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. 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

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MagicGatheringStrat: The Podcast Ep. 8

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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?

The MagicGatheringStrat Show, Ep. 5

Section 1: This week in Standard Pauper

Section 2: Player run events

MPDC 28.05
23 March 2015
Standard · 13 Players
10 Decks · ~77% Reported
3 rounds Swiss
Top 4 playoff
Hosted by gwyned

1st heroismo* by kukikira
2nd BW Tokens Flood* by Ruthelis
T4 Heroic cruise* by Forli
T4 U/R Control* by Nagi_Bultra

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

Ok, now for the deck:

Since we have seen Boros heroic and WU heroic like every week, lets look at something slightly different:

BW TOKENS FLOOD
Standard · Aggro-Combo
2nd by Ruthelis in MPDC 28.05 (4-1)
[d]
Creatures
4 sandsteppe outcast
4 Loyal Pegasus
4 Mardu Hordechief
4 Selfless Cathar
2 Sungrace Pegasus
1 Cavalry Pegasus

Spells
4 harsh sustenance
4 Inspired Charge
4 Raise the Alarm
4 Read the Bones
4 Triplicate Spirits
1 Gods Willing

Lands
11 Plains
5 Swamp
4 Scoured Barrens

SIDEBOARD
3 reach of shadows
3 sandblast
4 Oppressive Rays
2 Meditation Puzzle
2 Ajani’s Presence
1 Pillar of Light
[/d]

Very cool that it is White Weenie splashing for Read the Bones and Harsh Sustenance.

Do you think there is room for: [c]Foul-Tongue Shriek[/c]? Seems tailor made for it.

Now, lets look at an opening hand:

Ideal turns:

Turn 1: Scoured Barrens
Turn 2: Selfless Cathar and Scoured Barrens
Turn 3: Plains and Sandsteppe Outcast making a token, attack for 1 with Cathar
Turn 4: Cast Triplicate Spirits
Turn 5: Harsh Sustenance for 6, opponent at 13, Swing for 6, opponent at 7
Turn 6: Sacrifice Cathar and swing for 11.

Now that is with nothing but the cards in your hand. Will that work? I guess if you only have 3 mana, that’s a pretty strong outcome.

Now let’s look at the next six cards:

No mana, but you have plays for days. This looks pretty strong.

If we decide to use [c]Foul-Tongue Shriek[/c], where would it go?

Personally, I would put it in place of [c]Inspired Charge[/c]. Yes, charge is a blow out. However, it doesn’t give you life and it costs double white and is a 4 cmc spell.

Lets look at that math above if we replace the charge with shriek.

On the draw, this would be your opening hand:

Turn 1: Scoured Barrens
Turn 2: Scoured Barrens, cast Selfless Cathar

Your hand looks like this:

Turn 3: Plains, Sandsteppe Outcast making a token, attack for 1 with Cathar.
Turn 4: Triplicate Spirits

Your hand looks like this:

Here is your board state:

boardstate 1

What do you do?

If you Harsh Sustenance for 6 and swing in, that is 13 damage.

If you double cast [c]Foul-Tounged Shriek[/c] and swing in, you gain 12 and they lose 12 and you potentially strike for 7 which would be lethal.

What would be the difference if you happen to have another plains, and Inspired Charge?

If you attack and cast charge, you strike in for 19 just like with the shriek, but you you gain no life.

If your opponent has blockers, they take no damage. With Shriek, they lose life regardless, same with Harsh Sustenance.

So which is better?

The MagicGatheringStrat Show, Ep. 4

Section 1: This week in Standard Pauper

I really like the [c]Glaring Aegis[/c]. It speaks to me and my love of value.

Section 2: Player run events

MPDC 28.04
16 March 2015
Standard · 14 Players
10 Decks · ~71% Reported
3 rounds Swiss
Top 4 playoff
Hosted by gwyned

1st Heroic cruise* by Forli
2nd UW* by Yaxarell
T4 Men In Light Blue* by Adner
T4 Grixis Merchant of Asphodel* by rremedio1

Well, since the only thing new in the top 4 is a Grixis deck, let’s look at what Roberto has for us!

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

Ok, now for the deck:

[d title=”Grixis Merchant of Asphodel by Rremedio”]
Creatures
3 Gurmag Angler
4 Black Cat
4 Gray Merchant of Asphodel
4 Pharika’s Chosen
3 Generator Servant
1 Disciple of Phenax
1 Mnemonic Wall

Spells
3 Lightning Strike
3 Rakshasa’s Secret
3 Tormenting Voice
3 Treasure Cruise
2 Voyage’s End
1 Peel from Reality
1 Unmake the Graves
1 Void Snare

Lands
5 Swamp
4 Bloodfell Caves
4 Dismal Backwater
4 Evolving Wilds
2 Island
2 Mountain
2 Swiftwater Cliffs

Sideboard
2 Pharika’s Cure
2 Barrage of Boulders
2 Negate
2 Feast of Dreams
1 Voyage’s End
1 Disciple of Phenax
1 Rakshasa’s Secret [/d]

Now, lets look at an opening hand:

Turn 4 angler is pretty good, but is that fast enough? You have a bit of protection with voyage’s end. I am concerned this has too many high cost cards. You are years away from casting that treasure cruise.

Now let’s look at the next six cards:

So, what Dragons cards make this deck stronger?

What new cards make this deck weaker?

I would replace [c]Void Snare[/c] with [c]Sidisi’s Faithful[/c]. It can be a blocker if needed and it cannot be negated!

What do you think?

MagicGatheringStrat: The Podcast Ep. 3

This week there are Dragons and Spoilers everywhere. It’s spoiler season again and we have commons. Plus Standard Pauper, Pauper Classic Tuesday’s, Sealed League, Patreon, Vacations, and Silver Black League!!!!
Its the only podcast you need, and thanks for listening!

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?

MagicGatheringStrat: The Podcast Ep. 2

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MagicGatheringStrat: The Podcast Ep. 1

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The Standard Pauper Show, Issue 32

Section 1: This week in Standard Pauper

Section 2: Player run events

This is an off week so no PDCMagic this week!

This week I will be discussing other budget magic.

We will be returning to our regularly scheduled programming next week!

Section 3: Can Tiny Leaders have a tiny budget?

In the show you saw this crazy expensive list:

[d title=”$410 Hanna Pillow Fort (Tiny Leaders)”]
Tiny Leader
1 Hanna, Ship’s Navigator
Creature
1 Drift of Phantasms
1 Trinket Mage

Planeswalker
1 Jace Beleren

Instant
1 Cyclonic Rift
1 Enlightened Tutor
1 Forbid
1 Muddle the Mixture
1 Mystical Tutor

Sorcery
1 Fabricate
1 Idyllic Tutor
1 Merchant Scroll
1 Prosperity
[/d]
[d]
Artifact
1 Anvil of Bogardan
1 Azorius Signet
1 Claws of Gix
1 Expedition Map
1 Howling Mine
1 Iron Maiden
1 Sensei’s Divining Top
1 Static Orb
1 Winter Orb

Enchantment
1 Arcane Laboratory
1 Luminarch Ascension
1 Overburden
1 Propaganda
1 Rhystic Study
1 Seal of Cleansing
1 Solitary Confinement
1 Standstill
[/d]
[d]
Land
1 Academy Ruins
1 Buried Ruin
1 Celestial Colonnade
1 Command Tower
1 Flooded Strand
1 Glacial Fortress
1 Hallowed Fountain
2 Island
1 Kor Haven
1 Mystic Gate
1 Phyrexia’s Core
3 Plains
1 Reliquary Tower
1 Seachrome Coast
1 Terramorphic Expanse
1 Tolaria West
1 Tundra
[/d]
[d]
Sideboard
1 Aura of Silence
1 Cleansing Meditation
1 Ghostly Prison
1 Minds Aglow
1 Sculpting Steel
1 Tormod’s Crypt
1 Web of Inertia
1 Relic of Progenitus
1 Valorous Stance
1 Celestial Flare
[/d]

By making some sacrifices, we got it down to the manageable size of $89

[d title=”Hanna on a Budget (Tiny Leaders)”]
Tiny Leader
1 Hanna, Ship’s Navigator

Creature
1 Drift of Phantasms
1 Trinket Mage

Planeswalker
1 Jace Beleren

Instant
1 Cyclonic Rift
1 Forbid
1 Impulse
1 Long-Term Plans
1 Muddle the Mixture
1 Mystical Tutor

Sorcery
1 Fabricate
1 Merchant Scroll
1 Prosperity
[/d]
[d]
Artifact
1 Anvil of Bogardan
1 Azorius Signet
1 Claws of Gix
1 Expedition Map
1 Howling Mine
1 Iron Maiden
1 Crystal ball
1 Static Orb
1 Winter Orb

Enchantment
1 Arcane Laboratory
1 Luminarch Ascension
1 Overburden
1 Propaganda
1 Rhystic Study
1 Seal of Cleansing
1 Personal Sanctuary
1 Standstill
[/d]
[d]
Land
1 Adarkar Wastes
1 Azorius Chancery
1 Buried Ruin
1 Command Tower
1 Evolving Wilds
1 Forbidding Watchtower
1 Glacial Fortress
1 Halimar Depths
2 Island
1 Mystifying Maze
1 Phyrexia’s Core
3 Plains
1 Reliquary Tower
1 Seachrome Coast
1 Terramorphic Expanse
1 Tolaria West
1 Tranquil Cove
[/d]
[d]
Sideboard
1 Aura of Silence
1 Celestial Flare
1 Cleansing Meditation
1 Ghostly Prison
1 Hanna, Ship’s Navigator
1 Minds Aglow
1 Relic of Progenitus
1 Sculpting Steel
1 Tormod’s Crypt
1 Valorous Stance
1 Web of Inertia
[/d]

I am afraid that what Tiny Leaders has done is take all the most expensive cards in Magic and made a format for them.

Now, for even more budget friendliness you can look at my Lin Sivvi deck:

[d title=”Lin Sivvi and her Budget Rebels $70 (Tiny Leaders)”]
Tiny Leader
1 Lin Sivvi, Defiant Hero

Creatures
1 Amrou Scout
1 Aven Riftwatcher
1 Children of Korlis
1 Defiant Falcon
1 Defiant Vanguard
1 Lawbringer
1 Lightbringer
1 Mirror Entity
1 Ramosian Captain
1 Ramosian Lieutenant
1 Ramosian Sergeant
1 Shield Dancer
1 Steadfast Guard
1 Thermal Glider
[/d]
[d]
Instant
1 Condemn
1 Enlightened Tutor
1 Path to Exile
1 Swords to Plowshares

Sorcery
1 Martial Coup
[/d]
[d]
Artifact
1 Basalt Monolith
1 Commander’s Sphere
1 Hall of Triumph
1 Hero’s Blade
1 Lightning Greaves
1 Swiftfoot Boots
1 Worn Powerstone

Enchantment
1 Bound in Silence
1 Glorious Anthem
1 Honor of the Pure
1 Oblivion Ring
1 Shared Triumph

Land
1 Nykthos, Shrine to Nyx
17 Plains
[/d]
[d]
Sideboard:
1 Champion’s Helm
1 Dawn Charm
1 Extraplanar Lens
1 Oblation
1 Rule of Law
1 Stonecloaker
1 Unexpectedly Absent
1 Whipcorder
1 Expedition Map
1 Sword of Vengeance
[/d]

If you replace [c]Enlightened Tutor[/c] with [c]Quest for the Holy Relic[/c] and [c]Lightning Greaves[/c] with [c]Whispersilk Cloak[/c], you shave another $20 off the list!

But does that make this a budget-friendly format? I think you would have to consider what playing this format means to you. Are you just trying to jam as many quick games as you can? Maybe this works. Are you trying to have a full evening of competition with your friends? Maybe this works. If you all want to sit around the same table and BS while playing, stick with Commander. If you want to run a mini-tournament in your house for some “prize”, this may work out pretty well.

Do you have any budget friendly non competition legal decks? Lets hear about it!

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The Standard Pauper Show, Issue 31

Section 1: This week in Standard Pauper

Let’s give a big round of applesauce to Jack! Thanks for bringing your own brand of mad brew science to the show!

Section 2: Player run events

A quick note from Gwyned: “Yes MPDC will be off next week, with the first event of the new season on Monday, February 16th.”



MPDC 27 WORLDS

2 February 2015
Standard · 16 Players
11 Decks · ~69% Reported
4 rounds Swiss
Top 8 playoff
Hosted by gwyned

1st MyGalaxy’s WW by bigbee
2nd RDW by Carnuz
T4 Rats Cats Garys and Cruises by JorgeJacoh
T4 Once More With Feeling by Trompinha
T8 BU Hexproof by beatnik bobby
T8 Golden Army by DoutorTyr
T8 WR Heroic by goomy1
T8 Looses to itself* by MyGalaxy

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

See kids, you don’t have to go cruisin’ to have a good time.

As Gwyned pointed out on his twitter feed, Bigbee did this whole season without catching cruise fever. Well done, Bigbee!

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

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

Land
19 Plains
2 Radiant Fountain

SIDEBOARD
4 Divine Favor
3 Smite the Monstrous
3 Erase
2 Pillar of Light
1 Ajani’s Presence
1 Gods Willing
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This deck is a bliznado of white fury. I like how he references My Galaxy in the title but makes 1st place. Yet MyGalaxy hilariously names a very similar deck “Loses to itself” and finishes a distant Top 8. (Yes I am guessing the name was done after the fact, but come on. Pretend the joke was a confluence of cosmic hilarity and not pre-planned schtick. )

We have seen this archetype several times over the course of the season. So, I will not be showcasing this deck. Instead, I give you the runner up!.

RDW
Standard · Unclassified
2nd by Carnuz in MPDC 27 WORLDS (3-2)

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Creatures
4 Akroan Crusader
4 Foundry Street Denizen
4 Nyxborn Rollicker
4 Satyr Hoplite
3 Bloodfire Expert
3 Borderland Marauder
3 Minotaur Skullcleaver
3 Valley Dasher

Spells
4 Lightning Strike
3 Dragon Mantle
3 Hammerhand
3 Titan’s Strength
2 Barrage of Boulders

Lands
17 Mountain

SIDEBOARD
3 Scouring Sands
3 Magma Spray
3 Font of Ire
3 Fall of the Hammer
3 Act of Treason
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JPHSnake would be proud! RDW is a classic. It will always be around. However, the last 2 times this deck was entered, it didn’t even make Top 8. It always amazes me out varied this meta is yet it has the smallest pool of cards.

Now, lets look at an opening hand:

Not bad. I think you have to expect a lot of hands like this.

The slope of power!:

Now let’s look at the next six cards:

My ultimate fear when playing a crazy aggro style deck, the flood. Like the old testament, when I flood is significant, it can destroy your whole world. That may be too dramatic, but with no way of dealing with extra cards, you are stuck with what you have.

Section 3: Fate Reforged

Lets look at a potential brew regarding the newest release:

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Creatures
2 Benthic Giant
4 Monastery Flock
3 Vaporkin
3 Welkin Tern
4 Write into being

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

Land
4 Evolving Wilds
17 Island
4 Radiant Fountain

Sideboard
1 Benthic Giant
4 Disdainful Stroke
3 Griptide
4 Negate
1 Rise of Eagles
2 Weave Fate
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This deck is stuck between being aggro and control. Is that what they call midrange? I have never understood that term. I just hear people call a deck midrange and I go with it.

Now, lets look at an opening hand:

Here is the curve (not a curve):

Now let’s look at the next six cards:

Is it good enough? Let me know what you think in the comments!