblack Mindcrank by Bava (Modern Silverblack)”]
Land
4 Dismal Backwater
4 Jwar Isle Refuge
4 Evolving Wilds
3 Swamp
3 Island
4 Ghost Quarter

Two-Piece Combo
4 Duskmantle Guildmage
4 Mindcrank

Searchers / Support
3 Dimir Infiltrator
4 Muddle the Mixture
4 Æther Vial
4 Serum Visions
4 Gitaxian Probe

Disruption / Combo Starters
4 Inquisition of Kozilek
2 Duress
1 Gut Shot
4 Thought Scour

Sideboard
4 Relic of Progenitus
4 Echoing Truth
3 Drown in Sorrow
4 Negate [/d]

The key thing to note here is that this is a two-piece combo that is very hard to disrupt. If I get Mindcrank and Guildemage into play with 3 mana open, you lose. It’s not *always* that easy, but killing the guildmage in response doesn’t do a thing, since his ability stays in effect throughout the turn.

Aether Vial means you can combo safely with just 3 mana and as early as turn three. The disruption package is super-handy for staying alive but can also work to instigate the win-con if you don’t have another way to do so. My two losses were against Hexproof and Stompy, both of which executed their gameplan perfectly in killing me (just) before I could go off.

But enough about me, what about our winner?

Kelevra6 played Soul Sisters in rounds 1 and 2, going 1-1, and then switched to RW Scepter Control, which he played in various forms for the rest of the event. Here is the decklist he took into the finals.

[d title=”RW Scepter Control by Kelevra6 (Modern Silverblack)”]
Land
4 Wind-Scarred Crag
4 Boros Guildgate
9 Mountain
5 Plains

Creatures
4 Young Pyromancer
4 Monastery Swiftspear
4 Seeker of the Way

Spells
4 Isochron Scepter
4 Lightning Helix
2 Boros Charm
4 Lightning Bolt
4 Path to Exile
3 Magma Jet
3 Faithless Looting
2 Dawn Charm

Sideboard
2 Magma Spray
2 Wear/Tear
2 Sudden Shock
2 Electrickery
1 Dawn Charm
1 Kor Firewalker
2 Relic of Progenitus
3 Calciderm [/d]

Here is his event recap:

“Rounds 1 and 2 I played the Souls Sister deck my opponents were both playing junk rites, I went 1-1. for the rest of the swiss I played boros scepter swiss deck. Round 3 I played against mono-red heroic, round 4 was against hexproof, round 5 my opponent and I could not find a time to our match resulting in the one draw I had, and round 6 I played against mono blue aggro.

“In the top 8 I play the boros scepter burn list for the first 2 rounds, playing against grindstation and stompy. finally,in the finals I played against infect in which I play boros scepter finals decklist.”

NewHJ, his opponent, took second place with this Infect list, which he piloted for the entire event:

[d title=”Infect by NewHJ (Modern Silverblack)”]
Land
20 Forest

Creatures
4 Glistener Elf
4 Blight Mamba
4 Ichorclaw Myr
4 Necropede

Spells
4 Mutagenic Growth
4 Rancor
4 Vines of Vastwood
4 Groundswell
4 Giant Growth
4 Apostle’s Blessing

Sideboard:
4 Nature’s Claim
3 Gut Shot
3 Fog
3 Ranger’s Guile
2 Slaughterhorn [/d]

Despite the fact that this is very nearly a Pauper list, it served NewHJ very well. His brief recap:

“I played against RW Burn, Grinding Station Combo (my defeat), UR Delver, Dirty Red (aka Blistering Rage), and Stompy. On top 8 against Grinding Station Combo again and BG Elves.”

Our third place finisher, Bobgar, played Stompy throughout the event, and was awesome enough to record his run and share his videos. Thanks, Bobgar!

 

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Community League #8

Man, I always enjoy some Silverblack, but now it is time to set our sites forward and talk about the format for the next league. As always, everyone can make a pitch for a *single* choice. I will take the most popular nominations and put them in front of our winner, who will get to choose the format.

With all the holidays and stuff happening, we may not get League #8 started until the beginning of January, but if we seem to get squared away soon I won’t put it off that long.

Nominate a format in the comments below! While you’re there, let me know what you thought of our increased used of Challonge as a tournament tool this event, and any other thoughts you have about how these things are run.

Thanks!

/bava

Pauper Gauntlet Season Three, Week One

The Pauper Gauntlet has started!

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 first week of round one

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

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Ok, lets get into details.

The Green One opened round one against Orzhov Soldiers, defeating them 2-1.

Mono Red Heroic, another top 10 deck from last year, got a third turn kill and won the match against BUG Control 2-1.

Slivers just ran over Grixis Delver 2-0.

Living End lost against Domain Landfall 1-2 and now have to face elimination in round two.

Rakdos Vampires, the people’s choice from the Pauper Rogue Cup, lost against RG Landfall 1-2.


Mono Red Land Destruction lost again Hexproof 0-2.

Izzet Cooldotha defeated Esper Trinket 2-0 and move directly to round three.

Pestilence Control faced the unlikely mirror but won 2-0.

Cheaty Morph lost against Dimir Control 0-2.

Selesnya Flash won against an Affinity quitter 2-0


Kuldotha Mardu showed itself as a true contender, crushing Mono Green Tron 2-0

Death Control ate the WW Tokens 2-0

Encroaching Blight totally crushed JeskaiKitty 2-0 impressing me greatly.

MUC got a bye from a quitter 2-0

Eggs took on RWB Kuldotha and lost 1-2.

RUG Tron faced the White Metalcraft deck and won 2-1

Gary Busey got drunk and abused some Selesnya Lifegain deck 2-0.

UG Madness defeated DelverFiend 2-1.

Bant Fog managed to defeat Naya Blue 2-0 despite me making 30+ mistakes to Pierakor’s great dismay.

UB Justice Control lost against MBC 1-2 somehow.

Sultai Delve got flinged to death twice by Affinity 0-2.

A Mono Blue Tron deck was overwhelmed by Flying Ninjas and fled the field.

Mono Black Land Destruction could not take away the resources of Hexproof and lost 0-2.

Affinity crushed some Thallids on the way to the factory 2-0

Dragon Delve got crushed by Turbo Angler 0-2.

Goblins ran over a burn deck so fast that it was scary 2-0

Black Auramancer, the winner of the Pauper Rogue Cup, defeated Mono Green 2-0

25 matches played. 43 to go until we are done with round one.

Round one will probably take 3-4 weeks to complete. As the winners do not play in round two, the second round will be significantly faster.

What happens to the decks that lost?

Round one and round two are double elimination so round two will have the losers play yet another match in the JFF room. If the decks win they move to round three (which will be tougher!) where they will join the winners of round one.

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The Pauper Brewers Cup: Final Results

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Four months, twelve articles, and countless videos: that’s what a brewers cup is made of. Not to mention, of course, the many, many, many interesting and creative brews that you, dear community, submitted for consideration. Thank you all for your efforts. It was a fun ride.

If you haven’t been following the event, the easiest place to start is probably here. You can find all the articles easily enough by searching the site.

If you want to watch ALL the videos (nearly 50 of them), here you go!

Two lists made it into the final, and the winner was decided with a best-of-three matches between Dan and I. I let Dan choose which list he wanted to play, and he went with RRemedio’s Tortured Transmutor list from week 8, which was “Toolbox” week.

[d title=”Tortured Transmutor by RRemedio (Pauper)”]
Lands
1 Vault of Whispers
3 Dimir Aqueduct
1 Bojuka Bog
4 Dismal Backwater
3 Evolving Wilds
3 Island
1 Seat of the Synod
6 Swamp

Fetch Things
3 Dimir Infiltrator
2 Shred Memory
2 Dimir House Guard
3 Perplex
1 Exhume
1 Archaeomancer
3 Tortured Existence
2 Dizzy Spell
1 Trinket Mage
2 Grave Scrabbler

Creatures
1 Flayer Husk
2 Stinkweed Imp
2 Ulamog’s Crusher
3 Fume Spitter
1 Vampire Hounds
1 Bloodflow Connoisseur
1 Corpse Hauler
1 Parasitic Strix

Spells
1 Executioner’s Capsule
1 Deep Analysis
1 Chainer’s Edict
1 Murder
1 Sylvok Lifestaff
1 Doom Blade

Sideboard
1 Duress
2 Augur of Skulls
1 Nihil Spellbomb
1 Waterfront Bouncer
2 Shrivel
2 Faerie Macabre
1 Parasitic Strix
1 Disciple of Phenax
1 Agony Warp
1 Victim of Night
1 Tragic Slip
1 Repeal [/d]

Roberto said about the list: “I couldn’t find more time to tweak this, it is pretty crude would probably need some streamlining. That said, usually if you can “quickstart” the deck from one of the many engines it runs early enough, you are in for a very fun ride. The sweet spot is having Tortured Existence on the board and Archaeomancer on the hand or graveyard.”

This meant that I got to play with Brick’s week two winner, Esper Blink-ifacts, from the Shards of Alara challenge:

[d title=”Esper Blink-ifacts by Brick (Pauper)”]
Creatures
4 Esper Stormblade
4 Ethercaste Knight
4 Ethersworn Shieldmage
4 Court Homunculus
4 Glassdust Hulk
2 Sanctum Gargoyle
3 Mulldrifter

Spells
4 Brainstorm
3 Mystical Teachings
3 Momentary Blink
3 Mana Leak
2 Doom Blade

Mana Makers
2 Azorius Signet
4 Evolving Wilds
4 Terramorphic Expanse
4 Plains
5 Island
1 Swamp
Sideboard
2 Vedalken Outlander
2 Diabolic Edict
2 Prismatic Strands
1 Echoing Decay
2 Holy Light
1 Grim Harvest
1 Doom Blade
1 Crypt Incursion
2 Dismantling Blow
1 Swamp [/d]

Here are Brick’s comments from when he submitted the list: “I was immediately drawn to Esper Stormblade, and when searching Gatherer for cards to activate him two stood out to me; Ethersworn Shieldmage and Ethercaste Knight. The Mage protects our board at instant speed, and the Knight pumps all our fliers. Momentary Blink was added as a way to continually protect our board, and to gain value off of other ETB Artifact Creatures. Sanctum Gargoyle gives us card advantage on a stick, and can be set up with our Cyclers. While Glassdust Hulk gets pumped (and made unblockable) by blinks, and Architects of Will disrupts our opponent when blinked, they also let us dig early while setting up for a T4 Gargoyle.

“Ponder, Thoughtcast, and Forbidden Alchemy are there for straight up card advantage. Really that’s what the deck is all about; keeping our hands full while grinding out the opponents answers. It plays much like Affinity, but it trades explosiveness for mid-late game value. Since this deck is more UWb than true Esper, it opens up options for counter magic in the main/side if we wanted to add them. The problem is the manabase is already shakey enough without trying to hit UU T2 for Counterspell, and the other counter options don’t seem to be catch-all enough for a slot. I think this list is far from tuned, but it may be worth exploring further.

“Right now our sideboard has a lot of hate for red decks and Affinity, simply because I feel those would be our worst match ups. We have no maindeck answer for Fling, and Goblins/Burn may be able to get under us before we get rolling. This is all from limited testing experience. The rest of the cards let us board into different kinds of CA depending on the match up. The Edicts, so we don’t be blown out by Exhume or Hexproof decks.”

Playing in the Final

Both were great lists, and perhaps not the lists expected to make it into the final. Nonetheless, here they were. Let’s see how those matches played out.

Dan and I recorded the matches from both sides, so feel free to pick your favorite video-maker and watch that version, but don’t skip ahead!

And now, declaring the winner. Really, go watch those videos first, spoilers below!

I’ll wait …

And the Winner of the First Pauper Brewers Cup is …

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Brick with his Esper Blink-ifacts list! Congratulations, Brick!

Brick will win 35 bot credits from our awesome sponsor, Cardhoarder, while Roberto will earn 15 bot credits for being runner-up. Congratulations to you both!

Dan and I played some fun, grindy Magic, and he nearly got me on time, but I pulled through a victory in the final minutes and was able to pilot [c]Esper Stormblade[/c] and friends to victory.

Thanks again to everyone who participated in the Pauper Brewers Cup, it was a lot of fun. Thanks to Dan for agreeing to play against me for all these matches. Sorry I stomped you so hard.

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Okay, that’s it, Brewers Cup out. Stay tuned for the “real” Pauper Gauntlet, coming soon to a YouTube channel near you!

Community League #7: Modern Silverblack

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Let the battles begin! Here is how this thing works. Please read everything below carefully. If it wasn’t important, I would not have taken the time to type it out. Please note that I am changing how match results are reported for this event. Check that out below.

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Community League #7: Format and Rules

The format for league #7 is Modern Silverblack

About the Format

Modern Silverblack allows cards printed at the common and uncommon level (black and silver rarity symbols, you see) in Modern-legal sets.

Rarity-shifted (Purple) cards are not legal in Silverblack. We will be following the official Modern banned list.

In addition, we will ban [c]Intangible Virtue[/c] and [c]Expedition Map[/c].

The League Began on October 9, 2015

If you are participating you should receive ONE email from me with contact info. Let me know if you did not see that. I sent these emails out to the address you used to register on our site. 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. 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 to contact you; be proactive!

I am 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! Really, folks.

Since we got a great turnout and people love this format, I have added some additional Swiss rounds. We will play 6 weeks of Swiss and then cut to top 8 with the goal to finish the league by the end of November.

League Rules

1. The Modern Silverblack format will allow cards that were printed at the Common or Uncommon rarity levels in any set from Eighth Edition to the most current.

2. You get 3 points for a win, 1 point for a draw, and 0 points for a loss. A BYE counts as a win.

3. It is the responsibility of the winner to report their win. NEW: Sign up for a Challonge account with the same email you used to register on our site (or better yet, respond to the Challonge request that was sent to your email inbox.) You may update your match scores directly in Challonge or on our Events page.

3a. It is up to the winner to be able to provide proof of their victory. Take a screenshot or make sure you know how to access the replay on MTGO. If there is a dispute and the person who claimed they won cannot furnish proof, they will receive a loss and a DQ. This has never come up in all of our events, but I wanted to be clear anyway.

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. Keep tabs on the Events page for all updates. You can also get updates by liking us on Facebook or following me on Twitter @bava_mtg.

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

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. You may keep the same list throughout the event or play a different list each week. If you spot someone who you think is playing illegal cards in their list, take a screenshot and send it along to me.

10. Contact me if you have any questions.

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Second place will receive 25 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!

I will double the prize payouts (with tickets) if we reach Patreon support of $300 by the end of October and maintain it through the end of the event.

Community League #7, Modern Silverblack: Registration is Open

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Extended Pauper made for a fun and diverse league format. Karakusk took a mono-red list through the whole event and emerged victorious. Denofbears claimed second place in the event and was also our top-ranking patron. Congratulations to both our winners!

Want more leagues, tournaments, gauntlets, videos, articles, and other good stuff?

Become a patron today!

Just $2 per month does a lot to support our efforts and you get some great perks, too, including access to our patron-only forums, a direct line on video requests, and the opportunity to win patron prizes.

Now let’s talk about our next league!

Community League #7: Format and Rules

As the winner of league #6, Karakusk got to choose the format from among those with the most votes. The options I presented to him included Modern Silverblack, Extended Silverblack, and Standard Pauper.

Karakusk chose, and the format for league #7 is Modern Silverblack!

About the Format

Modern Silverblack allows cards printed at the common and uncommon level (black and silver rarity symbols, you see) in Modern-legal sets.

We will be following the official Modern banned list.

*EDIT* In addition, we will ban [c]Intangible Virtue[/c] and [c]Expedition Map[/c].

Registration is open now and closes in two weeks on Friday, October 9.

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 October 9 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 November.

League Rules

1. The Modern Silverblack format will allow cards that were printed at the Common or Uncommon rarity levels in any set from Eighth Edition to the most current.

2. You get 3 points for a win, 1 point for a draw, and 0 points for a loss. A BYE counts as a win.

3. It is the responsibility of the winner to report their win. They should do so in the comment section of that week’s post. Your comment should look something like this: “Hi, fanofhistory beat bava this week, 2-1.” 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. I will update every Friday. 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 November 27.

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

MagicGatheringStrat is proud to list Cardhoarder as an official sponsor of all our events going forward. Cardhoarder has been serving the MTGO community since 2005, and with new ownership since 2014 has shown renewed vigor to improve the way they serve their customers and create innovation in the MTGO community.

I have personally switched all of my singles purchases for MTGO from MTGOTraders to Cardhoarder and have had a top-notch experience. I highly recommend them. Shop online or use their bots by searching for #cardhoarder in the Trade screen.

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Thank you to Cardhoarder for sponsoring this event.
Buy MTGO singles at Cardhoarder.com or through their bot network.

We are happy to welcome additional sponsors or donations to the prize pool. If you’re interested, please get in touch.

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!

I will double the prize payouts (with tickets) if we reach Patreon support of $300 by the end of September and maintain it through the end of the event.

Sign up below

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

 

Community League #6, Extended Pauper: Final

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Congratulations to Karakusk for fighting through an epic top 8 to claim victory! Karakusk received 35 bot credits from Cardhoarder for taking first place.

I’d also like to congratulate Denofbears, who not only took second place in the event, but was also our highest ranking patron. Because of both his record and his Patreon support, Denofbears won 15 bot credits from Cardhoarder and 10 MTGO tickets directly from me.

Congratulations, winners!

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In case you’re curious, Karakusk shared the decklist he played through most of the event, with some variation:

[d title=”Karakusk’s Winning Decklist (Extended Pauper)”]
Land
18 Mountain

Creatures
4 Foundry Street Denizen
4 Goblin Arsonist
4 Krenko’s Command
4 Mogg Flunkies
4 Dragon Fodder
4 Mardu Scout
3 Mage-Ring Bully
2 Bonded Construct

Spells
4 Collateral Damage
4 Impact Tremors
2 Brimstone Volley
3 Dynacharge

Sideboard
3 Act of Treason
4 Scouring Sands
3 Fiery Impulse
2 Smash to Smithereens
3 Forge Devil [/d]

Denofbears also shared his second-place list:

[d title=”Denofbears’s Runner-Up List (Extended Pauper)”]
Land
4 Dismal Backwater
2 Dimir Guildgate
4 Evolving Wilds
8 Island
3 Swamp

Creatures
4 Jeskai Sage
2 Stitched Drake
4 Delver of Secrets
4 Gurmag Angler

Spells
2 Read the Bones
3 Think Twice
3 Anticipate
4 Thought Scour
2 Tragic Slip
2 Murder
2 Negate
3 Essence Scatter
2 Cancel
2 Reave Soul

Sideboard
2 Shrivel
2 Douse in Gloom
4 Duress
1 Reave Soul
1 Enhanced Awareness
1 Stitched Drake
2 Calculated Dismissal
2 Dispel [/d]

obZen also shared his list, which made it into the top 8:

[d title=”obZen’s Top 8 List (Extended Pauper)”]
Land
4 Dismal Backwater
4 Tranquil Cove
4 Unknown Shores
4 Evolving Wilds
5 Island
4 Swamp
1 Plains

Creatures
2 Seraph of Dawn
2 Gurmag Angler

Spells
4 Anticipate
4 Think Twice
2 Inspiration
4 Devour Flesh
3 Murder
2 Last Breath
1 Celestial Flare
4 Cancel
4 Contradict
1 Crypt Incursion
1 Nullify

Sideboard
1 Ray of Revelation
2 Shrivel
1 Celestial Flare
1 Murder
2 Last Breath
1 Nullify
2 Dures
1 Negate
1 Dispel
3 Curse of the Bloody Tome [/d]

Last but certainly not least, DrChrisBakerDC shared the video run of his participation in the event over on The Draft Brewery.

And a big thanks to our sponsor!

MagicGatheringStrat is proud to list Cardhoarder as an official sponsor of all our events going forward. Cardhoarder has been serving the MTGO community since 2005, and with new ownership since 2014 has shown renewed vigor to improve the way they serve their customers and create innovation in the MTGO community.

cardhoarder-logo
Thank you to Cardhoarder for sponsoring this event.
Buy MTGO singles at Cardhoarder.com or through their bot network.

And a big thanks to our patrons!

Our events are possible because of our patrons, who keep things running. I’m going to announce league #7 in just a minute, here, and if you’d like to help support it and keep these events going, consider becoming a patron today at patreon.com/magicgatheringstrat.

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Thank you!

The Pauper Brewers Cup, Week 11: Gauntlet, Round 1

The Gauntlet is underway and videos are publishing this week on the YouTube Channel. Follow this playlist for all the updates.

Some of these brews have piqued Dan’s interest as well, if you haven’t caught those matches, here you go.



Be sure to swing by and comment on those videos, especially if you have play and/or sideboard suggestions. Dan and I will be setting up our grudge matches for sure sometime this month and there will be honor and glory on the line, both for us and for you brewers.

Even lists that lost the first week will get to continue in the gauntlet (first week is a practice week of sorts), so we’ll get to see every list in action at least a couple more times. Who do you think will win? Let me know in the comments!

/bava

Community League #6, Extended Pauper: Top 8

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Check out the week one article for all the rules and stuff. It’s the final week, all bets are off as the top 8 play for glory and prizes.

League Prizes

MagicGatheringStrat is proud to list Cardhoarder as an official sponsor of all our events going forward. Cardhoarder has been serving the MTGO community since 2005, and with new ownership since 2014 has shown renewed vigor to improve the way they serve their customers and create innovation in the MTGO community.

cardhoarder-logo
Thank you to Cardhoarder for sponsoring this event.
Buy MTGO singles at Cardhoarder.com or through their bot network.

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 tix. This will be in addition to any prizes already won by placing first or second in the event.

Format for Community League #7

Now that we’re in to the Top 8, it’s time to vote on the format for our next league. I will pick the top three formats and submit them to this event’s winner, who will be able to select the format for the next league event. Vote below.

Top 8 Pairings

Top 8 is a single-elimination bracket seeded based on your positions after 5 weeks of Swiss. There is a play-off spot for third place, which won’t make a difference, prize-wise, unless it’s for the patron reward.

We step up the pace for top 8 to try and close things out. Our goal is to have all matches completed by the beginning of next week, i.e. before September 7.

Report in comments per usual. I will update the Challonge and the site as we go so you can see your match-ups.

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Good luck, have fun!

 

Monthly Tournaments Coming Soon: Vote Now

Thanks to our awesome patrons, we reached a new milestone goal and will begin offering monthly PRE tournaments with prize support. Weigh in below on what time and format you would like to see in a new, once-per-month player-run event.

Pauper Brewers Cup Update

Tuesday is usually Brewers Cup day, and I do have news to report, but no new article. Dan and I have yet to schedule our matches, though he has chosen to play the lists that won their respective brewing challenges, so I will be playing one of the runners-up against him.

I have started playing the lists for their first rounds in the JFF room, and they have mostly been doing quite well. Every list gets a free match loss in week one, so even if a list loses, they will all proceed to week two. After that a match loss will DQ them. As expected, plenty of early concessions in the JFF room, but that is (unfortunately) the nature of the beast. A win is a win, as far as this event goes, because I don’t have time to make sure I get a “good” match in for it to count.

I got in seven matches so far this week, and will sneak in the eighth at some point. Expect to see those videos start popping up on the YouTube channel next week.

Community League #6, Extended Pauper: Week 5

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Check out the week one article for all the rules and stuff. Also a quick reminder that I won’t send any more “bulk” emails until Top 8. Check back on the site every week, or follow us on social media for updates. Pairings will go up Friday mornings PST.

League Prizes

MagicGatheringStrat is proud to list Cardhoarder as an official sponsor of all our events going forward. Cardhoarder has been serving the MTGO community since 2005, and with new ownership since 2014 has shown renewed vigor to improve the way they serve their customers and create innovation in the MTGO community.

cardhoarder-logo
Thank you to Cardhoarder for sponsoring this event.
Buy MTGO singles at Cardhoarder.com or through their bot network.

We are happy to welcome additional sponsors or donations to the prize pool. If you’re interested, please get in touch.

Week Five Pairings

This is the last week of swiss play. Next week we will cut to top 8. Intentional draws are allowed if both parties agree, just let me know in an email. Please remember to email your opponent early and often, and copy me on those emails if you’re not getting a response. With further ado, here are your pairings this week. Good luck, have fun! If you have any questions, get in touch.

Hetfield881 gets a BYE this week.

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