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.

Drops

Avery61
Farfishere
Ztrman

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

Outs

Darkpaladan3
Ecar642
Kayz
Basedx
Lilimpulse
Bdgp009
Pae_forever

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.

Plugs

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!

http://mtgolibrary.blogspot.com/2014/09/the-decks-of-pauper-gauntlet.html

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.

http://magicgatheringstrat.com/2014/09/faithless-looting-8-a-wedge-of-ones-own/

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”]
Lands
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

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

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

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

Sideboard
1 Raven’s Crime
1 Grim Harvest
2 Swirling Sandstorm
3 Ancient Grudge
4 Pyroblast
2 Serene Heart
2 Terminate
[/d]

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.

Pairings

Here are your matches for week three!

league-r3

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

Standard Pauper Show, Issue 11

Section 1: This week in Standard Pauper

Sam and I discuss the Khans of Tarkir cards we found most intriguing. With a special appearance by Dan to discuss the Pauper Gauntlet.

That is a lot to take in! I have to say, I am a total fan of the Jeskai way. Just call me an initiate.

MPDC 26.05
15 September 2014
Standard · 17 Players
12 Decks · ~71% Reported
3 rounds Swiss
Top 8 playoff
Hosted by gwyned

Lets look at the results:

1st Stracciatella by GodZo
2nd WB Extort v. 2 by WujekMZK
T4 WB Aura by beatnik bobby
T4 ETB by MyGalaxy
T8 WB Pilgrim by DownByTheRiverside
T8 Esper by FlxEx
T8 WW Tokens by gwyned
T8 Mono Black with dispels by hero1141

GodZo! From his close second on Sunday, to a #1 spot on Monday. Way to go GodZo!

Very clever name Mr. GodZo. For those who haven’t had their wife take them to eat at a fancy Gelato place, STRACCIATELLA is like chocolate chip ice cream. Which is very important as a name sake for this deck.

STRACCIATELLA

Standard · Aggro
1st by GodZo in MPDC 26.05 (5-1)

[d]
Creatures
3 Auramancer
3 Daring Skyjek
3 Heliod’s Pilgrim
3 Hopeful Eidolon
3 Keening Apparition
3 Sungrace Pegasus
2 Akroan Skyguard
2 Nyxborn Shieldmate
2 Ornithopter
Spells
4 Ethereal Armor
4 Pacifism
3 Gods Willing
2 Beckon Apparition
2 Celestial Flare
2 Font of Return
1 Battlewise Valor
Lands
14 Plains
3 Evolving Wilds
1 Swamp
SIDEBOARD
3 Razortip Whip
2 Concordia Pegasus
2 Celestial Flare
2 Beckon Apparition
1 Smite
1 Pillar of Light
1 Gods Willing
1 Auramancer
1 Hopeful Eidolon
1 Keening Apparition
[/d]

See? Just a little bit of chocolate to give this deck some flavor.
The older I get in Magic years, the more I like sideboards like this. There are a ton of answers peppered through out. With such a savory offering, you will feel confident going in to each match. Why do I feel hungry all of the sudden?

Section 2: History lessons

I know, normally I put the opening hand and discuss mulligans. This week I want to walk through a bit of a history lesson and discuss the new mechanics coming out in Khans.

Last year, I did an article on the evolution of mechanics. I tried to paint a picture of where things came from and how they have changed into today’s standard.

Outlast

Outlast [X] ([X], T: Put a +1/+1 counter on this creature. Outlast only as a sorcery.)
This mechanic is pretty straight forward, you pay a cost and a counter. Some cards also give a benefit along side the counter.

Outlast gives a name to an ability we see very often on creatures. However, there are some restrictions which make it less abusable (if that is a real word). Being only at Sorcery speed is quite a draw back for constructed.

What sets Outlast apart is that it does not require the removal of a creature or another counter to make this creature grow. Similar to Reinforce and Amplify, these are uncounterable counters. That sentence barely makes sense. Another interesting point, Amplify was in Onslaught block. What else was in that block? Morph! You don’t suppose WotC looks to the past to enhance the future do you?

Ferocious

Ferocious – Whenever [This card] [Performs an action], if you control a creature with power 4 or greater, [This Card] [Gains some benefit]
I am not a big fan of mechanics that are templated this way. I know they must account for a large variance due to being used on creatures as well as non-creature spells, so this is how it must be.

Ferocious gives a name to the Alara mechanic we see above. The restriction is a little less but the effects are similar. Funny, the other three color set and we have a “returning” mechanic. I wonder if that is just a coincidence?

Prowess

Prowess (Whenever you cast a noncreature spell, this creature gets +1/+1 until end of turn.)
Now this is a mechanic I can fully support.

This mechanic is probably the easiest to identify. There is a significant defensive boost with Prowess. As my personal favorite of the new mechanics, I am sure there be at least one player jamming prowess into as many decks as possible. This is an other example of giving a name to an already known function. The fact that Jeskai have blue and red in their wedge makes having an Izzet mechanic a no brainer. Coupling this fact that white is also in there, adding the defensive bonus just makes sense.

Delve

Delve (Each card you exile from your graveyard while casting this spell pays for 1.)

And now a mechanic that isn’t new. Delve has been seen before in Time Spiral block.

Oh Wizards, you tried to tell us it was coming back but we didn’t listen. Delve is one more in a long line of Future Sight mechanics that are finally being implemented. This makes me wonder which of these will be next? Fateseal? Frenzy? Grandeur perhaps?

Raid

Raid – When [This card] enters the battlefield, if you attacked with a creature this turn, [This card] [Gains a benefit].
The most restrictive yet powerful mechanic introduced in this set.

These are all portal era cards all require attacking to be cast. I cannot think of any creature with a similar effect. The biggest downside to this effect is that without the Raid trigger, you are left with over costed cards. Again, this appears to be another “Time Spiraled” mechanic being brought into the present. This makes me think that when Mark Rosewater says there will be a time travel aspect to the next expansion, I feel we are already being shown what that means.

What do you all think?