Community League #5: Classic Pauper, Winner!

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Playing a Pauper league felt like coming home. It’s definitely in our wheelhouse and certainly a favorite format in our community. Hopefully that means you guys all had a blast in the Classic Pauper league, and some good Magic was played. I personally enjoy the undiscovered brewing formats for league play, but will never complain about “having” to play Pauper. Tie-breakers at 3-1 kept Brennon and I out of the Top 8, but competition was tough at the top end and we probably would have been stomped anyway.

After four rounds of Swiss play and a grueling top 8 shoot-out, though, I am happy to declare our winner.

League #5: Classic Pauper – Winner!

Congrats to Landonpeanut for his win! Landon went 3-1 in Swiss and made into the Top 8 as the 7th seed. He then swept the Top 8 by defeating JorgeJacoh, Dredsilver, and Reversed. Well done!

I’ve decided at this point that Landon never reads his email, so perhaps he will tell us in the comments what list he played and what some of his memorable matches were like.

For winning the event, Landon will receive 5 tickets and a $10 credit to MTGOTraders. Thanks again to JSiri84 for contributing the credit.

For coming in second, Reversed will receive 5 tickets.

Carnuz receives 10 tickets for being the highest-ranking patron in the event.

We like to reward our patrons whenever possible. If you really want to support this community, please consider signing up.

Congratulations to all our winners!

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As far as I know, Pierakor and Dredsilver never actually played it out, so they actually share the third-place spot.

Share your lists!

I played a different list every week and the videos are out there for the world to see. After getting stomped by Maigray in week one, I had a nice run to finish 3-1.

What did you play and how did it go? Share in the comments below or the league forum.

Our top-ranking patron, Carnuz, played Stompy for the whole event and shared his list and an overview of his matches.

[d title=”Carnuz Stompy (Pauper)”]
Land
1 Tranquil Thicket
15 Forest

Creatures
4 Nettle Sentinel
3 Quirion Ranger
3 River Boa
2 Scattershot Archer
4 Skarrgan Pit-Skulk
4 Young Wolf
4 Garruk’s Companion
2 Silhana Ledgewalker

Spells
3 Groundswell
4 Mutagenic Growth
4 Vines of Vastwood
2 Bonesplitter
4 Rancor
1 Epic Confrontation

Sideboard
3 Gleeful Sabotage
1 Serene Heart
1 Shinen of Life’s Roar
2 Tangle
3 Vault Skirge
1 Leaf Arrow
2 Epic Confrontation
2 Scattershot Archer [/d]

Carnuz says: In round 1 I won vs Reversed’s Delver deck. In g1 I was on the play, kept a mediocre hand with 3 forest but I was lucky to draw just one more land and managed to win attacking with a couple of nettle sentinel and a garruk companion. In g2 I had to mull to 5. He starts the beatdown with a ninja and a golem but I could play a river boa and rancor. It seems the game has become a race, until he snaps my boa and wins 2 turns later. g3 I kept a nice hand: forest, 2 quirion ranger, nettle sentinel, garruk’s companion, skarrgan pit-skulk and young wolf. I drew the second land in turn 4, but my rangers worked full time until then, because he casted curse of chains on my skarrgan. Finally he conceded in turn 5.

I didn’t play round 2 because we couldn’t meet with my opp.

I faced Gonz’s MBC in round 3. All 3 games were really fast. In g1 my little minions managed to win, fighting vs his tons of removal but I kept a nice hand and drew well. G2 I kept a good hand and had a nice start, but then crypt rats kill all my creatures when I’m tapped out, with many pump spells in my hand. I conceded after a gary and an angler. g3 I managed to win with a big Silhana, helped by an undying guy because of edict effects.

Round 4 I was crushed by Jorge Jacoh’s Delver deck. No options, he stomped me though my list is built against delver, with the main river boas and scattershot archers, but you know, delver is delver.

And the format for League #6 will be …

You guys put in your nominations last week, and now, as the winner, Landonpeanut gets to choose the format from among the top nominees. Those choices are:

Extended Pauper (Commons only, Innistrad – Magic Origins)

Modern Silverblack (Commons and uncommons from Modern-legal sets)

Legacy Silverblack (Commons and uncommons from Legacy-legal sets)

I think the concerns about moderating an Heirloom event are valid and right now it’s more than I want to take on. I have concerns about Legacy Silverblack because, technically, that includes [c]Wasteland[/c], but other than that it seems worth a shot. Are there other obscenely expensive Legacy cards at Common or Uncommon I should know about?

Landon, let us know in the comments which format from the list above you’d like to pick.

Thanks everyone for playing and I hope you enjoyed the league. Become a patron to help support future events!

Cheers!

/bava

 

Community League #5: Classic Pauper, Top 8

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Hey gang!

Check out the week one article for a reminder on rules, reporting, and prize payouts.

I sent out an email to the top 8 players already, but otherwise all updates will take place here.

Week Four for Bava

Avery didn’t want to tell me what he was playing while I picked a list (weird, right?) – so I went with Goblins this week. Turns out, he was playing Delver, which is a fun (tough!) match-up. It’s some good Magic, for sure, so check it out if you haven’t already.

 

What have you guys been playing and how has it gone? Respond in the comments below, or use the league forum!

Nominate a format!

Thanks to everyone who played in our Classic Pauper league. As a quick reminder, these leagues are possible (and guaranteed!) because of our Patreon support. Please consider becoming a patron and supporting all the work that we do to bring you quality Magic content and events.

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Our Swiss rounds are over, which means it is time for top 8 pairings AND time to nominate a format for the next league. You know how it works. Submit a comment down below, there, and nominate ONE format you would like us to play for the next league. We try to be inclusive, so budget formats are generally preferred, but you can nominate anything you want.

Feel free to be creative and come up with your own formats, e.g. rotating block Pauper, under 10 tix Modern, bring-your-own-block Silverblack, and so on. You can chance your nomination at any time before the final decision is made, but you may only have one official nomination up at any time.

The winner of this league will get the final choice for the next format, choosing from among only the most popular nominations.

Top 8 Pairings

With further ado, here they are. My math was wrong last week, we actually had two people with 3-1 records get knocked out of the top 8 because of tiebreakers. Unfortunately, those two people where Brennon and me. Oh well, I did win the last league, which felt weird. This way other people have a chance! I will update the bracket as people report, so keep an eye on Challonge for the most up to date pairings. Our goal is to finish the top 8 matches before Monday, June 22.

If you have any questions, get in touch.

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Good luck, have fun!

Community League #5: Classic Pauper, Week 3

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Hey gang!

Check out the week one article for a reminder on rules, reporting, and prize payouts.

I’m not sending out any more email updates, so hopefully you all made it here to this article, one way or another!

Week Two for Bava

I played Domain Zoo in week 2 against Sebastian_Boller, who was playing an interesting UW Exalted list.

What have you guys been playing and how has it gone? Respond in the comments below, or use the league forum!

Week Three Pairings

With further ado, here they are. We had two more drops after week two, so yawgmoths_trust gets a BYE this week. If you have any questions, get in touch.

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Good luck, have fun!

 

Community League #5: Classic Pauper, Week 2

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Hey gang!

Check out last week’s article for a reminder on rules, reporting, and prize payouts.

I’m not sending out any more email updates, so hopefully you all made it here to this article, one way or another!

Week One for Bava

I played Elves for week one and was up against Maigray, who ran a version of Stompy that had a +1/+1 counters sub-theme. This could have worked out fine for elves, but unfortunately he had the removal for my key players every time, and I got “stomped” in short order.

Sorry, I spoiled it already. Here is the video of my gruesome defeat.

 

What have you guys been playing and how has it gone? Respond in the comments below, or use the league forum!

Week Two Pairings

With further ado, here they are. We had one drop after week one, so zqft gets a BYE this week. If you have any questions, get in touch.

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Good luck, have fun!

 

Community League #5: Classic Pauper, Week 1

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Get your Pauper lists together, because it’s time to get this league rolling!

First, a shout-out to our Patrons. Without our supporters on Patreon we would not be able to do these leagues, which now occur every 2 months. For as little as $2 per month you let us do awesome things. If you’re not a patron already, please consider signing up today.

Here is a quick reminder of how this thing works.

League Rules

1. Classic Pauper lists may include commons from MTGO sets. It’s an official format in Magic Online, so just use the Pauper filter and you’re all set. You may play a new list every week or keep the same list, so long as each list is Pauper legal.

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

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. After two consecutive draw weeks due to lack of communication, you will 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 June 28.

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

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

9. Contact me if you have any questions.

League Prizes

Prize support is enabled through the support of our patrons and sponsors. If you’re interested in sponsoring this event or future events, please get in touch.

Thanks to Jason Sirichoke (jsiri84) for contributing a $10 MTGO Traders Gift Certificate to the prize pool.

The winner of the league will receive 5 tickets and a $10 MTGO Traders Gift Certificate.

Second place will receive 5 tickets.

The best-ranking patron in the league will receive 10 tickets in addition to any other prizes they are due.

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 if we reach Patreon support of $200 by the end of May and maintain it through the end of the event.

Week One Pairings

With further ado, here they are. Good luck, have fun! If you have any questions, get in touch.

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Announcing Community League #5: Classic Pauper

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Thanks to the continued support of our wonderful patrons, league #4 is barely behind us and we are already full-steam ahead with league #5.

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Community League #5: Format and Rules

As the winner of league #4, PunningLinguist got to choose the format from among those with the most votes. The options I presented to him included Classic Heirloom, Modern Heirloom, Classic Pauper, and Modern Pauper. And yes, I’ve already given it away in the title up there, but he chose Classic Pauper!

Registration is open now and closes in two weeks on Friday, May 15.

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 May 15 and will also send out an email with contact information. That is the only email you will get! 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!

We will play 4 weeks of Swiss and then cut to top 8 with the goal to finish the league by June 21.

League Rules

1. Classic Pauper has a filter on MTGO so that part is easy. You may play a new list every week or keep the same list, so long as each list is Pauper legal.

2. You get 3 points for a win and 1 point for a draw. 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. After two consecutive draw weeks due to lack of communication, you will 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 weeks of Swiss and then cut to Top 8. The league will end by June 21.

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

The winner of the league will receive 10 tickets.

In addition, the best-ranking patron in the league will receive 10 tickets. If that is the same person, they will receive 20 tickets.

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 if we reach Patreon support of $250 by the end of May 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.