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Oct 31 2016 11:00am
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I. Introduction

Welcome to the first installment of my Standard Pauper Deck Tech column following the release of Kaladesh on Magic Online. This series, which originally ran during Season 9 of Monday Pauper Deck Challenge, takes the winning decklist from previous week's Monday Standard Pauper tournament (known as MPDC) on Magic Online and offers an analysis of the components, a quick run-down of the deck's strategy and Sideboard, and a video-cast of a sample match showcasing the deck. With Kaladesh fully spoiled now, there are only three more tournaments left in this 34th season of this event (which ends with the release of each new set). Today, I am excited to bring you a fresh version of the Simic Eldrazi deck that was so successful last season that has been tweaked to accommodate some of the more powerful cards in the new set.

The original deck was all about the two powerful Emerge creatures at Common in Eldritch Moon - It of the Horrid Swarm and Wretched Gryff, with more recent versions also including Eldrazi Devastator into the mix. Standard Pauper player littlefield brought his own take on this archetype and captured the trophy for MPDC 35.01. His list includes the addition of several large Green fatties as well as the card that may prove the most important in the whole format: Self-Assembler. Let's take a look at his list:

II. The Decklist

Simic Big Stuff
1st place in MPDC 35.01 by littlefield
4 Eldrazi Skyspawner
4 Kujar Seedsculptor
4 Peema Outrider
4 Self-Assembler
4 Thriving Rhino
4 Ulvenwald Captive
4 Wretched Gryff
2 Wild Wanderer
30 cards

Other Spells
4 Take Inventory
2 Rabid Bite
2 Sky Skiff
8 cards
10 Forest
4 Island
4 Evolving Wilds
4 Woodland Stream
22 cards

Peema Outrider

III. Deck Strategy

Like its predecessors, this deck is all about getting your creatures onto the battlefield and into the red zone as quickly as possible. It utilizes Eldrazi Skyspawner, Ulvenwald Captive, and Wild Wanderer to assist with this plan, generating extra mana that can help to get its creatures into play sooner than normal. Four Toughness creatures are proving to be very important in the metagame, which is perhaps why Peema Outrider, Self-Assembler, and Wretched Gryff are so good. As far as Sacrifice targets to quickly Emerge the Gryff are concerned, Kujar Seedsculptor and Wild Wanderer are probably your best options, since as a baseline these creatures aren't that strong and much of their value plays out the turn they enter the battlefield. But as I mentioned above, finding your first Self-Assembler is probably the most important thing you can do, as this card will very quickly give you three additional copies almost for free. Interestingly enough, Ulvenwald Captive can also act as a powerful finisher once it's been transformed or even help to pump out your assembly line of robots all the faster.

This deck is light on spells, but does have a full playset of Take Inventory to help you dig deeper into your deck. Second, the Sky Skiffs are a nice way to help counter your opponent's flyers, and their Crew requirement is small enough that they can be activated even with one of your Eldrazi Scions. Finally, this deck has a mere 2 copies of Rabid Bite as its only removal before Sideboarding, so it's important to be quite stingy with them, saving them for targets you have absolutely no hope of defeating otherwise. Finally,

Speaking of the Sideboard, this list includes several good utility cards. With the predominance of Artifacts and Enchantments, Root Out is an obvious choice, allowing you to deal with the threat and replace the card for a mere 2 mana. While not quite good enough to counter the threat of the Assemblers, this card is definitely your best hope of dealing with them as they come into play. Take Down, along with the third copy of Sky Skiff, gives you some additional means to deal with enemy flyers. Next, against Control decks, you have the ability to counter your opponent's most important spells with Negate, along with a way of keeping your life total high and recurring your own creatures with the very powerful Pulse of Murasa. Finally, you have one additional removal spell at your disposal with the lone Hunt the Weak to round out the Sideboard.

IV. The Match

My opponent for this match was AlwaysFace, who was playing a build almost identical to the Simic Eldrazi deck from last season, but with a playset of Assemblers replacing It of the Horrid Swarm in the deck. As you might expect it was a prolonged battle, with the momentum of each game shifting several times. We ended up going to three very close games and I was definitely running up against the clock towards the end. Enjoy!

V. Post Game Thoughts

This archetype has seen plenty of play within the past few months, and it's hard to question the effectiveness of this list overall. I think the deck's biggest weakness is how little removal it plays, and while Claustrophobia is no longer in the pool, Malfunction probably deserves a spot at least in the Sideboard, despite how much Enchantment removal is going to probably be present moving forward. I also think it's a mistake not to put all four copies of Pulse of Murasa in the maindeck, as this is such a powerful effect and plays into exactly what this deck is trying to accomplish. I would also be very tempted to include a singleton copy of Tezzeret's Ambition, as that card can be so devastating in the late game when both players are top-decking. Overall I think the weakest card is probably the Thriving Rhino, so that's what I would remove first when looking to fit some of these other cards into the decklist.

VI. Conclusion

And with that I conclude this Standard Pauper Deck Tech on Simic Big Stuff. In closing, 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. You can get a sneak peek at any of my videos before they go live here at over on Simply search for "gwyned42," select one of my videocasts, and click the Subscribe button. You can keep up with everything I'm doing on Twitter at the username gwyned42; check out my profile here and click on Follow. Finally, I am the host of Monday Pauper Deck Challenge, which is a weekly PRE featuring a Swiss tournament in the Standard Pauper format, with prizes awarded for the Top 8 finishers thanks to the sponsorship of MTGOTraders. As always, if you've never checked out MPDC, I encourage you to browse over to for all the information and then come join us at 2:00pm EST / 6:00pm GMT in the #MPDC channel.