The MagicGatheringStrat Show, Ep. 16.5

Section 1: This week in Standard Pauper

As I mentioned in last week’s article there is no show this week. However here is a video of Dan playing his version of the monoblack exploit deck from last week’s show.

Section 2: Player run events

SPDC 29.11

21-Jun-15
Standard · 19 Players
19 Decks · 100% Reported
3 rounds Swiss
Top 8 playoff
Hosted by DrChrisBakerDC

1st Cancel is Good by rremedio1
2nd Bur by gonz
T4 Mono B Exploit by amnaremotoas
T4 Mono Black/u Exploition by DrChrisBakerDC
T8 Bant Panties by johnnyinabucket
T8 W/B Control by SirCyan
T8 Mono Blue Control by tommyv
T8 mono green by yelloweyes2

Go go go, Roberto! Big congrats to Sr. Remedio for his 6-0 victory!

Let’s look at what took him all the way.

The winning deck:

CANCEL IS GOOD
Standard · Control
 1st by rremedio1 in SPDC 29.11 (6-0)

[d]
Creatures
2 Gurmag Angler
1 Sigiled Starfish
1 Zephyr Scribe
Spells
4 Anticipate
4 Lightning Strike
3 Treasure Cruise
3 Voyage’s End
2 Cancel
2 Divination
2 Douse in Gloom
2 Duress
2 Negate
2 Nullify
2 Rise of Eagles
2 Twin Bolt
1 Read the Bones
Lands
4 Evolving Wilds
6 Island
4 Dismal Backwater
4 Mountain
4 Swiftwater Cliffs
3 Swamp

SIDEBOARD
3 Disdainful Stroke
3 Scouring Sands
3 Magma Spray
2 Negate
1 Whirlwind Adept
1 Mnemonic Wall
1 Duress
1 Nullify
[/d]

And now for his road to victory:

The MatchUps

R1:  Win:  2 – 0 vs.  Jebit  Green Devotion 
R2:  Win:  2 – 1 vs.  gonz  Bur 
R3:  Win:  2 – 1 vs.  yelloweyes2  mono green 
T8:  Win:  2 – 0 vs.  SirCyan  W/B Control 
T4:  Win:  2 – 1 vs.  amnaremotoas  Mono B Exploit 
T2:  Win:  2 – 1 vs.  gonz  Bur 

Very nice! Question for the winner: “Did you start any of the matches 0-1 and ride the sideboard into winning?”

I am always curious about the 2-1s. Was it skillful sideboard tech or just race each time and you pulled ahead 2 of the 3 battles?

Now for the MPDC!

MPDC 29.11

22-Jun-15
Standard · 18 Players
16 Decks · ~89% Reported
3 rounds Swiss
Top 8 playoff
Hosted by gwyned

1st monoGreen by Jonder_qind
2nd UBR Control by karakusk
T4 RG Monsters by Mrozik1141
T4 Black Death(touch) by Ruthelis
T8 Rainbow Constellation by chumpblocckami
T8 Shy ub by gonz
T8 Mardu Tokes by Jutanium
T8 BUR.n by Yaxarell

Jonder_qind! You did it! Even though I do not approve the 4 [c]Setessan Oathsworn[/c], you cannot argue with results!

The winning deck:

MONOGREEN
Standard · Aggro
 1st by Jonder_qind in MPDC 29.11 (5-1)

[d]
Creatures
4 Alpine Grizzly
4 Elvish Mystic
4 Pheres-Band Tromper
4 Setessan Oathsworn
4 Stampeding Elk Herd
4 Swordwise Centaur
2 Nessian Courser
Spells
4 Aspect of Hydra
4 Epic Confrontation
4 Titanic Growth
Lands
18 Forest
4 Evolving Wilds
SIDEBOARD
4 Savage Punch
4 Plummet
4 Naturalize
3 Sedge Scorpion
[/d]

You know I love the deck! However, if I ran it I would remove the Evolving Wilds. You have no delve. Any of the gain lands would serve just as well and you would gain life. But, again, it is hard to argue with a solid 5-1 victory.

The MatchUps

R1:  Loss:  0 – 2 vs.  Yaxarell  BUR.n 
R2:  Win:  2 – 0 vs.  moromete  No Deck Found 
R3:  Win:  2 – 0 vs.  evolver3  Standard Pauper 2015.06.22 
T8:  Win:  2 – 1 vs.  chumpblocckami  Rainbow Constellation 
T4:  Win:  2 – 1 vs.  Mrozik1141  RG Monsters 
T2:  Win:  2 – 1 vs.  karakusk  UBR Control 

So, I pose the same question to you: “How did your 2-1 matches go down?”

 

The MagicGatheringStrat Show, Ep. 16

Section 1: This week in Standard Pauper

Section 2: Player run events

I want to give a quick shout out to the folks at the MPDC this week. I am sorry we didn’t discuss it on the show. A special shout out to Eddy for making sure I was on top my MPDC coverage.

I was very busy and I am afraid cuts had to be made. Do not fear! You are first on the article and in my heart.

MPDC 29.10

15-Jun-15
Standard · 17 Players
15 Decks · ~88% Reported
3 rounds Swiss
Top 8 playoff
Hosted by gwyned

1st Red Alert by goomy1
2nd It’s something. by gonz
T4 WB control by masterofphysics
T4 Mono Green by yelloweyes2
T8 Sultai Constellation* by chumpblocckami
T8 Deck not found** by Desilion
T8 Standard Pauper 2015.06.15 by evolver3
T8 WUB by Nagi_Bultra

Be still my heart. A mono-red deck winner. I have fallen in love for the week. Also, check out the Krenko’s Enforcer. I haven’t seen him since last summer. I guess the weather is warming up and he is back for more action.

The winning deck:

RED ALERT
Standard · Aggro
1st by goomy1 in MPDC 29.10 (5-1)

[d]
Creatures
4 Foundry Street Denizen
4 Mardu Scout
4 Satyr Hoplite
2 Borderland Marauder
2 Goblin Heelcutter
2 Krenko’s Enforcer
Spells
4 Titan’s Strength
3 Hammerhand
3 Magmatic Chasm
2 Dragon Fodder
2 Dragon Mantle
2 Inferno Fist
2 Lightning Strike
2 Rouse the Mob
2 Temur Battle Rage
2 Trumpet Blast
Lands
18 Mountain
SIDEBOARD
4 Scouring Sands
3 Bathe in Dragonfire
2 Lightning Strike
2 Two-Headed Cerberus
2 Krenko’s Enforcer
1 Hammerhand
1 Act of Treason
[/d]

The MatchUps

R1:  Loss:  0 – 2 vs.  masterofphysics  WB control 
R2:  Win:  2 – 1 vs.  josfran19  No Deck Found 
R3:  Win:  2 – 0 vs.  Jonder_qind  monoGreen 
T8:  Win:  2 – 1 vs.  Nagi_Bultra  WUB 
T4:  Win:  2 – 1 vs.  yelloweyes2  Mono Green 
T2:  Win:  2 – 0 vs.  gonz  It’s something. 

MGS 16 (4)

MGS 16 (5)

MGS 16 (6)

SPDC 29.10

14-Jun-15
Standard · 14 Players
14 Decks · 100% Reported
3 rounds Swiss
Top 8 playoff
Hosted by DrChrisBakerDC

1st Izzet Control by tazerdadog
2nd Red Deck Wins by BattleCaptain
T4 Bad Aggro Boros by davbricar
T4 WB control by masterofphysics
T8 Mono B Exploit by amnaremotoas
T8 BR Sligh by cRUMMYdUMMY
T8 Mono Blizzue Control by DrChrisBakerDC
T8 heroic by kukikira

The winning deck:

IZZET CONTROL
Standard · Control
 1st by tazerdadog in SPDC 29.10 (5-1)

[d]
Spells
4 Anticipate
4 Divination
4 Flurry of Horns
4 Lightning Strike
4 Magma Spray
4 Nullify
4 Ojutai’s Summons
4 Treasure Cruise
4 Whisk Away
Lands
11 Island
5 Mountain
4 Evolving Wilds
4 Swiftwater Cliffs
SIDEBOARD
4 Disdainful Stroke
4 Voyage’s End
3 Scouring Sands
2 Negate
2 Mnemonic Wall
[/d]

The MatchUps

R1:  Win:  2 – 1 vs.  cRUMMYdUMMY  BR Sligh 
R2:  Win:  2 – 0 vs.  SirCyan  W/B Control 
R3:  Loss:  1 – 2 vs.  kukikira  heroic 
T8:  Win:  2 – 0 vs.  cRUMMYdUMMY  BR Sligh 
T4:  Win:  2 – 1 vs.  masterofphysics  WB control 
T2:  Win:  2 – 1 vs.  BattleCaptain  Red Deck Wins 

MGS 16 (1)

MGS 16 (2)

MGS 16 (3)

Well that was a full week of Standard Pauper in one tiny article. No show next week. I will play a match with one of the winners and post it with my silly antics recorded. Be on the look out for more spoilers and our review of all the new commons!

The MagicGatheringStrat Show, Ep. 15

Section 1: This week in Standard Pauper

Section 2: Player run events

SPDC 29.09

7-Jun-15
Standard · 16 Players
16 Decks · 100% Reported
3 rounds Swiss
Top 4 playoff
Hosted by rremedio1

1st Mono Blue Control by tommyv
2nd HEROIC by kukikira
T4 Bad Aggro Boros by davbricar
T4 Golgari delve by gonz

The winning deck:

Mono Blue Control
Standard · Control
1st by tommyv in SPDC 29.09 (4-1)

[d]
Creatures
4 Jeskai Sage
3 Whirlwind Adept
2 Nimbus Naiad
1 Benthic Giant
1 Guardians of Meletis
1 Omenspeaker

Spells
4 Divination
4 Griptide
4 Treasure Cruise
3 Negate
3 Nullify
2 Anticipate
2 Rise of Eagles
2 Whisk Away
1 Voyage’s End

Lands
15 Island
4 Evolving Wilds
4 Radiant Fountain

Sideboard
4 Sidisi’s Faithful
4 Disdainful Stroke
4 Coral Barrier
1 Nullify
1 Negate
1 Anticipate [/d]

The Match-Ups

R1:  Win:  2 – 0 vs.  Loobey  Golgari Grave 
R2:  Win:  2 – 1 vs.  lcribeiro  Pega Fogo Cabaré 
R3:  Loss:  0 – 2 vs.  kukikira  HEROIC 
T4:  Win:  2 – 0 vs.  gonz  Golgari delve 
T2:  Win:  2 – 1 vs.  kukikira  HEROIC 

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MPDC 29.09

8-Jun-15
Standard · 14 Players
13 Decks · ~93% Reported
3 rounds Swiss
Top 8 playoff
Hosted by gwyned

1st No Tremors by gonz
2nd monoGreen by Jonder_qind
T4 Esper control by Forli
T4 BUR.n by Yaxarell

The winning deck:

No Tremors
Standard · Aggro
1st by gonz in MPDC 29.09 (5-0)

[d]
Creatures
4 Aven Skirmisher
4 Cavalry Pegasus
4 Loyal Pegasus
4 Mardu Hordechief
4 Sandsteppe Outcast
2 Selfless Cathar

Spells
4 Raise the Alarm
4 Triplicate Spirits
4 Trumpet Blast
3 War Flare
2 Lightning Strike

Lands
9 Plains
4 Evolving Wilds
4 Mountain
4 Wind-Scarred Crag

Sideboard
4 Scouring Sands
3 Erase
3 Pillar of Light
2 Act of Treason
2 Lightning Strike
1 Kill Shot [/d]

The MatchUps

R1:  Win:  2 – 0 vs.  lcribeiro  Pega Fogo Cabaré 
R2:  Win:  2 – 1 vs.  Forli  Esper control 
R3:  Win:  2 – 1 vs.  rremedio1  Episode 4: A New Hope 
T8:  Win:  2 – 0 vs.  Forli  Esper control 
T4:  Win:  2 – 1 vs.  Jonder_qind  monoGreen 

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Section 3: Bant Fog by Pierakor (Pauper)

[d]
Spells
2 Ponder
2 See Beyond
4 Accumulated Knowledge
2 Arcane Denial
4 Brainstorm
3 Dawn Charm
1 Keep Watch
4 Moment’s Peace
4 Muddle the Mixture
3 Riot Control
4 Words of Wisdom
1 Quiet Disrepair

Enchantments
4 Jace’s Erasure

Lands
7 Island
4 Evolving Wilds
4 Forest
4 Plains
3 Terramorphic Expanse

Sideboard
2 Arcane Denial
1 Dawn Charm
1 Quiet Disrepair
1 Riot Control
1 Circle of Protection: Red
2 Dispel
1 Hindering Light
1 Journey to Nowhere
2 Last Breath
2 Negate
1 Rest for the Weary [/d]

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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

31-May-15
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:

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

[d]
Creatures
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
Spells
4 Aspect of Hydra
4 Epic Confrontation
4 Titanic Growth
Lands
18 Forest
4 Evolving Wilds

SIDEBOARD
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:

compare

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

1-Jun-15
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:

TOKENS V2 (NO SB)
Standard · Aggro
1st by karakusk in MPDC 29.08 (5-0)

[d]
Creatures
4 Aven Skirmisher
4 Mardu Hordechief
4 Sandsteppe Outcast
2 Selfless Cathar
Spells
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
Lands
8 Plains
5 Mountain
4 Evolving Wilds
4 Wind-Scarred Crag
SIDEBOARD
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
[d]
Creatures
4 Doomed Traveler
4 Order of Leitbur
4 Soul Warden
4 Squadron Hawk
4 Suture Priest
Instant
4 Guardians’ Pledge
4 Raise the Alarm
Sorcery
4 Battle Screech
1 Cenn’s Enlistment
Enchantment
4 Journey to Nowhere
Land
19 Plains
4 Quicksand

Sideboard

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?

The MagicGatheringStrat Show, Ep. 14

Section 1: This week in Standard Pauper

Section 2: Player run events

SPDC 29.07

24-May-15
Standard · 20 Players
20 Decks · 100% Reported
3 rounds Swiss
Top 8 playoff
Hosted by DrChrisBakerDC

1st Mono Blue Control by DrChrisBakerDC
2nd Izzet Control by beatnik bobby
T4 Bad Aggro Boros by davbricar
T4 Dashing Dashers by johnnyinabucket
T8 GREEN SMASH by chcltthndridn
T8 monoGreen by Jonder_qind
T8 Izzet Control by tazerdadog
T8 G.W.2 by yelloweyes2

The winning deck:

MONO BLUE CONTROL
Standard · Control
1st by DrChrisBakerDC in SPDC 29.07 (6-0)

[d]
Creatures
4 Jeskai Sage
4 Whirlwind Adept
1 Nimbus Naiad
1 Palace Familiar
Spells
4 Divination
4 Griptide
4 Nullify
4 Treasure Cruise
3 Rise of Eagles
2 Anticipate
2 Negate
1 Cancel
1 Voyage’s End
1 Whisk Away
Lands
16 Island
4 Evolving Wilds
4 Radiant Fountain

SIDEBOARD
4 Sidisi’s Faithful
4 Coral Barrier
3 Disdainful Stroke
2 Voyage’s End
2 Negate
[/d]

The MatchUps

R1:  Win:  2 – 1 vs.  davbricar  Bad Aggro Boros 
R2:  Win:  2 – 0 vs.  br_laern  bg ramp 
R3:  Loss:  1 – 2 vs.  Bender_The_Great  UB_Devotion 
T8:  Win:  2 – 0 vs.  br_laern  bg ramp 
T4:  Win:  2 – 0 vs.  Grunker  UB Merchant 
T2:  Win:  2 – 0 vs.  davbricar  Bad Aggro Boros 

mgs 14 (1)

mgs 14 (2)

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SPDC 29.07

MPDC 29.07

25-May-15
Standard · 21 Players
21 Decks · 100% Reported
3 rounds Swiss
Top 8 playoff
Hosted by rremedio1

1st tokens by karakusk
2nd Bad Aggro Boros by davbricar
T4 UB Merchant by Grunker
T4 monoGreen by Jonder_qind
T8 UB_Devotion by Bender_The_Great
T8 bg ramp by br_laern
T8 WUB by Nagi_Bultra
T8 Dash by slagel79

The winning deck:

TOKENS
Standard · Aggro
1st by karakusk in MPDC 29.07 (5-1)

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

SIDEBOARD

[/d]

The MatchUps

R1:  Win:  2 – 1 vs.  davbricar  Bad Aggro Boros 
R2:  Win:  2 – 0 vs.  br_laern  bg ramp 
R3:  Loss:  1 – 2 vs.  Bender_The_Great  UB_Devotion 
T8:  Win:  2 – 0 vs.  br_laern  bg ramp 
T4:  Win:  2 – 0 vs.  Grunker  UB Merchant 
T2:  Win:  2 – 0 vs.  davbricar  Bad Aggro Boros 

mgs 14 (4)

mgs 14 (5)

mgs 14 (6)

MPDC 29.07

The MagicGatheringStrat Show, Ep. 13

Section 1: This week in Standard Pauper

Section 2: Player run events

MPDC 29.06
18 May 2015
Standard · 16 Players
14 Decks · ~88% Reported
3 rounds Swiss
Top 8 playoff
Hosted by gwyned

Here are the matchups:

1st copied monogreen by milegyenanevem
2nd Izzet Control by beatnik bobby
T4 Izzeting you by JorgeJacoh
T4 Ksco Merchant by Papieru
T8 Golgari delve by gonz
T8 Winter Greenier by KyranOHyran
T8 Lo Pan’s Room by rremedio1
T8 Deck not found** by WujekMZK

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

My goodness, all that green! Not a single Treasure Cruise in sight for this winner.

The winning deck:

COPIED MONOGREEN
Standard · Unclassified
1st by milegyenanevem in MPDC 29.06 (5-1)

R1: Win: ‘2 – 1 vs. SeiryuAzuma UR Control
R2: Loss: ‘0 – 2 vs. Papieru Ksco Merchant
R3: Win: ‘2 – 1 vs. KyranOHyran Winter Greenier
T8: Win: ‘2 – 0 vs. rremedio1 Lo Pan’s Room
T4: Win: ‘2 – 0 vs. Papieru Ksco Merchant
T2: Win: ‘2 – 0 vs. beatnik bobby Izzet Control

Only loss was to a Merchant Cruise deck. Pretty dominant.

Interestingly enough, this was Beatnik Bobby’s only loss in the tournament. They were 4-1 and 5-0 respectively. That means they both ended with 5-1 scores.

We went over the deck last week so instead, I want to bring you something different.

Now you may peruse the presentation at your leisure.

So, what changes are you making for the next round of the League?

 

The MagicGatheringStrat Show, Ep. 12

Section 1: This week in Standard Pauper

Section 2: Player run events

MPDC 29.05
11 May 2015
Standard · 18 Players
16 Decks · ~89% Reported
3 rounds Swiss
Top 8 playoff
Hosted by gwyned

1st Fg by gonz
2nd Ksco Merchant by Papieru
T4 R by Alcarin
T4 Izzet Control by tazerdadog
T8 Mono-Red by IGotCareless
T8 Crazy_Grixis by Mace_Windu
T8 WUB by Nagi_Bultra
T8 Stubborn Dromoka Heores by rremedio1

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

Do my eyes deceive me? Another mono-colored deck as a winner? Well bless my stars, it is mono-green!

The winning deck:

FG
Standard · Unclassified
1st by gonz in MPDC 29.05 (5-1)

[d]
Creatures
4 Alpine Grizzly
4 Elvish Mystic
4 Glade Watcher
4 Stampeding Elk Herd
4 Swordwise Centaur
2 Aerie Bowmasters
2 Nessian Courser
2 Nylea’s Disciple

Spells
4 Aspect of Hydra
4 Epic Confrontation
4 Titanic Growth

Lands
22 Forest

SIDEBOARD
3 Plummet
3 Sedge Scorpion
2 Return to the Earth
2 Living Totem
2 Aerie Bowmasters
1 Savage Punch
1 Nylea’s Disciple
1 Hunter’s Ambush
[/d]

This recent push for mono green in both standard and standard pauper has inspired me to create an modern stompy deck in paper. We will discuss that on a future issue.

Now, lets look at an opening hand:

A decent keep. I wish there were some more protection but this is not a bad start by any means.

Now I want to show you the “curve”:

An actual curve. Such a novel concept in this meta.

Let’s look at the next six cards:

Not bad. Though you aren’t casting that Herd for a long, long time.

Would you have kept that hand? I don’t think you have much of a choice really.

Section 3: A preview

For months and months I have asked for pictures or video of you all playing Standard Pauper at your local store.

And now Mr. Johnnyinabucket has done it! I want to show you what you he did

fnm standard pauper

Look at that hot stuff! This picture was taken at “The Book Stan”

The Book Stan

Address:
6055 Phelan Blvd
Beaumont, Texas 77706
Phone (409) 833-2324

From the great state of Texas!

I have a full report and will give it to you on the next MagicGatheringStrat show!

The MagicGatheringStrat Show, Ep. 11

Section 1: This week in Standard Pauper

Section 2: Player run events

MPDC 29.04
4 May 2015
Standard · 17 Players
14 Decks · ~82% Reported
3 rounds Swiss
Top 4 playoff
Hosted by gwyned

TOP 4
1st Deck Colors Izzet Control by beatnik bobby
2nd Deck Colors BU by totalhate
T4 Deck Colors Ksco Merchant by Papieru
T4 Deck Colors BUR.n by Yaxarell

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

Normally at this point I talk about one of the winners.
However, I want to discuss BambooRush’s deck. He went 3-0 but then was not in the top 4. Jason Moore was the pilot and he wrote about the deck in his latest article on http://www.blackborder.com/q/node/18999

I have enjoyed Jason’s articles for years. His were among the first I ever read on the subject of pauper. I think he is a good player and is a positive influence in the community. If you haven’t, I recommend giving him a read.

A winning deck in its own right

GOLGARI DELVE
Standard · Unclassified
Played by BambooRush in MPDC 29.04 (3-0)

[d]
Creatures
4 Gurmag Angler
4 Hooting Mandrills
4 Necromancer’s Assistant
4 Satyr Wayfinder
4 Shambling Attendants
4 Sultai Scavenger

Spells
4 Commune with the Gods
4 Epic Confrontation
4 Scout the Borders
1 Duress
1 Rakshasa’s Secret
1 Read the Bones

Lands
7 Forest
6 Swamp
4 Evolving Wilds
4 Jungle Hollow

SIDEBOARD
3 Duress
3 Rakshasa’s Secret
2 Sedge Scorpion
2 Plummet
2 Naturalize
2 Hunter’s Ambush
1 Read the Bones[/d]

You should be able to see the synergy. Fill the graveyard, then use it up.

Now, lets look at an opening hand:

I don’t think you can throw back a hand like this. You have threats and enablers.

Now I want to show you the “curve”:

That is not a curve. The thing we have come to know and love about devle decks is that they are heavily skewed as far as the CMC is concerned. So, do not look at this like a normal deck.

Let’s look at the next six cards:

Well, as he mentioned in his article, this is going to be a long grindy fight. In the end, you should have bigger and better creatures than your opponent. Which usually means you will be winning. Thanks, Jason, for giving the MPDC a shot!

Section 3: The League

Classic Pauper
Hurry up!
Last day to sign up is Friday!

What deck will you be piloting?

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.


WINTERGREEN

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

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

SIDEBOARD
3 Sedge Scorpion
3 Ranger’s Guile
3 Plummet
3 Naturalize
2 Disdainful Stroke
1 Vulpine Goliath
[/d]

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 mtggoldfish.com

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

[d]
Creatures
4 Gurmag Angler
4 Ulamog’s Crusher
2 Simian Spirit Guide
4 Stinkweed Imp

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

Land
4 Geothermal Crevice
4 Sandstone Needle
2 Sulfur Vent
6 Swamp

Sideboard
4 Duress
2 Electrickery
4 Ingot Chewer
3 Magma Spray
2 Pyroblast
[/d]

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

The MagicGatheringStrat Show, Ep. 9

Section 1: This week in Standard Pauper

Section 2: Player run events

MPDC 29.02
20 April 2015
Standard · 10 Players
8 Decks · 80% Reported
3 rounds Swiss
Top 4 playoff
Hosted by gwyned

1st Formidable Green by Gq1rf7
2nd Izzet Control by beatnik bobby
T4 heroic netdeck by karakusk
T4 Jeskai Trollkens by rremedio1

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

FORMIDABLE GREEN
Standard · Aggro
1st by Gq1rf7 in MPDC 29.02 (4-1)

[d]
Creatures
4 Elvish Mystic
4 Nylea’s Disciple
4 Swordwise Centaur
2 Alpine Grizzly
2 Nessian Courser
2 Vulpine Goliath
1 Sedge Scorpion
3 atarka beastbreaker
3 epic confrontation
4 glade watcher
4 stampeding elk herd

Spells
3 Aspect of Hydra
2 Hunter’s Ambush

Lands
22 Forest

SIDEBOARD
3 Savage Punch
2 Ranger’s Guile
2 Sedge Scorpion
2 Leafcrown Dryad
2 Hunter’s Ambush
1 Naturalize
1 Aspect of Hydra
1 return to the earth
1 dragon-scarred bear
[/d]

Unfortunately, this is an approximation. Until the database is updated, I would strongly recommend (ie. begging) you post the list in the comments section of the deck page. Otherwise, I won’t be able to fully extol the virtues of your decks.

The interesting thing is that this deck took down both SPDC and MPDC this week. That is no small feat. The fact that it is mono colored makes me instantly love it!

Now, lets look at an opening hand:

Now I want to show you a thing of beauty:

Mmmm dat curve! It is so beautiful. My heart can barely stand it.

Now let’s look at the next six cards:

So, what can we say about this deck? First of all, you have blockers. The scorpion, gladewatcher and the grizzly are going to hold everything back. Also, once the grizzly hits in the ground you can attack with both watchers. The biggest issue is going to be your finisher. Those elk are far away, and if you aren’t careful, you may never see them.

Section 3: The League

Well, as you know by now, I did not win. I came in second. That’s right, I am a big number 2.

Here is my deck list:

[d title=”MonoRed Heroic by Cyrulean (Standard Silverblack)”]
Creatures
4 Akroan Crusader
2 Mardu Scout
4 Monastery Swiftspear
4 Satyr Hoplite
4 Foundry Street Denizen

Spells
2 Hordeling Outburst
3 Collateral Damage
4 Titan’s Strength
3 Wild Slash
3 Dragon Mantle
4 Hammerhand
3 Lightning Strike

Land
20 Mountain

Sideboard
1 Blinding Flare
2 Frenzied Goblin
1 Magma Jet
3 Scouring Sands
3 Arc Lightning
2 Humble Defector
1 Lightning Strike
2 Roast
[/d]

I wanted nothing over cmc 3. and I wanted to control the board state as much as possible. I used creatures as removal just as often as I used them as my damage dealers. I rarely sent burn to the dome unless it was to finish them off or take advantage of collateral damage.

I sided out the Hordeling Outburst almost every game. I usually opted to bring in roast or arc lightning.

The finals went down like this:

Game one: Punning went up to I think 32 life off of two lands and an Ordeal of Heliod. At the end, I had him at 3 and I was at 5. I had a collateral Damage in my hand and not enough mana to cast it.

Game two: I controlled the board long enough to punch in for 20 damage rather quickly.

Game Three: The butts, they grew too big. I could not burn his heroic dudes fast enough and he over ran me.

I hope you all participate in future events. They are free and fun! Two of my favorite things.

The MagicGatheringStrat Show, Ep. 8

Section 1: This week in Standard Pauper

Section 2: Player run events

MPDC 29.01
13 April 2015
Standard · 13 Players
13 Decks · 100% Reported
3 rounds Swiss
Top 4 playoff
Hosted by gwyned

1st heroic* by kukikira
2nd Jeskai Trollkens* by rremedio1
T4 GW Ramp/Heroic* by hero1141
T4 U/R Control* by Nagi_Bultra

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

JESKAI TROLLKENS
Standard · Aggro-Combo
2nd by rremedio1 in MPDC 29.01 (4-1)

[d]
Creature (9)
3 Midnight Guard
3 Ornithopter
3 Sandsteppe Outcast

Instant (15)
2 Anticipate
4 Lightning Strike
4 Raise the Alarm
3 Retraction Helix
2 War Flare

Sorcery (10)
2 Dragon Fodder
2 Flurry of Horns
1 Tormenting Voice
3 Treasure Cruise
2 Triplicate Spirits

Enchantment (4)
4 Impact Tremors

Land (22)
4 Evolving Wilds
3 Island
3 Mountain
4 Plains
2 Swiftwater Cliffs
2 Tranquil Cove
4 Wind-Scarred Crag

Sideboard
1 Anticipate
1 Disdainful Stroke
1 Dragon Fodder
2 Negate
2 Pillar of Light
1 Retraction Helix
3 Scouring Sands
1 Solemn Offering
1 Triplicate Spirits
[/d]

This type of crazy deck is what I love. If you could just shove in a [c]Vent Sentinel[/c] with some defenders it may become the greatest deck ever.

Now, lets look at an opening hand:

Reluctantly keeping. But I know I may be pitching the trips or the cruise when I cast Tormenting Voice.

The whole idea is to get [c]Impact Tremors[/c] on the field and spew out as many tokens as possible.

Now let’s look at the next six cards:

Saved by the top deck! Not back, but I am hoping to cast that Treasure Cruise as quick as I can.

What do you think? The deck is quirky and I am certain Roberto has plans for this deck. I just know that when I picture tokens coming down and causing damage when they hit, this is what will be going on in my brain:

And I will feel like this:

The MagicGatheringStrat Show, Ep. 7

Section 1: This week in Standard Pauper

Section 2: Player run events

SPDC 28 WORLDS
5 April 2015
Standard · 10 Players
10 Decks · 100% Reported
3 rounds Swiss
Top 4 playoff
Hosted by DrChrisBakerDC

1st Red Aggro* by goomy1
2nd Izzet Blitz v2.0* by DrChrisBakerDC
T4 UR by bigbee
T4 Ksco Merchant* by Papieru

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

3? What other factors go in to making 3 the right number of cruises? Seems like, forgive the pun, such an odd number of 8 drops to have in a deck.

We went over these decks already in the show, so I hope you tuned in!

Here are our decklists:

Mardu Tokens
by Sam, The Vaultboy Hunter

[d]
Creatures
4 Sandsteppe Outcast

Spells
4 Raise the Alarm
4 Dragon Fodder
4 Triplicate Spirits
2 Foul-Tongue Shriek
4 Impact Tremors
4 Read the Bones
3 Flurry of Horns
4 Lightning Strike
3 Harsh Sustenance

Lands
2 Bloodfell Caves
4 Evolving Wilds
1 Swamp
4 Wind-Scarred Crag
2 Scoured Barrens
4 Plains
4 Mountain
2 Radiant Fountain
1 Unknown Shores

Sideboard
4 Duress
4 Scouring Sands
3 Trumpet Blast
4 Fate Forgotten
[/d]

Now, lets look at an opening hand:

Boy oh boy! [c]Impact Tremors[/c] and all those tokens? I love it!

Now let’s look at the next six cards:

Well, you are not casting that [c]Read the Bones[/c] any time soon. But wow, those tokens will keep you in it for a long time.

Gary’s Cruise Version 2
By Dan, The Fan of History

[d]
Creatures
4 Pharika’s Chosen
4 Black Cat
2 Nimbus Naiad
2 Disciple of Phenax
4 Gray Merchant of Asphodel

Spells
4 Anticipate
4 Voyage’s End
4 Debilitating Injury
3 Sign in Blood
2 Whisk Away
4 Treasure Cruise

Lands
4 Dismal Backwater
4 Evolving Wilds
4 Island
11 Swamp

Sideboard
2 Disdainful Stroke
4 Negate
2 Feast
1 Naiad
3 Festergloom
1 Disicple of Phenax
2 Unmake the Graves
[/d]

Now, lets look at an opening hand:

Well, I really hope that anticipate does the trick, because this hand is very light on threats. But heavy on draw.

Now let’s look at the next six cards:

Black Cat off the top is real nice and probably really lucky.

Izzet Unblockable?
By Brennon, The Lovable Host

[d]
Creatures
4 Akroan Crusader
4 Elusive Spellfist
2 Jeskai Sage
4 Mardu Scout
2 Goblin Heelcutter

Lands
10 Mountain
4 Evolving Wilds
4 Swiftwater Cliffs
2 Island

Spells
4 Dragon Mantle
3 Lightning Strike
4 Titan’s Strength
3 Voyage’s End
4 Hammerhand
2 Treasure Cruise
4 collateral damage

Sideboard
4 Scouring Sands
3 Negate
3 Magma Spray
2 Disdainful Stroke
2 Treasure Cruise
1 Force Away
[/d]

I added the Sage based on Sam’s moving speech. It seems real good.

Now, lets look at an opening hand:

Unblockable and surf monkeys, that’s all I need to see to keep this hand!

Now let’s look at the next six cards:

Yikes! Will my tiny bit of card draw get me out of this flood? I think having firebreathing will mitigate some of the bad flooding.

So, what revisions are you going to make?