Sunday, December 27, 2015

Round two of the Pauper Gauntlet is over and we have our first eliminations

Round two of the third season of the Pauper Gauntlet is over and  eight decks have been eliminated during double elimation. Round three has started and another two decks have fallen. 68 decks remain.

What is the Pauper Gauntlet?
All about the Pauper Gauntlet Season 03:
All the deck lists:

Round two is over!
If you read further than this, you will get results spoiled. That is probably why you are here, though.

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 Ok, lets get into details.

All the matches of round two:

Mono Black Land Destruction is outresourced by Illusory Tricks 1-2
Rakdos Vampires defeats Golgari Delve
Glass Cannon Red falls to White Metalcraft 0-2
Suicide the Painless runs into another mirror match (almost) but the opponent quits. The deck also faces bad press for its tasteless name and will return during round 3 as Pauper Aristocrats.
Livind End is crushed by Angler Delver 0-2

Tortured Madness is defeated by Pestilence 1-2
BorosKitty Initiated defeats MBC splashing white 2-1 in a very tight match
Dragon Delve lost to RUG Tron and was eliminated from the Pauper Gauntlet despite being able to put a 11/9 flyer vigilance Gurmag Angler into play. Turns out that Fangren Marauder just gains too many life.
Sultai Delve defeats Izzet Wizards 2-0
Crocajund defeats Illusory Tricks 2-1. With so many people playing Tricks in the practice rooms I am starting to believe that people actually read Tricks was the runner-up in season one of the Pauper Gauntlet and is a deck brewed by my friend Bava.

UB Justice Control was defeated by Blue Bichinho (the flying blue swarm) 1-2
Burn defeats Sultai Exhume 2-0.
Cheaty Morph is defeated by Nightsky Mimic 0-2
Familiars defeat Azorius Control 2-0
1-land-spy ran into a control deck and could not go off. 0-2

Snow Go defeats Orzhov Removal 2-0
Tortured Toolbox defeats Mono Black 2-0
Rebel Grind defeats Boros Landfall 2-0
Eggs defeats Illusory Tricks 2-1
Goblin Storm Combo goes off against Abzan Lifegain and does 65 points of damage in one turn! The match ends 2-1 to the combo deck.

Mono Red Land Destruction is defeated by Selesnya Vigilance 0-2
MBC defeats Mono Blue 2-0

22 matches played in round two. The final score was 13-9.

The following eight decks are eliminated (but can be voted back after round four if you really miss one of them):  Tortured Madness, Living End, Glass Cannon Red, Mono Black Land Destruction, Dragon Delve, UB Justice Control, Cheaty Morph, 1-land-spy and Mono Red Land Destruction.

Round three has started!
Round three is played in the Tournament Practice room and if a deck loses it is elmiinated from the Pauper Gauntlet (unless voted back after round 4).

Affinity lost to Dimir Teachings 1-2 and is eliminated.
Burn defeats AzoriusKitty 2-0
Encroaching Blight is defeated by White Metalcraft 1-2
Kuldotha Mardu defeats RUG Tron 2-1.
MBC defeats BorosKitty 2-1

67 decks remain!

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