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Sep 19 2016 12:00pm
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I. Introduction

Welcome back to another edition of my Standard Pauper Deck Tech column. 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 offer 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 revised version of a decklist that earned the trophy in the first event of this season, which Storm_blade recently piloted to first place in MPDC 34.05.

The original deck played by JogandoPelado (and featured in a previous Standard Pauper Deck Tech) was all about the two powerful Emerge creatures at Common in Eldritch Moon - It of the Horrid Swarm and Wretched Gryff. This new version adds Eldrazi Devastator into the mix, giving the deck a potent third option to use as a win condition. In addition, Storm_blade added some removal and a few other choice sacrifice targets. And apparently his changes were quite effective, as he managed to go undefeated in the event, finishing 6-0 with the deck (and only dropping three games in those six matches). Let's take a look at his list:

II. The Decklist (Click here to download or purchase from MTGOTraders):

Simic Eldrazi
1st place in MPDC 34.05 by Storm_blade
Creatures
4 Eldrazi Skyspawner
4 Elvish Visionary
4 It of the Horrid Swarm
4 Primal Druid
4 Scion Summoner
4 Wretched Gryff
2 Eldrazi Devastator
1 Monastery Loremaster
27 cards

Other Spells
4 Epic Confrontation
4 Pulse of Murasa
2 Might of the Masses
1 Cathar's Shield
11 cards
Lands
11 Forest
11 Island
22 cards

Sideboard
4 Negate
4 Reclaiming Vines
4 Root Out
3 Turn Aside
15 cards
Forest


III. Deck Strategy

The original build of this deck was so tightly focused around getting the Emerge creatures onto the virtual battlefield that it had little room for anything else - no card, no permission spells, and no removal. This revised list, on the other hand, has added four copies of Epic Confrontation to give the deck some spot removal, two copies of Eldrazi Devastator as additional threats, and the unusual choice of a single copy of Cathar's Shield, which is primarily there to help protect a key creature from conditional removal. To make room for these changes, Storm_blade removed both Eyeless Watcher and Ulvenwald Captive, utilizing Primal Druid in their place, since that card can easily act as both sacrifice outlet for Emerge and mana ramp. This also allowed him to trim one Land from the deck. All in all then only nine cards were changed, while leaving the core of the deck mostly unchanged. So does it still play out the same?

For the most part, yes. The deck is still looking to curve out with its token generators like Eldrazi Skyspawner, Elvish Visionary, and Scion Summoner, giving you mana ramp, some early threats, and some creatures to be sacrificed to enable Emerge. In this build Primal Druid is useful against early aggression as well, since its three Toughness is sufficient to shield you from your opponent's early drops. Then, as you transition into the mid-game, you want to bring these resources to bear by casting multiple copies of either It of the Horrid Swarm or Wretched Gryff, potentially using them as enablers to remove your opponent threats with Epic Confrontation. Most opponents you will face understand this strategy well enough to target your non-token creatures early on, so it's certainly not out of the question to use Pulse of Murasa to recur these early and keep your Life total healthy. Eventually, you should have sufficient mana to be able to cast your big Eldrazi without Emerge and get Eldrazi Devastator into play as well. Alternatively, a well-timed Might of the Masses may also allow you win out of nowhere with an alpha strike. Just be sure your opponent is tapped out, since removing the targeted creature can be quite back-breaking when you're swinging in for the win.

The Sideboard is limited in its options, but has two strong resources if you're looking for Enchantment hate with Reclaiming Vines and Root Out. Negate and Turn Aside are generally good against a variety of decks, but are particularly useful when going up against Izzet Spells. Fortunately, this deck has decent matchups against most of the decks in the metagame, so the lack of diversity in the Sideboard isn't as much of a liability as it might be in another deck.

IV. The Match

This week's match comes from the first round of MPDC 34.06, where I was paired against Squee2006, who was playing the stock version of Izzet Spells. This matchup comes down to keeping your Life total high with Pulse of Murasa and removing your opponent's Thermo-Alchemists as quickly as possible. Let's see how things played out for me this time.

V. Post Game Thoughts

Although I am quite impressed with Storm_blade's record with this deck, there are definitely some changes I would make to his list. First off, even though the deck's mana requirements are very basic, I would still swap out four basics for a playset of Evolving Wilds, since the deck certainly isn't aggressive enough that it needs every Land to come into play untapped. Additionally, with four Primal Druids also in the deck, you could easily splash for a third color, giving you access to either Black or Red for some additional removal spells. Speaking of which, I continue to be a strong advocate for Claustrophobia, since it does a much better of dealing with creatures and doesn't require you to have a good sized creature of your own on the battlefield. Bloodbriar would also be a strong addition to the deck, since you have plenty of sacrifice outlets already, and this would give the deck yet another strong threat that can be played a bit earlier than the Eldrazi.

VI. Conclusion

And with that I conclude this Standard Pauper Deck Tech on this revised Simic Eldrazi deck. 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 PureMTGO.com over on YouTube.com. 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 PDCMagic.com for all the information and then come join us at 2:00pm EST / 6:00pm GMT in the #MPDC channel.

Next week, I'll be taking a hiatus from this column in order to bring you the first installment of my review of Kaladesh for Standard Pauper. Thanks for reading, and see you next Monday!