Community League #5: Classic Pauper, Week 3

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Hey gang!

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

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

Week Two for Bava

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

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

Week Three Pairings

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


Good luck, have fun!


Community Participation League #2: Week Four

Hello Ladies and Gentlenerds!

Welcome to the halfway point! The midway point. The dab smack middle of the Pauper league! It’s been great so far, and we have 4 more weeks left!

I got the BYE this week!! So I get my first win! A win is a win so I am happy to get it.

Here are the current standings.

This week I faced Jmlima playing little red men, and I got beat 1-2 playing Dimir Teachings. I love the Teachings deck, but I think I need a ton more practice with it. Fellow league member obZen has brought the deck back into the limelight, and my hats off to him, as I love control, and Dimir Teachings is a great example of control.

[d title=”obZen’s Dimir Teachings”]

2 Crypt Rats
1 Mulldrifter
1 Twisted Abomination

2 Chainer’s Edict
4 Innocent Blood

4 Accumulated Knowledge
4 Brainstorm
4 Counterspell
4 Exclude
3 Mystical Teachings
2 Prohibit
1 Remove Soul
1 Disfigure
1 Crypt Incursion
1 Ghastly Demise
1 Grim Harvest
1 Wail of the Nim
1 Diabolic Edict

3 Evolving Wilds
3 Terramorphic Expanse
4 Dimir Guildgate
4 Swamp
8 Island

2 Circle of Protection: Red
1 Plains
1 Ghastly Demise
3 Jace’s Erasure
1 Muddle the Mixture
1 Evincar’s Justice
1 Allay
1 Echoing Decay
1 Negate
1 Nausea
2 Circle of Protection: Black [/d]

Just an amazing deck. Counters. Kill Spells. Great creatures. Recursion. Tutors. A varied sideboard with lots of tech. Again I tip my hat to you obZen, as this is a great deck.

Another deck I am slowly, evilly falling in love with is Esper Familiars. I am not the strongest combo player, and I punt all the time, but the deck is fun to play, in its own way. Its own evil, evil way.

[d title=”Esper Familiars”]


4 Cloud of Faeries

4 Nightscape Familiar

4 Sunscape Familiar

4 Mulldrifter

3 Sea Gate Oracle

2 Sage’s Row Denizen

1 Lone Missionary

1 Archaeomancer

1 Mnemonic Wall


3 Compulsive Research

2 Deep Analysis

2 Forsee


4 Snap

2 Ghostly Flicker

1 Reaping the Graves


3 Azorius Chancery

3 Dimir Aqueduct

4 Evolving Wilds

7 Island

2 Plains

2 Swamp

1 Terramorphic Expanse


2 Echoing Decay

3 Prismatic Strands

1 Hoodwink

2 Fade Away

1 Reaping the Graves

3 Nihil Spellbomb

3 Trinket Mage [/d]

I updated the sideboard to include the Trinket Mages and the Spellbombs, as the deck is weak to graveyard based decks. I know there is a version of the deck without the Sage’s Row Denizen, but I can’t imagine playing this deck without a direct win condition like milling your opponent out.

Week 4 updates!

We have had 2 outs this week, outs due to people just being not responsive to emails or MTGO Client contacts.



Of course we welcome you to come back next league if you want to give it another go. Thanks for playing the matches you did this time.

Khans comes online this weekend everyone!! So if you plan on jamming in a bunch of Wedge based sealed games this weekend try and get your matches done before hand. Oh yeah, Khans will be League legal next week, if you can plumb the depths of spoiler to find anything Classic Pauper worthy. Plan ahead if you can this week! You may need to play more matches before the prereleases start on Friday.

That also means that Standard Pauper is rotating soon! And so many annoying decks will die! The format may become fun to play again! So looking forward to that. No more Dimir Mill equals sideways smiley face. No more Armor, Devour Flesh, Essence Scatter, Pacifism. It’s a brave new day folks, let’s greet it with a smile everyone!

Plugs and What Not

In case you don’t know it, Brennon and I have an ongoing show on the YouTube channel and iTunes called The Standard Pauper Show. We have been having Mr. Danofhistory on to talk about the Gauntlet the last three weeks. It’s a blast! Watch or listen, it’s casual, and fun, but still competitive. Look down, it’s a link to last week’s show!!!

Still a good amount of orphan decks left in the second Pauper Gauntlet. Claim them, and win some pretty cool prizes both online, and paper, all provided by our own Peyton. Mr Peypey really set some good stuff up. More linkage for you!

Week 4 Match-ups!


And that’s it guys, go out there and get your matches done, have fun, as I kick my feet up and enjoy my BYE week! Of course email me if you have any questions or need anything. You know how to reach me.

Till next week I hope if you are looking down a herd of little ugly red men you sideboard in all your removal, and not have to mulligan to 4 cards. Those little ugly red monsters will just eat you all up if that happens.

Sam Aka Vaultboyhunter

Community Participation League #2: Week Three

Week Three Update!

Hello Ladies and Gentlenerds and welcome welcome welcome to week three!

What a week it was. I played Trinket, against Boros Kitty, and got owned. Always bet on the Kitty folks, it’s just a great deck. I am not good enough at Trinket to play it and win, no matter how much I want to be. Next week I am playing aggro! So be ready, opponent, I am coming for you!

First off, the standings!

Some pretty good stuff going on. Congratulations to the 2-0 crowd. I look up at you from my lowly 0-2 basement and wonder what all that sunshine feels like. Are the birds singing, are the flowers blooming?

Reminders and Updates

Thanks again, guys, for getting your matches done on time, and reporting them in the comments. Remember it’s better if both people in the pairings email each other, don’t wait for your opponent to email you, they may be waiting on you to email them, and then nothing gets done! Email is free! It doesn’t even cost a stamp!

So week three has a few drops, and a few outs. Drops are people who told us “Hey, I want to drop now,” and Outs are people who we never heard from in two weeks and who thus are being removed from the League. Of course any of you guys are free to try again next league and we will welcome you back with open arms.



Thanks for letting me know what was going on guys!!



You all are always more than welcome to come back for the Third League, and to vote in the format, and everything.

And that’s all the updates guys!

I got to watch some more matches this week, got to talk to a bunch of you on the client and it was awesome to get to know some of you guys. I got to talk to Wrasslen on Sunday, Standard Pauper with a drunk guy playing 4 colors, and learned how to get better at an up-and-coming powerhouse in Pauper, Dimir Teachings. Very cool times.


Not much new stuff this week, but Dan is still looking for people to root on decks in the Pauper Gauntlet #2. Go, pick a deck, and if your deck wins you win snazzy prizes. Look, there is a link! Click it!

Speaking of prizes our own Creature-Superbeast Editor Bava gives away weekly prizes in his Faithless Looting articles for budget themed brews. This week’s theme is Wedge color! I submitted one this week, and its Pauper and Necra, and its fun to win fun stuff. Look! Another link.

Oh yeah, you all can also go subscribe to The Standard Pauper show on iTunes now. That’s right, Brennon and Bava got it done, and the show is a Podcast now. Which is super sweet. One word of caution: we have had Dan on the last two weeks, and if you are following the Gauntlet #2 you should be fully caught up on the matches on both the YouTube channels first, as we talk about the results, and spoilers abound.

One of the last matches to go up for the Pauper Gauntlet #2 was one of the decks I submitted, and I thought I would share the deck list. It’s not Tier 1, more like Tier 3, but Dan seemed to enjoy playing it.

[d Title=”Thunder Trees”]
1 Bojuka Bog
3 Evolving Wilds
3 Forgotten Cave
3 Tranquil Thicket
2 Haunted Fengraf
2 Barren Moor
2 Swamp
4 Forest
3 Mountain
2 Quicksand

4 Tilling Treefolk
2 Nantuko Vigilante
2 Krosan Tusker
2 Twisted Abomination

1 Flame Jab
1 Raven’s Crime
4 Firebolt
2 Swirling Sandstorm

4 Crop Rotation
4 Lightning Bolt
4 Resounding Thunder
3 Harrow
2 Grim Harvest

1 Raven’s Crime
1 Grim Harvest
2 Swirling Sandstorm
3 Ancient Grudge
4 Pyroblast
2 Serene Heart
2 Terminate

The thought is to use the Treefolk and utility lands to use the lands in place of spells, to draw cards, and eliminate creatures, with the Crop Rotations letting you re-use lands you already have in play like the Bojuka Bog, you have the Fengrafs to get the Treefolk back to get the Fengrafs back. Your win con is Thunder cycle, and beats. I love the smell of midrange in the morning.


Here are your matches for week three!


Remember email early and often, the more you communicate with your opponent the better chance of getting your match done!

And that’s it for your week three update!

May your opponent never Pyroblast your Mulldrifter in response to your Undying Evil.

Sam Aka Vaultboyhunter

Community Participation League #2: Week Two

Hello ladies and gentlenerds! Welcome to week two of the league.

Week one was a great success, thanks to everyone for being flexible for not only the communication issues but also the change in the week set up. Wednesday to Monday is a little shorter but it really helps with getting the next week ready.

So I applaud you guys for doing what you do, and that’s shining like diamonds as you rock at playing this amazing game of Magic.

So first off, the standings!

Here they are. Check them out and make sure your standings have been put in correctly!

Week one is the most divided week, half on top, half on bottom. I expect things to mix up as the weeks go on! Congrats to the winners, I am sure all the games were amazing. I know I got to watch about a half dozen myself and it was awesome to watch all the decks and all the amazing plays.

A few reminders, remember to email you opponent as soon as you can in the week. I know the weekend is the best time to play the matches, but try not to wait to the weekend to set up the match.

Also remember the winner should come back here and post the win/loss record for the match. It just works best that way.

With the new pairing program we are using, Challonge, it doesn’t allow for repairing. We are going to compensate for a few different things. If your opponent drops from the League after pairings you get the win. If you are trying to reach your opponent and they don’t respond back to you, then you get the win. These aren’t free wins, but wins that are just and fair to give.

We have had 3 drops from the league, Rahrahrah, Honorbound84, and Thephatty500. We welcome you all to try again next week. That means there will be one player randomly selected for a BYE each week until we get back down to an even number. But a BYE counts as a win. So that’s the upside.

Thanks guys!

Khans of Tarkir

So I thought I would look into the Khans of Tarkir spoiler and see if anything pops out to me as being a good fit for Pauper. Most modern sets don’t have a bunch of cards at the power level as Pauper. Pauper is the format of Rare power level commons, and that’s why we love playing it.

These are of course all wild speculation on my part, and I will probably wrong on 99% of them. Proudly wrong!

Of course I am only going to talk about new cards, no reprints or functional reprints.

These are in no order besides what pops out at me.

[c]Ainok Bond-Kin[/c] I think this guy could slot on curve into White Weenie style decks. There are a lot of cards that give away free +1/+1 counters, and First Strike is a pretty decent ability in combat. Plus the ability to grow as the game goes on is pretty good past the midrange.

[c]Disdainful Stroke[/c] There are less restrictive counters in Pauper, but cheap counters are pretty much always good counters. I don’t know if MUC wants this card in its 75, but it’s a card that deserves a good looking at.

[c]Embodiment of Spring[/c] Early game blocker, and land searching. I like the card. Would like it more if it didn’t have the basic land restriction, or that the new common lands in the set had a Gate like subtype but that’s Magic design for you, wish and wish and wish, and play the cards they deal you.

[c]Force Away[/c] Bounce with the chance at Looting. I like that combo. Instant. 1U and it awards you for having a good sized creature on board, which in the right deck you have that anyways. Seems like a tight little package.

[c]Jeskai Windscout[/c] It’s the Kiln Fiend effect but for any noncreature spell you cast. I think this slots into Delver Fiend, and maybe into just Delver. I think for Pauper this may very well be the one card I can say will have an impact. I like this card a lot.

[c] Mardu Hordechief[/c] Again slots pretty good into White Weenie style decks. 3 power 4 toughness for 3 mana seems good. I quite like this guy as well.

[c]Mardu Warshrieker[/c] I feel like there is some sort of infinite mana combo with this guy. It would have to be second main phase, and I can’t quite figure it out, but I am sure some intrepid brewer out there can do what my brain can’t.

[c]Taigam’s Scheming[/c] I don’t know. I just don’t. Digging 5 deep for two mana feels so strong. Dumping a whole bunch of junk into the yard feels great. I love this card with Brainstorm. I am not sure. But I like it.

[c]Treasure Cruise[/c] Thoughtcast tells us that 1 casting cost draw spells rock the format. The Cruise has a lot more set up. But in a control deck that is burning draw spells and counters you may find a way to draw 3 to 12 cards off of these bad boys for just 4 mana and some dead cards.

[c]Bloodfell Caves[/c] [c]Blossoming Sands[/c] [c]Dismal Backwater[/c] [c]Jungle Hollow[/c] [c]Rugged Highlands[/c] [c]Scoured Barrens[/c] [c]Swiftwater Cliffs[/c] [c]Thornwood Falls[/c] [c]Tranquil Cove[/c] [c] Wind-Scarred Crag[/c]

The sexy lands as I call them. I think these are pretty much an instant replacement for the Guildates for every deck that doesn’t care about the Gate subtype. Which is pretty much every deck in Pauper. The Gatekeeper flicker deck is far too slow for the format. Don’t think the one life gain is marginal either. Against aggro or burn it helps you out pace them a little bit, in a control deck it helps you get to late game. It’s a great cycle of lands, and probably the cards that will have the biggest impact on the Pauper Format.

And that’s it folks my highly over reaching prediction on what cards from Khans that may see play in good old Classic Pauper.

Plugs Links and other odds and ends!

So Dan has started the Pauper Gauntlet, and its going like gang busters. He is still looking for people to claim decks and win prizes, and there are a bunch of really really good decks left. Just comment in the comments and profess your love for one of the decks that are left. You know you want to. I got Boros Kitty!!! Makes me happy!

Brennon and I are having Dan on The Standard Pauper show for the months and years the Gauntlet is going to take, so tune in for that hot Swedish talking. And regular American talking.

There is also a super exciting announcement about The Standard Pauper show coming up, but I will let Brennon tell you guys all the bells and whistles during his next article. It’s pretty sweet folks.

Pairings for Week #2

One important note BEFORE pairings. Some people missed our emails, and we sent quite a few in the first week just to make sure everyone saw them. Moving ahead, we will be very conscious of sending too many emails. So please make sure to check your spam folders for our emails, and to whitelist email addresses so that they get through.


Get out there and do battle guys. It’s going to be awesome.

And that’s it. If you need any help have any questions or just want to talk about the weather feel free to email me at any point.

And may you always Teachings for Teachings for Teachings,

Sam AKA Vaultboyhunter