10Tix Modern League: Winning and Notable Deck Lists

We started this event way back at the beginning of October and it has only just wrapped up. I have learned my lesson and will never run a big double-elimination event like that again; from here on out it is Swiss and cuts to Top 8, all the way. What I may do again, however, is run a 10Tix Modern event.

The format was super interesting and varied and a nice assortment of lists managed to perform well. We’ll probably return to it again for a future event, though for the very next event I have my eyes set on Penny Dreadful. I’m not sure when we’ll get that up and running, but keep an eye out, probably in February.

On to the good stuff now, though. Here are the best-performing and coolest lists from our 10Tix Modern league event. Prizes for this event were provided by the ever-awesome Cardhoarder. Please consider buying stuff from them either through their site or bots to thank them for all the PRE support they provide.

Winning List: UB Control by Mabus_77

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Creatures
3 Teferi, Mage of Zhalfir
1 Frost Titan
1 Kozilek, the Great Distortion

Spells
2 Black Sun’s Zenith
1 Consume the Meek
3 Delay
2 Go for the Throat
4 Mystical Teachings
2 Repeal
3 Rewind
4 Rune Snag
1 Slaughter Pact
1 Sudden Death
2 Think Twice
2 Tribute to Hunger

Artifacts
1 Spine of Ish Sah

Land
6 Island
3 Swamp
4 Temple of Deceit
3 Dimir Aqueduct
4 Dreadship Reef
3 Underground River
4 Drowned Catacomb

Sideboard
2 Cancel
1 Consume the Meek
4 Disfigure
2 Dispel
2 Doom Blade
1 Haunting Hymn
1 Soul Spike
1 Sudden Death
1 Tribute to Hunger
[/d]

> > Buy this list on Cardhoarder.

Mabus_77 took this list undefeated in six matches to the final. Littlefield came up out of the loser’s bracket and beat Mabus in the first match, but wasn’t able to get the back-to-back match wins he needed to secure victory. In the end, this UB Control list went 7-1 and took first place.

Price-wise this deck came in at $8.56 when submitted on October 5, though it has risen to $13.55 today. Still affordable by any means.


2nd Place List: Soul Sisters by Littlefield

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Creatures
4 Ajani’s Pridemate
4 Hanweir Militia Captain
4 Lone Rider
2 Serra Avenger
4 Soul Warden
4 Soul’s Attendant
4 Squadron Hawk
4 Suture Priest

Enchantments
1 Honor of the Pure

Spells
3 Blessed Alliance
3 Brave the Elements
2 Path to Exile
2 Sunlance

Land
19 Plains

Sideboard
1 Borrowed Grace
1 Brave the Elements
2 Circle of Protection: Green
1 Divine Offering
2 Honor of the Pure
4 Kor Firewalker
2 Revoke Existence
2 Timely Reinforcements
[/d]

> > Buy this list on Cardhoarder.

There were a lot of strong white lists in the event, but Littlefield managed to pilot this Soul Sisters version all the way into a solid second place. After losing his third match, he fought his way through to the finals, taking the first match against Mabus_77 but not being able to attain the back-to-back match wins he needed to secure first place. In the end the list went a very respectable 10-2.

White lists are great for budgets, which may be why we saw so many crop up in this event. This list weighed in at $8.65 and is actually priced slightly cheaper today at $8.52, with over half of that blown on the 2x [c]Path to Exile[/c]s.

Our fourth place list, finishing 5-2 and piloted by Michelle_Wong, was also Mono White, though eschewed the sisters for a more aggressive package.


3rd Place List: Mono U Tron by Playm4ker

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Creatures
3 Conduit of Ruin
1 Drowner of Hope
1 Bane of Bala Ged
1 Mage-Ring Responder
1 Platinum Angel
1 Ulamog’s Crusher
1 Desolation Twin

Spells
1 Anticipate
3 Condescend
1 Fabricate
4 Mana Leak
1 Reality Shift
2 Repeal
1 Sleight of Hand
3 Spatial Contortion
1 Spell Burst
1 Summary Dismissal
3 Thirst for Knowledge

Artifacts
4 Expedition Map
1 Lightning Greaves
1 Mindslaver

Lands
1 Academy Ruins
2 Blighted Cataract
1 Ghost Quarter
8 Island
4 Urza’s Mine
4 Urza’s Power Plant
4 Urza’s Tower

Sideboard
1 Aetherize
1 Dispel
1 Fabricate
2 Icy Blast
3 Negate
1 Orbs of Warding
1 Ratchet Bomb
1 Spatial Contortion
1 Tormod’s Crypt
3 Vapor Snag
[/d]

> > Buy this list on Cardhoarder.

I love U Tron in Modern so I was really happy to see Playm4ker do well with this list. Undefeated in its first five matches, this deck fell from grace only at the end, but still finished a respectable 5-2.

This deck snuck in at exactly $10 when submitted, though due to recent bannings the price has skyrocketed today to just under $30. Still an affordable list for the format and such a fun archetype to play.


5th Place Lists: UG Infect and Elves

Tied for fifth place we find two mostly green lists, Infect piloted by Bibbob ($12) to a 5-2 finish and Elves piloted by Nate316 ($18) which finished 4-2.

7th Place Lists: Stompy and WW

Nickdebe and Yokai_ round out the top 8 with their lists. Nickdebe piloted Mono Green Stompy ($14) to a 4-2 finish while Yokai_ took yet another aggressive White list ($11) through to a 6-2 finish.

All the red lists placed out of the top 8, though a handful did make the top 16, along with a few more control lists, mainly in UB and UW, and another elves list.

A deck of one’s own

Since the format necessitated people submitting their deck lists ahead of time, I had to opt out of playing this event, since it would hardly seem fair if I knew ahead of time what cards each of my opponents would be playing.

Even so I had a lot of fun testing the format, and put together a handful of lists. Of them, had I had the chance to play, I probably would have run this UB Pack Rats list with [c]Training Grounds[/c].

I love brewing Modern on a budget and received a lot of great comments from our participants as well. I hope everyone had fun, and will keep an eye out for our next event, which will likely launch sometime in February. All events are free to enter and feature prize support from Cardhoarder.

Common Pauper Cards Legal in Modern

If you are looking to adapt a Pauper list to the Modern Pauper format, here is a look at the top 4 archetypes and which cards carry over from winning lists. I will add more decks to this article when I have a bit more time, but hope this will help get started.

How to test.

  1. Download a Pauper list and import it into MTGO as a Modern list.
  2. Immediately remove any cards flagged as “Not legal for this format.”
  3. In the sets filter, check each set from 8th Edition and up, ignoring “Timeshifted.” If you include SOI this will be 53 sets.
  4. Set the rarity filter to “Common.”
  5. OPTIONAL: Set low slider on quantity to “0” if you want to search cards you may not own.
  6. Using this filter, search for each remaining card in the list.
  7. If your card shows up when you search, this means it is legal. If it does not show up, the card is not legal. You can check your results using the lists below to verify if you are doing it right.

NOTE: Using the “format” filter won’t work, as it will show cards like Rancor that have been printed at common, though not in a Modern legal set. You have to use the “set” filter instead to filter out these cards.

#1: Delver

Sample list by The_zzz

[d title=”Legal cards”]
Maindeck
16 Island
2 Snow-Covered Island
4 Delver of Secrets
4 Faerie Miscreant
4 Ninja of the Deep Hours
1 Bonesplitter
4 Spire Golem
1 Vapor Snag
1 Relic of Progenitus
4 Spellstutter Sprite
Sideboard
3 Annul
2 Narcolepsy
3 Stormbound Geist [/d]

[d title=”NOT legal cards”]
Mainboard
4 Counterspell
1 Daze
3 Gush
4 Ponder
4 Preordain
3 Snap
Sideboard
1 Coral Net
3 Hydroblast
3 Serrated Arrows [/d]

#2: Stompy

Sample list by slizzard

[d title=”Legal cards”]
Mainboard
1 Epic Confrontation
16 Forest
4 Groundswell
2 Hunger of the Howlpack
2 Mutagenic Growth
4 Nest Invader
4 Nettle Sentinel
2 Bonesplitter
4 Skarrgan Pit-Skulk
3 Vault Skirge
4 Vines of Vastwood
4 Young Wolf
Sideboard
3 Epic Confrontation
2 Feed the Clan
4 Gleeful Sabotage
3 Scattershot Archer [/d]

[d title=”NOT legal cards”]
Maindeck
1 Brindle Shoat
4 Quirion Ranger
4 Rancor
1 River Boa
Sideboard
1 Brindle Shoat
2 Tangle [/d]

#3: Goblins

Sample list by Pjotrek666

[d title=”Legal cards”]
Maindeck
4 Foundry Street Denizen
4 Goblin Bushwhacker
4 Goblin Cohort
2 Hammerhand
4 Jackal Familiar
2 Lavastep Raider
4 Lightning Bolt
4 Mogg War Marshal
17 Mountain
Sideboard
3 Forge Devil
2 Immolating Souleater[/d]

[d title=”NOT legal cards”]
Mainboard
1 Chain Lightning
3 Goblin Sledder
4 Mogg Conscripts
4 Mogg Raider
3 Sparksmith
Sideboard
3 Death Spark
2 Goblin Vandal
2 Gorilla Shaman
2 Pyroblast
1 Sparksmith[/d]

#4: RUG “Don’t call me Temur” Tron

Sample list by DavidTron

[d title=”Legal cards”]
Maindeck
4 Ancient Stirrings
4 Chromatic Sphere
4 Expedition Map
4 Fangren Marauder
4 Haunted Fengraf
2 Prismatic Lens
4 Prophetic Prism
4 Sea Gate Oracle
1 Ulamog’s Crusher
2 Unknown Shores
4 Mulldrifter
4 Chromatic Star
Sideboard
4 Ancient Grudge
2 Electrickery
2 Ray of Revelation [/d]

[d title=”NOT legal cards”]
Maindeck
2 Chainer’s Edict
2 Firebolt
3 Rolling Thunder
4 Urza’s Mine
4 Urza’s Power Plant
4 Urza’s Tower

Sideboard
3 Circle of Protection: Red
4 Pyroblast[/d]

Community League #9: Modern Pauper

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April showers bring Modern Pauper! Registration remains open through April 7 and the league will begin April 8. Keep an eye on our events page for updates and use Challonge for pairings and standings.

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Community League #9: Format and Rules

Modern Pauper uses commons only from Modern-legal sets. To be legal a card must have been printed as a common in a set that is legal in Modern. Cards that were commons in earlier sets and reprinted as uncommons in a Modern-legal set are not allowed. We will use the Modern filter on MTGO. Cards from both the Pauper banned list and Modern banned lists are NOT allowed for this format..

First pairings go up on April 8.

I will post the first pairings on April 8 and will also send out an email with contact information. I try very hard NOT to send people lots of emails. It is up to you to keep track on the site and get in touch with your opponents promptly. After that, you will have to check the site for your next pairings, which will go up on Friday each week. It will be up to each participant to contact their opponent by email to set up their match for the week. Don’t wait for your opponents contact you; be proactive!

For this event I am going to be very strict concerning players that don’t communicate well. If your opponent says they are having a hard time getting in touch with you, and you don’t respond to my follow-up email in a timely fashion, your opponent will get the win for that week and you may be removed from the event. Check your email, respond to your email, email your opponents, email me. Short notes are fine, but KEEP IN TOUCH!

We will play 4-6 weeks of Swiss and then cut to top 8 with the goal to finish the league by the end of May.

League Rules

1. Modern Pauper uses common-rarity cards from the Modern card pool. We will play one match per week and you can change lists as often as you like.

2. Duels will be 1v1 and fought in matches best 2 out of 3. You get 3 points for a match win, 1 point for a draw, and 0 points for a loss. A BYE counts as a win. Match timers should be set to the default of 25 minutes.

3. We will use Challonge to track this event. It is the responsibility of the winner to report their win. Report by the end of Thursday each week.

4. Communicate early and often. I will only send out the one email with all your contact information. Don’t lose it! Get in touch by email (it is much more effective than waiting around on MTGO). If no one communicates with each other or with me, that week’s pairing will be considered a draw and one or both players may be removed from the league. If one person is attempting to communicate and the other person is not, they should let me know. I will attempt to solve issues when I can, but when that doesn’t work out, the person who is trying to communicate will always get the win. Don’t wait until the last minute.

5. After the initial email all official league announcements will happen here on the site. You can always stay up to date with the link on the home page or by keeping tabs on the Events page. You can also get updates by liking us on Facebook or following me on Twitter @bava_mtg.

6. We’ll play 4-6 weeks of Swiss and then cut to Top 8. The league will end by May 30.

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

8. Contact me if you have any questions.

Banned Lists

We are banned cards from BOTH the Modern and Pauper banned lists for this event. That means these common-rarity cards are banned.

Cards banned via Pauper banned list:

  • Cloudpost
  • Cranial Plating
  • Empty the Warrens
  • Grapeshot
  • Treasure Cruise

Cards banned via Modern banned list:

  • Ancient Den
  • Cloudpost
  • Great Furnace
  • Ponder
  • Preordain
  • Seat of the Synod
  • Seething Song
  • Treasure Cruise
  • Tree of Tales
  • Vault of Whispers

League Prizes

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We are happy to welcome additional sponsors or donations to the prize pool. If you’re interested, please get in touch.

The winner of this event will receive 25 bot credits from Cardhoarder.

Second place will receive 15 bot credits from Cardhoarder.

Third and fourth place will each receive 5 bot credits from Cardhoarder.

In addition, the best-ranking patron in the league will receive 10 tickets from me personally. This will be in addition to any prizes already won by placing first or second in the event.

The winning patron will have to have been in good standing for at least one month, so go sign up now if you haven’t already!

I will double the prize payouts (with tickets) if we reach Patreon support of $300 by the end of April and maintain it through the end of the event.

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Register before April 8 if you would like to participate.

Pauper Commander League Reminder and Updates

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Hello! I wanted to remind folks to sign up for our upcoming league by the end of Thursday this week.

Sign up in the comments on this post.

And now for some quick updates.

These commanders are banned based on 1v1 “Duel Commander” rules: Derevi, Empyrial Tactician, Edric, Spymaster of Trest, Erayo, Soratami Ascendant, Oloro, Ageless Ascetic, Rofellos, Llanowar Emissary, Zur the Enchanter.

Join the #PEDH chat room when you’re in MTGO to find practice partners.

Match timers should be set for 40 minutes rather than the normal 25. I could not find this option when making a challenge, but if you are in the play screen you can open a match with a 40-minute time limit and restrict it to just your buddies, then message your opponent to join. 25 minutes does not seem enough time to finish an EDH match.

We have just over 20 people signed up at the moment. Tell your friends and get more people to join us; I have been practicing and it is a really fun, interesting, and challenging format!

Get in touch if you have questions and, if you really love us, become a patron today. Thanks!

/bava

Community League #8, Pauper Commander: Registration is Open

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The holidays are over and it is time to get our next league event going. I hope you guys enjoyed a merry Yule and are ready for some Magic mayhem.

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Now let’s talk about our next league!

Community League #8: Format and Rules

I thought it would be fun to try something different for this league, and I’m not sure what could be more different than Pauper Commander. Commander, also known as EDH (Elder Dragon Highlander) is a singleton format with 100-card lists and a “Commander” card to lead your armies.

About the Format

Build decks using the “Commander” format in MTGO. Here are the official rules and banlist for Commander and a link with additional information on the format. Commander uses the Vintage card pool. We are playing 1v1 so Duel Commander bans apply as well.

These Commanders are banned: [c]Derevi, Empyrial Tactician[/c], [c]Edric, Spymaster of Trest[/c], [c]Erayo, Soratami Ascendant[/c], [c]Oloro, Ageless Ascetic[/c], [c]Rofellos, Llanowar Emissary[/c], [c]Zur the Enchanter[/c].

Pauper Commander, the way we will play it, differs from regular Commander in that while your Commander may be of any rarity all of the other cards in your deck must be commons. We will not be using the Pauper banned list for this event.

We will be enforcing the “printed as a common in an online set” restriction, however, which means no [c]Sinkhole[/c], no [c]Desert[/c], and no [c]Hymn to Tourach[/c]. Basically set your rarity filter in your MTGO collections page to “Common” and go from there.

This is a singleton format. The only cards you can have more than one copy of in your lists are basic lands and [c]Shadowborn Apostle[/c]s. We will be playing matches (best 2 games out of 3) and 1v1.

Registration is open now and closes in on Friday, January 22.

To sign up, provide your MTGO username, your real name (or preferred pseudonym), and your time zone down in the comments below.

I will post the first pairings on January 22 and will also send out an email with contact information. I try very hard NOT to send people lots of emails. It is up to you to keep track on the site and get in touch with your opponents promptly. After that, you will have to check the site for your next pairings, which will go up on Friday each week. It will be up to each participant to contact their opponent by email to set up their match for the week. Don’t wait for your opponents contact you; be proactive!

For this event I am going to be very strict concerning players that don’t communicate well. If your opponent says they are having a hard time getting in touch with you, and you don’t respond to my follow-up email in a timely fashion, your opponent will get the win for that week and you may be removed from the event. Check your email, respond to your email, email your opponents, email me. Short notes are fine, but KEEP IN TOUCH!

We will play 4-5 weeks of Swiss and then cut to top 8 with the goal to finish the league by the end of February.

League Rules

1. Pauper Commander uses the Vintage card pool and while your Commander may be any rarity all of the rest of the cards in your deck must be considered “common” in MTGO.

2. Duels will be 1v1 and fought in matches best 2 out of 3. You get 3 points for a match win, 1 point for a draw, and 0 points for a loss. A BYE counts as a win. Set your match timers for 40 minutes.

3. We will use Challonge to track this event since it worked well last time. It is the responsibility of the winner to report their win. Report by the end of Thursday each week.

4. Communicate early and often. I will only send out the one email with all your contact information. Don’t lose it! Get in touch by email (it is much more effective than waiting around on MTGO). If no one communicates with each other or with me, that week’s pairing will be considered a draw and one or both players may be removed from the league. If one person is attempting to communicate and the other person is not, they should let me know. I will attempt to solve issues when I can, but when that doesn’t work out, the person who is trying to communicate will always get the win. Don’t wait until the last minute.

5. After the initial email all official league announcements will happen here on the site. You can always stay up to date with the link on the home page or by keeping tabs on the Events page. You can also get updates by liking us on Facebook or following me on Twitter @bava_mtg.

6. We’ll play 4-5 weeks of Swiss and then cut to Top 8. The league will end by February 28.

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

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

9. Contact me if you have any questions.

League Prizes

MagicGatheringStrat is proud to list Cardhoarder as an official sponsor of all our events going forward. Cardhoarder has been serving the MTGO community since 2005, and with new ownership since 2014 has shown renewed vigor to improve the way they serve their customers and create innovation in the MTGO community.

I have personally switched all of my singles purchases for MTGO from MTGOTraders to Cardhoarder and have had a top-notch experience. I highly recommend them. Shop online or use their bots by searching for #cardhoarder in the Trade screen.

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Thank you to Cardhoarder for sponsoring this event.
Buy MTGO singles at Cardhoarder.com or through their bot network.

We are happy to welcome additional sponsors or donations to the prize pool. If you’re interested, please get in touch.

The winner of this event will receive 35 bot credits from Cardhoarder.

Second place will receive 15 bot credits from Cardhoarder.

In addition, the best-ranking patron in the league will receive 10 tickets from me personally. This will be in addition to any prizes already won by placing first or second in the event.

The winning patron will have to have been in good standing for at least one month, so go sign up now if you haven’t already!

I will double the prize payouts (with tickets) if we reach Patreon support of $300 by the end of January and maintain it through the end of the event.

Sign up below

To sign up, provide your MTGO username, your real name (or preferred pseudonym), and your time zone down in the comments below.

 

The Pauper Brewers Cup: Final Results

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Four months, twelve articles, and countless videos: that’s what a brewers cup is made of. Not to mention, of course, the many, many, many interesting and creative brews that you, dear community, submitted for consideration. Thank you all for your efforts. It was a fun ride.

If you haven’t been following the event, the easiest place to start is probably here. You can find all the articles easily enough by searching the site.

If you want to watch ALL the videos (nearly 50 of them), here you go!

Two lists made it into the final, and the winner was decided with a best-of-three matches between Dan and I. I let Dan choose which list he wanted to play, and he went with RRemedio’s Tortured Transmutor list from week 8, which was “Toolbox” week.

[d title=”Tortured Transmutor by RRemedio (Pauper)”]
Lands
1 Vault of Whispers
3 Dimir Aqueduct
1 Bojuka Bog
4 Dismal Backwater
3 Evolving Wilds
3 Island
1 Seat of the Synod
6 Swamp

Fetch Things
3 Dimir Infiltrator
2 Shred Memory
2 Dimir House Guard
3 Perplex
1 Exhume
1 Archaeomancer
3 Tortured Existence
2 Dizzy Spell
1 Trinket Mage
2 Grave Scrabbler

Creatures
1 Flayer Husk
2 Stinkweed Imp
2 Ulamog’s Crusher
3 Fume Spitter
1 Vampire Hounds
1 Bloodflow Connoisseur
1 Corpse Hauler
1 Parasitic Strix

Spells
1 Executioner’s Capsule
1 Deep Analysis
1 Chainer’s Edict
1 Murder
1 Sylvok Lifestaff
1 Doom Blade

Sideboard
1 Duress
2 Augur of Skulls
1 Nihil Spellbomb
1 Waterfront Bouncer
2 Shrivel
2 Faerie Macabre
1 Parasitic Strix
1 Disciple of Phenax
1 Agony Warp
1 Victim of Night
1 Tragic Slip
1 Repeal [/d]

Roberto said about the list: “I couldn’t find more time to tweak this, it is pretty crude would probably need some streamlining. That said, usually if you can “quickstart” the deck from one of the many engines it runs early enough, you are in for a very fun ride. The sweet spot is having Tortured Existence on the board and Archaeomancer on the hand or graveyard.”

This meant that I got to play with Brick’s week two winner, Esper Blink-ifacts, from the Shards of Alara challenge:

[d title=”Esper Blink-ifacts by Brick (Pauper)”]
Creatures
4 Esper Stormblade
4 Ethercaste Knight
4 Ethersworn Shieldmage
4 Court Homunculus
4 Glassdust Hulk
2 Sanctum Gargoyle
3 Mulldrifter

Spells
4 Brainstorm
3 Mystical Teachings
3 Momentary Blink
3 Mana Leak
2 Doom Blade

Mana Makers
2 Azorius Signet
4 Evolving Wilds
4 Terramorphic Expanse
4 Plains
5 Island
1 Swamp
Sideboard
2 Vedalken Outlander
2 Diabolic Edict
2 Prismatic Strands
1 Echoing Decay
2 Holy Light
1 Grim Harvest
1 Doom Blade
1 Crypt Incursion
2 Dismantling Blow
1 Swamp [/d]

Here are Brick’s comments from when he submitted the list: “I was immediately drawn to Esper Stormblade, and when searching Gatherer for cards to activate him two stood out to me; Ethersworn Shieldmage and Ethercaste Knight. The Mage protects our board at instant speed, and the Knight pumps all our fliers. Momentary Blink was added as a way to continually protect our board, and to gain value off of other ETB Artifact Creatures. Sanctum Gargoyle gives us card advantage on a stick, and can be set up with our Cyclers. While Glassdust Hulk gets pumped (and made unblockable) by blinks, and Architects of Will disrupts our opponent when blinked, they also let us dig early while setting up for a T4 Gargoyle.

“Ponder, Thoughtcast, and Forbidden Alchemy are there for straight up card advantage. Really that’s what the deck is all about; keeping our hands full while grinding out the opponents answers. It plays much like Affinity, but it trades explosiveness for mid-late game value. Since this deck is more UWb than true Esper, it opens up options for counter magic in the main/side if we wanted to add them. The problem is the manabase is already shakey enough without trying to hit UU T2 for Counterspell, and the other counter options don’t seem to be catch-all enough for a slot. I think this list is far from tuned, but it may be worth exploring further.

“Right now our sideboard has a lot of hate for red decks and Affinity, simply because I feel those would be our worst match ups. We have no maindeck answer for Fling, and Goblins/Burn may be able to get under us before we get rolling. This is all from limited testing experience. The rest of the cards let us board into different kinds of CA depending on the match up. The Edicts, so we don’t be blown out by Exhume or Hexproof decks.”

Playing in the Final

Both were great lists, and perhaps not the lists expected to make it into the final. Nonetheless, here they were. Let’s see how those matches played out.

Dan and I recorded the matches from both sides, so feel free to pick your favorite video-maker and watch that version, but don’t skip ahead!

And now, declaring the winner. Really, go watch those videos first, spoilers below!

I’ll wait …

And the Winner of the First Pauper Brewers Cup is …

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Brick with his Esper Blink-ifacts list! Congratulations, Brick!

Brick will win 35 bot credits from our awesome sponsor, Cardhoarder, while Roberto will earn 15 bot credits for being runner-up. Congratulations to you both!

Dan and I played some fun, grindy Magic, and he nearly got me on time, but I pulled through a victory in the final minutes and was able to pilot [c]Esper Stormblade[/c] and friends to victory.

Thanks again to everyone who participated in the Pauper Brewers Cup, it was a lot of fun. Thanks to Dan for agreeing to play against me for all these matches. Sorry I stomped you so hard.

Most of all, thanks to our awesome patrons for making events like this possible, and thanks to Cardhoarder for sponsoring our events. If you’re reading this, you should go buy some cards from them; their prices are great and the service is exemplary.

Okay, that’s it, Brewers Cup out. Stay tuned for the “real” Pauper Gauntlet, coming soon to a YouTube channel near you!

Community League #7: Modern Silverblack

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Let the battles begin! Here is how this thing works. Please read everything below carefully. If it wasn’t important, I would not have taken the time to type it out. Please note that I am changing how match results are reported for this event. Check that out below.

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Community League #7: Format and Rules

The format for league #7 is Modern Silverblack

About the Format

Modern Silverblack allows cards printed at the common and uncommon level (black and silver rarity symbols, you see) in Modern-legal sets.

Rarity-shifted (Purple) cards are not legal in Silverblack. We will be following the official Modern banned list.

In addition, we will ban [c]Intangible Virtue[/c] and [c]Expedition Map[/c].

The League Began on October 9, 2015

If you are participating you should receive ONE email from me with contact info. Let me know if you did not see that. I sent these emails out to the address you used to register on our site. I try very hard NOT to send people lots of emails. It is up to you to keep track on the site and get in touch with your opponents promptly. It will be up to each participant to contact their opponent by email to set up their match for the week. Don’t wait for your opponents to contact you; be proactive!

I am very strict concerning players that don’t communicate well. If your opponent says they are having a hard time getting in touch with you, and you don’t respond to my follow-up email in a timely fashion, your opponent will get the win for that week and you may be removed from the event. Check your email, respond to your email, email your opponents, email me. Short notes are fine, but KEEP IN TOUCH! Really, folks.

Since we got a great turnout and people love this format, I have added some additional Swiss rounds. We will play 6 weeks of Swiss and then cut to top 8 with the goal to finish the league by the end of November.

League Rules

1. The Modern Silverblack format will allow cards that were printed at the Common or Uncommon rarity levels in any set from Eighth Edition to the most current.

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

3. It is the responsibility of the winner to report their win. NEW: Sign up for a Challonge account with the same email you used to register on our site (or better yet, respond to the Challonge request that was sent to your email inbox.) You may update your match scores directly in Challonge or on our Events page.

3a. It is up to the winner to be able to provide proof of their victory. Take a screenshot or make sure you know how to access the replay on MTGO. If there is a dispute and the person who claimed they won cannot furnish proof, they will receive a loss and a DQ. This has never come up in all of our events, but I wanted to be clear anyway.

4. Communicate early and often. I will only send out the one email with all your contact information. Don’t lose it! Get in touch by email (it is much more effective than waiting around on MTGO). If no one communicates with each other or with me, that week’s pairing will be considered a draw and one or both players may be removed from the league. If one person is attempting to communicate and the other person is not, they should let me know. I will attempt to solve issues when I can, but when that doesn’t work out, the person who is trying to communicate will always get the win. Don’t wait until the last minute.

5. After the initial email all official league announcements will happen here on the site. Keep tabs on the Events page for all updates. You can also get updates by liking us on Facebook or following me on Twitter @bava_mtg.

6. We’ll play 6 weeks of Swiss and then cut to Top 8. The league will end by December 4.

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

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

9. You may keep the same list throughout the event or play a different list each week. If you spot someone who you think is playing illegal cards in their list, take a screenshot and send it along to me.

10. Contact me if you have any questions.

League Prizes

MagicGatheringStrat is proud to list Cardhoarder as an official sponsor of all our events going forward. Cardhoarder has been serving the MTGO community since 2005, and with new ownership since 2014 has shown renewed vigor to improve the way they serve their customers and create innovation in the MTGO community.

I have personally switched all of my singles purchases for MTGO from MTGOTraders to Cardhoarder and have had a top-notch experience. I highly recommend them. Shop online or use their bots by searching for #cardhoarder in the Trade screen.

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Thank you to Cardhoarder for sponsoring this event.
Buy MTGO singles at Cardhoarder.com or through their bot network.

We are happy to welcome additional sponsors or donations to the prize pool. If you’re interested, please get in touch.

The winner of this event will receive 50 bot credits from Cardhoarder.

Second place will receive 25 bot credits from Cardhoarder.

In addition, the best-ranking patron in the league will receive 10 tickets from me personally. This will be in addition to any prizes already won by placing first or second in the event.

The winning patron will have to have been in good standing for at least one month, so go sign up now if you haven’t already!

I will double the prize payouts (with tickets) if we reach Patreon support of $300 by the end of October and maintain it through the end of the event.

The MagicGatheringStrat Show

Section 1: This week in Standard Pauper

If you missed us, join us Monday evening at 12 am Eastern for the the Live show!

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

MagicGatheringStrat’s YouTube page

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

Community League #7, Modern Silverblack: Registration is Open

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Extended Pauper made for a fun and diverse league format. Karakusk took a mono-red list through the whole event and emerged victorious. Denofbears claimed second place in the event and was also our top-ranking patron. Congratulations to both our winners!

Want more leagues, tournaments, gauntlets, videos, articles, and other good stuff?

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Just $2 per month does a lot to support our efforts and you get some great perks, too, including access to our patron-only forums, a direct line on video requests, and the opportunity to win patron prizes.

Now let’s talk about our next league!

Community League #7: Format and Rules

As the winner of league #6, Karakusk got to choose the format from among those with the most votes. The options I presented to him included Modern Silverblack, Extended Silverblack, and Standard Pauper.

Karakusk chose, and the format for league #7 is Modern Silverblack!

About the Format

Modern Silverblack allows cards printed at the common and uncommon level (black and silver rarity symbols, you see) in Modern-legal sets.

We will be following the official Modern banned list.

*EDIT* In addition, we will ban [c]Intangible Virtue[/c] and [c]Expedition Map[/c].

Registration is open now and closes in two weeks on Friday, October 9.

To sign up, provide your MTGO username, your real name (or preferred pseudonym), and your time zone down in the comments below.

I will post the first pairings on October 9 and will also send out an email with contact information. I try very hard NOT to send people lots of emails. It is up to you to keep track on the site and get in touch with your opponents promptly. After that, you will have to check the site for your next pairings, which will go up on Friday each week. It will be up to each participant to contact their opponent by email to set up their match for the week. Don’t wait for your opponents contact you; be proactive!

For this event I am going to be very strict concerning players that don’t communicate well. If your opponent says they are having a hard time getting in touch with you, and you don’t respond to my follow-up email in a timely fashion, your opponent will get the win for that week and you may be removed from the event. Check your email, respond to your email, email your opponents, email me. Short notes are fine, but KEEP IN TOUCH!

We will play 4-5 weeks of Swiss and then cut to top 8 with the goal to finish the league by the end of November.

League Rules

1. The Modern Silverblack format will allow cards that were printed at the Common or Uncommon rarity levels in any set from Eighth Edition to the most current.

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

3. It is the responsibility of the winner to report their win. They should do so in the comment section of that week’s post. Your comment should look something like this: “Hi, fanofhistory beat bava this week, 2-1.” Report by the end of Thursday each week.

4. Communicate early and often. I will only send out the one email with all your contact information. Don’t lose it! Get in touch by email (it is much more effective than waiting around on MTGO). If no one communicates with each other or with me, that week’s pairing will be considered a draw and one or both players may be removed from the league. If one person is attempting to communicate and the other person is not, they should let me know. I will attempt to solve issues when I can, but when that doesn’t work out, the person who is trying to communicate will always get the win. Don’t wait until the last minute.

5. After the initial email all official league announcements will happen here on the site. I will update every Friday. You can always stay up to date with the link on the home page or by keeping tabs on the Events page. You can also get updates by liking us on Facebook or following me on Twitter @bava_mtg.

6. We’ll play 4-5 weeks of Swiss and then cut to Top 8. The league will end by November 27.

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

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

9. Contact me if you have any questions.

League Prizes

MagicGatheringStrat is proud to list Cardhoarder as an official sponsor of all our events going forward. Cardhoarder has been serving the MTGO community since 2005, and with new ownership since 2014 has shown renewed vigor to improve the way they serve their customers and create innovation in the MTGO community.

I have personally switched all of my singles purchases for MTGO from MTGOTraders to Cardhoarder and have had a top-notch experience. I highly recommend them. Shop online or use their bots by searching for #cardhoarder in the Trade screen.

cardhoarder-logo
Thank you to Cardhoarder for sponsoring this event.
Buy MTGO singles at Cardhoarder.com or through their bot network.

We are happy to welcome additional sponsors or donations to the prize pool. If you’re interested, please get in touch.

The winner of this event will receive 35 bot credits from Cardhoarder.

Second place will receive 15 bot credits from Cardhoarder.

In addition, the best-ranking patron in the league will receive 10 tickets from me personally. This will be in addition to any prizes already won by placing first or second in the event.

The winning patron will have to have been in good standing for at least one month, so go sign up now if you haven’t already!

I will double the prize payouts (with tickets) if we reach Patreon support of $300 by the end of September and maintain it through the end of the event.

Sign up below

To sign up, provide your MTGO username, your real name (or preferred pseudonym), and your time zone down in the comments below.

 

Community League #6, Extended Pauper: Final

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Congratulations to Karakusk for fighting through an epic top 8 to claim victory! Karakusk received 35 bot credits from Cardhoarder for taking first place.

I’d also like to congratulate Denofbears, who not only took second place in the event, but was also our highest ranking patron. Because of both his record and his Patreon support, Denofbears won 15 bot credits from Cardhoarder and 10 MTGO tickets directly from me.

Congratulations, winners!

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In case you’re curious, Karakusk shared the decklist he played through most of the event, with some variation:

[d title=”Karakusk’s Winning Decklist (Extended Pauper)”]
Land
18 Mountain

Creatures
4 Foundry Street Denizen
4 Goblin Arsonist
4 Krenko’s Command
4 Mogg Flunkies
4 Dragon Fodder
4 Mardu Scout
3 Mage-Ring Bully
2 Bonded Construct

Spells
4 Collateral Damage
4 Impact Tremors
2 Brimstone Volley
3 Dynacharge

Sideboard
3 Act of Treason
4 Scouring Sands
3 Fiery Impulse
2 Smash to Smithereens
3 Forge Devil [/d]

Denofbears also shared his second-place list:

[d title=”Denofbears’s Runner-Up List (Extended Pauper)”]
Land
4 Dismal Backwater
2 Dimir Guildgate
4 Evolving Wilds
8 Island
3 Swamp

Creatures
4 Jeskai Sage
2 Stitched Drake
4 Delver of Secrets
4 Gurmag Angler

Spells
2 Read the Bones
3 Think Twice
3 Anticipate
4 Thought Scour
2 Tragic Slip
2 Murder
2 Negate
3 Essence Scatter
2 Cancel
2 Reave Soul

Sideboard
2 Shrivel
2 Douse in Gloom
4 Duress
1 Reave Soul
1 Enhanced Awareness
1 Stitched Drake
2 Calculated Dismissal
2 Dispel [/d]

obZen also shared his list, which made it into the top 8:

[d title=”obZen’s Top 8 List (Extended Pauper)”]
Land
4 Dismal Backwater
4 Tranquil Cove
4 Unknown Shores
4 Evolving Wilds
5 Island
4 Swamp
1 Plains

Creatures
2 Seraph of Dawn
2 Gurmag Angler

Spells
4 Anticipate
4 Think Twice
2 Inspiration
4 Devour Flesh
3 Murder
2 Last Breath
1 Celestial Flare
4 Cancel
4 Contradict
1 Crypt Incursion
1 Nullify

Sideboard
1 Ray of Revelation
2 Shrivel
1 Celestial Flare
1 Murder
2 Last Breath
1 Nullify
2 Dures
1 Negate
1 Dispel
3 Curse of the Bloody Tome [/d]

Last but certainly not least, DrChrisBakerDC shared the video run of his participation in the event over on The Draft Brewery.

And a big thanks to our sponsor!

MagicGatheringStrat is proud to list Cardhoarder as an official sponsor of all our events going forward. Cardhoarder has been serving the MTGO community since 2005, and with new ownership since 2014 has shown renewed vigor to improve the way they serve their customers and create innovation in the MTGO community.

cardhoarder-logo
Thank you to Cardhoarder for sponsoring this event.
Buy MTGO singles at Cardhoarder.com or through their bot network.

And a big thanks to our patrons!

Our events are possible because of our patrons, who keep things running. I’m going to announce league #7 in just a minute, here, and if you’d like to help support it and keep these events going, consider becoming a patron today at patreon.com/magicgatheringstrat.

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Thank you!

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.

Its a full show, and we do it all in under an hour or the episode is free.

It’s the magicgatheringstrat.com podcast, thanks for listening.

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MagicGatheringStrat: The Podcast Ep. 24

It’s the magicgatheringstrat.com podcast, and we do it live, we do it live!!!

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