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May 21 2013 4:06am
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I. Introduction

In this article, I present to you a recap of the top three decks from Monday Pauper Deck Challenge Season 20 Worlds. As happens every time a new set of cards rotates into Standard, MPDC holds a special championship event known as Worlds in the Standard Pauper format. Worlds is an invitation-only event, with invites going out to the top 40 players from that season to compete for the best prizes of the season, which in total amount to over $20.00 in credits and prizes donated by MTGOTraders.com. This is quite the prize package considering that MPDC events are free and open to all comers. This event is always an opportunity for the best players and the best decklists to shine, and this event was no exception.

Unlike the rest of the season, MPDC Worlds is a double-elimination event. Simply put, once you lose twice, you're out - regardless of your record. With the way these brackets play out, you end up with a single undefeated player in the 'winners' bracket, and two players who compete in the 'losers' bracket (each with only one loss) to determine who will play in the final match. Interestingly enough, should the undefeated player lose to the player with a single loss in the Finals, that player actually gets a bonus match, since he or she still only has one loss! That means that the winner of the 'losers' bracket actually has to win two matches in a row to be crowned the champion. Obviously, that would be quite the accomplishment!

So, with that information at your fingertips, let's take a look at the two decks that met in the Semi-Finals.

II. Semi-Finals
A. Gruul Disciples

Despite the obvious power-level of combining Green's large creatures and pump with Red's burn spells, this particular archetype saw almost no play in the past season of MPDC. But several players seemed to discover the untapped potential of this archetype. And of those, Chipp managed to pilot this particular build with enough skill and fortune to make it to the semi-finals. Here's his decklist:


The deck takes its name from Disciple of the Old Ways, a seemingly innocuous 2/2 for GreenGreen with the surprisingly effective ability to gain first strike for a single Green. This archetype combines some of the best burns spells in the format (Brimstone Volley, Pillar of Flame, and Searing Spear) with efficiently-costed and powerful creatures like Ambush Viper, Gore-House Chainwalker, Splatter Thug,  and Young Wolf, and adds to the mix both Slaughterhorn and Zhur-Taa Swine, which are not only solid creatures but also two of the best Bloodrush creatures in Standard Pauper. Essentially, this deck hopes to strike hard and finish off the opponent with some timely burn spells. For the Sideboard, it gains further utility with cards to deal with ever-present Flyers (Plummet, Deadly Recluse and Thunderbolt), with Hexproof or other Enchantment based strategies Naturalize, and Control decks Curse of the Pierced Heart.

B. White Weenie

The other contender in this matchup is the beloved White Weenie, one of the most popular and ubiquitous archetypes not only in Pauper but in Magic in general. This archetype has been one of the most dominant forces in the Standard Pauper metagame for a long time, and although it has been somewhat weakened of late, it still packs quite the punch. Here's the version that Brazil played in the semi-finals:

White Weenie
played by Brazil in MPDC 20 Worlds
Creatures
4 Attended Knight
4 Aven Squire
4 Daring Skyjek
4 Doomed Traveler
4 Guardians of Akrasa
4 Keening Apparition
4 Loyal Cathar
4 Seraph of Dawn
4 Thraben Sentry
4 War Falcon
40 cards
 
Lands
20 Plains
20 cards

Seraph of Dawn


Brazil's list is fairly unique, for two reasons. First of all, it eschews the wealth of removal and pump options at White's disposal, focusing instead on a purely creature-based build. The idea behind such a choice is simple: overwhelm your opponent's removal and board presence by simply flooding the virtual battlefield with creature after creature, attacking each and every turn until your opponent is defeated. Second, unlike most White Weenie builds, this one includes 8 copies of creatures with Exalted. While the Exalted mechanic isn't typically great when you're trying to overwhelm your opponent with creatures, it can be quite good in attacking with a single creature boosted high enough to be able to take anything your opponent can dish out. Flyers are the clear choice here, especially Seraph of Dawn. For the Sideboard, the deck adds some great Lifegain with Ajani's Sunstriker and Cathedral Sanctifier, as well as a potent removal suite in Bonds of Faith and Pacifism.

C. The Match

So here is how the semi-finals played out:

 

 

So with a well-deserved victory, Brazil went on to play in the Finals of the MPDC Season 20 Championship. Let's take a look at what he would face.

III. The Finals
A. Selesnya

For anyone who played this season of Monday Pauper Deck Challenge, it should come as no surprise that a Selesnya deck earned the top spot in this championship event. Although this archetype lacks any use of the Populate mechanic (due to its lackluster presence at Common), it still combines the potent creatures and spells of White and Green for one of the more versatile and powerful lists in the format. This particular version was piloted by souhei719, who earned 6 trophies over the course of this season with this exact build. Here's what it looks like:

Selesnya
played by souhei719 in MPDC 20 Worlds
Creatures
4 Attended Knight
4 Avacyn's Pilgrim
4 Centaur Healer
4 Concordia Pegasus
4 Dawntreader Elk
4 Sentinel Spider
4 Seraph of Dawn
28 cards

Other Spells
4 Travel Preparations
3 Pacifism
2 Smite
9 cards
Lands
8 Forest
7 Plains
4 Evolving Wilds
4 Selesnya Guildgate
23 cards

Sentinel Spider


Perhaps the reason this archetype has seen so much success is its ability to do so many different things and do them well. It has a large and impressive line-up of creatures ((with both Sentinel Spider and Seraph of Dawn), the ability to ramp and fix mana (Avacyn's Pilgrim and Dawntreader Elk), removal to get blockers out of the way (Pacifism and Smite), lifegain from Centaur Healer, and pump spells courtesy of one of the best reasons to play this archetype, Travel Preparations. From the Sideboard, the deck can further diversify itself with additional removal (Righteous Blow, Pacifism, Smite), specific answers to Flyers (Deadly Recluse and Plummet), and deal with pesky Enchantments with Ray of Revelation. Put it all together, and you have a versatile package that matches up well with most of the other decks in the format.

B. The Match

So in the battle of White Weenie vs. Selesnya, who came out on top? Let's find out:

 

 

And so, with that, souhei719 won the match and the coveted title of MPDC Season 20 Champion!

IV. Conclusion

I hope you enjoyed this look back at MPDC Season 20 Worlds. Let me remind you that you can 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. Also, you can get a sneak peek at my video content before it goes live here at PureMTGO.com over on YouTube.com. Simply search for "gwyned42," select one of my video-casts, and click the Subscribe button. Finally, you can also follow me on Twitter at the username gwyned42; check out my profile here and click on Follow.

Next time I hope to be back with some sweet new strategies and videos for post-Dragon's Maze Standard Pauper. I personally can't wait to see how the new cards will mix things up. Thanks so much for reading, and see you then!

1 Comments

Your videos of the finals are by RWHope at Tue, 05/21/2013 - 11:43
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Your videos of the finals are out of order! The final game is labeled as Game 1. It was a very exciting match but I found out the ending after one game :(