Category Archives: Pauper

2014 moving forward in gaming

Almost the end of January, Ivory edition is not released yet. I’m too lazy to print/proxy the kolat pdf, since it involves a whole lot printing, (ink wastage) and also the fact that… i’m still missing 2x Jade Petal Inn.

That card proves to be far more staple than i initially thought.

With a good base of 3g produce 3g, it also fetches 1g for 1g holdings that you can buy, ramping your gold and thin down your deck or just discard the fetched holding straight away, to thin down your deck anyway. There are at least two good holdings for that, such abundant farmlands, with straightens every turn (yours and opponent) to provide you moolahs on standby. Also, Deep harbour, which buys your 2g holdings for free. And yes, lion can also discard those 1g holdings in the early turns in the hope to speed up your dynasty cycling.

At this rate, i don’t think the market price going down anytime soon.

On the plus side though, it’s reprinted in Mantis starter. Which means that people will mass grab that one, in triplicates. Productive mine, another staple for 4g Strongholds, will be in Spider starter, so yes. People will go grabbing those as well. Expect some shortage of sorts for those starters. While brilliant, they really should have included one Jade petal and one productive mine for each clan starter to avoid the imbalanced demand.

Other card games don’t hold me much this time around. The much hyped over Vanguard has died down. I have completed most of what i want in the last few sets for Eradicators and Angel Feathers. So nothing much until BT13. I’m sticking my son into Liberator for now, he likes it. So it works i guess. I do need to fill in with the proper rares if i want to turn it competitive. As a teaching tool for now, it’s ok.

Buddyfight is not just as appealing aesthetically. Something is off with the drawing and they really should improve on that. While the mechanic is somewhat more sound than vanguard, the art is just…. off… so no to that.

I still don’t touch much standard mtg, mainly since i don’t feel like spending more outflow for the assorted rares and mythic. However, having completed my modern decks, i have a few smaller side project, being Standard Pauper. One of the local shop runs standard pauper on Sundays, so I’m very keen on joining that mainly due to the cheaper cost.

Now, if only FNM runs with Pauper would be great! However, I doubt they will, since Pauper is not exactly an accepted format for mtg due to wizards are trying to sell cards. Telling customer to stick with pauper is not the most profitable idea to do, so you can expect it to be ignored mainly.

I managed to get a cheap Vita deal. So I’m now focusing on finishing my Persona 4 Golden and finding people to play Dragon Crown with.


FNM Mandatory Modern, are you serious?

I chanced upon a very interesting news this morning.

Apparantly, WoTC has made it mandatory for shops/club/places that runs FNM to register, from Jan 2013 onwards, their FNM alternatively between Standard Format and Modern. You heard that right, Modern Format.

I was like wtf! I was just getting into standard slowly, but now you’re telling me its modern? I’m not totally surprised that this happens, since its obvious to me that in the UK and US States, Modern is being heavily pushed. But for some parts of Asia, like in my area, the number of Modern cards are hardly found. Especially with regards to rares and mythics. We have to rely on overseas market for it and that would clearly hamper the groups’s growth further.

Most likely, I will build a deck from the scraps of commons/uncommons that i still keep of older cards. Since frankly, Pauper format is exactly a format of commons from Modern. So, basically, pauper players are somewhat ready for modern, but not fully ready against full fledged modern with the more prominent power rares.

Will this pick off well? Hard to say. I was trying to get a copy Blood Moon for my EDH and I couldn’t even find a single copy locally. So what about the more staple modern cards?

Tarmogoyf, one of the defining strong creature in modern… is going for an average of usd90…. PER PIECE! That doesn’t even take into account of Zendikar fetch lands which is USD30 per piece.

Do note that this stumbling block doesn’t stops my creativity, I pledge to complete a cheap modern deck, cheap being the modern’s benchmark cheap. USD20 for the whole deck? Maybe cheaper. We will see in the next article. Of course I make no guarantee of the competitiveness to take on some tier 1 decks.

MTG: Casual – Noble Format

As I said, Seeds of Decay is only a month away or so. The new set offers a lot if interesting choice. But it could also mean that a month to start playing all the juicy cards with meta-choices.

In accordance to an article in MTG Daily yesterday, there were reference to a noble format. A variant of the pauper, peasant and even EDH deck, you can have a choice of playing a 60-card deck with mostly common deck, with a max of 4 uncommon in total, (which includes sideboard) and a mythic or a rare of your choice. This rare will be put as a commander’ of sorts hereby designated as “Noble”… but while EDH restricts the colour of choice in your deck, this Noble is not bound to use the same colours in your deck.

The Noble can be casted from the commander zone anytime. But once it comes into play, it becomes a normal card, so it will not go to commander zone anymore.

A deck is 60 card as normal and standard magic deckbuilding rules apply.

What makes the format interesting is the amount of common it has, making the format far more accessible for the casuals.

I will build a deck for it later, perhaps modern format instead of standard. Modern have far more variety of cards to play with and I have access to quite a number of them. And we see how it goes from there.

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Black White Pauper

I’ve always been a fan of Black White in MTG. While I like standard format for ease of cards to get, I also find that with my current expenditure allowance, buying L5R, Hordes and PS3 games, my gaming budget is always at ceiling limit, leaving little room for me to keep up with buying MTG Standard.

That being said, in a post previously, I have dabbled into playing Modern Pauper for MTG, for one, it’s cheaper, with cards being around RM1-2 per playset and some even free… if i managed to get from people who crack packs by boxes… I tried to build modern decks, but the cardpool around here is a bit diminished. Almost nobody has spare of Kamigawa block cards, I was trying to build pauper Kamigawa block, and a few staples that nobody has spare from Ravnica and Shards Alara block. It’s frustating indeed.

Taking a queue from Little Sensei, after i nudged him enough times to play Pauper, he built his entire deck from Innistrad. So i figured, what the heck. If Innistrad could do it, why not just build from Standard? Frankly, I was too focused on older cards.. nostalgia maybe..

So I did, although a few cards I happen to use from M11 mainly due to it’s efficiency.

Land (22)
10 Swamp
10 Plains
2 Terramorphic Expanse (this deck can drop every turn, this is only necessary to bring out the other land as needed. If I can get Orzhov Basilica or Orzhov Signet, I will use those to stabilise the mana)

Spells (15)
2 Flayer Husk
1 Nihil Spellbomb (Graveyard removal)
2 Sylvok Lifestaff
2 Bonds of Faith
4 Ichor Wellspring (Draw Tech + Combo with Glint Hawk)
2 Pacifism (to deal with nasty ability creatures)
2 Revoke Existence (At times, exile is better than destroy)

Creatures (23)
4 Doomed Traveler
4 Fume Spitter
4 Glint Hawk (Bounce Ichor)
2 Perilous Myr
2 Vault Skirge
4 Phyrexian Rager
1 Village Bell-Ringer (Untap tech)
2 Gravedigger (recursion for Bell-ringer)

It’s cheap to build, and frankly i didn’t spend on these anymore than RM5. As most of the innistrad commons people tends to let go for free. Thanks to Lilyana, everyone open packs of Innistrad. So commons are in abundance for now, making the best time to grab the commons.

I will field test this further in a tourney next week, but I expect some of the modern decks to be more vicious, especially red deck wins common variant.