The winner of the event was smawatts, who won with a fairly typical Mono Black build. He also did a video-cast of the entire event, which you can view here.
Anyway, the custom is to take a week off after Worlds to allow our players to get their hands on the new set of cards without having to pay the ridiculous mark-ups that are typical of release week for a new set on Magic Online. In fact, this season I intentionally built in this buffer, such that Born of the Gods doesn't even hit stores until Monday (although some will be available beforehand thanks to the pre-release events).
But rather than taking a week off, I decided this time we'd do something special. This coming Monday, February 17th, I will be hosting a special Standard Pauper Singleton event. If you're not familiar with Standard Singleton, it's an online-only format that makes all cards except Basic Lands Restricted - which means you can only play one copy of each. You can read all the details here.
Why Standard Singleton? Well...
- It's new and different. Variety is a good thing. This alone would make it worth it.
- It forces you to play cards that don't get played.
- It makes the metagame wide open, giving deckbuilders the chance to show off their skills.
- It's also an existing format on Magic Online. We're just stipulating that you additionally have to play only Commons. Back before we had a Standard Pauper filter, every game of Standard Pauper was played this way.