Aristocrats wins the Pauper Gauntlet

The Pauper Gauntlet is over! In the first two-man round, one deck won and one deck lost, making Aristocrats (formerly known as “Suicide is Painless”) the winner of the whole season!

What is the Pauper Gauntlet?
All about the Pauper Gauntlet Season 03: http://mtgolibrary.blogspot.se/2015/11/the-pauper-gauntlet.html
All the deck lists: http://mtgolibrary.blogspot.se/2015/11/the-decks-of-pauper-gauntlet-s03.html

Round twelve
Round ten was played in the Two-Man tournaments.

Cyborgs opened, losing a close match to an Orzhov Midrange (?) deck that just had too much value.

Aristocrats played a nailbiter against RUG Tron, losing the first duel but then managing to barely win duel 2 and 3.

This means that Paul Jones, being both the brewer and the champion of Aristocrats, wins 100 bot credits with mtgotickets.com. Congratulations!

What happens now?
We will evaluate the Pauper Gauntlet together (there will be a video and an article about that) to make the whole experience even better next year.

If you want to help make Season Four of the Pauper Gauntlet a reality, you can contribute on our Patreon at patreon.com/magicgatheringstrat

If the Patreon meets its goal the Pauper Gauntlet will start its fourth season on December 4, 2016.

The full results of the Pauper Gauntlet S03
Winner: Aristocrats (Suicide is Painless)
2nd place: Cyborgs
3rd place (round eleven): Green One
4th place (round ten): Spiteful Leeches
5th place (round nine): WW Soul Tokens
6th place (round eight): BUGs & Pigs, Pig Trinket, MBC, Bant Sword and Shield
The playoff for the 10th spot in the top 10
10th place: Slivers (won the playoff)
11th place: Stompy Tokens, Mono Red Heroic (round five in the playoff)
13th place: Goblin Storm, BorosKitty Initiated (round four in the playoff)
15pth place: Stompy (round three in the playoff)
16th place: RUG Tron, Izzet Cooldotha and UG Madness
Round seven eliminations – the decks in the Top 10 Playoff: BorosKitty Initiated, Slivers, Mono Red Heroic, Stompy, UG Madness, RUG Tron and Izzet Cooldotha.
19th place (round six): Infect, Blue Bichinho, Death Control, Burn (runner-up from last season) and Pauper Nightmare.
24th place (round five) Illusory Tricks, White Heroes, Goblins, Suicide Black, Turbo Angler, Simic Oracle, Kuldotha Mardu, Elves, Rhystic Tron, MUC, Black Auramancer, Love Train,
36th place (round four) Counter-Kitty,UB Trinket Control, Rakdos Vampires, Flying Ninjas, Turbo Zoo, Shroudfang Ninja. Delver, Green Ramp LD, Snow-Go, Turbo Exhume
45th place: Shared by the 26 decks eliminated in round three: Affinity, Exhume Control, Familiars, Rebel Grind, Pestilence Control, Encroaching Blight, Green Grifters, The Pauper Gauntlet, Project X, Tortured Toolbox, RG Land Crusher, RG Landfall, DelverFiend, Eggs, Gary Busey LD, Selesnya Flash, Abzan Grindhouse, Bant Fog, Crocajund, BUG Proliferators, Evil Allies, Land-o-derm, Pig Trinket, Sultai Delve, 5-color Green
70th place: Shared by nine decks that died during double Elimination, (round one and two): Red Land Destruction, Mono Black Land Destruction, Glass Cannon Red, Tortured Madness, Cheaty Morph, Living End, 1-land Spy, UB Justice Control and Dragon Delve.

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Slivers get 10th place in the Pauper Gauntlet S03

The playoff is over. Slivers wins with a 5-0 record. Now the top 9 decks will decide which deck wins the Pauper Gauntlet

See below for the exacts standings of the decks in the playoff.

What is the Pauper Gauntlet?
All about the Pauper Gauntlet Season 03: http://mtgolibrary.blogspot.se/2015/11/the-pauper-gauntlet.html
All the deck lists: http://mtgolibrary.blogspot.se/2015/11/the-decks-of-pauper-gauntlet-s03.html

The nine decks that are still in the competition (the top 9)
Aristocrats by Paul Jones: http://tappedout.net/mtg-decks/gb-suicide-is-painless/
Bant Sword and Shield by Paul Jones: http://tappedout.net/mtg-decks/bant-sword-and-shield/
Bugs & Pigs: By Galactic President. http://tappedout.net/mtg-decks/bugs-pigs-20/
Cyborgs by jphsnake: http://tappedout.net/mtg-decks/cyborgs-1/
Green One: By Deluxeicoff. http://mtgolibrary.blogspot.se/2015/09/pauper-gauntlet-competitor-1-green-one.html
Mono Black Control by Mario.
Pig Trinket by Power_T: http://mtgolibrary.blogspot.se/2015/11/the-decks-powert-submitted-to-pauper.html
Spiteful Leeches by Bava: http://magicgatheringstrat.com/2015/11/spiteful-leeches-a-combo-list-for-pauper-gauntlet-s3/
WW Soul Tokens by Bava: http://magicgatheringstrat.com/2015/12/ww-soul-tokens-in-the-pauper-gauntlet/

What happens now?
Round eight begins on Monday April 4th. We are now in weekly rounds.
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Top ten decks still alive
BUGs & Pigs and Green One remains alive as the only two Top Ten decks from last season.

The Eliminations to this point

The playoff for the 10th spot in the top 10
10th place: Slivers (won the playoff)
11th place: Stompy Tokens, Mono Red Heroic (round five in the playoff)
13th place: Goblin Storm, BorosKitty Initiated (round four in the playoff)
15pth place: Stompy (round three in the playoff)
16th place: RUG Tron, Izzet Cooldotha and UG Madness

Round seven eliminations – the decks in the Top 10 Playoff: BorosKitty Initiated, Slivers, Mono Red Heroic, Stompy, UG Madness, RUG Tron and Izzet Cooldotha.
19th place (round six): Infect, Blue Bichinho, Death Control, Burn (runner-up from last season) and Pauper Nightmare.
24th place (round five) Illusory Tricks, White Heroes, Goblins, Suicide Black, Turbo Angler, Simic Oracle, Kuldotha Mardu, Elves, Rhystic Tron, MUC, Black Auramancer, Love Train,
36th place (round four) Counter-Kitty,UB Trinket Control, Rakdos Vampires, Flying Ninjas, Turbo Zoo, Shroudfang Ninja. Delver, Green Ramp LD, Snow-Go, Turbo Exhume
45th place: Shared by the 26 decks eliminated in round three: Affinity, Exhume Control, Familiars, Rebel Grind, Pestilence Control, Encroaching Blight, Green Grifters, The Pauper Gauntlet, Project X, Tortured Toolbox, RG Land Crusher, RG Landfall, DelverFiend, Eggs, Gary Busey LD, Selesnya Flash, Abzan Grindhouse, Bant Fog, Crocajund, BUG Proliferators, Evil Allies, Land-o-derm, Pig Trinket, Sultai Delve, 5-color Green
70th place: Shared by nine decks that died during double Elimination, (round one and two): Red Land Destruction, Mono Black Land Destruction, Glass Cannon Red, Tortured Madness, Cheaty Morph, Living End, 1-land Spy, UB Justice Control and Dragon Delve.

Round 1 ended 56-22 (72% match win rate)
Round 2 ended 13-9 (59% win)
Round 3 ended 43-26 (62% win)
Round 4 ended 32-11 (74% win – best win rate so far in Pauper Gauntlet history!)
Round 5 ended 23-12 (66% win)
Round 6 ended 18-5 (78% win) – a new record!
Round 7 ended 9-9 (50% win!)

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Pauper Gauntlet round six first half

We are now in round six. If a deck loses a single match now it is eliminated for good.

What is the Pauper Gauntlet?
All about the Pauper Gauntlet Season 03: http://mtgolibrary.blogspot.se/2015/11/the-pauper-gauntlet.html
All the deck lists: http://mtgolibrary.blogspot.se/2015/11/the-decks-of-pauper-gauntlet-s03.html

Round six
Round six is played in the Tournament Practice room.Here are all the results of round six so far
23 decks entered round five.

Mono Red Heroic defeats Kuldotha Jeskai 2-0
Infect is crushed by Dimir Teachings 0-2
Green One defeats Affinity 2-1
Izzet Cooldotha defeats Midnight Presence 2-0
Blue Bichinho loses to MBC 0-2

Death Control dies to Izzet Tron 0-2
Stompy defeats a quitter 2-0
Burn loses to Teachings 1-2
Stompy Tokens races Burn 2-0

5-4 so far. 14 decks are left to play in round six.

What happens now?
Round five will end on March 1st and then round six begins. I estimate round six to be another two week round.

Top 10 decks still alive
BUGs & Pigs, Green One, Mono Red Heroic, Stompy (5)

The Eliminations to this point
Round six eliminations so far: Infect, Blue Bichinho, Death Control, Burn (runner-up from last season)
24th place (round five) Illusory Tricks, White Heroes, Goblins, Suicide Black, Turbo Angler, Simic Oracle, Kuldotha Mardu, Elves, Rhystic Tron, MUC, Black Auramancer, Love Train,
36th place (round four) Counter-Kitty,UB Trinket Control, Rakdos Vampires, Flying Ninjas, Turbo Zoo, Shroudfang Ninja. Delver, Green Ramp LD, Snow-Go, Turbo Exhume
45th place: Shared by the 26 decks eliminated in round three: Affinity, Exhume Control, Familiars, Rebel Grind, Pestilence Control, Encroaching Blight, Green Grifters, The Pauper Gauntlet, Project X, Tortured Toolbox, RG Land Crusher, RG Landfall, DelverFiend, Eggs, Gary Busey LD, Selesnya Flash, Abzan Grindhouse, Bant Fog, Crocajund, BUG Proliferators, Evil Allies, Land-o-derm, Pig Trinket, Sultai Delve, 5-color Green
70th place: Shared by nine decks that died during double Elimination, (round one and two): Red Land Destruction, Mono Black Land Destruction, Glass Cannon Red, Tortured Madness, Cheaty Morph, Living End, 1-land Spy, UB Justice Control and Dragon Delve.

Round 1 ended 56-22 (72% match win rate)
Round 2 ended 13-9 (59% win)
Round 3 ended 43-26 (62% win)
Round 4 ended 32-11 (74% win – best win rate so far in Pauper Gauntlet history!)
Round 5 ended 23-12 (66% win)

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The Pauper Gauntlet round five

We are now in the middle of round five. If a deck loses a single match now it is eliminated for good.

What is the Pauper Gauntlet?

All about the Pauper Gauntlet Season 03: http://mtgolibrary.blogspot.se/2015/11/the-pauper-gauntlet.html

All the deck lists: http://mtgolibrary.blogspot.se/2015/11/the-decks-of-pauper-gauntlet-s03.html

Round five

Round five is played in the Tournament Practice room.Here are all the results of round five so far.

35 decks entered round five, including the three voteback decks.

Infect defeats Azorius Control 2-0
Illusory Tricks dies to Grixis Affinity 1-2
WW Soul Tokens defeats Suicide Black 2-1
White Heroes dies to a horrible misplay against Bant Blink 1-2
Cyborgs take down Dimir Control 2-0

Burn takes down Rakdos Burn 2-0
Goblins loses to MBC 1-2
MBC defeats MBC 2-0
Suicide Black dies to AzoriusKitty 0-2
Stompy defeats MBC 2-1

Simic Oracle gets overrun by Slivers 0-2 (one of the most common way to die in the Gauntlet)
Death Control defeats 1-land-spy 2-0
Pauper Nightmare wins vs Golgari Delver 2-0
Turbo Angler gets overrun by Elves 1-2
Slivers defeats Delver 2-1

Izzet Cooldotha defeats Simic Infect 2-1
RUG Tron does a number on Delver 2-0

17 matches played. 11-6 so far.

Decks that will play round five this coming week: BUGs & Pigs, Izzet Cooldotha, Black Auramancer, Blue Bichinho, MUC, Elve, Stompy Tokens, Rhystic Tron, BorosKitty Initiated, Aristocrats, Goblin Storm Combo, Spiteful Leeches, Love Train, UG Madness, Bant Sword and Shield, Kuldotha Mardu,

What happens now?

Round five will end on March 1st and then round six begins. I estimate round six to be another two week round.

Top 10 decks still alive

BUGs & Pigs, Burn, Green One, Mono Red Heroic, Stompy (5)

The Eliminations before this round

Round five eliminations so far Illusory Tricks, White Heroes, Goblins, Suicide Black, Turbo Angler, Simic Oracle

36th place (round four) Counter-Kitty,UB Trinket Control, Rakdos Vampires, Flying Ninjas, Turbo Zoo, Shroudfang Ninja. Delver, Green Ramp LD, Snow-Go, Turbo Exhume

45th place: Shared by the 26 decks eliminated in round three: Affinity, Exhume Control, Familiars, Rebel Grind, Pestilence Control, Encroaching Blight, Green Grifters, The Pauper Gauntlet, Project X, Tortured Toolbox, RG Land Crusher, RG Landfall, DelverFiend, Eggs, Gary Busey LD, Selesnya Flash, Abzan Grindhouse, Bant Fog, Crocajund, BUG Proliferators, Evil Allies, Land-o-derm, Pig Trinket, Sultai Delve, 5-color Green

70th place: Shared by nine decks that died during double Elimination, (round one and two): Red Land Destruction, Mono Black Land Destruction, Glass Cannon Red, Tortured Madness, Cheaty Morph, Living End, 1-land Spy, UB Justice Control and Dragon Delve.

Round 1 ended 56-22 (72% match win rate)
Round 2 ended 13-9 (59% win)
Round 3 ended 43-26 (62% win)
Round 4 ended 32-11 (74% win – best win rate so far in Pauper Gauntlet history!)

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Pauper Gauntlet S03R04 Week Two

We are now in the middle of round four. The decks are now fighting for their lives but there is still hope of a voteback if you get eliminated. The voteback happens after this round ends on February 7th, 2016.

What is the Pauper Gauntlet?
All about the Pauper Gauntlet Season 03: http://mtgolibrary.blogspot.se/2015/11/the-pauper-gauntlet.html
All the deck lists: http://mtgolibrary.blogspot.se/2015/11/the-decks-of-pauper-gauntlet-s03.html

The banning of Cloud of Faeries
Two decks are in trouble because of the banning of Cloud of Fairies: Delver and Blue Bichinho. The brewers have now modified their decks and both decks are still in the Pauper Gauntlet S03.

Round four
Round fouris played in the Tournament Practice room and if a deck loses it is elmiinated from the Pauper Gauntlet (unless voted in the voteback). Here are all the results of round four so far
43 decks bravely walked into round four, ready to fight to the death.

UG Madness defeats Delver 2-0
Infect defeats AzKitty 2-0
Rakdos Vampires loses to Cavern Control 1-2
Counter-Kitty dies to Dimir Teachings 1-2
Stompy Tokens vs Angler Delver 2-1

Death Control vs Snow Zoo Quitter 2-0
BUGS & Pigs vs Burn 0-2
UB Trinket Control vs MBC 0-2
Kuldotha Mardu vs Grixis Valuetown 2-1
Bant Sword and Shield vs AzKitty 2-1

Aristocrats vs Dimir Control 2-0
MUC vs Bant Fog 2-0
Stompy vs RUG Tron 2-0

9-4 gives a total score of 18-7 for round four so far. Round four ends this upcoming week.

Below are the results from R04 matches from last week:

Izzet Cooldotha defeats Orzhov Extort 2-1
RUG Tron makes short work of Elrond, Legolas and Friends (Elves) 2-0
Shroudfang Ninja is defeated by Orzhov Metalcraft 1-2
WW Soul Tokens defeats Hexproof 2-1
Goblin Storm Combo goes off against Grixis Counterburn 2-1

White Heroes defeats Dimir Control 2-0
Burn fights a GW Tokens Essence Warden deck and still wins 2-1
Flying Ninjas dies to Dimir Control 1-2
Turbo Zoo falls to AzoriusKitty 1-2
BorosKitty Initiated defeats Burn 2-0

Simic Oracle races Burn 2-1 somehow. Rancor is a good card.
Black Auramancer wins against Burn as well, 2-0

What happens now?
Round four will end on Sunday Feb 7 and then we will have the voteback. 36 decks are still alive and three more will return via the voteback.

The preliminary format for the Voteback is that every viewer gets three votes and three decks are brought back into the Gauntlet. A deck that is voted back can be from any round – i.e. even the decks that lost during double elimination can come back after the Voteback.

The Eliminations before this round
Round four eliminations so far: Counter-Kitty, BUGS & Pigs, UB Trinket Control, Rakdos Vampires, Flying Ninjas, Turbo Zoo and Shroudfang Ninja.
44th place: Shared by the 26 decks eliminated in round three: Affinity, Exhume Control, Familiars, Rebel Grind, Pestilence Control, Encroaching Blight, Green Grifters, The Pauper Gauntlet, Project X, Tortured Toolbox, RG Land Crusher, RG Landfall, DelverFiend, Eggs, Spiteful Leeches, Gary Busey LD, Selesnya Flash, Abzan Grindhouse, Bant Fog, Crocajund, BUG Proliferators, Evil Allies, Land-o-derm, Pig Trinket, Sultai Delve, 5-color Green
70th place: Shared by nine decks that died during double Elimination, (round one and two): Red Land Destruction, Mono Black Land Destruction, Glass Cannon Red, Tortured Madness, Cheaty Morph, Living End, 1-land Spy, UB Justice Control and Dragon Delve.

Round 1 ended 56-22 (72% match win rate)
Round 2 ended 13-9 (59% win)
Round 3 ended 43-26 (62% win)

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Why should your favorite deck return to the Pauper Gauntlet?

The Pauper Gauntlet S03 Voteback starts on February 7th here on mtgolibrary.blogspot.com.
The voteback is a chance for decks that have been eliminated from the Pauper Gauntlet to return to action in round five. You will each get three votes and three decks will be voted back. Any deck that is eliminated is eligible for voteback, even the decks that were eliminated in round two.

More about that on February 7th.

Previous seasons I have just made a short argument for each deck so you could see why you should vote it back. One year I tried to be funny. This year I want you guys to argue for the decks. First and foremost I want the brewer to defend his deck, next the champion, then the public and last myself.

So, notice the important order.

1. Brewer
2. Champion
3. You the reader
4. Me

So, if there is a deck that you want to return to the Pauper Gauntlet that was eliminated in round two, three or four (no decks were eliminated in round one), post your reasons for bringing it back below and I will include them in the February 7th article.

Good arguments include, but are not limited to:

Dan made a serious play mistake
I love this deck
This deck got a horrible matchup
This deck had terrible luck with mulligans

Unsure if your beloved deck is still in? Well, then you are probably not passionate enough to make a case for a defeated deck… but I will still tell you.

In this video, Sam summarizes which decks are in and which are out

You can also read about it here: http://mtgolibrary.blogspot.se/2016/01/the-pauper-gauntlet-week-ending-jan-17.html

All about the Pauper Gauntlet Season 03: http://mtgolibrary.blogspot.se/2015/11/the-pauper-gauntlet.html

All the deck lists: http://mtgolibrary.blogspot.se/2015/11/the-decks-of-pauper-gauntlet-s0

The Pauper Gauntlet week ending Jan 17

We are approaching the end of round three of the Pauper Gauntlet. Play has moved to the Tournament Practice room and decks are now eliminated immediatly if they lose.

What is the Pauper Gauntlet?
All about the Pauper Gauntlet Season 03: http://mtgolibrary.blogspot.se/2015/11/the-pauper-gauntlet.html
All the deck lists: http://mtgolibrary.blogspot.se/2015/11/the-decks-of-pauper-gauntlet-s03.html

The banning of Cloud of Faeries
Two decks are in trouble because of the banning of Cloud of Fairies: Delver and Blue Bichinho. The brewers have been asked to modify their decks or disqualify them and I await their answers.

Round three
Round three is played in the Tournament Practice room and if a deck loses it is elmiinated from the Pauper Gauntlet (unless voted back after round 4). Here are all the results of round three so far

67 decks went into round three.

Green Grifters got eliminated by MBC 0-2
Illusory tricks did better and defeats MBC 2-0
White Heroes defeats Gobilns 2-1
Rebels are infected by Simic Infect and dies 1-2 – another Top 10 deck from last season eliminated
Slivers defeats Burn 2-1

Blue Bichinho defeats Mono Black Land Destruction 2-1
Abzan Grindhouse falls to the Elves 1-2
Project X is defeated by MarduKitty 1-2
Elves defeats Elves in another Pauper Gauntlet mirror 2-0
Cyborgs runs into a quitter and wins. Those quitters – so easy to defeat!

Counter-Kitty outkitties OrzhovKitty 2-1
Evil Allies had no solution to Hexproof and loses 0-2
Land-o-derm runs into RUG Tron and dies 0-2
Tortured Toolbox loses against Infect 1-2 despite a massive sideboard against the deck
Spiteful Leeches are horribly mismanaged and loses to Hexproof 1-2

Rhystic Tron defeats RG Aggro 2-0
Turbo Exhume runs over JeskaiKitty 2-0
Shroudfang Ninja manages to defeat Delver, still with Cloud of Faeries in it 2-0
Love Train loves RUG Tron to death 2-1
Bant Fog loses to Burn 0-2

BorosKitty Initiated wins against Grixis Teachings 2-1
Familiars run into another broken Cloud of Faeries combo deck and dies poetically 1-2 and then we did not have to face the problems of what to do with this deck after the banning
Goblin Storm defeats Goblins 2-1
BUG Profilerators dies to Grixis Delver 0-2
Bant Sword and Shield impresses everyone and defeats Green Tron 2-0

Rakdos Vampires defeats Dimir Angler 2-1
Flying Ninjas defeats Nightsky Mimic 2-1
Sultai Delve gets overrun by Slivers 0-2 That is probably the most common way to get eliminated if you consider all three seasons of the Pauper Gauntlet
Snow-Go defeats Dimir Teachings
DelverFiend dies to its archnemesis MBC 0-2

These were the earlier matches played in round 3 before this week:

Blue Bichinho beats Mono Black Land Destruction 2-1
Simic Oracle takes down tier 1 deck MBC 2-1
CrocaJund loses to Simic Devoid 1-2
Turbo Angler wins against AzoriusKitty 2-1
Delver obliterates Rakdos Nightmare 2-0 (The best deck in Pauper has not done well in the Pauper Gauntlet – maybe this is the year for Delver?)

RG Land Crusher gets overrun by Suicide Black 0-2
Suicide Black defeats RUG Tron 2-1
Stompy Tokens defeats Angler Delver 2-0
Pestilence Control stood no chance against Izzet Tron 0-2
Izzet Cooldotha takes on a TE deck that quit

Selesnya Flash is defeated by Delver 0-2
MUC faces a quitter
The Pauper Gauntlet is eliminated from the Pauper Gauntlet by MBC 1-2
Pauper Nightmare takes on Delver and wins 2-0
Gary Busey is arrested and imprisoned by WatchRites 1-2

TurboZoo defeats Goblins 2-0
RUG Tron defeats Angler Delver 2-0
Green Ramp LD takes down Ninjutsu Reality Acid (!) 2-1
Infect gets a two turn kill (see above) and wins 2-1
Mono Red Heroic crushes Jund Dredge 2-0
Green One takes on Simic Explore and wins 2-0

Goblins run over Rakdos Reanimator 2-0
Exhume Control got outresourced by Pig Trinket piloted by a Gauntlet fan 0-2
5-color Green is murdered by Angler Delver 0-2
Death Control wins against Eye Candy Control 2-0
BUGS & Pigs plays double lifestaff against RDW and wins 2-0

Affinity lost to Dimir Teachings 1-2 and is eliminated.
Burn defeats AzoriusKitty 2-0
Encroaching Blight is defeated by White Metalcraft 1-2
Black Auramancer, the Pauper Rogue Cup champion, defeats MBC 2-1
Kuldotha Mardu defeats RUG Tron 2-1.
MBC defeats BorosKitty 2-1

What happens now?
Round 3 will end on Jan 19 (it was a long round due to the holidays). Round 4 will be shorter and will end on Sunday Feb 7 and then we will have the voteback. The preliminary format for the Voteback is that every viewer gets three votes and three decks are brought back into the Gauntlet. A deck that is voted back can be from any round – i.e. even the decks that lost during double elimination can come back after the Voteback.

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Pauper Gauntlet Season Three, Week 7: Middle of Round Three

We are now in round three of the Pauper Gauntlet. Play has moved to the Tournament Practice room and decks are now eliminated immediatly if they lose.

What is the Pauper Gauntlet?
All about the Pauper Gauntlet Season 03: http://mtgolibrary.blogspot.se/2015/11/the-pauper-gauntlet.html
All the deck lists: http://mtgolibrary.blogspot.se/2015/11/the-decks-of-pauper-gauntlet-s03.html

Round three
Round three is played in the Tournament Practice room and if a deck loses it is elmiinated from the Pauper Gauntlet (unless voted back after round 4). Here are all the results of round three so far (including results from last week)

We were 12-4 in round 3 when this week began. 67 decks went into round three.

These are the matches that have been played this week.

Blue Bichinho beats Mono Black Land Destruction 2-1
Simic Oracle takes down tier 1 deck MBC 2-1
CrocaJund loses to Simic Devoid 1-2
Turbo Angler wins against AzoriusKitty 2-1
Delver obliterates Rakdos Nightmare 2-0 (The best deck in Pauper has not done well in the Pauper Gauntlet – maybe this is the year for Delver?)

RG Land Crusher gets overrun by Suicide Black 0-2
Suicide Black defeats RUG Tron 2-1
Stompy Tokens defeats Angler Delver 2-0
Pestilence Control stood no chance against Izzet Tron 0-2
Izzet Cooldotha takes on a TE deck that quit

Selesnya Flash is defeated by Delver 0-2
MUC faces a quitter
The Pauper Gauntlet is eliminated from the Pauper Gauntlet by MBC 1-2
Pauper Nightmare takes on Delver and wins 2-0
Gary Busey is arrested and imprisoned by WatchRites 1-2

TurboZoo defeats Goblins 2-0

16 matches played with a 10-6 record. 22-10 total for round 3. 35 decks still has to play their round 3 match. 57 decks are still active in the Pauper Gauntlet S03.

These were the earlier matchs played in round 3 before this week:

RUG Tron defeats Angler Delver 2-0
Green Ramp LD takes down Ninjutsu Reality Acid (!) 2-1
Infect gets a two turn kill (see above) and wins 2-1
Mono Red Heroic crushes Jund Dredge 2-0
Green One takes on Simic Explore and wins 2-0

Goblins run over Rakdos Reanimator 2-0
Exhume Control got outresourced by Pig Trinket piloted by a Gauntlet fan 0-2
5-color Green is murdered by Angler Delver 0-2
Death Control wins against Eye Candy Control 2-0
BUGS & Pigs plays double lifestaff against RDW and wins 2-0

Affinity lost to Dimir Teachings 1-2 and is eliminated.
Burn defeats AzoriusKitty 2-0
Encroaching Blight is defeated by White Metalcraft 1-2
Black Auramancer, the Pauper Rogue Cup champion, defeats MBC 2-1
Kuldotha Mardu defeats RUG Tron 2-1.
MBC defeats BorosKitty 2-1

What happens now?
Round 3 will end on Jan 19 (it was a long round due to the holidays). Round 4 will be shorter and will end on Sunday Feb 7 and then we will have the voteback. The preliminary format for the Voteback is that every viewer gets three votes and three decks are brought back into the Gauntlet. A deck that is voted back can be from any round – i.e. even the decks that lost during double elimination can come back after the Voteback.

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Pauper Gauntlet Season Three, Week Six: Middle of Round Three

We are now in round three of the Pauper Gauntlet. Play has moved to the Tournament Practice room and decks are now eliminated immediatly if they lose.

What is the Pauper Gauntlet?
All about the Pauper Gauntlet Season 03: http://mtgolibrary.blogspot.se/2015/11/the-pauper-gauntlet.html
All the deck lists: http://mtgolibrary.blogspot.se/2015/11/the-decks-of-pauper-gauntlet-s03.html

Round three
Round three is played in the Tournament Practice room and if a deck loses it is elmiinated from the Pauper Gauntlet (unless voted back after round 4). Here are all the results of round three so far (including results from last week)

67 decks entered round three.

RUG Tron defeats Angler Delver 2-0
Green Ramp LD takes down Ninjutsu Reality Acid (!) 2-1
Infect gets a two turn kill (see above) and wins 2-1
Mono Red Heroic crushes Jund Dredge 2-0
Green One takes on Simic Explore and wins 2-0

Goblins run over Rakdos Reanimator 2-0
Exhume Control got outresourced by Pig Trinket piloted by a Gauntlet fan 0-2
5-color Green is murdered by Angler Delver 0-2
Death Control wins against Eye Candy Control 2-0
BUGS & Pigs plays double lifestaff against RDW and wins 2-0

Affinity lost to Dimir Teachings 1-2 and is eliminated.
Burn defeats AzoriusKitty 2-0
Encroaching Blight is defeated by White Metalcraft 1-2
Black Auramancer, the Pauper Rogue Cup champion, defeats MBC 2-1
Kuldotha Mardu defeats RUG Tron 2-1.
MBC defeats BorosKitty 2-1

12-4 so far, which is decent.

63 decks remain in the third season of the Pauper Gauntlet (+3 from the voteback)!

What happens now?
Round 3 will end on Jan 19 (it was a long round due to the holidays). Round 4 will be shorter and will end on Sunday Feb 7 and then we will have the voteback. The preliminary format for the Voteback is that every viewer gets three votes and three decks are brought back into the Gauntlet. A deck that is voted back can be from any round – i.e. even the decks that lost during double elimination can come back after the Voteback.

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Pauper Gauntlet Season Three, Week Five: The first eliminations of the Pauper Gauntlet

Round two of the third season of the Pauper Gauntlet is over and eight decks have been eliminated during double elimation. Round three has started and another two decks have fallen. 68 decks remain.

What is the Pauper Gauntlet?
All about the Pauper Gauntlet Season 03: http://mtgolibrary.blogspot.se/2015/11/the-pauper-gauntlet.html
All the deck lists: http://mtgolibrary.blogspot.se/2015/11/the-decks-of-pauper-gauntlet-s03.html

Round two is over!
If you read further than this, you will get results spoiled. That is probably why you are here, though.

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Watch the feature matches on youtube: youtube.com/magicgatheringstrat
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Ok, lets get into details.

All the matches of round two:

Mono Black Land Destruction is outresourced by Illusory Tricks 1-2
Rakdos Vampires defeats Golgari Delve
Glass Cannon Red falls to White Metalcraft 0-2
Suicide the Painless runs into another mirror match (almost) but the opponent quits. The deck also faces bad press for its tasteless name and will return during round 3 as Pauper Aristocrats.
Livind End is crushed by Angler Delver 0-2

Tortured Madness is defeated by Pestilence 1-2
BorosKitty Initiated defeats MBC splashing white 2-1 in a very tight match
Dragon Delve lost to RUG Tron and was eliminated from the Pauper Gauntlet despite being able to put a 11/9 flyer vigilance Gurmag Angler into play. Turns out that Fangren Marauder just gains too many life.
Sultai Delve defeats Izzet Wizards 2-0
Crocajund defeats Illusory Tricks 2-1. With so many people playing Tricks in the practice rooms I am starting to believe that people actually read magicgatheringstrat.com. Tricks was the runner-up in season one of the Pauper Gauntlet and is a deck brewed by my friend Bava.

UB Justice Control was defeated by Blue Bichinho (the flying blue swarm) 1-2
Burn defeats Sultai Exhume 2-0.
Cheaty Morph is defeated by Nightsky Mimic 0-2
Familiars defeat Azorius Control 2-0
1-land-spy ran into a control deck and could not go off. 0-2

Snow Go defeats Orzhov Removal 2-0
Tortured Toolbox defeats Mono Black 2-0
Rebel Grind defeats Boros Landfall 2-0
Eggs defeats Illusory Tricks 2-1
Goblin Storm Combo goes off against Abzan Lifegain and does 65 points of damage in one turn! The match ends 2-1 to the combo deck.

Mono Red Land Destruction is defeated by Selesnya Vigilance 0-2
MBC defeats Mono Blue 2-0

22 matches played in round two. The final score was 13-9.

The following eight decks are eliminated (but can be voted back after round four if you really miss one of them): Tortured Madness, Living End, Glass Cannon Red, Mono Black Land Destruction, Dragon Delve, UB Justice Control, Cheaty Morph, 1-land-spy and Mono Red Land Destruction.

Round three has started!
Round three is played in the Tournament Practice room and if a deck loses it is elmiinated from the Pauper Gauntlet (unless voted back after round 4).

Affinity lost to Dimir Teachings 1-2 and is eliminated.
Burn defeats AzoriusKitty 2-0
Encroaching Blight is defeated by White Metalcraft 1-2
Kuldotha Mardu defeats RUG Tron 2-1.
MBC defeats BorosKitty 2-1

67 decks remain!

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Pauper Gauntlet Season Three, Week Four

Round one of the third season of the Pauper Gauntlet is over and now the losers of that round face the threat of elimination in round two!

What is the Pauper Gauntlet?
All about the Pauper Gauntlet Season 03: http://mtgolibrary.blogspot.se/2015/11/the-pauper-gauntlet.html
All the deck lists: http://mtgolibrary.blogspot.se/2015/11/the-decks-of-pauper-gauntlet-s03.html

Round one is over!
If you read further than this, you will get results spoiled. That is probably why you are here, though.

Catch the matches when they are published on Twitter: @MagicGathStrat
Watch the feature matches on youtube: youtube.com/magicgatheringstrat
Also make sure you subscribe to magicgatheringstrat2 on YouTube for more matches.

Ok, lets get into details.

These were the final matches of round one:

Elves took down Esper Control 2-0
Snow Go faced Bant Fog in a very skill intensive matchup. I am sure the more experienced pilot would win on either side. I was not the more experienced pilot and lost 0-2. In fact, this was the very first Pauper Gauntlet match ever that I was timed out and lost by the clock. Check out the video above if you want to be boooored
Tortured Toolbox lost to Domain 0-2
Land-o-derm defeated Encroaching Blight 2-0

Turbo Exhume defeated RB Madness 2-1
Evil Allies ran into a quitter
BUG Profilerators saw the worst misplay of the Gauntlet so far but then the opponent quit after winning the first duel.

78 matches played. The final score was 56-22.

Round two has started!
Any deck that loses in round two is eliminated from the Pauper Gauntlet (unless voted back by you, the readers, after round four).

Dragon Delve lost to RUG Tron and was eliminated from the Pauper Gauntlet despite being able to put a 11/9 flyer vigilance Gurmag Angler into play. Turns out that Fangren Marauder just gains too many life.
Sultai Delve defeats Izzet Wizards 2-0
Crocajund defeats Illusory Tricks 2-1. With so many people playing Tricks in the practice rooms I am starting to believe that people actually read magicgatheringstrat.com. Tricks was the runner-up in season one of the Pauper Gauntlet and is a deck brewed by my friend Bava.
UB Justice Control was defeated by Blue Bichinho (the flying blue swarm) 1-2
Burn defeats Sultai Exhume 2-0.

Cheaty Morph is defeated by Nightsky Mimic 0-2
Familiars defeat Azorius Control 2-0
1-land-spy ran into a control deck and could not go off. 0-2
Snow Go defeats Orzhov Removal 2-0
Tortured Toolbox defeats Mono Black 2-0

Rebel Grind defeats Boros Landfall 2-0
Eggs defeats Illusory Tricks 2-1
Goblin Storm Combo goes off against Abzan Lifegain and does 65 points of damage in one turn! The match ends 2-1 to the combo deck.
Mono Red Land Destruction is defeated by Selesnya Vigilance 0-2
MBC defeats Mono Blue 2-0

Seven matches remain in round two. So far we have lost the following five decks: Dragon Delve, UB Justice Control, Cheaty Morph, 1-land-spy and Mono Red Land Destruction. 73 decks remain in the Pauper Gauntlet S03.

Round two ends on December 22nd and round three will be going on over the Holidays and will be a 3 or 4 week round.

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WW Soul Tokens in the Pauper Gauntlet

This is Deluxeicoff’s list, but my favorite version of it and my submission to the Gauntlet. So here I go with the list and a sideboard plan!

[d title=”WW Soul Tokens by Deluxeicoff (Pauper)”]
Creatures
4 Doomed Traveler
3 Order of Leitbur
4 Soul Warden
4 Soul’s Attendant
4 Squadron Hawk
4 Suture Priest

Enchantments
4 Journey to Nowhere

Instants
4 Guardians’ Pledge
3 Raise the Alarm

Sorceries
4 Battle Screech
1 Cenn’s Enlistment

Land
18 Plains
3 Quicksand

Sideboard
2 Cho-Manno’s Blessing
1 Holy Light
4 Lumithread Field
3 Prismatic Strands
2 Rune of Protection: Red
3 Standard Bearer [/d]

Notes

Gaining life against aggro decks is solid. Burn is a joke. The deck *destroys* Delver. We should win against MBC, but my personal track record is iffy. Suture Priest is an all-star against Flicker decks and combos. Bring in Cho-Manno to protect him when you really need to stop the combo win. This is really not an aggro deck. It’s a mid-range list that takes grinds card advantages by getting multiple creatures per card and then wins with an alpha strike off of Guardian’s Pledge. We *can* win as early as t4-t5 and sometimes that is the goal, but a lot of games will go longer than that.

This deck’s primary win condition *can* be the clock, so play accordingly. Gain shitloads of life and Lumithread into unkillable blockers and then just play fast.

Sideboard Plan

Delver: Our card advantage and flyers eventually overwhelm them. Counter my birds? I’ll just flash them back. Don’t forget to use Quicksand on Ninjas.
+1 Holy Light, +4 Lumithread Field | -4 Journey to Nowhere, -1 Suture Priest

Esper Familiar: We have awesome Familiar tech if we can play it before they win. Basic plan is either win really early or get Suture Priest with Cho-Manno and/or Standard Bearer back-up. Keep up WW so if they capsize Cho-Manno you can recast it (remember it has flash!). They have to Snap and / or Capsize Suture Priests if they want to win.
+2 Cho-Manno’s Blessing, +1 Holy Light, +3 Standard Bearer | -4 Battle Screech, -1 Cenn’s Enlistment, -1 Journey to Nowhere

MBC: Deluxe thinks this is easy and I have a hard time. My SB plan has changed a lot over time and is quite simple now. You will get some hits early but be ready to slow down and grind out if necessary. Protect your Orders and don’t ever let your Lumithread Fields out as a morph creature if you tap out. Sitting on a lot of 1/5s can get you there, eventually.
+4 Lumithread Field | -4 Suture Priest

Delverfiend: Block, block, block, and then block some more. Lumithreads can still block after Apostle’s Blessing when they are a morph creature. Quicksand kills Kiln Fiend.
+4 Lumithread Field, +3 Prismatic Strands, +2 Rune of Protection: Red, +3 Standard Bearer | -3 Order of Leitbur, -4 Suture Priest, -4 Doomed Traveler, -1 Guardian’s Pledge

Boros/Jeskai-Kitty: Lumithread will save you g2-3 from Electrickery and give you giant blockers. Grind it out, gain life, block, and they just can’t win.
+4 Lumithread Field, +3 Prismatic Strands (Electrickery and Burn protection) | -3 Order of Leitbur, -4 Suture Priest

Stompy: Standard Bearer and Strands pretty much kill ’em. Plus you gain life all over the place. Win in the air.
+3 Standard Bearer, +3 Prismatic Strands | -4 Journey to Nowhere, -1 Doomed Traveler, -1 Guardian’s Pledge

Elves: Suture Priest and Standard Bearer = GG. Journey the Wellwishers. Watch out for arrows. Win in the air or on time.
+3 Standard Bearer, +3 Prismatic Strands, +4 Lumithread Field, +1 Holy Light | -3 Raise the Alarm, -4 Doomed Traveler, -3 Order of Leitbur, -1 Guardian’s Pledge

Goblins: Strands and Lumithread shine.
+1 Holy Light, +4 Lumithread Field, +3 Prismatic Strands, +2 Rune of Protection: Red | -4 Suture Priest, -4 Journey to Nowhere, -1 Guardian’s Pledge, -1 Order of Leitbur

RUG Tron: You can occasionally win fast but you can also win on the clock with giant blockers. Don’t be afraid to just wait them out and play defensively.
+4 Lumithread Field, +3 Prismatic Strands, +2 Rune of Protection: Red | -4 Suture Priest, -4 Order of Leitbur, -1 Guardian’s Pledge

Burn: Play so you can gain life off your sisters. No need to be aggressive. Watch out for Electrickery g2-3. One Lumithread as an enchant is fine and the rest can be morphs.
+4 Lumithread Field, +3 Prismatic Strands, +2 Rune of Protection: Red | -3 Order of Leitbur, -4 Journey to Nowhere, -1 Guardian’s Pledge, -1 Battle Screech

White Weenie: If they have sisters, expect to go to time. Manage your triggers as quickly as you can. Journey should hit their lifegain guys when possible.
+4 Lumithread Field, +3 Prismatic Strands | -4 Doomed Traveler, -3 Order of Leitbur

Affinity: Block low, swing high. Watch out for Fling.
+4 Lumithread Field, +3 Prismatic Strands, +2 Rune of Protection: Red | -3 Order of Leitbur, -4 Journey to Nowhere, -1 Guardian’s Pledge, -1 Suture Priest

UB Angler: We pretty much win. Journey + Order wrecks them; bait counters when necessary.
+4 Lumithread Field | -4 Suture Priest