The first Pauper event after the Dailies got cancelled (downtime went on for too long). Then I played the second, 0-2 dropped and after that I was unable to schedule any more Dailies this week (four hours is a lot of time to set aside with a wife, a job and children) but then I woke up too early this morning, at 04.45 (I am quite the morning person) and figured I could play in the 05.30 am Daily (most of the Daily Events are on very inconvenient times for Europeans).
This was the post-ban changes for Trinket:
That results in the following deck then:
4 Terramorphic Expanse
3 Vault of Whispers
4 Dimir Aqueduct
1 Bojuka Bog
1 Barren Moor
1 Crypt Rats
2 Spinning Darkness
2 Chittering Rats
2 Deep Analysis
2 Geth’s Verdict
1 Nihil Spellbomb
1 Sylvok Lifestaff
A random rant
After careful consideration I moved this to the end of the article so I did not steal all the attention from the tournament itself.
There is some serious ranting at the bottom of this article, but I feel that I have to use more than 140 characters to answer those tweets.
My first match was against Affinity. He was not very lucky.
I did write an article about playing against Affinity here: http://puremtgo.com/articles/beating-affinity-ub-trinket-control-pauper
My second match was against Delver. This is generally a favorable matchup (Fume Spitters and Tragic Slips help a lot against the early Delver and we draw many more cards than they do) but if they godhand us they have at least 25-30% chance of winning. Stopping the ninja is paramount. What makes Delver a tier one deck in the format is its ability to just godhand anyone more often than any other deck.
The third match was against an unlucky Elves player. Elves is Trinkets best matchup right now. He did not enjoy this match.
The final round was against Delver again.
Overall I was quite pleased with this result. As a slightly below average Pauper Daily Player (I average about 0,45 QP per Daily over a substantial sample) I have less than 25% chance to 3-1 or 4-0, so I am always happy when I do.
Oh, btw, I am ranting in the videos too. Skip the first few minutes till gameplay begins. Sorry about that. This really got to me.
The random rant – what got me upset on Twitter today
Don’t read this if you are not interested in my reaction to the drama Jsiri84 and E_hustle is stirring.
After registering I learned the following things about myself on Twitter (they reference the “10 Cards most likely to be banned in Pauper next time” video where I talk about what cards could be banned, if any, in the future – you can find it on youtube.com/magicgatheringstrat)
Jason S. @jsiri84_mtg 6h
@E_Hustle_MTG it’s just selfish & lazy bs. It is “How many cards can we ban so my pet deck can be good?” Really?
I am not sure what video he watched. That was clearly not what I said in the video. I don’t have Pet decks, but Trinket is a deck I believe in right now and have experience with, that’s why I play it. My pet deck, if I had any, is probably Love Train at this point. I don’t see how Trinket would have a better game against anything if Ghostly Flicker and Cloud of Faeries were banned. Trinket lost to Temporal Fissure itself, not Cloud of Faeries (which can be killed)
The reason that the list of possible bans were similar to the february list is of course that the power level of the cards have not changed much.
Jason S. @jsiri84_mtg 11h
@E_Hustle_MTG @nerdtothecore I’m not sure at what point #mtgpauper became the corner for brewers in denial, but we are officially there.
I think brewing in itself is partly denial, but that is what is fun about it. Modern and Standard probably has as much of it. Brews are fun. I do not think that every brew can win Daily Events.
Alex Ullman @nerdtothecore 7h
@E_Hustle_MTG @jsiri84_mtg “Very serious discussion about [Crypt Rats] being banned.” No, there was discussion, but it wasn’t serious.
- I corrected this. I thought there was, based on what I remembered from Alex’s interview with Pauper’s Cage. I also apologized for saying this. I was not around at the time.
Alex Ullman @nerdtothecore 7h
@E_Hustle_MTG @jsiri84_mtg some people feel compelled to put out content regardless of relevance.
Sorry about that. I thought it would be a fun thought experiment to look at what cards could possibly be banned in the future, as I happened to be right the last time and that video had 600+ views, so obviously someone was interested. Would you be happier if I did not create Pauper content?
E. Hustle @E_Hustle_MTG 6h
@nerdtothecore @jsiri84_mtg I just don’t get why noncompetitive players feel the need to bring up bannings for a format less than a week old
I don’t know what it takes to be competitive in Eric’s world. Lets see.
* I think about Magic all day
* I play the Daily Events
* I get results (so far eight 4-0s and 20ish 3-1s)
* I do a podcast about competitive Pauper
* I do walkthrough videso with players that … well, he hates Deluxeicoff too, so that doesn’t count. Though I think he should respect Power_T for doing 7 years on the Tour
* I won the national championship in my country
* I played at two World Championships
* I was on the Pro Tour (I actually declined to go to the very first Pro Tour because I thought it would not “be a thing” – yeah, that was pretty stupid)
* I was the main writer for the biggest Magic magazine in Scandinavia (Centurion, for those who remember that)
* I was ranked #13 in the world, which was what got me invited to my 2nd world championship..
Sigh. Its not enough for the elitists apparently. Maybe I should just play other formats where you don’t get bullied.
I wonder how many people that counts as competitive in his world. If it pleases you, Eric, I am prepared to admit that you are a better Pauper player than I am, as is jsiri84. You are both probably better magic players than I am at this point overall, as producing content is distracting (I did better last year). That is OK. People can be competitive even if they are worse players than you.
Sorry for this rant. It just hurt my feelings a lot. I am too soft-hearted, I know, but I wish people could just get along. It might be a Swedish thing. We are into consensus and love when everyone is getting along. The Pauper community is so awesome that I’d like to be a part of it.
I also learnt that I had not thanked Jsiri84 for his contribution to the bannings of Temporal Fissure and Cloudpost and his idea of Child’s Play. We shout him out every episode of the podcast and I think I have thanked him 21 times now. Anyway, here is #22: Thank you, Jason. Getting Temporal Fissure and Cloudpost banned and getting the children $1000+ was awesome. Thanks.
Also, for the record, I had decided that I had to let Jsiri84 and Eric (E_Hustle) go from this site as they intimidated and bullied writers and video makers that they did not feel were competitive enough, even writers that clearly labeled themselves as “Casual”. After receiving several complaints, I talked to them, but it did not really help. I wish them all the best in their future projects and the Daily Events, but I can not subject people who use their time and energy to produce content for you viewers to that kind of schoolyard behaviour. Being rather intelligent, they actually foresaw this and quit on their own, which made things easier.
Sorry for ranting. I had to get it off my chest, though. I almost quit Pauper a month or so ago (notice the small amount of videos on the youtube channel) because of the hate (i wont go into more details right now as I have been ranting enough) did not make it fun anymore … and, strange as it might seem, I play Pauper and creature Pauper content because I think it is fun.
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