Academy Showcase #1: Preview of JustSin’s Pauper Team League

This weekend, JustSin hosted the first Academy Showcase, a small-scale PRE designed to explain and build hype for his Team League, for which registration has now started. (You can find out information about the Showcase, and about JustSin’s Pauper Team League by reading his recent Anything But.) The event was a success and showed off some of the powerful and roguish decks of the new, post-ban Pauper Classic format in a unique team-based environment. The VODs from the stream can be found below. [Editor's note: This was our first time in quite a while streaming on Twitch, so pardon any minor editing mistakes in the video. They are my fault, not JustSin's. --PlanetWalls]

If you’re interested in registering for JustSin’s Pauper Team League, check out his forums posts on MTG Salvation and on Wizards’ Community Forum.

Team 1:
sneakattackkid (Mono-Black Control)
splashingblack (RUG Watch Rites)
avery61 (Boros Kitty)

Team 2:
jphsnake (Love Train)
MagicGatheringStrat (Dimir Trinket)
cweaver (DelverBlue)

If you’d like to be aware of events such as this in the future, keep an eye on MTGO Academy for announcements, and in particular check out JustSin’s series Anything But. You may also want to follow JustSin and MTGO Academy on Twitter @MTGOJustSin and, respectively, @MTGOAcademy. Finally, be sure to follow MTGO Academy’s Twitch channel to be notified when we start streaming.

  1. This was very enjoyable. Any chances of seeing lists? I tried to build the RUG Watch Rites deck, but having no experience with it means I probably got some stuff wrong.

  2. Oubliette seems to congest the three drop slot, especially since most of MBC’s solid value cards are at three. I’ve been trying out faceless butcher (I know…), but I actually like a few copies. Even if its only temporary, faceless butcher’s removal effect gets you to where you want to be with merchant. It’s disgusting how merchant can consistently drain for eight damage. The opponent doesn’t want to spend time removing creatures that you’ve already gotten value of (such as chittering rats), so its relatively easy to flood the board. If they do spend time 1 for 1′ing, they’re going to lose to blacks considerable card advantage. Like Justin said, its better for Merchant to top off an already solid MBC list, and not get cute with mediocre alternatives.

    Great videos, and I like the concept for the league!