Community League #7: Modern Silverblack, Final

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After six rounds of Swiss and a grueling Top 8, we are proud to crown the winner of Community League #7 in Modern Silverblack.

Congratulations to Kelevra6 for winning the league! As the winner of this event, you receive 50 bot credits from our good friends at Cardhoarder.

For taking second place, NewHJ will receive 25 bot credits from Cardhoarder.

For bringing in third place, Bobgar gets serious bragging rights. Well done, sir! Read on below for a full video account of his league run.

Last but not least, as our top-ranking patron in the league (at 10th place), Yelloweyes2 will receive 10 tix from me personally. Thank you for your support!

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What were your thoughts on Modern Silverblack this time around? It is one of my favorite PRE formats, so I hope you guys enjoyed it. I played the same list for all six rounds of Swiss, which is uncharacteristic of me and also partially why I didn’t record any matches this time around. The list felt *really* strong but had an issue against really aggressive match-ups. In all the matches I lost, the games were literally an issue of a single turn.

Every time.

I went 4-2 in the end which wasn’t enough to make top 8. Hell, even one person who went 4-1-1 didn’t make top 8. Here was my list.

[d title=”Silverblack Mindcrank by Bava (Modern Silverblack)”]
Land
4 Dismal Backwater
4 Jwar Isle Refuge
4 Evolving Wilds
3 Swamp
3 Island
4 Ghost Quarter

Two-Piece Combo
4 Duskmantle Guildmage
4 Mindcrank

Searchers / Support
3 Dimir Infiltrator
4 Muddle the Mixture
4 Æther Vial
4 Serum Visions
4 Gitaxian Probe

Disruption / Combo Starters
4 Inquisition of Kozilek
2 Duress
1 Gut Shot
4 Thought Scour

Sideboard
4 Relic of Progenitus
4 Echoing Truth
3 Drown in Sorrow
4 Negate [/d]

The key thing to note here is that this is a two-piece combo that is very hard to disrupt. If I get Mindcrank and Guildemage into play with 3 mana open, you lose. It’s not *always* that easy, but killing the guildmage in response doesn’t do a thing, since his ability stays in effect throughout the turn.

Aether Vial means you can combo safely with just 3 mana and as early as turn three. The disruption package is super-handy for staying alive but can also work to instigate the win-con if you don’t have another way to do so. My two losses were against Hexproof and Stompy, both of which executed their gameplan perfectly in killing me (just) before I could go off.

But enough about me, what about our winner?

Kelevra6 played Soul Sisters in rounds 1 and 2, going 1-1, and then switched to RW Scepter Control, which he played in various forms for the rest of the event. Here is the decklist he took into the finals.

[d title=”RW Scepter Control by Kelevra6 (Modern Silverblack)”]
Land
4 Wind-Scarred Crag
4 Boros Guildgate
9 Mountain
5 Plains

Creatures
4 Young Pyromancer
4 Monastery Swiftspear
4 Seeker of the Way

Spells
4 Isochron Scepter
4 Lightning Helix
2 Boros Charm
4 Lightning Bolt
4 Path to Exile
3 Magma Jet
3 Faithless Looting
2 Dawn Charm

Sideboard
2 Magma Spray
2 Wear/Tear
2 Sudden Shock
2 Electrickery
1 Dawn Charm
1 Kor Firewalker
2 Relic of Progenitus
3 Calciderm [/d]

Here is his event recap:

“Rounds 1 and 2 I played the Souls Sister deck my opponents were both playing junk rites, I went 1-1. for the rest of the swiss I played boros scepter swiss deck. Round 3 I played against mono-red heroic, round 4 was against hexproof, round 5 my opponent and I could not find a time to our match resulting in the one draw I had, and round 6 I played against mono blue aggro.

“In the top 8 I play the boros scepter burn list for the first 2 rounds, playing against grindstation and stompy. finally,in the finals I played against infect in which I play boros scepter finals decklist.”

NewHJ, his opponent, took second place with this Infect list, which he piloted for the entire event:

[d title=”Infect by NewHJ (Modern Silverblack)”]
Land
20 Forest

Creatures
4 Glistener Elf
4 Blight Mamba
4 Ichorclaw Myr
4 Necropede

Spells
4 Mutagenic Growth
4 Rancor
4 Vines of Vastwood
4 Groundswell
4 Giant Growth
4 Apostle’s Blessing

Sideboard:
4 Nature’s Claim
3 Gut Shot
3 Fog
3 Ranger’s Guile
2 Slaughterhorn [/d]

Despite the fact that this is very nearly a Pauper list, it served NewHJ very well. His brief recap:

“I played against RW Burn, Grinding Station Combo (my defeat), UR Delver, Dirty Red (aka Blistering Rage), and Stompy. On top 8 against Grinding Station Combo again and BG Elves.”

Our third place finisher, Bobgar, played Stompy throughout the event, and was awesome enough to record his run and share his videos. Thanks, Bobgar!

 

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Community League #8

Man, I always enjoy some Silverblack, but now it is time to set our sites forward and talk about the format for the next league. As always, everyone can make a pitch for a *single* choice. I will take the most popular nominations and put them in front of our winner, who will get to choose the format.

With all the holidays and stuff happening, we may not get League #8 started until the beginning of January, but if we seem to get squared away soon I won’t put it off that long.

Nominate a format in the comments below! While you’re there, let me know what you thought of our increased used of Challonge as a tournament tool this event, and any other thoughts you have about how these things are run.

Thanks!

/bava

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

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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 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.

Building on a Budget for Modern Silverblack

Our upcoming league event will be devoted to this fantastic format. It’s fun and it’s far cheaper than Modern, true, but if you’re used to Pauper or Standard Pauper, Modern Silverblack can still seem quite expensive. Let’s take a look at some archetypes and lists that can be successful without breaking the bank.

Let’s start by looking at some lists that made it into the Top 8 during our last Modern Silverblack event.

[d title=”Silverblack Stompy by Sirpoptart15″]
Land
20 Forest
3 Treetop Village
Creatures
4 Arbor Elf
4 Llanowar Elves
4 Beastbreaker of Bala Ged
4 Strangleroot Geist
4 Leatherback Baloth
3 Kitchen Finks
4 Druid’s Familiar
Spells
4 Rancor
3 Overrun
3 Dismember
Sideboard
4 Fog
2 Vines of Vastwood
2 Kavu Predator
2 Krosan Grip
4 Needle Storm
1 Kitchen Finks [/d]

This is the winning list, and though it is slightly on the spendier side for what we want to look at, it is still just 23 tix or so to put together. A lot of that price is in the [c]Kitchen Finks[/c] and [c]Dismember[/c] so you could easily start with this shell and try to find some good replacements for those cards, coming out much cheaper.

[d title=”Silverblack Burn by Tangents”]
Land
13 Mountain
4 Evolving Wilds
Creatures
4 Hellspark Elemental
4 Young Pyromancer
4 Spark Elemental
Spells
4 Magma Jet
4 Lightning Bolt
4 Lava Spike
4 Rift Bolt
4 Searing Blaze
4 Searing Blood
2 Skullcrack
2 Flames of the Blood Hand
3 Shock
Sideboard
3 Volcanic Fallout
2 Molten Rain
2 Relic of Progenitus
2 Smash to Smithereens
3 Sulfur Elemental
3 Curse of the Pierced Heart [/d]

Tangents took this list 5-1 in regular play (losing only to Mono Black) and then lost mono green in the top 8. This is a super-strong, consistent list that will run you around 6 tix online.

[d title=”Mono_Black_Control by Greedy Foe”]

Lands
20 Swamp
2 Tectonic Edge
Creatures
4 Augur of Skulls
4 Gatekeeper of Malakir
4 Vampire Nighthawk
4 Gray Merchant of Asphodel
3 Shriekmaw
3 Phyrexian Rager
2 Fume Spitter
Spells
4 Inquisition of Kozilek
4 Sign in Blood
3 Undying Evil
2 Tragic Slip
1 Grim Harvest
Sideboard
3 Contaminated Ground
2 Geth’s Verdict
2 Duress
2 Illness in the Ranks
2 Nihil Spellbomb
1 Darkblast
1 Read the Bones
1 Drown in Sorrow
1 Shriekmaw [/d]

This MBC list runs about 15 tix but 12 of that is in those [c]Inquisition of Kozilek[/c]. Swap those out with a cheaper discard spell (or something else) and you’re under 5 tix, easy. Greedy Foe played this twice and won with it both times.

Now we’ll take a look at some of the lists presented in Gatherling events from as recent as August 2014.

[d title=”Grinding Station by Farfishere”]
Creatures
4 Etherium Sculptor
4 Myr Retriever
4 Riddlesmith

Spells
4 Chromatic Sphere
4 Chromatic Star
4 Conjurer’s Bauble
4 Grinding Station
4 Ichor Wellspring
4 Locket of Yesterdays
4 Terrarion
4 Thoughtcast

Lands
16 Island

SIDEBOARD
4 Tormod’s Crypt
4 Echoing Truth
3 Gigadrowse
2 Rapid Hybridization
2 Spell Pierce [/d]

Farf went 5-0 in the most recent event with this combo list, beating a lot of scepter control along with auras and an aggro list. Total cost comes in under 4 tix.

[d title=”RUG Tron by longtimegone”]

Creatures
4 Artisan of Kozilek
4 Brutalizer Exarch
4 Mulldrifter
3 Acidic Slime
2 Eternal Witness
Spells
4 Chromatic Star
4 Firespout
4 Prophetic Prism
3 Reap and Sow
3 Sylvan Scrying
2 Gruul Signet
1 Crystal Shard
Lands
4 Forest
4 Urza’s Mine
4 Urza’s Power Plant
4 Urza’s Tower
2 Vivid Crag
2 Vivid Creek
1 Shimmering Grotto
1 Urza’s Factory
SIDEBOARD
4 Timely Reinforcements
3 Sowing Salt
3 Pyroclasm
2 Relic of Progenitus
2 Back to Nature
1 Nihil Spellbomb [/d]

You’re looking at about 12 tix for a solid Tron list like this one, which is strong even without [c]Expedition Map[/c].

[d title=”Affinity by denofbears”]
Creatures
4 Frogmite
4 Memnite
4 Ornithopter
4 Signal Pest
4 Vault Skirge
1 Myr Enforcer
Spells
4 Chromatic Star
4 Cranial Plating
4 Galvanic Blast
4 Springleaf Drum
3 Thoughtcast
2 Ensoul Artifact
2 Steelshaper’s Gift
Lands
4 Darksteel Citadel
4 Ghost Quarter
4 Island
4 Mountain
SIDEBOARD
4 Whipflare
3 Hallow
2 Welding Jar
2 Spell Pierce
2 Go for the Throat
1 Ancient Grudge
1 Vandalblast [/d]

For under 5 tix you can live the dream with one of the fastest decks in Modern.

[d title=”RDW by ShiftingShadows”]
Creatures
4 Boggart Ram-Gang
4 Burning-Tree Emissary
4 Fanatic of Mogis
4 Firefist Striker
4 Goblin Wardriver
4 Pyreheart Wolf
4 Rakdos Cackler
1 Gore-House Chainwalker
Spells
4 Incinerate
4 Lightning Bolt
2 Magma Jet
Lands
21 Mountain
SIDEBOARD (15 Cards)
4 Volcanic Fallout
4 Molten Rain
4 Goblin Ruinblaster
3 Relic of Progenitus [/d]

Here is another brutal aggressive deck which shows off [c]Fanatic of Mogis[/c] as a nice finisher and runs less than 5 tix.

[d title=”Esper Spirits by RRemedio”]
Creatures
4 Doomed Traveler
3 Drogskol Captain
Spells
4 Lingering Souls
4 Midnight Haunting
4 Spectral Procession
3 Devouring Greed
3 Favorable Winds
3 Go for the Throat
3 Path to Exile
2 Brave the Elements
2 Triplicate Spirits
2 Zealous Persecution
Lands
4 Arcane Sanctum
4 Plains
4 Vivid Meadow
3 Island
3 Sejiri Refuge
3 Swamp
2 Orzhov Basilica
SIDEBOARD
3 Rain of Tears
3 Kor Firewalker
3 Castigate
2 Tempest of Light
2 Rootborn Defenses
2 AEtherize [/d]

Last but not least, Roberto shows off a list with some real spirit. This list will run you about 12 tix but you can shave some off by substituting out the [c]Path to Exile[/c]. I recommend [c]Condemn[/c] and [c]Tragic Slip[/c] as good go-to budget replacements.

That’s it for my suggestions, for now. I’m sure you guys have lots more to share!

If you have a good budget list for Modern Silverblack to suggest, post it down in the comments.

And if you haven’t yet registered for our Modern Silverblack league, what are you waiting for!? Just one week left!

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!

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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.

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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 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

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The MagicGatheringStrat Show, Ep. 9

Section 1: This week in Standard Pauper

Section 2: Player run events

MPDC 29.02
20 April 2015
Standard · 10 Players
8 Decks · 80% Reported
3 rounds Swiss
Top 4 playoff
Hosted by gwyned

1st Formidable Green by Gq1rf7
2nd Izzet Control by beatnik bobby
T4 heroic netdeck by karakusk
T4 Jeskai Trollkens by rremedio1

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

FORMIDABLE GREEN
Standard · Aggro
1st by Gq1rf7 in MPDC 29.02 (4-1)

[d]
Creatures
4 Elvish Mystic
4 Nylea’s Disciple
4 Swordwise Centaur
2 Alpine Grizzly
2 Nessian Courser
2 Vulpine Goliath
1 Sedge Scorpion
3 atarka beastbreaker
3 epic confrontation
4 glade watcher
4 stampeding elk herd

Spells
3 Aspect of Hydra
2 Hunter’s Ambush

Lands
22 Forest

SIDEBOARD
3 Savage Punch
2 Ranger’s Guile
2 Sedge Scorpion
2 Leafcrown Dryad
2 Hunter’s Ambush
1 Naturalize
1 Aspect of Hydra
1 return to the earth
1 dragon-scarred bear
[/d]

Unfortunately, this is an approximation. Until the database is updated, I would strongly recommend (ie. begging) you post the list in the comments section of the deck page. Otherwise, I won’t be able to fully extol the virtues of your decks.

The interesting thing is that this deck took down both SPDC and MPDC this week. That is no small feat. The fact that it is mono colored makes me instantly love it!

Now, lets look at an opening hand:

Now I want to show you a thing of beauty:

Mmmm dat curve! It is so beautiful. My heart can barely stand it.

Now let’s look at the next six cards:

So, what can we say about this deck? First of all, you have blockers. The scorpion, gladewatcher and the grizzly are going to hold everything back. Also, once the grizzly hits in the ground you can attack with both watchers. The biggest issue is going to be your finisher. Those elk are far away, and if you aren’t careful, you may never see them.

Section 3: The League

Well, as you know by now, I did not win. I came in second. That’s right, I am a big number 2.

Here is my deck list:

[d title=”MonoRed Heroic by Cyrulean (Standard Silverblack)”]
Creatures
4 Akroan Crusader
2 Mardu Scout
4 Monastery Swiftspear
4 Satyr Hoplite
4 Foundry Street Denizen

Spells
2 Hordeling Outburst
3 Collateral Damage
4 Titan’s Strength
3 Wild Slash
3 Dragon Mantle
4 Hammerhand
3 Lightning Strike

Land
20 Mountain

Sideboard
1 Blinding Flare
2 Frenzied Goblin
1 Magma Jet
3 Scouring Sands
3 Arc Lightning
2 Humble Defector
1 Lightning Strike
2 Roast
[/d]

I wanted nothing over cmc 3. and I wanted to control the board state as much as possible. I used creatures as removal just as often as I used them as my damage dealers. I rarely sent burn to the dome unless it was to finish them off or take advantage of collateral damage.

I sided out the Hordeling Outburst almost every game. I usually opted to bring in roast or arc lightning.

The finals went down like this:

Game one: Punning went up to I think 32 life off of two lands and an Ordeal of Heliod. At the end, I had him at 3 and I was at 5. I had a collateral Damage in my hand and not enough mana to cast it.

Game two: I controlled the board long enough to punch in for 20 damage rather quickly.

Game Three: The butts, they grew too big. I could not burn his heroic dudes fast enough and he over ran me.

I hope you all participate in future events. They are free and fun! Two of my favorite things.

Community League #4: Winner!

community league 4 banner

Wow, are you guys ready to play in a format where Heroic isn’t such a big thing? It’s back to back Heroic wins in the last two league; I think we need a break from any format with the word “Standard” in it. What say you?

None of which is to detract from the victory of our … victor.

League #4: Standard Silverblack – Winner!

Congrats to Punninglinguist for his win, piloting UW Heroic in the finals against Cyrulean, who fought valiantly with his Mono Red Heroic list to steal the win but who, in his own words, fell just one mana short from taking the match. Sounds like some good Magic to me!

For winning the event, Punninglinguist gets 10 tickets and the final vote in the format for our next event.

As the top-ranking patron, Cyrulean also earns 10 tickets for the event.

Congrats to you both!

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Share your lists!

The veil of secrecy may now be lifted. My list was out there for the world to see the entire event, and I content that it could have won the whole thing with slightly better draws. That said, I will post my list in the forums, and you should too.

Post your Standard Silverblack lists here.

Here’s Punninglinguist’s winning UW Heroic list.

Punninglinguist says: Thanks to bava for running a great event! Here is my 7-0 decklist, which got refined a little during the course of the tournament, with Ajani’s Presence gradually moving from the main to the sideboard.

[d title=”UW Heroic (Punninglinguist)”]
Land
4 Tranquil Cove
2 Mystic Monastery
3 Island
8 Plains
4 Evolving Wilds

Creatures
4 Favored Hoplite
2 Seeker of the Way
4 Lagonna-Band Trailblazer
4 Battlewise Hoplite
2 Akroan Skyguard

Spells
4 Ordeal of Thassa
4 Ordeal of Heliod
4 Gods Willing
2 Stubborn Denial
3 Aqueous Form
4 Defiant Strike
2 Center Soul

Sideboard
2 Negate
4 Glare of Heresy
2 Annul
1 Seeker of the Way
3 Surge of Righteousness
2 Ajani’s Presence
1 Center Soul [/d]

Nominate a format of our next league

What should we play next? I am personally vetoing anything with the word “Standard” in it; aside from that, though, the field is open.

Write your choices in the comments below. Whichever choices get the most mentions / votes will be brought in front of our winner, who will get to decide between them.

We’ll get the next league running in early- to mid-May.

Thanks to everyone for participating in our fourth Community League. I hope you all had a great time, and will join us for league #5 coming next month.

Cheers! /bava

Community League #4: Standard Silverblack, Top 8

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Hey gang!

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

There are no more email reminders so hopefully you all made it here to read this, anyway.

Week Four for Bava

I was feeling good about my list going into this week. Avery61 was on RDW and I had played the match-up once in practice and won handily. It wasn’t quite so easy this time, though. Here is the video:

 

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

Top 8 Pairings

We had a lot of non-reporting and non-communication happening, so I had to make some decisions at the end of week 4. Basically, people who communicated with me won vs people who did not (though I did always try and get in touch with both parties myself, first) and if neither play communicated they received a draw. Anyone who didn’t communicate in week 4 was not eligible to make it into the top 8.

Please remember that communication is the most vital aspect of running a league like this, and it makes my life a lot easier!

With further ado, here they are. If you have any questions, get in touch.

league-4-top-8

Our goal is to finish top 8 by the end of next weekend (April 19) and declare a winner.

Good luck, have fun!

Community League #4: Standard Silverblack, Week 4

community league 4 banner

Hey gang!

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

There are no more email reminders so hopefully you all made it here to read this, anyway.

Week Three for Bava

Just some slight tweaks to my mono-black devotion list this week. [c]Child of Night[/c] was too awkward with [c]Drown in Sorrow[/c] so I cut her and added in a couple [c]Dead Drop[/c] though I really think that card is too clunky. I played against Dan in week 3, who was on the UW Heroic list that is very popular so far in this event. Here is the video:

 

I also played a fun practice match against _ShipIt_ running Mono Red Heroic / RDW. The big question in my MBC list is about [c]Ulcerate[/c] and, in general, all the shocks I give myself with the list. Surely that is a bad thing against aggressive lists like red? Let me know what you think.

 

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

Week Four Pairings

With further ado, here they are. If you have any questions, get in touch.

league-4-week-4

Good luck, have fun!

Community League #4: Standard Silverblack, Week 3

community league 4 banner

Hey gang!

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

There are no more email reminders so hopefully you all made it here to read this, anyway.

Week Two for Bava

I updated my list slightly from week one (mono black devotion) and played it with updates against rremedio1 for week two. The deck performed much better with the updates and I was able to edge out a win two games to one. Roberto was playing a Sultai control list around [c]Temur Sabertooth[/c], which is super-strong. Here is the video:

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. If you have any questions, get in touch.

league-4-week-3

Looks like it’s me vs Dan for week three. Expect a video from both sides!

Good luck, have fun!

Community League #4: Standard Silverblack, Week 2

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Hey gang!

Check out last week’s article for a reminder on rules, reporting, and prize payouts.

I will send out one more email today, but it will be the last one for this event! In the future check out the events page to get updates.

Week One for Bava

I played Mono-Black Devotion in week one. I feel like it’s viable, but I stumbled a few too many times against UW Heroic. No edict effects is a big deal. I may run the list again for week 2; the removal is so good and the wincons are real.

Here are some videos: my official league match, some practices matches with the same list, and then Brennon playing a practice match against Roberto.

 

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

Gwyned wrote an article about the format. You should check that out, too.

Week Two Pairings

With further ado, here they are. If you have any questions, get in touch.

league-4-week-2

Good luck, have fun!

Community League #4: Standard Silverblack, Week 1

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Get your Standard Silverblack lists together, because it’s time to get this league rolling! Here is a quick reminder of how this thing works.

League Rules

1. Standard Silverblack lists may include commons and uncommons only from the Standard format. You may play a new list every week or keep the same list, so long as each list is Standard Silverblack legal.

2. You get 3 points for a win and 1 point for a draw. 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. After two consecutive draw weeks due to lack of communication, you will 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 April 24th.

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

The winner of the league will receive 10 tickets.

In addition, the best-ranking patron in the league will receive 10 tickets. If that is the same person, they will receive 20 tickets.

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 if we reach Patreon support of $200 by the end of March and maintain it through the end of the event.

Week One Pairings

With further ado, here they are. Good luck, have fun! If you have any questions, get in touch.

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The MagicGatheringStrat Show, Ep. 3

Section 1: This week in Standard Pauper

Don’t forget to sign up for the Silverblack League: http://magicgatheringstrat.com/2015/02/announcing-community-league-4-standard-silverblack/

Section 2: Player run events


MPDC 28.02
2 March 2015
Standard · 11 Players
8 Decks · ~73% Reported
3 rounds Swiss
Top 4 playoff
Hosted by gwyned

1st turURu by Yaxarell
2nd Mumm-Ra* by gwyned
T4 Heroic cruise* by Forli
T4 Mono Blue by Trompinha

It’s good to see Mumm-Ra playing. Even without his creator piloting. Coming 2nd even.

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

So, Treasure Cruise is a good card? Who would have thought it?

Lets take a look at the winner:

I don’t know how many Whisk Away you ran, so I had to speculate… but I am not a fan of 60+ card decks.
[d]
Creatures
4 Omenspeaker

Spells
4 Flurry of Horns
4 Lightning Strike
4 Magma Spray
4 Nullify
4 Rise of Eagles
4 Treasure Cruise
4 Voyage’s End
2 Cancel
2 Divination
3 Whisk Away

Lands
11 Island
6 Mountain
4 Swiftwater Cliffs
3 Evolving Wilds

SIDEBOARD
4 Disdainful Stroke
1 Whisk Away
3 Negate
3 Cancel
3 Scouring Sands
1 Mnemonic Wall

[/d]

Now, lets look at an opening hand:

Wow, mana, removal, blocker with draw smoothing actions and a win con?? Who wouldn’t keep?

Now here is a weird kind of curve/plateau:

Now let’s look at the next six cards:

Well, you get ever so close to that rise of eagles mana. I like this a lot. Your opening hand is strong and your draws are really nice.

Section 3: Pauper Comparison

aeriebowmasters

You see here an evolution of sorts. The classic giant spider has been ruling the green skyways since alpha. Aerie Bowmasters is straight up better. But lets look at some of the iterations in between.

The cloudcrown card is a better card. Three power kills a lot more thing and the same CMC makes this a winner. The extra green mana is a downside, but if you are already considering the bowmasters, you have accepted this downside.

I think the penumbra spider gives you a harder choice. This is a card that replaces itself with a token copy. It won’t kill a spire golem, but if that golem gets a piracy charm and breaks through, the token is there to pick up the slack.

The bowmasters gives you the choice for three modes:

1. Turn 3 – You get a 2/2
2. Turn 4 – You can have a 3/4 with reach
3. Turn 6 (forgetting about ramp) – you can have a 4/5 with reach.

That last mode lets you kill just about everything in the air at pauper level.

So, what do you think about this new edition?