Archive for October, 2008

SPDC 7.01 Pregame Podcast

Thursday, October 30th, 2008

Here is a short pregame podcast for your enjoyment. Again, we focus on Standard (sorry Classic and Extended players, I promise we’ll get to you!) and give our reactions to MPDC, as well as our predicitions for SPDC. I hope you enjoy the podcast and send us some feedback at podcast@pdcmagic.com!
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Extended Overview

Tuesday, October 28th, 2008


When I decided to do some research on the recent Extended metagame for this overview article, I had no idea that I would actually be stepping into the Twilight Zone. That’s exactly what happened, though. The familiar top decks from the early days of the format had vanished. Instead, I found a new cadre of top contenders cropping up. On the eve of XPDC’s first foray into the newly whole PDC Extended format, I wanted to explore this format that has strayed so far from its early days. Take a look with me, gentle Pauper.

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Fighting Clout of the Dominus: Solutions and Problems

Tuesday, October 28th, 2008

Get in some damage with cheap creatures, then finish them off with burn. It’s a simple, effective plan and nearly every PDC format has a viable aggressive red deck. Traditionally, combating these decks has been pretty straightforward. Efficient removal, life gain, and card advantage while maintaining board parity are all excellent tools. It wasn’t a question of can you beat the red deck, but are you willing to do what it takes. If your only goal was to beat red, that was certainly doable. But in the past red decks have basically played fair.

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Shards of Alara Pauper Podcast

Monday, October 27th, 2008

On a whim, I decided to recruit two other Paupers to participate with me in a trial podcast. Our “trial” ended up running long, and what we were left with was this epic cast that we’d like to share with you. We spent most of the time discussing the new cards from Shards of Alara and what they mean to Standard, but we also touched on several other topics that will interest a Pauper audience. So, if you can bear with a subpar recording and Jack’s loud microphone, download this podcast! Then, if you like what you hear and have some feedback or questions for us, shoot us an e-mail at podcast@pdcmagic.com. We look forward to hearing from you!
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Standard Rotation III

Wednesday, October 22nd, 2008


Perhaps never in the illustrious history of PDC has a Standard rotation been anticipated so eagerly by so many Paupers. True, this is only our third such rotation – but it is a critical and historical one. The pendulum of power is swinging – quite rapidly, in fact – from a world populated by hugely swingy control cards like Aven Riftwatcher, Mystical Teachings, and Tendrils of Corruption. When [i]Time Spiral[/i] and [i]Coldsnap[/i] fade into our memory (and the newly whole PDC Extended format), what we’ll be left with is a fast-paced, aggressive format dominated by – are you ready for this? – auras.

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SPDC SEASON 6 CHAMPIONSHIP PREVIEW

Tuesday, October 14th, 2008

Season 6 is about to end and I’m taking you for a preview tour of what is to come at the final event of the season. What are the decks, who are the players and what are they going to play? For all the answers, comes inside.

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