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Section 2: What is happening this week on the YouTube Channel

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Saturday 9/26/2015 Sunday 9/27/2015 Monday 9/28/2015 Tuesday 9/29/2015 Wednesday 9/30/2015 Thursday 10/1/2015 Friday 10/2/2015
The Set Review Show with Vaultboyhunter Episode 6 Fallen Empires Pauper Brewers Cup Gauntlet R4 Esper Blink ifacts vs UB Teachings Pauper Pig Trinket vs White Weenie Tokens Magic Origins Sealed Deck #6 Standard Pauper Mono Black Exploit vs Boros Aggro Pauper Pig Trinket vs White Weenie Tokens Modern 2 man RG Tron vs Affinity
Pauper Brewers Cup Gauntlet R4 Tortured Transmuter vs Mardu Kitty Pauper Tricksy Transmutations vs Bant Fog Pauper Brewers Cup Gauntlet R5 Tortured Transmuter vs Burn Pauper Brewers Cup Gauntlet R5 Esper Blink ifacts vs Infect Deluxe Pauper Brewers Cup Gauntlet R6 Tortured Transmuter vs UB Angler Modern Mardu Tokens #1 Match 3 vs Jund – Binkabi Modern Living End #1 Match 4 vs Affinity – Binkabi
Modern RG Tron vs UW Gifts Ungiven Tron Modern Project Grixis 6 vs Soul Sisters Modern Project Grixis 6 vs Azorius Land Destruction 2-man Cube Sealed #5 Match 1 vs Temur Ramp – Binkabi Modern Project Grixis 6 vs Grixis Delver Mondern Project Grixis 7 vs Living End with Deck Tech and budget Modern Mardu Tokens #1 Match 4 vs Heartless Summoning – Binkabi
Modern Project Grixis 7 vs Simic Aggro

MagicGatheringStrat: The Podcast Ep. 26

This week on the magicgatheringstrat.com podcast Brennon Sam and Dan talk about Standard Pauper. YouTube schedules. Classic Pauper. Brewers Cup. Pauper Gauntlet. PRE Events, World Champs, Battle for Zendikar, Zendikar Expedition.

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The MagicGatheringStrat Show, Ep. 23

Section 1: This week in Standard Pauper

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Section 2: What you may have missed

As we announced in the show, I have taken the mantel of Content Manager for the YouTube channel. With that brings a whole host of new responsibilities. Unfortunately it take a lot more of my time.
With that said, I am going to transform this article to more representative of that new role. Here is where I will show case what MagicGatheringStrat does on its various channels

So lets get into it!

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Sam finished up his 7 part series for his Modern Silver Black Cube:

New Creator Showcase:
EternalGamePlayer is a newcomer to our site but he brings a powerful and popular deck. He is new and not all the recording kinks have been worked out. Despite that, I recommend watching this powerful new deck:

Quite a bit of controversy was stirred up over this week’s League match between Pierakor and Tazerdadog. What are your thoughts?

And fan favorite Binkabi shows off his latest crazy creation “Modern Tempo Thieves”:

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For those who don’t know yet, this channel is our secondary channel. Where we put experimental and new video makers. We want to grow this site like we have grown our main channel.

Dan put in a lot of work trying to learn the format with a full battery of 4 man drafts:

Magic Origins 4 player draft UB Control vs Avaricious Dragon

Magic Origins 4 player draft Sigil of the Empty Throne

Magic Origins 4 player draft Disciple of the Ring

Magic Origins 4 player draft Shadows of the Past

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Did you know you can watch full length pat broadcasts in Twitch?

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Pierakor plays a game I have never seen before, XMage! It is a MTGO clone:

xmage'

If you like Mono Blue Tron, this this is a show for you:

monoutron

Mid-Week Pauper Meta Report: Return to the End

About this article: This is a weekly report on the online pauper meta. The data it uses are from last week Wednesday to this past Wednesday. It looks at the data that I collect from a selection of dailies. I watch the replays on MTGO to figure out how each person did, not just the 3-1s and 4-0s that Wizards publishes. This allows us to see the whole iceberg and figure out how well each deck did in total. Now, this data is just for this week and just from this data, so it does ignore the other 3-1/4-0 results which means it is not perfect. Additionally, the conclusions in this article are just based on this week, and as the meta is fluid, the top decks shift. This is intended to see what decks are performing well this week and is not necessarily a reflection of the deck’s overall strength.

This article uses data from the 8-1 evening (using this one in order to increase the sample size as I have not look at the data for a few weeks in order to catch up), 8-9 evening, and the 8-11 dailies.

Since I last wrote, Magic Origins has been released and it appears to have not had a very significant effect on the format. The card that looked the best was [c]Aerial Volley[/c], but it has not been utilized that much so far, which is interesting as Delver is dominating the format. I certainly look for it to start making more appearances in the upcoming future. The main card that has showed up is [c]Faerie Miscreant[/c] in a small amount of Delver decks. Now Delver is already the best deck in the format, and the most popular, as evidenced by the graphs below.


As seen, Delver has by far the most decks, and it is doing well with those entries. If you want to win in today’s metagame, you have to beat Delver. This is presumably one of the reasons why MBC had a decent week as it has a strong matchup versus Delver. In addition, Stompy had a fantastic week and that was also in part to its strong matchup versus Delver. Delver can change to be a bit more creature heavy, with the addition of a card mentioned earlier, [c]Faerie Miscreant[/c]. The card allows the deck to have more cantrips and turns [c]Spellstutter Sprite[/c] into a much less conditional counter, all while pecking away in the air.

[d title=”Delver by Brivenix”]
Creature
2 Spire Golem
4 Cloud of Faeries
4 Spellstutter Sprite
4 Ninja of the Deep Hours
4 Faerie Miscreant
4 Delver of Secrets

Instant
2 Snap
2 Gush
4 Counterspell
2 Vapor Snag
2 Mutagenic Growth

Sorcery
4 Ponder
4 Preordain
2 Gitaxian Probe

Land
16 Island

Sideboard
2 Serrated Arrows
3 Stormbound Geist
3 Coral Net
2 Dispel
2 Annul
1 Steel Sabotage
2 Hydroblast [/d]

This version relies more on the counter potential of Spellstutter and it allows for a much quicker gameplan with more aggressive starts. In addition, it is able to buy it back with [c]Vapor Snag[/c] and [c]Snap[/c] for more counters. This version of the deck is still not the most popular, although it is new, but it does look to be promising enough to be worthy of consideration. When Delver needs to shift to be more aggressive, this is one way the deck can do it. On the other hand, it gives up a lot of late game power without the full set of [c]Spire Golem[/c] and no additional counters past [c]Counterspell[/c]/Spellstutter Sprite. Interesting deck to watch develop.

In terms of the future, I’m not sure how often I’ll be able to get to the dailies and how much will be released by Wizards (if any data at all), so that all remains to be seen. The era of the dailies are over for now though, and I’m sure Pauper will be fine moving on.

Enjoy, and thanks for reading! –Najay1

Winners

1. Delver – Stats: 18.06% Prominence; 46.34% Cash Rate; 56.20% Win Rate. Before leaving, Delver was running the show as the best deck. It has only grown more dominant. Even though I would say Stompy had the better results, Delver was able to do it with about 3 times the pilots! Even as public enemy number 1, Delver was still running over the competition. The main thing that needs to happen is that you need to be ready to face, and beat, Delver. The deck doesn’t look to be going anywhere. Very strong deck.

2. Stompy – Stats: 6.61% Prominence; 46.67% Cash Rate; 60.38% Win Rate. This is the deck with some of the best hate to the deck above. Not only that, it didn’t have a bad matchup against Delver to start with. Not only all of that, but it also has a great matchup with the deck below. Overall, the deck is just very strong against some of the other top contenders in the field and is able to do quite well especially at the top tables. This is certainly a deck I would look to as a strong contender and one that could gain the most coming out of Origins.

3. Esper Fae Combo – Stats: 5.29% Prominence; 41.67% Cash Rate; 58.54% Win Rate. Even though Delver is the most popular deck in the format, this is the deck generally gets a lot of buzz. Part of that is that it is not an easy deck to just beat with silver bullet cards, but it not a very popular deck and you do not see it too often when testing in the tournament practice room. Despite all of that, the way to beat the deck is simple, be faster than them. Simple as that. Yet, for many decks that isn’t possible to sideboard into. This deck still looks like a strong choice with enough practice, but it probably will not gain too many followers.

Losers

1. Burn – Stats: 4.85% Prominence; 9.09% Cash Rate; 44.74% Win Rate. This deck has not done too well for a while. Still it gets a decent amount of play, although it did not hit 5% this week and I would not be surprised to see the deck drop even further. Quite simply it is a metagame deck for when it has strong matchups versus the top decks, and that is not currently the case. Not sold on this deck at all right now.

2. UB Angler – Stats: 8.81% Prominence; 15.00% Cash Rate; 38.33% Win Rate. One of the more interesting decks as of late, it has been a lot more turbulent than some other decks. I think people are really attracted to playing the deck because the like the style and how different the deck is from many others. Despite all of that, it has not put up the best results in a while. I would be surprised to see this deck really break out any time soon, yet it is still one to look at as people mess with the deck.

3. UR Fiend – Stats: 7.49% Prominence; 17.65% Cash Rate; 48.28% Win Rate. I think this was mainly a bad deck for UR Fiend. The deck put up a decent win rate, about average, but it was not able to put up too many decks into the winners circle. Luckily, as the dailies change to 3 rounds, I would expect it to have to face less strong competition at the top which could mean that it is able to put up more top results.

Deck to Watch For

RW Rebels – This is a deck that has floated around for a while. It really popped up as a meta deck to counter the influx of Burn, but now it has established itself as a strong way to get things on the battlefield around counters. Luckily, counters are in right now with so much Delver and this deck could see another strong wave of success. As a toolbox, it can also adjust a bit more than other decks to changes in the meta. Really interesting deck right now.

Brew of the Week

Temur Freed Combo – This is a very different type of combo deck that I really didn’t give too much credit to at the start. These types of decks have been around for a while and they have never really gained any traction. This one has not only been more successful, but it has done it a decent amount of times to be considered legitimate. I am definitely looking for more people to be pick up this deck in the near future.

Data

PCT Results – The PCT is a weekly tournament hosted on Gatherling.com by LongTimeGone. It occurs Tuesday at 8 pm est.

MagicGatheringStrat: The Podcast Ep. 23

This week on the magicgatheringstrat.com podcast Brennon is a audio wizard, Sam is sleepy, Dan is a viking, and special guest Fabian is sadangry about the changes to Pauper daily events.

All this plus Standard Pauper, Classic Pauper, Leagues, Pre, Patreon goals, and so much more.

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Deadguy Ale in Modern

pack rat art wide

This article was submitted by Jack Marion. If you like it, let him know in the comments, and maybe he will write some more!

Hi Everybody,

For some time now I have been toying with a way in which to crack this current modern format. Modern is in an interesting place right now because there is no clear “best deck” like there has been in the past. Despite the fact that there are a few top tier decks (to name a few: Amulet Bloom, Grixis Delver, Twin, Jund, burn, Tron, and maybe even Grishoalbrand), these decks function in extraordinarily different ways.

Even if you find a way to one up all of these top-tier decks, which is nigh on impossible, you can’t even begin to account for all of the random rogue decks making a resurgence, like Ad Nauseam, Infect, or Merfolk (speaking of Merfolk I have also been toying with a Collected Merfolk deck, but that is for another article).

So sitting in my lair I was spending all of my time trying to figure out how to game the meta, and thus validate my god-complex. But then inspiration struck me: why find a way to beat each of these decks specifically when I can have at least an even match-up against every deck ever conceived. With this goal is mind I present to you my rogue beauty: Deadguy Ale.

[d title=”Deadguy Ale (Modern)”]
Lands
1 Fetid Heath
3 Godless Shrine
4 Marsh Flats
3 Mutavault
2 Plains
2 Swamp
1 Urborg, Tomb of Yawgmoth
1 Vault of the Archangel
3 Windswept Heath
3 Bloodstained Mire

Creatures
4 Dark Confidant
4 Fulminator Mage
1 Hypnotic Specter
4 Pack Rat
1 Tidehollow Sculler

Instants
2 Dismember
4 Path to Exile
2 Slaughter Pact

Sorceries
4 Inquisition of Kozilek
4 Lingering Souls
4 Thoughtseize

Enchantments
1 Bitterblossom

Planeswalkers
1 Sorin, Lord of Innistrad

Artifacts
1 Sword of Fire and Ice
Sideboard:
2 Disfigure
1 Dismember
1 Ethersworn Canonist
1 Kataki, War’s Wage
2 Kor Firewalker
3 Leyline of Sanctity
1 Mirran Crusader
1 Nihil Spellbomb
1 Rest in Peace
2 Stony Silence [/d]

For those of you not familiar with the archetype Deadguy Ale is an old legacy deck that wins the game through efficient creatures in combination with efficient discard. This deck was the original BW good stuff. I really do believe that this deck is well-positioned right now, otherwise there is no way it could convince me not to play a deck with either counter magic or some degenerate combo.

One of the best things about this deck is how loose its list actually is. You can change out almost any card in this deck, maindeck or sideboard, depending upon what you expect to be facing.

Let’s rundown your strategy when running this deck. You want to start off with a turn one discard spell, you have a whopping eight main-deck so it really shouldn’t be difficult to have an opener with one. After you put your opponent on a deck is where things get interesting. The reason why the list is so loose to begin with is because the deck is so reactive and malleable, much like Jund. So after you see your opponent’s hand your deck is suddenly either a linear aggro deck, or an incredibly disruptive control deck. This malleable play style is supported by the hyper-efficiency of your creatures.

A perfect example of this is [c]Pack Rat[/c]: [c]Pack Rat[/c] is always going to be a good card no matter what play-style you opt into. If you are playing against a mid-range fatty deck like Junk, you just go all in on your rat and it’ll eventually be big enough that you can fight a [c]Siege Rhino[/c] in combat, which is a really good feeling, and their clock isn’t very fast so you have time to get there. Playing against a combo deck like Twin? Just strip their hand to nothing and drop a Pack Rat when the coast is clear, when it’s out of bolt range they may as well scoop. Pack Rat really is the defining card of the deck due to its flexibility. We saw this trait most clearly when it was dominating Standard, you go in on a Pack Rat in a match-up where they can’t deal with it, and you leave your options open into those that can.

[c]Dark Confidant[/c] is how you out-value a grindier matchup, you just drown them in card advantage. Not to mention the sick wombo combo with pack rat.

[c]Fulminator Mage[/c] is key in helping with matchups that would otherwise be very difficult, such as Tron, Scapeshift, and Amulet Bloom. It was also surprisingly good in aggro matchups during testing. Into burn, a matchup where the card is traditionally useless, it is pretty sweet because of all of the rampant splashing. It is currently in style to play three or even four color burn decks, but skimp on actual shocks in favor of fetches, so I you drop multiple Fulminators you can frequently entirely lock them off certain colors.

[c]Hypnotic Specter[/c] and [c]Tidehollow Sculler[/c] do similar things in this deck: just being a nuisance to card advantage matchups like Twin or Grixis Control. You win those matchups by stripping their hand, so these one-ofs are key.

[c]Lingering Souls[/c] is a card that doesn’t need much introduction, it’s been omnipresent in the format for months. Lingering Souls are here because of just how efficient they are, you would be surprised how many decks just can’t answer this card, so a playset is a must.

Our removal is pretty self-explanatory, [c]Path to Exile[/c] because [c]Swords to Plowshares[/c] is a decent Magic card. Dismember for fatties like [c]Tarmogoyf[/c], [c]Tasigur, the Golden Fang[/c], [c]Gurmag Angler[/c], and [c]Siege Rhino[/c]. [c]Slaughter Pact[/c] is a bit weird but having the extra instant speed removal really helps us destroy Twin.

[c]Bitterblossom[/c] and [c]Sorin, Lord of Innistrad[/c] are there to have some hard to answer threats in case you can’t strip their removal.

[c]Sword of Fire and Ice[/c] is just amazing in the age of Grixis we live in today, if you stick this on a creature you just win those matchups.

Our eight one-drop discard spells really are the cornerstones of the deck, and I think I’ve talked about them enough.

As for the sideboard, you can really change all of it to fit the meta you expect to be facing. I’ll quickly run through each inclusion:

  • [c]Disfigure[/c] is for Delver, Elves or other similar small creature decks.
  • [c]Dismember[/c] is for decks that have big stuff in them (Angler, Tasigur, Goyf).
  • [c]Ethersworn Canonist[/c] hoses Storm, Ad Nauseam, Grishoalbrand, Living End, or Jeskai Ascendancy.
  • [c]Kataki[/c] for Affinity or other artifact based strategies.
  • [c]Kor Firewalker[/c] for Burn and Goblins.
  • [c]Leyline of Sanctity[/c] for Burn and discard.
  • [c]Mirran Crusader[/c] for Jund, Junk, or any green or black deck.
  • [c]Nihil Spellbomb[/c] and Rest in Peace for any graveyard strategy.
  • [c]Stony Silence[/c] for Affinity, Tron, and Eggs.

Anyway, that’s all for now, hope you enjoy playing the kind of scumbag deck that I love to play!

Good Luck, Have Fun!

-Jack

 

MagicGatheringStrat: The Podcast Ep. 20

This week on the magicgatheringstrat.com Brennon Sam and Dan talk about Standard Pauper! Classic Pauper! Extended Pauper! Leagues! The Pauper Gauntlet! Brews! Cubes! Modern! Metas! Prices!!

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The MagicGatheringStrat Show, Ep. 20

Section 1: This week in Standard Pauper

Section 2: Player run events

SPDC 29.15

19-Jul-15
Standard · 18 Players
18 Decks · 100% Reported
3 rounds Swiss
Top 8 playoff
Hosted by DrChrisBakerDC

1st bohaterism by Jonder_qind
2nd Token Izzet Control by Cabel
T4 Simic Hexproof by DrChrisBakerDC
T4 Boros Heroic by WujekMZK
T8 Red Deck Wins by AmericanGaren
T8 Why is Cruel Revival uncommon :( by amnaremotoas
T8 Winged Weenie by Azgan
T8 mono green by yelloweyes2

The winning deck:

BOHATERISM
Standard · Aggro
 1st by Jonder_qind in SPDC 29.15 (6-0)

[d]
Creatures
4 Akroan Skyguard
4 Satyr Hoplite
4 Wingsteed Rider
3 Hopeful Eidolon
3 Lagonna-Band Trailblazer
Spells
4 Dragon Mantle
4 Feat of Resistance
4 Gods Willing
4 Titan’s Strength
2 Chosen by Heliod
2 Inferno Fist
2 Temur Battle Rage
Lands
8 Plains
6 Mountain
4 Wind-Scarred Crag
2 Evolving Wilds
SIDEBOARD
4 Scouring Sands
4 Pillar of Light
4 Kill Shot
3 Erase
[/d]

The MatchUps

R1:  Win:  2 – 0 vs.  goraph  RG Monsters 
R2:  Win:  2 – 1 vs.  DrChrisBakerDC  Simic Hexproof 
R3:  Win:  2 – 0 vs.  Azgan  Winged Weenie 
T8:  Win:  2 – 0 vs.  amnaremotoas  Why is Cruel Revival uncommon :( 
T4:  Win:  2 – 1 vs.  DrChrisBakerDC  Simic Hexproof 
T2:  Win:  2 – 0 vs.  Cabel  Token Izzet Control 

MPDC 29.15

20-Jul-15
Standard · 18 Players
18 Decks · 100% Reported
3 rounds Swiss
Top 8 playoff
Hosted by gwyned

1st RW Heroic by Luc3k
2nd Red heroic by JogandoPelado
T4 Token Izzet Control by Cabel
T4 Malum`s MBC by DoutorTyr
T8 bohaterism by Jonder_qind
T8 Charge Forward! by kokonade1000
T8 Exiler by rremedio1
T8 monogreen by yelloweyes2

The winning deck:

RW HEROIC
Standard · Aggro
 1st by Luc3k in MPDC 29.15 (5-1)

[d]
Creatures
4 Akroan Skyguard
4 Satyr Hoplite
4 Sungrace Pegasus
4 Wingsteed Rider
2 Hopeful Eidolon
1 Ainok Bond-Kin
Spells
4 Defiant Strike
4 Dragon Mantle
4 Feat of Resistance
3 Titan’s Strength
2 Glaring Aegis
2 Gods Willing
2 Hammerhand
Lands
8 Mountain
8 Plains
4 Wind-Scarred Crag
SIDEBOARD
4 Fall of the Hammer
3 Revoke Existence
3 Heliod’s Pilgrim
2 Temur Battle Rage
2 Gods Willing
1 Lagonna-Band Trailblazer
[/d]

The MatchUps

R1:  Loss:  0 – 2 vs.  JogandoPelado  Red heroic 
R2:  Win:  2 – 0 vs.  beatnik bobby  Izzet Control 
R3:  Win:  2 – 0 vs.  Jebit  Flurry Monsters 
T8:  Win:  2 – 1 vs.  rremedio1  Exiler 
T4:  Win:  2 – 1 vs.  Cabel  Token Izzet Control 
T2:  Win:  2 – 0 vs.  JogandoPelado  Red heroic 

Section 3: Extended Pauper

Ok so we have some updates to what we will be playing.

MonoBlue Fliers

[d]
Creatures
4 Cloudfin Raptor
4 Delver of Secrets
4 Frostburn Weird
4 Stormbound Geist
2 Cloaked Siren
2 Scrapskin Drake
2 Stitched Drake

Spells
4 Nullify
3 Think Twice
4 Negate
3 Silent Departure
2 Mizzium Skin
1 Rise of Eagles

Lands
19 Island
2 Haunted Fengraf

Sideboard
3 One-Eyed Scarecrow
2 Runner’s Bane
2 Claustrophobia
2 Sidisi’s Faithful
2 Dispel
1 Silent Departure
1 Elgaud Shieldmate
1 Negate
1 Hands of Binding
[/d]

Because I love the mono so much!

Now, here is Sam’s updated deck:

[d]
Creatures
3 Sultai Scavenger
4 Delver of Secrets
4 Gurmag Angler
4 Stormbound Geist
3 Jeskai Sage

Spells
4 Thought Scour
3 Anticipate
3 Murder
4 Forbidden Alchemy
3 Tragic Slip
3 Devour Flesh

Lands
4 Dismal Backwater
4 Evolving Wilds
2 Dimir Guildgate
7 Island
5 Swamp

Sideboard
2 Festergloom
4 Duress
4 Negate
3 Curse of the Bloody Tome
1 Devour Flesh
1 Murder [/d]

What decks are you brewing up?

 

MagicGatheringStrat: The Podcast Ep. 19

This week on the magicgatheringstrat.com show Brennon and Sam miss Dan bunches, plus Standard Pauper, Brews, Prerelease action, PCTs, shout outs from all sorts of Magic folks.

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The MagicGatheringStrat Show, Ep. 19

Section 1: This week in Standard Pauper

Section 2: Player run events

SPDC 29.13

SPDC 29.14
12 July 2015
Standard · 10 Players
10 Decks · 100% Reported
3 rounds Swiss
Top 8 playoff
Hosted by rremedio1 Sorry Roberto! We said it was Dr. Chris in the show.

1st MBC Exploit by Malum
2nd Boros Agro by blessior
T4 Token Izzet Control by Cabel
T4 monogreen by yelloweyes2

The winning deck:

MBC EXPLOIT
Standard · Control
 1st by Malum in SPDC 29.14 (4-1)

[d]
Spells
Creatures
4 Black Cat
4 Gray Merchant of Asphodel
3 Dutiful Attendant
3 Pharika’s Chosen
3 Qarsi Sadist
3 Typhoid Rats
3 Vulturous Aven
2 Disciple of Phenax
2 Gurmag Angler
Spells
4 Sign in Blood
3 Duress
2 Font of Return
1 Eternal Thirst
1 Read the Bones
Lands
14 Swamp
4 Evolving Wilds
4 Radiant Fountain
SIDEBOARD
3 Festergloom
3 Shambling Goblin
2 Pharika’s Cure
2 Feast of Dreams
2 Disciple of Phenax
1 Duress
1 Font of Return
1 Eternal Thirst
[/d]

The MatchUps

R1:  Loss:  1 – 2 vs.  BrunoDogma  Monstros sensuais 
R2:  Win:  2 – 1 vs.  rremedio1  Waiting for Nantuko Husk 
R3:  Win:  2 – 0 vs.  AmericanGaren  Red Deck Wins 
T4:  Win:  2 – 1 vs.  Cabel  Token Izzet Control 
T2:  Win:  2 – 0 vs.  blessior  Boros Agro 

MPDC 29.13

6-Jul-15
Standard · 13 Players
11 Decks · ~85% Reported
3 rounds Swiss
Top 8 playoff
Hosted by gwyned

1st Red heroic by JogandoPelado
2nd RG Monsters by Mrozik1141
T4 Mono Green by CleberCaroni
T4 bohaterism by Jonder_qind
T8 Mono B by chucktowner
T8 Mono-Red Heroic by IGotCareless
T8 RU.n away by Yaxarell
T8 monogreen by yelloweyes2

The winning deck:

RED HEROIC
Standard · Aggro
 1st by JogandoPelado in MPDC 29.14 (6-0)

[d]
Creatures
4 Akroan Crusader
4 Borderland Marauder
4 Krenko’s Enforcer
4 Satyr Hoplite
2 Goblin Heelcutter
Spells
4 Hammerhand
4 Lightning Strike
4 Titan’s Strength
3 Inferno Fist
3 Magma Spray
3 Temur Battle Rage
2 Dragon Mantle
Lands
19 Mountain
SIDEBOARD
4 Scouring Sands
4 Dragon Fodder
4 Mardu Scout
2 Twin Bolt
1 Goblin Heelcutter
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The MatchUps

R1:  Win:  2 – 0 vs.  yelloweyes2  monogreen 
R2:  Win:  2 – 0 vs.  blessior  Azorius Heroic 
R3:  Win:  2 – 1 vs.  Yaxarell  RU.n away 
T8:  Win:  2 – 0 vs.  IGotCareless  Mono-Red Heroic 
T4:  Win:  2 – 0 vs.  CleberCaroni  Mono Green 
T2:  Win:  2 – 0 vs.  Mrozik1141  RG Monsters 

Section 3: Magic Origins

Here are the deck lists from the show:

Brennon’s Big Green Meanies
[d]
Creatures
4 Alpine Grizzly
4 Elvish Mystic
4 Elvish Visionary
4 Stampeding Elk Herd
4 Swordwise Centaur
2 Nessian Courser
4 Rhox Maulers
Spells
4 Aspect of Hydra
4 Epic Confrontation
4 Titanic Growth
Lands
22 Forest
Sideboard
4 Sedge Scorpion
4 Ranger’s Guile
3 Aerial Volley
3 Hunter’s Ambush
1 Alchemist’s Vial
[/d]

Sam’s Thopter Tremors
[d]
Creatures
4 Aeronaut Tinkerer
4 Aspiring Aeronaut
4 Ghirapur Gearcrafter
4 Bonded Construct
2 Ornithopter
Spells
3 Artificer’s Epiphany
4 Collateral Damage
3 Trumpet Blast
3 Anticipate
2 Treasure Cruise
4 Dragon Fodder
3 Impact Tremors
Lands
4 Swiftwater Cliffs
4 Evolving Wilds
6 Mountain
6 Island
Sideboard
15 Forest
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Section 4: Extended Pauper

What to play what to play? Do I throw away everything I hold dear and play Dimir Mill? My nemesis from the Standard Pauper Gauntlet?

Do I play flicker gate/gary and make every game take about 52 minutes? Why would I do this? How about something more me.
[d]
Creatures
4 Cloudfin Raptor
4 Delver of Secrets
4 Frostburn Weird
4 Stormbound Geist
2 Nephalia Seakite
2 Scrapskin Drake
2 Stitched Drake
Spells
4 Essence Scatter
3 Think Twice
4 Negate
3 Silent Departure
2 Mizzium Skin
1 Hands of Binding
Lands
19 Island
2 Haunted Fengraf
SIDEBOARD
3 One-Eyed Scarecrow
2 Runner’s Bane
2 Claustrophobia
2 Sidisi’s Faithful
2 Dispel
1 Silent Departure
1 Elgaud Shieldmate
1 Negate
1 Hands of Binding
[/d]

I loved this deck back then and still love the weirdly name DRAKEIRD

I call it MonoBlue Fliers.

What are you working on?

The MagicGatheringStrat Show, Ep. 18

Section 1: This week in Standard Pauper

Section 2: Player run events

SPDC 29.13

5-Jul-15
Standard · 17 Players
17 Decks · 100% Reported
3 rounds Swiss
Top 8 playoff
Hosted by DrChrisBakerDC

1st RG Monsters by Jebit
2nd RG Aggro by Mrozik1141
T4 Jeskai Control by DrChrisBakerDC
T4 Ah não, Criolo não by lcribeiro
T8 Bad Aggro Boros by davbricar
T8 bohaterism by Jonder_qind
T8 Rise and Fall by rremedio1
T8 monogreen by yelloweyes2

The winning deck:

RG MONSTERS
Standard · Aggro
 1st by Jebit in SPDC 29.13 (6-0)

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Spells
Creatures
4 Alpine Grizzly
4 Elvish Mystic
4 Hardened Berserker
4 Sabertooth Outrider
3 Hooting Mandrills
3 Ill-Tempered Cyclops
3 Stampeding Elk Herd
Spells
4 Lightning Strike
3 Fall of the Hammer
2 Epic Confrontation
2 Temur Battle Rage
2 Titanic Growth
Lands
9 Forest
8 Mountain
4 Evolving Wilds
1 Rugged Highlands
SIDEBOARD
3 Ranger’s Guile
3 Barrage of Boulders
3 Sedge Scorpion
2 Scouring Sands
2 Magma Spray
2 Conifer Strider
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The MatchUps

R1:  Win:  2 – 1 vs.  tommyv  Mono Blue Control 
R2:  Win:  2 – 1 vs.  Mrozik1141  RG Aggro 
R3:  Win:  2 – 1 vs.  Jonder_qind  bohaterism 
T8:  Win:  2 – 0 vs.  yelloweyes2  monogreen 
T4:  Win:  2 – 0 vs.  DrChrisBakerDC  Jeskai Control 
T2:  Win:  2 – 1 vs.  Mrozik1141  RG Aggro 

MPDC 29.13

6-Jul-15
Standard · 13 Players
11 Decks · ~85% Reported
3 rounds Swiss
Top 8 playoff
Hosted by gwyned

1st RG Monsters by Mrozik1141
2nd Timer be my Friend by rremedio1
T4 Deck not found** by chucktowner
T4 BUR.n by Yaxarell

The winning deck:

RG MONSTERS
Standard · Aggro
 1st by Mrozik1141 in MPDC 29.13 (4-1)

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Creatures
4 Alpine Grizzly
4 Elvish Mystic
4 Hardened Berserker
4 Sabertooth Outrider
3 Hooting Mandrills
3 Stampeding Elk Herd
1 Conifer Strider
Spells
4 Temur Battle Rage
3 Fall of the Hammer
3 Titanic Growth
2 Lightning Strike
2 Tormenting Voice
2 Twin Bolt
Lands
9 Forest
8 Mountain
4 Evolving Wilds
SIDEBOARD
3 Barrage of Boulders
3 Ranger’s Guile
3 Sedge Scorpion
2 Invasive Species
2 Hammerhand
1 Conifer Strider
1 Fall of the Hammer
[/d]

Unfortunately, at the time of writing this article, no match ups were available.

Section 3: Magic Origins

So, we have the full set spoiled and lots of powerful cards are included.

So, how can we boost an existing deck?

I think an easy call is to add Auramancer to the Boros Heroic deck for some sweet recursion.

But what cards, if any, transform an existing deck and make it better?

I think [c]Infectious Bloodlust[/c] makes the Boros Heroic deck even better! You already want to swing in. You want to cast enchantments. You want to be able to replace cards you lose. This card makes that deck have a lot more resiliency.

Lets look at Jonder-qind’s deck
[d]
Creatures
4 Akroan Skyguard
4 Satyr Hoplite
4 Wingsteed Rider
3 Hopeful Eidolon
3 Lagonna-Band Trailblazer
Spells
4 Dragon Mantle
4 Feat of Resistance
4 Gods Willing
4 Titan’s Strength
2 Chosen by Heliod
2 Inferno Fist
2 Temur Battle Rage
Lands
9 Plains
7 Mountain
4 Wind-Scarred Crag
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If we add in [c]Infectious Bloodlust[/c]:

[d]
Creatures
4 Akroan Skyguard
4 Satyr Hoplite
4 Wingsteed Rider
3 Hopeful Eidolon
3 Lagonna-Band Trailblazer
Spells
4 Dragon Mantle
4 Feat of Resistance
4 Gods Willing
4 Titan’s Strength
4 Infectious Bloodlust
2 Temur Battle Rage
Lands
9 Plains
7 Mountain
4 Wind-Scarred Crag
[/d]

You lose the draw from the Heliod’s, but you gain the ability to go get a card.

What do you think?

Mid-Week Pauper Meta Report: Esper Explosion

About this article: This is a weekly report on the online pauper meta. The data it uses are from last week Wednesday to this past Wednesday. It looks at the data that I collect from a selection of dailies. I watch the replays on MTGO to figure out how each person did, not just the 3-1s and 4-0s that Wizards publishes. This allows us to see the whole iceberg and figure out how well each deck did in total. Now, this data is just for this week and just from this data, so it does ignore the other 3-1/4-0 results which means it is not perfect. Additionally, the conclusions in this article are just based on this week, and as the meta is fluid, the top decks shift. This is intended to see what decks are performing well this week and is not necessarily a reflection of the deck’s overall strength.

This article uses data from the 6-27 Afternoon, 6-28 Evening, and 6-29 daily results.

Coming out of last week, a few things were expected to happen. First, Burn was expected to drop in popularity. Secondly, Stompy and Delver were expected to rise a bit. Lastly, MBC was expected to go back to bad results. All of those came true, but nobody really predicted everything that was going to happen.

First off, Delver absolutely dominated this week. Even as the top deck (by a growing margin), they still managed to gain 8% prominence from overall to cash. It’s time to bring in the [c]Gut Shot[/c], if that card is ever going to be good, it is this upcoming week. Delver was not the only deck to have a strong week, Stompy and UB Angler also did fantastic and were the top 3 decks in the cash. On the other hand, MBC, Burn, and Esper Fae Combo all had bad weeks. Esper Fae didn’t do terrible, but for the first time in a long time the deck actually didn’t do well. So why didn’t the deck do well? Here is a full list of every match (not individual games) Esper Fae played and why it wasn’t able to achieve success.

Every single one of these matchups are within one game except for UR Fiend (which is within 2) and Delver. Esper Fae went 4-8 versus Delver. You simply cannot have such a bad record against the best deck in the meta! I didn’t actually expect Delver to do this well, but it really was a great deck against Esper Fae. Unlike most other decks in the meta, it was able to play the aggro role (necessary to be truly great against the deck) while keeping up tons of prevention. It seemed like the deck had the most success when it decided what role it wanted to play and stuck with it. Interested to see whether Delver can continue beating Esper Fae this bad. I watched Esper Fae’s games and determined the turn they ended again as well.

This week was certainly a bit different than last week. Significantly more 5 turn combo wins were seen from Esper Fae, and I think I was wrong in declaring turn 6 as the turn that you can expect them to be able to go off. Turn 5 may be that turn where you need to be ready to stop them going off. Also, the deck was able to go off on turn 7 or earlier in 62.50% games where it went off and on turn 7 or earlier in 49.02% of games it won. Finally it went off that early in 24.27% of games. Now that is low this week simply because it lost so many games. It is also interesting that the games it won were mostly decided pretty quickly or took much more than 10 turns. I’ll continue looking at this to gain some more data and get a better insight into the deck.

Here we see another week with some very strong, and very weak, decks. Stompy has the best week by far, but UB Angler and Delver also did fantastic. Affinity and UR Fiend continue to be simply above average, but not fantastic. Burn and MBC did not do well as usual, but the real kicker is Esper Fae. It had a cash rate of 20% (less than half of its usual) and it had a win rate of 46.94%, not amazing either. But we’ll jump into that later on.

Enjoy, and thanks for reading! –Najay1

Winners

1. Stompy – Stats: 5.74% Prominence; 66.67% Cash Rate; 62.79% Win Rate. This is one of the better weeks that we have seen in quite a while. Out of the 12 pilots, 8 of them went 3-1. That is insane! After that, 3 went 1-X and 1 went 0-X. The deck had a fantastic week and it is just quite well positioned in the meta right now. It has quite decent matchups versus the majority of the meta including MBC and Delver, the two top decks. In addition, it is a great [c]Scattershot Archer[/c] deck, a card that is now starting to become strong enough to be played mainboard, as it is in about half of the top Stompy lists. I think this deck will become more popular soon, but it has dipped to unusually low levels for a top deck.

2. UB Angler – Stats: 10.53% Prominence; 40.91% Cash Rate; 62.34% Win Rate. This is one of the bigger surprises this week. It hasn’t been too fantastic recently, but this week it went insane. It had 6 people at 4-0 and 3 people at 3-1. This is one of the stranger results as UB Angler had double the amount of 4-0s as 3-1s. One thing this could suggest is that the deck is well positioned against the top decks, but it also could just be variance. Definitely one to watch as the meta progresses.

3. Delver – Stats: 15.79% Prominence; 45.45% Cash Rate; 58.77% Win Rate. This is the dominant deck over the past few weeks. After a long time where it had strong results, but low prominence, it has finally taken over the top spot as the king of the meta. Now it did not have the best results this week, but it one of the few decks that has had great weeks over and over and over. It has not had a bad week in forever. It is time to start bringing in Delver hate or playing the deck, I wouldn’t be surprised if the meta goes back to Delver v. others.

Losers

1. Burn – Stats: 5.74% Prominence; 8.33% Cash Rate; 36.11% Win Rate. Finally Burn has fallen! The meta has been hostile to a deck that needs the right meta to succeed. It seems that its continual failure has caught up to it and people are dropping the deck like hot potatoes. The deck has not done well in a while, but finally it seems like it’s not going to played quite as much. I would expect Burn to lower in the meta and you don’t need to build around it quite as much.

2. MBC – Stats: 12.44% Prominence; 19.23% Cash Rate; 43.37% Win Rate. After a bit of sunshine, MBC is back in its normal place – the losers circle. I still am not a fan of this deck, but as Delver grows more and more popular, it may gain a bit in success. I would be surprised to see MBC get more strong results continually.

3. Esper Fae Combo – Stats: 7.18% Prominence; 20.00% Cash Rate; 46.94% Win Rate. Here is the shocker. It still wasn’t as bad as some other lists, but the deck was not able to place in the winner’s circle close to as much as it wants to. I think a decent bit of that is because Delver was such a force this week. In addition, the deck was not able to combo off as often on Turn 6 or earlier as often. In addition, it faced much faster decks this week as they lost many games before they were able to go off. If you can go off before them, they are forced to try to combo off when they may not have all the pieces in place. I would be surprised if you see the deck do this badly again, but I’m certainly watching and recording.

Deck to Watch For

UB Teachings – Stats: 4.78% Prominence; 30.00% Cash Rate; 41.38% Win Rate. A deck that I thought was mostly gone, but has experienced a resurgence in the past few weeks. Now, it never put up fantastic results, but it has been strong enough that I would not be against playing the deck if you enjoy the style. Also, as this deck and UB Angler are very similar, make sure you know the differences so you know what deck you are playing at the start, as they end up playing out very different.

Data

PCT Results – The PCT is a weekly tournament hosted on Gatherling.com by LongTimeGone. It occurs Tuesday at 8 pm est.