Pillars of the Format – Post BFZ Standard Pauper Metagame Analysis

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+ = 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+)

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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

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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

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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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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):

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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