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Shadows Over Innistrad Standard Pauper Set Review

 

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1)Rotation:  Notable cards leaving the format

2)Review Hits and Misses From Oath of the Gatewatch

3)Review Newly Legal Up-Shifted Commons

4)Review Shadows Over Innistrad

5)Color Rankings in Shadows Over Innistrad

6)Top 10 Shadows Over Innistrad Commons

 

Rotation:  The First of it’s Kind

Both Khans of Tarkir and Fate Reforged are being eliminated from the standard pool.  Here are the relevant cards that you will not be playing around nor playing with anymore:

White: Mardu Hordecheif, Sandsteppe Outcast

Blue: Disdainful Stroke, Treasure Cruise, Whirlwind Adept, Jeskai Sage, Whisk Away

Black: Gurmag Angler, Sultai Emissary

Red: Goblin Heelcutter, Temur Battle Rage, Arc Lightning*, Pyrotechnics*

Green: Hooting Mandrils, Savage Punch

Multi: Abomination of Gudul

Colorless:

Land:  All 10 gain 1 life duel lands

 

Upshifted Commons

Reckless Scholar

Mad Prophet

Lightning Axe

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

Top 10

10) Confront the Unknown

9) Shamble Back

8) Byway Courier

7) Twins of Maurer Estate

6) Pieces of the Puzzle

5) Moldgraf Scavenger

4) True-Faith Senser

3) Thraben Inspector

2) Dead Weight

1) Fiery Temper

 

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Oath of the Gatewatch Standard Pauper Set Review

Click on the Planeswalker of your choice above for the link to the video containing all of this sweet content:

1)Review Hits and Misses From Battle for Zendikar

2)Review Newly Legal Up-Shifted Commons

3)Review Oath of the Gatewatch

4)Showcase Roberto’s stats site.

5)Color Rankings in Oath

6)Top 10 Oath Commons

7)SPDC Time Change (sponsored by Cardhoarder)

Grading Scale

A = Bad-Ass // Build-Around
(Treasure Cruise, Gurmag Angler, Temur Battle Rage)

B = Solid Playable
(Mardu Hordchief, Eldrazi Skyspawner, Read the Bones, Fiery Impulse, Snapping Gnarlid)

C = Borderline Playable
(Kill Shot, Negate, Disdainful Stroke, Kalastri Healer, Tajuru Stalwart)

D = Borderline Unplayable (potentially good sideboard)
(Erase, Dispel, Rakshasa’s Secret, Boiling Earth, Naturalize)

F = Strictly Unplayable
(The majority of commons fit into this category)

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

Top 10

10)Sweep Away

9)Saddleback Lagac

8)Brute Strength

7)Corpse Churn

6)Isolation Zone

5)Expedite

4)Umara Entangler

3)Oblivion Strike

2)Slip Through Space

1)Grasp of Darkness

 

BONUS:   Now LEGAL – Commons that have been up-shifted in rarity in Standard

Arc Lightning
Cruel Revival
Death Wind
Fiery Conclusion
Grasp of Darkness
Knightly Valor
Pilgrim’s Eye
Pyrotechnics
Rolling Thunder
Runed Servitor
Sigiled Starfish
Strider Harness
Totem-Guide Hartebeest

 

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Pillars of the Format – Post BFZ Standard Pauper Metagame Analysis

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#standardpauper

+ = recommended for play

Delve

Gurmag Angler+, Treasure Cruise+, Sultai Scavenger+, Hooting Mandrills+

Delve Enablers

Evolving Wilds+, Tormenting Voice+, Rakshasa’s Secret, Gurmag Drowner, Scout the Borders, Taigam’s Scheming

Tokens

Dragon Fodder+, Ghirapur Gearcrafter+, Eldrazi Skyspawner+, Incubator Drone, Eyeless Watcher+, Call the Scions, Sandsteppe Outcast+, Mardu Hordechief+

Overruns

Kytheon’s Tactics+, Trumpet Blast+, Inspired Charge, War Flare, Swarm Surge, Rush of Battle

Sweepers

Boiling Earth+ (honorable mention Twin Bolt+)

#standardpauper

Card-Draw

Treasure Cruise+, Read the Bones+, Tormenting Voice+, Artificer’s Epiphany, Weave Fate, Jeskai Sage+, Palace Familiar+, Vulturous Aven+, Altar’s Reap+

Card-Selection

Anticipate+, Gurmag Drowner, Seek the Wilds, Scout the Borders

Landfall

Makindi Sliderunner+, Snapping Gnarlid+, Valakut Predator+, Territorial Baloth, Swell of Growth

Removal

Fiery Impulse+, Twin Bolt+, Touch of the Void+, Bathe in Dragonfire, Sarkhan’s Rage+, Boiling Earth+, Arrow Storm, Bring Low, Bone Splinters+, Reave Soul, Debilitating Injury+, Complete Disregard+, Flesh to Dust, Unholy Hunger+, Flatten, Silumgar Butcher+, Gideon’s Reproach, Kill Shot, Sandblast, Sheer Drop, Plummet, Aerial Volley, Claustrophobia, Tightening Coils

#standardpauper

Counterspells

Dispel, Negate+, Disdainful Stroke+, Cancel, Spell Shrivel+, Calculated Dismissal, Bone to Ash+, Contradict, Rakshasa’s Disdain

Discard

Duress+, Rakshasa’s Secret, Deadbridge Shaman, Mire’s Malice, Nightsnare

Ingesters

Benthic Infiltrator, Mist Intruder, Sludge Crawler, Culling Drone, Dominator Drone

Processors

Ruin Processor+, Murk Strider, Oracle of Dust

Unblockable Creatures

Benthic Infiltrator+, Elusive Spellfist+, Coralhelm Guide, Subterranean Scout, Mystic of the Hidden Way

Hexproof Creatures

Conifer Strider, Whirlwind Adept

Edicts

Celestial Flare

Bounce Effects

Clutch of Currents+, Disperse+, Force Away, Separatist Voidmage, Murk Strider

#standardpauper

Time Ebb Effects

Whisk Away+

Lifegain

Abzan Guide, Butcher’s Glee+, Feed the Clan, Sidisi’s Pet, Arashin Cleric+, Student of Ojutai+, Resupply, Courier Griffin, Kalastria Healer, Stone Haven Medic, Cleric of the Forward Order

One-Shot Kill Combos

Nantuko Husk + Subterranean Scout + tokens/creatures

4 Power or more creature + Temur Battle Rage + Pump spells

Thanks for listening!

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The League Draft Championship Series (LDCS) – Pregame

The last Booster Draft Pro Tour Champion – Jon Finkel. Also just top 4’d PTBFZ like it’s NBD!

Ever since the Magic: the Gathering Pro Tour became a dual format tournament, requiring competitors to complete in both limited and constructed magic, my desire to make it to that stage vanished! (Kuala Lumpur 2008 was the last Booster draft Pro Tour).  It would still be a delightful experience, obviously, but it’s just not realistic for me.  Over the years I have grown to love limited and would rather spend my time and money on things other than “grinding” constructed.

Back when the Pro Tour was separated I would go to every limited local PTQ in a season for a shot at qualifying for a limited only Pro Tour. Constructed PTQs would be my offseason.   This balance prevented burnout.

Nowadays, when I’m lucky enough to spike a sealed PPTQ (for which they are like an endangered species compared to the constructedpalooza that runs amok every single damn weekend), well then – great!  I spiked something that hasn’t amounted to anything professional yet!  Not only does this not qualify me for the coveted limited only Pro Tour – the Regional PTQ that it does invite me to is a different format!  I guess it makes sense, in order to cultivate a realistic expectation of what it will take to succeed at the Pro Tour – but it’s bloody constructed!  Gag me, please.

So it looks like I have a lot to learn if I want to be prepared for this RPTQ in February.  And I will try, but in the back of my head I’ll be thinking “I really just don’t care.”  It isn’t going to fulfill my need to compete in a limited only, master of draft extravaganza tournament.  So here we are.  This is what I have created in order to fulfill the void in my life now that the limited only Pro Tour has been scoured from existence.

The League Draft Championship Series (LDCS)

LDCS Product

My 720 Card, Foil Pauper Cube (complete with homemade wooden briefcase), 24 unique packs for Chaos Draft and 2 boxes of Battle For Zendikar

The inauguration of the League Draft Championship Series will be hosted in San Jose, CA with my draft group next weekend.  Above is the product it will require.  If you would like to start your own league then consider the following a template.

My goals with this tournament series are to be insanely competitive by offering a very top heavy prize structure while also being very casual in that we will be basically partying all day with drinks and good eats and screaming at TVs with footballers playing sportsball on them, too.

With so many formats to play it’s imperative to start early and have a lot of food available so no one needs to leave between drafts – we want to get done before midnight – some of us have to work on Monday.  I expect there to be copious amounts of banter and overly friendly trash-talking.  If you’ve seen The League on FX then you will understand where my inspiration comes from.  *Warning:  Hyperlink above contains graphic material not suitable for all people.

The Tournament: 
8 Person Swiss Bracket
-One day event
-8 players
-Best 2 out of 3 matches
-3 Rounds of Swiss Per Draft
-Play/Draw Rule and Format Choice in effect for Cuts to Top 4 and Bottom 4
-One best of 3 match for Winston 1v1 drafts

Start time: Sunday, Oct 25th.  9am registration (show up and make sure you have eaten some food and have packs or cash on you for tournament entry)

Draft #1 begins @ 9:30am! Very important to start on time – gonna be a long day!
Format #1: Pauper Cube Draft (Cube List)
Format #2: Chaos Draft  (Chaos Pack List)
Format #3: Battle for Zendikar Draft
Top Seed in Winston Rounds gets to choose format between BFZ or cube.  If cube is chosen it has to be the same cube that has been sanctioned for that entire tournament. The 6 packs that would have been cracked had BFZ been chose are now prizes as unopened packs.
90 card Winston piles.  No cards will be repeated throughout the entire day between cube drafts if possible (720 card cube should work for this if only 4 total Winston Cubes are chosen.)
Cut to Top 4:
Seed #1 vs #4 and #2 vs #3:  Two 1v1 Winston Drafts
Winners = Winston Draft for the Shiva
Losers = No Shiva for you
Cut to Bottom 4:  
Seed #5 vs #8 and #6 vs #7:  Two 1v1 Winston Drafts
Winners = Safe from the Sacko
Losers = Winston Draft for the Sacko
Prizes:  
If you 3-0 in a Swiss Draft, you get all the cards! (except for cube)
If you win the Winston draft, you get all the cards!
Champion of the inaugural League Championship Tournament Series gets the Shiva
Last place gets the Sacko
Shiva and Sacko do not change possession until the next tournament.  They must be proudly displayed on your mantle-place of your abode and you are to change your FaceBook profile picture to said picture (leave it up for at least a week – sound fair?)
The Tournament Series will reconvene after the following large set is released in roughly 6 months.  The cube format will rotate after each tournament, as well. There’s potential to have a tournament every new set release but we’ll see if that frequency is too much to handle or if maybe that would be better.
Current Sanctioned Cube Lists:
Kenyon’s Powered with some Cool Proxies Cube
Jordan’s Sexy Foil Normal-ish Cube
Tournament-Entry Fee:
Provide your own product or pay for your share.
Cube:  Provided
Chaos:  $23 (pay in cash or in current set packs (7 BFZ) or unique packs for future chaos)
BFZ:  3 for BFZ draft, 3 for Winston Round 1, 3 for Winston Round 2 = 9 packs
Grand Total:  ($53) or ($23 + 9 BFZ Packs) or (16 BFZ Packs)
Amenities:
You are welcome to provide your own contributions for food/drinks that you would enjoy sharing.  I will be contributing:
Specialty’s Cookies
Carlo Rossi Sangria
Food Platter Sandwich/Subs
Stay tuned next week when I introduce you to myself and 7 friends with profile pictures, player profiles, and tournament recaps, maybe some Vlog action!  My sample player profile interview questionnaire is as follows:
Name:
Age:
Hometown:
Occupation:
Previous Magic Accomplishments:
Most Notable Magic Wins:
How Did You Prepare for the LDCS?
What Would Winning the Shiva Mean to You?
What Do You Think the Sacko Punishment Should Be?
Who Do You Think Will Win the Shiva?
Who Do You Think Will Win the Sacko?
What Catchphrase/Taunt/Burn are you best known for?
I would love to hear about other people adopting and expanding upon my idea for the LDCS!  Definitely let me know if you’ve done anything like this with your local draft group in the past or if you have any ideas or experience with how to make it better!
Thanks for reading.
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Battle for Zendikar Standard Pauper Set Review with Bonus Metagame Shift Farewells to M15 + Theros Block

Click on the Gideon above for the YouTube VLog/Podcast Style Set Review!

Picture Credit: TheManaSource

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

M15
Heliod’s Pilgrim
Pillar of Light
Raise the Alarm
Triplicate Spirits
Divination
Peel From Reality
Black Cat
Festergloom
Sign in Blood
Lightning Strike
Elvish Mystic
Satyr Wayfinder
Radiant Fountain

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

Born of the Gods
Akroan Skyguard
Nullify
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

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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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Extended Pauper League – My Tournament Video Replay Analysis

community league 6 banner web

Big thanks to all who helped put on this event and especially Bava for running it!  The format was very diverse from my experience, which sparked a lot of creativity in deck construction.  I heard Roberto made something around 43 decks, which is beyond sweet. I came up with seven – Wb Auras, BUG FlickerGate, 4-Color FlickerGate, Mono-Red Blitz, Mono-Black Devotion, Dimir Delver/Angler, and Selesnya Hexproof/Heroic.  I was most impressed by the 5-Color Hexproof deck from Pierakor.  I loved the power level of the format and would enjoy exploring the meta-game more, but alas we must move on to a different league, which likely means a different format.

Welp, I hope you guys enjoy my video replays (click on the graphic above to go to the YouTube videos). Feedback, criticism, thoughts on lines of play, and ideas for improving my deck construction are all welcome 😀

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Magic Origins Standard Pauper Set Review

A = Bad-Ass // Build-Around
(Treasure Cruise, Grey Merchant of Asphodel, 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

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Magic Origins Set Review Video

(click on the picture below to follow along)

Color Rank (based on the amount of impact this color will have on the current/new format)

5) Green

4) Blue

3) White

2) Red

1) Black

Top 10 Commons

Honorable Mention

HM) Separatist Voidmage

4 mana Man-o-War kills tokens, resets your own Garys, and unlocks Pacified friends. Could be to expensive but effect has always been strong due to it’s flexibility.

10) Nantuko Husk

I can see a Rakdos tokens, Collateral Damage/Act of Treason deck coming together.  Orzhov Tokens with Mighty Leap could end some games, too.

9) Undead Servant

Get 3 in the yard then play this and re-cast it with bounce effects for a lot of 2/2s – sounds busted for a common.  The setup cost is often so high that you won’t be able to get max value but a Golgari delve shell could put this to good use.

8) Ampryn Tactician

Helps RW tokens push the mid-game by creating a threat that can’t be swept away with Festergloom/Scouring Sands while providing an immediate boost to get damage through or to trade tokens up. Sometimes your creatures are all dead and Trumpet Blast/War Flare is a blank. This card won’t be blank at those times, albeit at the cost of being hit by Nullify/Bone to Ash.

7) Bonded Construct

Great with other aggressive creatures and haste creatures. There are no other 2 power one drops in the format and this can go in any deck, but really only belongs in a mono-colored deck without any enters the battlefield tapped lands.  Welcome to the mono-red squad, Mr. Bond.

6) Cleric of the Forward Order

Clearly only insane if mono-red is top tier but the potential for turn 4 gain 20 total life is too much for any W/x control deck to pass up. (play #1 on turn 2, #2 turn 3, and #3 & #4 on turn 4 without any of them dying or you missing a land drop!)

5) Ghirapur Gearcrafter

Ghirapur Gearcrafter

Sandsteppe Outcast #5-8 will likely grace Boros tokens but the X/1 vulnerability to sweepers might make it too easy to sweep out of the sideboards.  Still solid with Impact Tremors.

4) Mage-Ring Bully

Quite the upgrade to Valley Dasher. Bully will be beating down and the prowess will ensure he is always the biggest kid at school.

3) Fiery Impulse

Cheap removal that can sometimes kill X/3s will help Izzet Control remain top tier, especially after Magma Spray rotates out.

2) Celestial Flare

Finally, we have an answer to hexproof other than Nullify and Disdainful Stroke.  Often easy to play around, white will have to became a base color in an Azorius or Jeskai deck to support this, but I think it will be worth it unless the meta shifts to compensate for it.

1) Reave Soul

The old soul in the art looks quite defeated.  This removal doesn’t quite purify every soul lurking out there but for 2 mana it will often trade up, giving black it’s first efficient and playable 2 mana removal spell since Pharika’s Cure.

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