Oath of the Gatewatch Standard Pauper Set Review

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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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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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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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Dragons of Tarkir Standard Pauper Set Review (with Bonus Sealed League videos)

Spoilers for Dragons of Tarkir have officially completed – time to go rate some commons! But first, some bonus footage of the Standard Pauper Sealed League, hosted by Gwyned.

Click on the picture below for the video playlist

StandardPauperSealedLeague

I enjoyed the league a ton and hope that there will be more in the future!

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A new labeling system is being implemented!  Changed from a 5-Star system to alphabetical grades as they are much easier to comprehend (at least for me :P)

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

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
(Erase, Cancel, Feast of Dreams, Scouring Sands, Naturalize)

F = Strictly Unplayable

Dragons of Tarkir Set Set Review Video (click on picture below to listen!)

Dragons of Tarkir

One notable omission from my top 10 for Fate Reforged was Gurmag Angler – severely underrated!

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

5)  Red

4)  Green

3)  Black

2)  Blue

1)  White

Top 10 Commons

10) Vulturous Aven

9) Stampeding Elk Herd

8) Twin Bolt

7) Sidisi’s Faithful

6) Conifer Strider

5) Gravepurge

4) Anticipate

3) Elusive Spellfist

2) Pacifism

1) Center Soul

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Fate Reforged Standard Pauper Complete Set Review #1stToReview #VLogStyle

My 5-Star ranking system for new cards (with some current standard examples).

BA = Bad-Ass // Build-Around = 4-5
(Heliod’s Pilgrim, Treasure Cruise, Grey Merchant of Asphodel, Akroan Crusader, Undergrowth Scavenger)

P = Playable = 3-4
(Akroan Skyguard, Nullify, Read the Bones, Lightning Strike, Hooting Mandrills)

BP = Borderline Playable = 2-3
(Kill Shot, Negate, Bolt of Keranos, Invasive Species)

BUP = Borderline Unplayable = 1-2
(Erase, Cancel, Feast of Dreams, Scouring Sands, Naturalize)

SUP = Strictly Unplayable = 0-1

Click on the pretty picture to launch the vlog.

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

5) Green

4) Black

3) White

2) Red

1) Blue

Top 10 Commons

10) Write into Being

9)  Sandblast

8) Harsh Sustenance

7) Arashin Cleric

6) Goblin Heelcutter

5) Jeskai Runemark

4) Bathe in Dragonfire

3) Temur Battlerage

2) Enhanced Awareness

1) Whisk Away

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Khans of Tarkir Standard Pauper Set Review + Bonus Dimir Mill Pauper Deck Tech

I made this video before the new season of SPDC and MPDC events started, but after I already had the chance to play with the cards IRL by way of sealed/draft.  I have forgotten what I said exactly about each card but I am interested to see how correct or incorrect I was regarding the playability of certain cards now that we are a month into the new format.  Enjoy 😀

BONUS:  *Pauper* Deck Tech – Dimir Mill – it lives on!

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M15 Set Review for Standard Pauper

Trying something different.  Instead of writing all of my thoughts on how good or bad the new commons are, I decided to talk about them.  The system that I use is the following on a 0-5 scale:

BA = Bad-ass // Build-around = 4-5

P = Playable = 3-4

BP = Borderline Playable = 2-3

BUP = Borderline Unplayable = 1-2

SUP = Strictly Unplayable = 0-1

The objective numbers are listed in a range now since not every BA is a 5/5, etc.  Everything is relative so take that into account. 

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