It's back! Two weeks have passed since I last updated my readers on the "league-style" Standard Pauper event being held by Hipsters of the Coast. Last time, I updated my readers on the events of Week 4 and covered joekewwl's Selesnya build and my own tweaks to the decklist. For this week's article, I will update you on the current state of the game, reveal who walked away with prizes this week, and videocast my matches from the past two weeks using my Selesnya build. And just like before, I am grateful to Zachary Barash for providing some of the source material for this article. So, here's all the news that's fit to print from Week 5 and 6!
II. State of the Event
Of the original 152 players, only 51 are still active going in to Round 7. Only 3 players remain undefeated, with another 10 sitting at 5-1 (includes byes). This event is scheduled to run through 8 rounds of Swiss followed by a cut to Top 8, so we're already to the second-to-last round of this event. Where has the time gone?
This week, the host had several important points to cover in his weekly E-mail:
- Theros Rotation: The Theros prerelease starts this weekend on Magic Online. And, even though Innistrad Block and Magic 2013 are rotating out of Standard after the Wednesday downtime, they are still legal for the remainder of the tournament, while Theros cards will NOT be legal (until we get to Top 8). Accordingly, players will no longer be able to use the Standard Pauper online filter, and are encouraged to use the Pauper filter instead. Players will need to be vigilant to make sure their opponent's decklist remains pre-rotation Standard Pauper legal.
- Intentional Draws: It was announced two weeks ago that intentional draws are allowed. If you and your opponent wish to intentionally draw a match, all you need do is have both players contact the host and request a draw.
- The Top Eight: The format for Top 8 will be post-rotation Standard Pauper, which only includes the commons from Return to Ravnica, Gatecrash, Dragon's Maze, Magic 2014, and Theros.
- Random Tidbit: Just as Jon Loucks once purported, Canadians are not very skilled at Magic the Gathering. As of this week, they have all dropped out of the tournament!
III. Prizes For the Past Two Weeks
As I mentioned previously, just for participating in this event, you have the chance to walk away with a booster pack each week, given out to two random participants regardless of their success. Additionally, the Hipsters of the Coast team are all playing in this event, and special prizes can be won by defeating them in matches. So here's who walked away with what:
- Jason Gray won a booster of Rise of the Eldrazi in Week 5.
- The_Sir won a booster of Gatecrash in Week 5.
- Zach W won a Foil Echo Tracer for beating Zachary in Week 5.
- Jesse S won a Foil Domestication (M14) for beating Rich in Week 5.
- Ahniwa Ferrari won a Foil Moonlace for beating Monique in Week 5.
- Kyle S won a booster of Onslaught in Week 6.
- Adam Bloom won a booster of Dragon's Maze in Week 6.
There were no Hipsters bounties for Week 6, as their entire team went undefeated. Congratulations to everyone who walked away with prizes over the past two weeks!
IV. My Matches
In case you missed my previous article, last week I made the decision to shelf my under-performing Izzet Cyclops deck for a Selesnya build based on one from my good friend and fellow Standard Pauper enthusiast joekewwl. Overall I've been quite happy with the deck. As I mentioned to joekewwl earlier last week, while Selesnya doesn't really have any matchups where it is the clear favorite to win, it doesn't have any matchups where it doesn't have a chance either. I particularly like having Sideboard options against MonoBlue Flyers, Flickergate, and Hexproof!
So without further ado, here are my matches from Week 5 and 6 of this tournament:
In both of these matches, the secret to my success was definitely the Lifegain. It kept me alive against the early aggression of the Orzhov deck, and cost my Flickergate opponent a considerable amount of time in trying to whittle it back down to zero. I was slightly disappointed in the performance of Beckon Apparition, and feel like there should be additional ways to combat Flickergate's plan. Still, that's two more wins in my column, bringing my current standings up to 4-2 with 2 rounds to go. While I would have to win out and get lucky on tiebreakers to make Top 8, I don't think I've been mathematically eliminated yet! Here's hoping!!
That wraps up this report from Week 5 & 6. Let me remind you that you can always check out all of my previous articles here on PureMTGO by clicking here. I also publish over on my blog on Tuesdays and Thursdays, and encourage you to keep up with all my projects there. You can get a sneak peek at my matches from this event before they go live here at PureMTGO.com over on YouTube.com. Simply search for "gwyned42," select one of my videocasts, and click the Subscribe button. Finally, you can keep up with everything I'm doing for this event on Twitter at the username gwyned42; check out my profile here and click on Follow.
Also, if you haven't already done so, be sure and check out Part One and Part Two of my review of Theros for Standard Pauper. See you next time!