Archive for February, 2007

DECK DISCOURSE – SPDC 2.04

Friday, February 23rd, 2007

The last Standard PDC event before the online existence of Planar Chaos has come and gone. It’s been a wild ride in the Time Spiral metagame, a testament to a number of factors we’ve discussed in previous articles. Let’s look at the Top 4 decks from SPDC 2.04 and see what shape the metagame is left in before things get really chaotic. Read on, gentle Pauper…

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Time Spiral Standard Metagame Analysis

Saturday, February 17th, 2007

I worried earlier that the metagame of SPDC was too difficult to pin down and get a handle on. Then I decided I’d use some of the data we’ve been collecting and take a hard look at what’s been going on since we started using Time Spiral. I think you’ll see that there are some definite trends. Let’s look at those trends and see which decks have made the biggest splash.

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Winning with Parlor Tricks

Friday, February 16th, 2007

Hello, everyone. Most of you know me by now, but a few of you may not. My name is Anthony, I am known online as KingRitz, and I am a relatively new member of the PDC community.
My first Pauper Magic tournament was the so-called “Euro from the Future,” a Two-Headed Giant event last November (until recently listed in November 2007 by the paupermagic.com deck database) in which I was randomly partnered with the amazing MagicalTrevor. It was here that the PDC world was first introduced to a glacially slow, horribly un-tuned blue-black-and-red control deck that one frustrated opponent described as just a bunch of “parlor tricks.” Despite its and my shortcomings, this deck combined with MagicalTrevor’s well-oiled ninja machine to go 2-0 in its first tournament appearance.
Fast-forward to two weeks ago, when the Euro PDC Season 4 World Championship was won by a still-slow, slightly-less-un-tuned UBR control deck now known to all as Parlor Tricks.
This article is my attempt to explain the creation, evolution, and rise of an entirely new top-tier deck in the Classic Pauper format.

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Pre-PC Standard Meta

Monday, February 5th, 2007

Here’s a rough, rough draft of an article I was planning on writing about the Standard metagame on the eve of the introduction of Planar Chaos. Time and interest may never permit me to finish, but I submit this skeletal post for your edification. Feel free to leave comments; the discussion ensuing will certainly be more valuable than the article itself.
I realize that my ‘four pillars’ approach doesn’t take into account almost any of the most common archetypes, and that’s why this is a rough draft. Read on, gentle Pauper, and comment away…

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