Help Save Standard Pauper!

Don’t Let WotC Take the Standard Pauper Filter Away!

Wizards announced today that they are retiring the Standard Pauper filter from Magic Online along with several other formats. Don’t let them do it!

If you’re on Twitter, contact @mtg_lee @mtgworth @wizards_magic @MagicOnline and tell them not to.

You can directly E-mail those responsible for making decisions on Magic Online: [email protected]; [email protected]; [email protected]; [email protected]

In your E-mail, please be calm, rationale, polite, but heartfelt and passionate about the format. It doesn’t have to be long. Just tell them why you like the format and ask them to keep the Standard Pauper filter. If you want, tell them that George Leonard / gwyned gave you their contact info.

Let’s blow up their E-mail and social media with support for the format. Let’s show them just how important Standard Pauper is.

Spread the word, make your voice heard. Do not let them do this!

(content copied and adapted with permission from George Leonard / gwyned via http://writeradept.blogspot.com/2015/10/dont-let-wotc-take-standard-pauper.html)

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. 2

Section 1: This week in Standard Pauper

Section 2: Player run events

There was no MPDC this week due to technical difficulties. So lets look at the SPDC again

SPDC 28.02
22 February 2015
Standard · 10 Players
10 Decks · 100% Reported
3 rounds Swiss
Top 4 playoff
Hosted by DrChrisBakerDC

1st RW Aggro* by Asmodeusz
2nd Izzet Control* by beatnik bobby
T4 Boros Heroic* by DrChrisBakerDC
T4 Mumm-Ra, the Ever-Living* by rremedio1

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

You either Cruise with the best, or Boros like the rest! I don’t think that is a real saying.

Due to a bad power supply, stay strong Gwyned, MPDC has been delayed. So, lets talk about Sam’s latest creation:

[d]
Creatures
3 Jeskai Sage
3 Jeskai Windscout
3 Whirlwind Adept
4 Akroan Skyguard
2 Akroan Crusader
3 Satyr Hoplite
2 Lagonna-Band Trailblazer

Spells
3 Temur Battle Rage
3 Pressure Point
2 Crippling Chill
3 Dragon Mantle
3 Treasure Cruise
3 Gods Willing
3 Titan’s Strength

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

Sideboard
2 Lagonna-Band Trailblazer
4 Scouring Sands
3 Voyage’s End
2 Feat of Resistance
1 Gods Willing
3 Disdainful Stroke
[/d]

3 color rage deck. Lets take a closer look.

Now, lets look at an opening hand:

I would keep the hand. But that puts a lot of faith on the Skyguard.

Now, for the curve!

Interesting, not really a curve but not the tower of power we have seen recently either. More of a ski slope, with moguls.

Now let’s look at the next six cards:

I like the next six probably more than the original seven. The hoplite is going to get you moving. He seems to be less of an autokill than the skyguard. However, throwing a dragon mantle on him and a battle rage and you can hit for 6 pretty quick.

So, what do you think of this shell Sam has created? Worth some more thought? or should we just try to power out more anglers and use battle rage on that crazy fish?

The MagicGatheringStrat Show, Ep. 1

Section 1: This week in Standard Pauper

New name, same great taste … in cards.

Section 2: Player run events

MPDC 28.01
16 February 2015
Standard · 18 Players
13 Decks · ~72% Reported
3 rounds Swiss
Top 8 playoff
Hosted by gwyned

1st Izzet Control* by beatnik bobby
2nd Mumm-Ra, the Ever-Living* by rremedio1
T4 I hate rats by masterofphysics
T4 Red Deck Wins* by _ShipIt_
T8 RDW* by Carnuz
T8 UB Midrange by drazinus
T8 Red Soldier* by goomy1
T8 UR Control* by tilt_aint_sexy

Cruise Watch: 2015
1st Place: 4 Cruise
2nd Place: 4 Cruise
3rd Place: 4 Cruise
4th Place: 0 Cruise
5th – 8th Place: 7 Cruise

Wow, y’all went cruising this week for sure!


IZZET CONTROL

Standard · Control
1st by beatnik bobby in MPDC 28.01 (5-1)

[d]
Creatures
3 Benthic Giant
3 Coral Barrier
2 Sigiled Starfish

Spells
4 Flurry of Horns
4 Lightning Strike
4 Treasure Cruise
3 Rise of Eagles
3 Voyage’s End
2 Barrage of Boulders
2 Disdainful Stroke
2 Divination
1 Nullify
3 Whisk Away

Lands
9 Island
4 Evolving Wilds
4 Mountain
4 Swiftwater Cliffs
3 Radiant Fountain

SIDEBOARD
4 Scouring Sands
3 Negate
2 Nullify
2 Disdainful Stroke
1 Cancel
1 Coral Barrier
1 Barrage of Boulders
1 Whisk Away
[/d]

Beatnik! You may have defeated me this week, but I’ll get you next time! Next time!!

Yes, he defeated me in this week’s standard pauper sealed league match. But that is ok. It was an awesome fight and we beat each other up real good.

The thing I like about this deck is the [c]Sigiled Starfish[/c]. You read that correctly, the starfish. Why you may ask? Because he lets you scry at instant speed. And he blocks Minotaur tokens. This ridiculous starfish blocks raging minotaurs. How is that even possible? I have no idea. I am just glad he does.

What is the proper title for for a being that can reproduce by segmentation? It? That seems mean. I will just say he and if someone can correct me, feel free.

Now, lets look at an opening hand:

Keep! Very nice hand. And I get to have my pet starfish. Secret tech, you can scry the first upkeep you have after you play the starfish. Yes, it taps it for the turn but you smooth your draw immediately which is nice and can be crucial.

Now, for the curve!

Now let’s look at the next six cards:

Well, I gotta say, Gwyned was right. Izzet is pretty strong. Even though you have a lot of high cost spells, you have the tools to keep it going until you throw your hay maker.

Would you keep the original hand? Let me know what you think in the comments!

MagicGatheringStrat: The Podcast Ep. 1

It’s the first episode of the Magic Gathering Strat Podcast and everything is new and shiny! The guys talk about Standard Pauper, Classic Pauper, and what the name change means for the show! Plus special guest Gwyned breaks down being an awesome part of the Standard Pauper community! All this and your chance to support Dan with the Patreon! It’s the Magic Gathering Strat Podcast thanks for listening!

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The Standard Pauper Show, Ep 35

It’s a down week on the show as Standard Pauper is reloading for the new season. The guys take this chance to get caught up, and to talk about fun budget variants they enjoy. Plus Brennon breaks down a not budget Tiny Leaders build, and Dan makes an announcement! Its the Standard Pauper show, thanks for listening.

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The Standard Pauper Show, Issue 24

Section 1: This week in Standard Pauper

EDIT: Sometimes in my zeal for editing I go over board. This was one of those times. Our own Bava has made the top 2 in the league! Please give him a shout out when you can. Congrats Bava!

Four months of the gauntlet so far, I still can’t believe it has gone by so fast.

http://pdcmagic.com/gatherling/displaySeries.php?series=MPDC

MPDC 27.08
15 December 2014
Standard · 17 Players
11 Decks · ~65% Reported
3 rounds Swiss
Top 4 playoff
Hosted by gwyned

1st Wins! by MyGalaxy
2nd Izzet Control by tazerdadog
T4 UW Heroes by AmericanGaren
T4 BWR can’t touch this by Ruthelis

Cruise Watch: 2014
1st Place: 0 Cruise
2nd Place: 4 Cruise
3rd Place: 0 Cruise
4th Place: 0 Cruise

Lowest count so far this season. That cost may just be too steep for this format to really embrace it.

Section 2: The Winning Deck

Wins!
Standard · Aggro
1st by MyGalaxy in MPDC 27.08 (5-0)

[d]
Creatures
4 Loyal Pegasus
4 Mardu Hordechief
4 Selfless Cathar
4 Sungrace Pegasus
3 Akroan Skyguard
3 Jeskai Student
1 Cavalry Pegasus

Spells
4 Ajani’s Presence
4 Raise the Alarm
3 Inspired Charge
3 Triplicate Spirits
2 Gods Willing

Land
19 Plains
2 Radiant Fountain

SIDEBOARD
4 Pillar of Light
4 Oppressive Rays
3 Divine Favor
3 Kill Shot
1 Triplicate Spirits
[/d]

Curve time!

Again, the double tower approach to the curve reigns supreme.

You probably cannot ask for a better opening hand. You have two heroes, some creature based pump and a protection spells. What more do you want from an opening hand?

Now let’s look at the next six cards:

If you like gas, then have I got a six card rip for you! I really like where this deck is going. You be aggressive in white and come out looking like a saint! (See what I did there?)

Section 3: You did it! You really made it happen!

For several weeks I have been asking all of you to make Standard Pauper happen at your local gaming store. Finally, one of you did it!

Dr. Chris Baker, who helps out Team Fireball with his medically trained hands, managed to pull off quite the coup! None other than ChannelFireball.com itself is hosting a real live Standard Pauper event this weekend. I am in shock. I love this so much.

Let’s take a look at their posting:

ChannelFireball

12/21 Standard Pauper
Come join us for Standard Pauper this Sunday!

Format: Standard Pauper is a Constructed format of 75 cards (60 Maindeck, 15 sideboard) consisting entirely of Standard-legal commons only.

Entry: $6

Time: Noon

Rounds: 4

Prizes:

  • 4-0: 10 packs
  • 3-0-1: 8 packs
  • 3-1: 6 packs
  • 2-1-1: 4 packs
  • 2-2: 2 packs
  • 1-3: 1 pack

Amazing, for only $6 you can play a great format, get real live competition experience, and win some really good prizes. This is about as good of support as we could possibly hope for. ChannelFireball is the real deal. They sponsor a killer team at all of the Grand Prix’ and they have some of the best content around for serious magic players. If we ever wanted to be “legit” then now is the time!

I am very sad that I cannot make this event. Unfortunately it is about 1.000 miles away in Santa Clara, CA, and that is a bit out of my range for a day trip. I am hoping that anyone who goes to this event will take pictures or at least copy down some deck lists. I will post them up here along with next article and mention them on the Show as well. If you are in the area please click the link above and register for this fun event.

The Standard Pauper Show, Ep 24

Brennon and Sam talk about the changing meta as well as the Standard Pauper League! Dan joins us to discuss the pauper gauntlet and the vote back (sorry, the vote back is already over)!
Standard Pauper League: http://magicgatheringstrat.com/2014/10/community-league-update-changing-the-guard/
Pauper Gauntlet: http://mtgolibrary.blogspot.se/2014/09/the-decks-of-pauper-gauntlet.html

Faithless Looting #16: A League of One’s Own

Welcome back to Faithless Looting, my weekly look at budget lists and budget formats.

Week one of our third Community League is underway, and we’re playing Standard Pauper. The meta for the format is still shaking out a little bit, I think; which leaves interesting space to brew and counter the top strategies with better strategies. That said, the format has a boogeyman already. Thankfully it is not Dimir Mill; that deck is long gone. Instead, it is the somewhat more interesting to play against Izzet Control list. Or as Mundisv has deceptively named it: “I love me some Islands.”

The technically creatureless list controls the board with removal and counter-magic, and then plays Sorcery speed token generators to start the beatdowns. Do you like your tokens in minotaur or bird flavor? [c]Flurry of Horns[/c] will beat you down on the ground and the 2/3 bodies are surprisingly beefy in the format. For one mana more, [c]Rise of Eagles[/c] gives you a couple 2/2 tokens in the air, and even lets you Scry 1 when you cast it. I guess it must be the good view from up there.

Here is the list from Mundisv’s MPDC 27.04 win.

[d title=”Izzet Control (Standard Pauper) – Mundisv”]
Spells
4 Magma Spray
2 Traveler’s Amulet
4 Voyage’s End
4 Nullify
4 Flurry of Horns
4 Rise of Eagles
4 Lightning Strike
4 Treasure Cruise
2 Tormenting Voice
1 Crippling Chill
4 Divination

Land
9 Island
5 Mountain
1 Scouring Sands
4 Evolving Wilds
4 Swiftwater Cliffs

Sideboard
3 Scouring Sands
2 Coral Barrier
3 Negate
4 Disdainful Stroke
1 Benthic Giant
1 Cancel
1 Tormenting Voice [/d]

It’s a strong deck, but is it really a boogeyman? With the meta still sorting itself out, actually, it is hard to tell. Gwyned wrote a great piece over on his blog about countering Izzet Control and recommended two possible courses of action. They may sound familiar.

Go under the deck with a fast, aggressive strategy. Outlast the deck with grindy control.

I say they may sound familiar because honestly these are the go-to strategies against most mean decks. Beat ’em before they stabilize or play the long con.

Izzet Control won MPDC 27.04 but Mundisv went 0-3 with the deck the following week. Maltercio took the list into 3rd place, but it was this grindy control list that won the day, featuring our favorite shady merchant, Gary.

[d title=”UB Gary Control (Standard Pauper) – Fimbulvetrr”]
Creatures
4 Disciple of Phenax
4 Gray Merchant of Asphodel
3 Disowned Ancestor
3 Mardu Skullhunter
3 Nimbus Naiad
3 Typhoid Rats
2 Benthic Giant

Spells
4 Debilitating Injury
3 Read the Bones
3 Treasure Cruise
2 Feast of Dreams
2 Pharika’s Cure
1 Font of Return

Lands
12 Swamp
4 Dismal Backwater
4 Evolving Wilds
3 Island

SIDEBOARD
4 Negate
4 Mind Rot
2 Eternal Thirst
2 Feast of Dreams
2 Pharika’s Cure
1 Font of Return [/d]

I called in control, but UB Midrange might be more accurate. It has card draw and some removal, but there are plenty of creatures in there to beat down with, and plenty of black chits to turn on Gary as well.

I took a similar list into week 1 of the League, choosing to play Pie_Master’s list, “Gary’s Cruise,” which is a Golgari shell splashing Blue for Treasure Cruise, trying to get the absolute most value out of both TC and Gary, if possible. Those cards are both nuts, in my opinion, so any deck that can get full value out of them has no excuse not to win.

Funny enough, I made it through the entire match without casting Treasure Cruise, but I never needed it. Gary can do enough work on his own against any list not prepared to deal with him. Winning a game without ever attacking feels cheap, but since there are plenty of ways to disrupt it, it still feels more fair than Cruise.

My opponent in week 1 was Wisker, who has taken down his share of Standard Pauper events, but who brought RW Heroic to the table. I like the Heroic decks, but I feel like they may be too easy to disrupt in the current meta. I’d say more, but you can see how it played out for yourself below.

 

How was your first week of league? What did you play!?

Share your lists and experiences in the comments below!

Until next time, keep the faith.

/bava

Standard Pauper Show, Issue 13

Section 1: This week in Standard Pauper

Sam and I talk about the impending Khans of Tarkir card rotation. Also, Dan joins us to talk about The Pauper Gauntlet.

The Gauntlet has entered round 2, you can go here to pick your deck!

Section 2: The Winning Deck

MPDC 26.07
29 September 2014
Standard · 16 Players
12 Decks · 75% Reported
3 rounds Swiss
Top 4 playoff
Hosted by gwyned

Lets look at the results:

1st Bw Control by bigbee
2nd ETB v 2.0 by MyGalaxy
T4 White Wine by GodZo
T4 MBC by WujekMZK

Until the format rotates, I will be dedicating this article to preparation for the impending changes.

Section 3: Bring out your Khans

We talked about a Orzhov deck in the show above. Lets take a closer look:

WB AurAggro

Standard · Aggro-Combo
0th Cyrulean

[d]
Creatures
4 Ainok Bond-Kin
4 Akroan Skyguard
1 Feat of Resistance
4 Gods Willing
2 Griffin Dreamfinder
4 Heliod’s Pilgrim
4 Hopeful Eidolon
4 Wingsteed Rider

Spells
4 Cast into Darkness
2 Debilitating Injury
2 Font of Return
4 Molting Snakeskin

Land
4 Evolving Wilds
8 Plains
4 Scoured Barrens
5 Swamp

Sideboard
4 Duress
3 Erase
1 Feast of Dreams
1 Feat of Resistance
4 Kill Shot
2 Pillar of Light
[/d]

I took the recently winning deck type of WB Auras and made some simple changes:

IN OUT

Keening is leaving and we will need to rely on some spells to take her place. Also, Ainok will give us some first strike action for our heroic cards and any others we put a +1/+1 counter on. This is important due to the rotation of [c]Ethereal Armor[/c]. Giving every heroic first strike will greatly benefit our team of weenies.

IN OUT

Bye-bye Auramancer, you will be missed. The Dreamfinder is just too expensive to add more than 2 of. However, its ability cannot be understated. While the pilgrim lets you go fishing, the Dreamfinder can repair the damage a well placed removal spell does to your plans… or dreams as it were.

IN OUT

I know what you are saying. I know Snakeskin is not even the close to armor, but you have to get over it. Armor is gone. Odds are we will never see that card at common ever again. It was just too good. I chose this because it pumps and adds a benefit, regen in this case, for a single mana. That is decent value. It isn’t Rancor (another card that will never be common again) but I like it. As there are no sacrifice effects in standard right now, regen become more valuable. Would you agree?

IN OUT

Pacifism is out and that does not leave us many viable options for white removal. [c]Oppressive rays[/c] is nice but quickly become irrelevant as the game goes on. Since this seems to be more of an aggro build, making their best blocker considerably worse seems like a good option.

IN OUT

I hate you stab wound, get out of my life! Call me maybe? Anyway, stabby is gone. Say hello to some injury. It isn’t dead weight, but it aint bad neither. I think it is sufficient for our needs.

IN OUT

As cool as indestructible is, I think protection goes further. It works on offense and defense. You get a counter and can use the protection to bust through defenses. In a world of heroic, getting 2 counters for the price of one is value all the way around.

IN OUT

A nice even trade. Honestly, I like the refuge lands a lot better. That 1 life goes a long way in an aggressive pauper meta. I put these in my cube as well.

IN OUT

The flare is an awesome card and will be missed. During the prerelease I could not wait for my opponent to attack so I could use my sweet grip of kill shots. It is about as close to unconditional removal we will get at common in white. This format will be creature driven and driven hard. I may consider putting these in the main over the [c]cast into darkness[/c]. Would you?

IN OUT

We still need enchant removal. Unfortunately this removal does not come attached to a 2/2. Oh well, I guess we have to settle for instant exile instead.

Section 4: A look at Classic Pauper

Want to see double turn two kill?

 

Dan has done some crazy things in the pauper gauntlet, but this was topper!

What do you all think?

The Standard Pauper Show, Issue 6

Section 1: Pauper Cubing, yeah this is off topic

I created a Pauper Cube (based off an established cube) and I am going to put it together in paper form.

Now, here are some cards from M15 that I want to add. What I need to know from you, the good people of the standard pauper community, are these cards good enough to fit into this cube and if so are they replacements or additions.

[c]Heliod’s Pilgrim[/c]

A common enchant tutor! Should this replace [c]Totem-Guide Hartebeest[/c] or should this be added in addition?

[c]Triplicate Spirits[/c]

One thing I am not running is [c]Cenn’s Enlistment[/c] but I do have [c]Battle Screech[/c] in the cube. Should this be added? Or do you think that running in tandem with screech is too over powered?

[c]Coral Barrier[/c]

I feel I may be too heavy on blue creatures. Can you see what this could replace or would it just be a good additional card?

[c]Frost Lynx[/c]

I like this card! Been referred to as the blue [c]Kor Hookmaster[/c]. I feel this is the baby [c]Frost Titan[/c] or at least what I assume the titan would have as a pet.

[c]Void Snare[/c]

A one mana [c]boomerang[/c] is very attractive. Sorcery speed is not so attractive. However, I think adding an additional blue utility spell over a creature may be in order.

[c]Festergloom[/c]

Almost like [c]Evincar’s Justice[/c] but one sided and not quite as deadly. Seems like a very flavorful black card. Would you put it in?

[c]Borderland Marauder[/c]

Is this not the perfect 2 drop aggro card in red? If not, it is close. I like it better than [c]Gore-House Chainwalker[/c] only because it can “block.”

[c]Generator Servant[/c]

Red mana ramp is not easy to come by. Especially ramp with an upside! I think this needs to go in but where?

[c]Invasive Species[/c]

The green [c]Kor Skyfisher[/c]! I think this will mostly be used for knocking off negative enchants, but that could be reason enough to add them in.

Give me your thoughts. Also, did I miss any other gems from M15 that should be included?

Section 2: This week in review


MPDC 25.08
21 July 2014
Standard · 14 Players
10 Decks · ~71% Reported
3 rounds Swiss
Top 4 playoff
Hosted by gwyned

1st RedBlue CounterBurn* by beatnik bobby
2nd I promised not to play this* by rremedio1
T4 CREATURELESS DIMIR MILL* by milegyenanevem
T4 Deck not found** by moromete

Well, only 10 decks participated. Not an uncommon showing just before a new set is to be released. I still feel the format is strong.

Section 3: The winning decks!

I lied again, only one deck as there was no SPDC this week. Rest assured that I will report on that event as well.

REDBLUE COUNTERBURN

Standard · Control
1st by beatnik bobby in MPDC 25.08 (4-1)

[d]
Creatures
4 Nivix Cyclops
Spells
3 Rise of Eagles
3 Flurry of Horns
3 Nullify
4 Essence Scatter
4 Lightning Strike
4 Shock
4 Voyage’s End
3 Magma Spray
2 Dispel
2 Electrickery
1 Chandra’s Outrage
1 Negate
1 Tin Street Market
Lands
9 Island
8 Mountain
4 Izzet Guildgate
SIDEBOARD
4 Annul
3 Frostburn Weird
2 Razortip Whip
2 Prescient Chimera
2 Disperse
1 Cancel
1 Dispel[/d]

I had to make some assumptions as the deck listing software still does not have Journey into Nix cards entered yet. I went with 3 each of Rise, Flurry and Nullify.

Let’s look at a sample opening hand:

I think you have to keep this hand. It has all the colors of mana you need. You will be fending off the opponent for a long time while you build up your mana base.

Now let’s look at the next six cards:

You guys make some pretty good decks. We seem to have week after week of being rewarded for keeping hands that appear shaky. Impressive. I do wonder about the [c]Tin Street Market[/c]. Seems like a lot of mana for rummage effect. Is it worth it?

What do you think? Let me know in the comments!

The Standard Pauper Show, Issue 5

Section 1: What is up with all this drama?

As you should already know by now, Version 3 of the Magic the Gathering Online client is now defunct. Gone are the 1990’s style graphics and static proportional window resizing. We must now welcome the newest client, Version 4! This newer version is replete with the latest in 2004 technology. The line art, the clunky interface, it all harkens back to the days of Windows 2000 and Pentium 2s. Such fond memories. Oh, but seriously, do not try to run version 4 on a PII. It will not work.

Before we move on, I created a video tribute to the passing of our dear friend.

Such sadness. That is what I feel, in my heart.

Anyway, moving on! Bava has done a spiffy up-do on the Version 4 client.

Give the man a hand! Well done, sir. I hope you, dear reader, can take these tools and use them for the betterment of mankind. Maybe we should start with a PRE and work on the social reform later.

Section 2: This week in review

Hold on to your hats folks. Even if you are not wearing them, go find a hat and hold on to it. We have two PRE events to cover in a single week!

SPDC is back and it is now held on Sunday. This updated event is being run under the watchful eye of Dr. Chris Baker himself. The guardian of Dimir Mill is hosting the event.


SPDC 20.128
13 July 2014
Standard · 4 Players
4 Decks · 100% Reported
3 rounds Swiss
Top 4 playoff
Hosted by DrChrisBakerDC

1st Creatureless Dimir Mill* by DrChrisBakerDC
2nd Stolen Black and White* by Rahrahrah
T4 Junk gatekeepers by Forli
T4 nny* by Kriss

Ok, I want to stop here for a second and thank the 3 people who participated. I also want to stop and get on a soap box. If we expect, as a community, for more events to fire, we must support them with participation. I realize this was the first one and no one is used to the schedule. However, if you want to compete for fun and maybe even prizes, this is a great way to get involved. Heck, I may even feature you on this site if your deck does well! Anyway, stepping down off my box.


MPDC 25.07
14 July 2014
Standard · 22 Players
20 Decks · ~91% Reported
4 rounds Swiss
Top 8 playoff
Hosted by gwyned

1st CREATURELESS DIMIR MILL* by milegyenanevem
2nd Azorius* by MyGalaxy
T4 Selesnya Aura* by GodZo
T4 Junkkeeepers by gwyned
T8 MonoBlack* by Chipp
T8 Junk gatekeepers by Forli
T8 UR Burn Control* by Kriss
T8 DR. ORZ* by Muzac

Section 3: The winning decks!

Ok, I lied, there is only one deck that won both! I promise that, in the future, I will bring deck lists of both winning decks.

CREATURELESS DIMIR MILL

Standard · Control
1st by DrChrisBakerDC in SPDC 20.128 (4-1)

[d]
Spells
4 Death’s Approach
4 Devour Flesh
4 Essence Scatter
4 Grisly Spectacle
4 Pilfered Plans
4 Psychic Strike
4 Thassa’s Bounty
2 Crypt Incursion
1 Pharika’s Cure
1 Tome Scour
4 Countermand

Lands
11 Swamp
9 Island
4 Dimir Guildgate

Sideboard
2 Servant of Tymaret
3 Tome Scour
3 Duress
2 Dispel
2 Shrivel
2 Negate
1 Benthic Giant
[/d]

I have made my made my feelings on mill well known. It is like a scab I pick at. I know the wound will seep, but I cannot help but pick at it. Dimir mill, why can’t I quit you?

Let’s look at a sample opening hand:

I knew Countermand would come up sooner or later. You sickos just couldn’t keep away from it.

I am keeping this hand. I want three mana, but I feel this is about as good as we can hope for. I imagine if I pitched this hand. Drew a similar hand with 2 lands, I would keep that hand. So why pitch this one?

Now let’s look at the next six cards:

We seem to have run into something of a flood. The up side of that is the fact that we will be able to cast everything in our opening hand along with what ever spell we eventually draw.

Section 4: M15 and Me (maybe a little bit you too)

Lets take a look at this card:

Baby [c]Frost Titan[/c]! I want to put him in the Blue Flyers deck.

[d]
Creatures
4 Welkin Tern
2 Cloaked Siren
2 Nephalia Seakite
4 Frostburn Weird
4 Nimbus Naiad
4 Cloudfin Raptor

Spells
3 Hubris
1 Divination
2 Mizzium Skin
3 Negate
3 Divination
4 Vaporkin
4 Nullify

Land
20 Island

Sideboard
1 Griptide
3 Pin to the Earth
1 Mizzium Skin
2 Hands of Binding
1 Negate
1 Griptide
3 Razortip Whip
1 Hubris
2 Dispel
[/d]

The question is where? Where do I stick this guy. I feel that until rotation, I want to leave in [c]Frostburn Weird[/c].

I almost want to replace [c]Cloudfin Raptor[/c] with the Lynx. My reasoning is that the Raptor has potential to be good. Where as the Lynx is already good. Even without a proper target for the torpor effect, the kitty can beat down as a 2/2. The problem is curve. The Lynx is 3CMC. Is getting rid of our only 1 drop may make the deck just too slow to come back from any substantial beat down.

What do you think?