Battle for Zendikar Standard Pauper Set Review with Bonus Metagame Shift Farewells to M15 + Theros Block

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Most Relevant Cards Rotating out of the Standard Pauper format when BFZ becomes legal (in no particular order; actually, in color/alphabetical order):

Heliod’s Pilgrim
Pillar of Light
Raise the Alarm
Triplicate Spirits
Peel From Reality
Black Cat
Sign in Blood
Lightning Strike
Elvish Mystic
Satyr Wayfinder
Radiant Fountain

Gods Willing
Hopeful Eidolon
Last Breath
Scholor of Atheros
Wingsteed Rider
Benthic Giant
Disciple of Phenax
Gray Merchant of Asphodel
Akroan Crusader
Traveler’s Amulet

Born of the Gods
Akroan Skyguard
Retraction Helix
Scouring Sands
Charging Badger

Journey into Nyx
Lagonna-Band Trailblazer
Rise of Eagles
Font of Return
Flurry of Horns
Magma Spray
Satyr Hoplite

Most Relevant Archetypes Leaving the Format

1) Heroic
2) Black Devotion


Battle for Zendikar Set Review

A = Bad-Ass // Build-Around
(Treasure Cruise, Gurmag Angler, Ghostly Flicker)

B = Playable
(Akroan Skyguard, Nullify, Read the Bones, Lightning Strike, Nessian Asp)

C = Borderline Playable
(Kill Shot, Negate, Bolt of Keranos, Invasive Species)

D = Borderline Unplayable/Potentially Good Sideboard
(Erase, Cancel, Feast of Dreams, Scouring Sands, Naturalize)

F = Strictly Unplayable

Color Ranking
5) White
4) Black
3) Green
2) Red
1) Blue

Top 10

10) Ruin Processor

9) Boiling Earth

8) Bone Splinters

7) Snapping Gnarlid

5) Complete Disregard

4) Makindi Sliderunner

3) Touch of the Void

2) Clutch of Currents

1) Eldrazi Skyspawner

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3 thoughts on “Battle for Zendikar Standard Pauper Set Review with Bonus Metagame Shift Farewells to M15 + Theros Block

  1. I think the top two are spot on, but, not teally sure about the rest. The new red “invoker” should be on that list somewhere, imo.

    • I agree. My card evaluations have changed dramatically the more I play with them. I may also be confusing some cards’ power level based on my memory from them in BFZ limited, too. Ruin Processor, for example, has won me tons of games in sealed/draft, but might be too high of a barrier to entry for the format compared to something like Valakut Invoker. Keep in mind, the first deck I tried was a Temur ramp deck with 4x Valakut Invoker – and it was not very good simply because getting value from it requires untapping with it twice. Getting one activation of 8 mana lightning bolt is just not enough. So much has to go right for him to dominate a board state. I don’t think he will get there but seems like a great one-of in control decks to dominate the late game.

      • Yeah i don’t see the invoker as a 4 of auto include, but, red seems to have the best removal for what i anticipate will be a token heavy meta. U/R, R/B, B/U, and Grixis control look very strong on what appears to be a somewhat slower meta. 1-2 copies should be staple in most control decks that include red. Kalastria Nightwatch in a grixis control deck with access to 12 possible gain lands along with Wave-Wing Elemental was too much for my group to handle last night. Invoker helped seal the deal by clearing a path through the typical 3 or less toughness fliers in the format and then just went to the face when need be.

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