Italian Pauper Open Series #2, report&decklist – 17/05/2020 (ENG)

Italian Pauper Open Series 17/05/2020 – Report

Welcome to Magic Titans pauper enthusiasts!

This Sunday the second edition of the Italian Pauper Open has been played; this online tournament, played on MTG Online, is organized by Lega Pauper Italia and sponsored by Magic Titans, Dungeon Street and ShivanAlteredArt.

31 Players fought by the skin of their teeth through five turns of swiss and the final top eight.

Among the participants there were many of the best Italian players, like cicciogire, A_AdeptoTerra, SanPop and SulleyCrusher, plus two very special guests:

saidin. raken, well known for his results with UW Familiars (this is his YouTube channel), and deluxeicoff, famous for many original brews and owner of the Pauperganda YouTube channel.

Considering that, due to time zone, they played during the night, a gigantic thank for their participation is absolutely due!

Last but not least, on the Lega Pauper Italia twitch channel you can find the record of the live streamed during the whole tournament, in which you can find:

  • Turn one Faithless Looting, Turn two Exhume into Ulamog’s Crusher by Rakdos Ranimator;
  • UW Priest deck, created by Entropy, which score the first place in the swiss rounds;
  • Slivers mirror, an absurd matchup;
  • Red Deck Wins that win by turn four vs Izzet Faeries.

These and many more highlights can be found in the video!

After the five rounds of swiss, the top contenders are:

Once again, thanks to our sponsors and full entry fees in prizes, the prize pool is absolutely gorgeous!

The winner, after its top 8 placement at the first edition, is Cariddis, well backed by his pointy ears buddies. In addition to the prize cardmarket coupon, he wins a playset of Van Gogh’s Starry Night style artworked Ponder!

Here are the top 8 lists:

1° – Cariddis – Elves

Maindeck: (60)
13 Forest
Island
Elvish Mystic
Birchlore Rangers
Fyndhorn Elves
Llanowar Elves
Quirion Ranger
Priest of Titania
Elvish Vanguard
Lead the Stampede
Viridian Longbow
Lys Alana Huntmaster
Distant Melody
Nettle Sentinel
Timberwatch Elf
Gruesome Fate
Sylvan Ranger
Vines of Vastwood
Sideboard: (15)
Spidersilk Armor
Magnify
Viridian Longbow
Blue Elemental Blast
Distant Melody
Scattershot Archer
Wellwisher
Wellwisher

2° – ilVez – Mono W Heroic

Maindeck: (60)
15 Plains
Stave Off
Emerge Unscathed
Lagonna-Band Trailblazer
Akroan Skyguard
Deftblade Elite
Sacred Cat
Cartouche of Solidarity
Cho-Manno’s Blessing
Ethereal Armor
Hyena Umbra
Defiant Strike
Secluded Steppe
Mutagenic Growth
Emerge Unscathed
Double Cleave
Sideboard: (15)
Lifelink
Hallow
Gut Shot
Beckon Apparition
Journey to Nowhere
Shield of Duty and Reason
Relic of Progenitus

TOP4 – SulleyCrusher – Flicker Tron

Maindeck: (60)
Cave of Temptation
Island
Remote Isle
Tranquil Cove
Urza’s Power Plant
Urza’s Tower
Urza’s Mine
Dinrova Horror
Ghostly Flicker
Moment’s Peace
Mystical Teachings
Prohibit
Pulse of Murasa
Prophetic Prism
Expedition Map
Exclude
Mulldrifter
Mnemonic Wall
Ephemerate
Stonehorn Dignitary
Impulse
Reaping the Graves
Compulsive Research
Unwind
Scattershot
Sideboard: (15)
Circle of Protection: Red
Moment’s Peace
Ancient Grudge
Weather the Storm
Hydroblast
Exclude
Afterlife
Pyroblast

TOP4 – Pompelmus – Mono Black Control

Maindeck: (60)
Barren Moor
Witch’s Cottage
Bojuka Bog
19 Swamp
Phyrexian Rager
Sign in Blood
Gray Merchant of Asphodel
Oubliette
Defile
Cuombajj Witches
Chittering Rats
Chainer’s Edict
Echoing Decay
Thorn of the Black Rose
Duress
Geth’s Verdict
Okiba-Gang Shinobi
Sideboard: (15)
Duress
Reaping the Graves
Crypt Rats
Relic of Progenitus
Okiba-Gang Shinobi
Divest
Liliana’s Specter
Evincar’s Justice

TOP8 – fhrow – UW Priest

Maindeck: (60)
Evolving Wilds
Ash Barrens
Snow-Covered Plains
11 Snow-Covered Island
Brainstorm
Augur of Bolas
Delver of Secrets
Dispel
Mutagenic Growth
Of One Mind
Preordain
Seeker of the Way
Shadow Rift
Tethmos High Priest
Sky Theater Strix
Counterspell
Ponder
Sideboard: (15)
Blue Elemental Blast
Ronom Unicorn
Journey to Nowhere
Gut Shot
Shimmering Wings
Obsidian Acolyte
Prismatic Strands
Exclude

TOP8 – thesoulforged – Red Deck Wins

Maindeck: (60)
16 Mountain
Chain Lightning
Foundry Street Denizen
Goblin Bushwhacker
Goblin Cohort
Mogg Fanatic
Lightning Bolt
Mogg Conscripts
Mudbrawler Cohort
Valley Dasher
Faithless Looting
Fireblast
Burning-Tree Emissary
Viashino Pyromancer
Reckless Abandon
Frenzied Goblin
Sideboard: (15)
Electrickery
Flame Slash
Reckless Air Strike
Red Elemental Blast
Smash to Smithereens
Reckless Air Strike

TOP8 – apocryphus – Boros Bully

Maindeck: (60)
Boros Garrison
Mountain
Plains
Wind-Scarred Crag
Ash Barrens
Battle Screech
Electrickery
Firebolt
Guardian of the Guildpact
Journey to Nowhere
Faithless Looting
Oblivion Ring
Palace Sentinels
Rally the Peasants
Seeker of the Way
Squadron Hawk
Thraben Inspector
Lightning Bolt
Prismatic Strands
Sideboard: (15)
Electrickery
Flaring Pain
Lumithread Field
Red Elemental Blast
Relic of Progenitus
Pyroblast
Leave No Trace
Gorilla Shaman

TOP8 – GhostRecall – Rakdos Reanimator

Maindeck: (60)
Bloodfell Caves
Mountain
Swamp
Ulamog’s Crusher
Dragon Breath
Hand of Emrakul
Thrill of Possibility
Merchant of the Vale
Exhume
Shred Memory
Stinkweed Imp
Faithless Looting
Desert Cerodon
Duress
Greater Sandwurm
Sideboard: (15)
Electrickery
Shenanigans
Nihil Spellbomb
Duress
Red Elemental Blast
Eternal Thirst

Now let’s give a better look to the tournament details and meta share:

As we can notice, around 40% of the players opted for linear aggressive strategies and, in general, almost the 80% of the decks can rely on an aggressive plan. The other 20% of the meta is divided in control and combo decks. Well, to play pauper in these day you have to be prepared to be aggroed, so you can choose to be faster than your opponents or to have adequate answers to their strategies.

Once again the most played deck is Affinity but, despite five players piloting it, none of them achieved a top finish. The second most played deck is Mono Black Control, and one of them made it to the top eight. Good number also for Boros decks (Monarch and Bully variants); the rest of the metagame sees both other tiers, such as Tron and Izzet Faeries, that niche and less known decks, such as Cyclestorm, Compass Control and UW Priest. Honorable mentions for slivers, deck of choice for two players.

For those who like playing something different by the usual tiers, here are some interesting decks which didn’t make to the top 8 but deserve some attentions:

Compass Control, brewed and played by deluxeicoff

Maindeck: (60)
Plains
Swamp
Ash Barrens
12 Island
Ancient Den
Seat of the Synod
Vault of Whispers
Preordain
Remember the Fallen
Navigator’s Compass
Perilous Research
Ephemerate
Trinket Mage
Mulldrifter
Executioner’s Capsule
Kor Skyfisher
Custodi Squire
Counterspell
Nihil Spellbomb
Lone Missionary
Oblivion Ring
Omen of the Dead
Ponder
Perilous Myr
Sideboard: (15)
Gorilla Shaman
Circle of Protection: Red
Circle of Protection: Blue
Swirling Sandstorm
Suffocating Fumes
Dispel
Oblivion Ring1
Feldon’s Cane
Circle of Protection: Black
Circle of Protection: White
Circle of Protection: Green
Perilous Myr

Jeskai Kuldotha, played by ziofrancone

Maindeck: (61)
Ancient Den
Great Furnace
Seat of the Synod
Lonely Sandbar
Secluded Steppe
Forgotten Cave
Mountain
Island
Plains
Radiant Fountain
Wind-Scarred Crag
Swiftwater Cliffs
Battle Screech
Oblivion Ring
Galvanic Blast
Glint Hawk
Ichor Wellspring
Journey to Nowhere
Kor Skyfisher
Kuldotha Rebirth
Lightning Bolt
Gearseeker Serpent
Prophetic Prism
Rally the Peasants
Thraben Inspector
Lightning Bolt
Prophetic Prism
Seeker of the Way
Of One Mind
Sideboard: (15)
Angelic Purge
Blue Elemental Blast
Tormod’s Crypt
Electrickery
Patrician’s Scorn
Red Elemental Blast
Relic of Progenitus
Standard Bearer
Pyroblast
Blue Elemental Blast
Light of Hope
Lone Missionary
Vulshok Morningstar
Krark-Clan Shaman
Gorilla Shaman

Cyclestorm, played by Iacca95

Maindeck: (60)
Imposing Vantasaur
Drannith Healer
Drannith Stinger
Deadshot Minotaur
Monstrous Carabid
Street Wraith
Chromatic Star
Rite of Flame
Cabal Ritual
Manamorphose
Reaping the Graves
Songs of the Damned
Mountain
Forgotten Cave
Geothermal Crevice
Sideboard: (15)
Red Elemental Blast
Shredded Sails
Seething Song
Ulamog’s Crusher

Thanks again to Lega Pauper Italia for organizing the event, to Raik for the graphics and to the sponsors for the awesome prizes! We wait for you in June at the third edition of the Italian Pauper Open series!

See you next time, as always on Magic Titans!

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