By Hugh Kramer, Grade 8

So there I was, chilling in my house one day, probably thinking about magical cards and gatherings of all sorts, when suddenly out of nowhere, I get an email from one Zachary Barash regarding his upcoming Standard Pauper tournament. Now if you know anything about me, you know I love to Paup. For goodness sake, my LGS nickname was coined because of an old Standard Pauper deck I brewed up many moons ago (Kramer Control). Kor Skyfisher, aka, the best magical gathering card of all time, was the centerpiece of that masterpiece. Luis Chato (in my view, pronounced “Chateau”) the proprietor of my LGS (Twenty Sided Store) used to run somewhat regular standard pauper tournaments. Now that the store has moved on to bigger and better things, Standard Pauper was a format that was very much lacking in my life until Zach decided to run his tournament (which you can read about in many of his previous posts right here on this website!). The list I used for the swiss was the following, saved into my MTGO folder as “mattjones.dec”:


Creatures (17)
Delver of Secrets
Cloudfin Raptor
Frostburn (gettin’) Weird (with it)
Stormbound Geist
Stitched Drake

Spells (20)
Thought Scour
Think Twice
Essence Scatter
Bone to Ash

Land (23)
22 Island
Haunted Fengraf
Sideboard (15)
Bone to Ash
Mizzium Skin
Stitched Drake

I ended up going X-1-1 in the swiss which was good enough for a Top 8 birth! With the Top 8 starting this week, my decklist for the Top 8 is a bit of a secret but I would like to thank my longtime Standard Pauper testing partner and tournament proprietor Zachary Barash for brewing something super spicy and continually allowing me to throw my head against a wall as I tried to defeat him in vain. If you can’t beat em, join em. And I’ll be joining him alright. Time to go win back my Taiga!

Thanks for reading!


World-renowned punster Hugh Kramer is also a skilled Limited Magician. He’ll share his thoughts on each format as it rears its ugly head, and continue his analysis well after the format fades into the darkness of rotation. Hugh was able to single handedly drive Matt Jones from the Limited format with his love of the Spider Spawning archetype in Innistrad Limited.

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