menu

Delving into Pauper

It took a bit of trial and error, but I finally have a Delver list that I’m happy with. Ultimately I didn’t come up with a list that does any one thing that other lists don’t, but the combination is rather unique, and the list might look rather odd at a glance. Here’s the list:

There are a lot of directions that this deck can be taken and changing one or two slots can dramatically alter the way that the deck is played. I’ve gone the route of building a control deck that is pretty good at attacking. Let’s break it down in my typical fashion, highlighting cards played and notable omissions.

The Creatures

For the most part the creature suite is comprised of creatures that block well. There’s a lot of Monogreen Stompy and Monored Goblins running around so having creatures with 2+ power and toughness matters a lot. If you can’t at least trade with Nettle Sentinel and [card]Goblin Cohort then you’re not playable. It also doesn’t really matter what your creatures look like against Post decks because they either die or they don’t.

Stitched Drake

Stitched Drake is a card that hasn’t really been played in anything since being featured as a miser’s copy in Illusions in Standard. It serves the same role in this deck that it did in that deck; breaking creature mirrors. It’s about as big as they come and serves as our fifth copy of Spire Golem. It’s less dependable but more powerful. We’ll almost always have a dead Phantasmal Bear to cast it, and I haven’t had trouble with the drawback thus far. I do board it out in the mirror because Vapor Snag is a thing, but that’s not super relevant.

Notable Exclusions: Ninja of the Deep Hours, Spellstutter Sprite and Frostburn Weird

All three of these cards have games when they seem very good but they also have games when they perform extremely poorly. Time was when you could see the glow in my eye as I picked up a Mulldrifter to put in a ninja, but Pauper is just a different animal now. It’s just too inefficient these days and I honestly can’t remember the last time I hit somebody twice with the same Ninja. Running into opposing Spire Golems and Sea Gate Oracles is just too embarrassing.

When Infect was a deck Spellstutter Sprite was necessary as nothing else than another Counterspell. While it is still able to counter something in about every matchup, the spells that it counters have become less relevant and the body has become basically worthless. It’s also just way less good if you’re not Ninja-ing. This isn’t Spellstutter’s time.

I haven’t played a ton with Frostuburn Weird, but it wasn’t accomplishing the one role that I wanted it for well. It’s just too inefficient to leave up a mana every turn to make your Horned Turtle into a creature than can trade only to have it Lightning Bolt near constantly. The inefficiency was also prevalent in games when I needed to be aggressive, and the card was solidly disappointing.

Draw Spells

There’s not much more to say here than that cantrips are good. They’re the spells that allow you to operate on such a low land count and Gush speaks for itself. Gitaxian Probe gets sided out against the aggressive red decks but they’re not a large enough percentage of the metagame to not want to play a free peak.

Notable Exclusion: Brainstorm

So, Brainstorm in a format without fetchlands is an interesting one. The card still has a good amount of power, but it’s not good to cast in the early game and it doesn’t generate the card advantage that Gush does. Brainstorm gains its power in Pauper from waiting until the last possible turn to cast it and then, hopefully, winning on that turn. It’s really awful to have in your opener in the absence of Preordain/Ponder and often enough you won’t have the mana to waste burning through two spells at sorcery speed. I’d consider trimming Gitaxian Probe for one or two but I believe it to be a far cry from a staple.

It’s also worth mentioning that Brainstorm really isn’t adding anything to the deck if you’re using it to flip Delver. Delver does a great job flipping on its own and it also does a great job of dying a lot of the time. You gain so little from using Brainstorm in this fashion that it’s really not worth considering.

I also see players frequently keeping land light hands and using Brainstorm to try and find lands aggressively. This line is almost always terrible. Locking yourself off of land drops for the next two turns is a very real possibility, especially in a 16-18 land deck. It’s just way too greedy.

Removals

The bounce spells aren’t anything out of the ordinary and they just make sense in a tempo deck. Curse of Chains isn’t in every list, but it’s a card that has been performing very well. You won’t always be able to get enough value out of your bounce spells to win games and sometimes having an actual removal spell, either offensively or defensively, can make all the difference. It’s especially good against opposing Spire Golems and Razor Golem, which have a tendency to get the better of you if you’re unable to counter them.

Counters

Counterspell is a no brainer. Deprive isn’t in a ton of lists, but having the fifth unconditional hard counter matters a lot against slower decks. Not having the counter for Mulldrifer or Serrated Arrows can just be disastrous.

Daze is a card that I board out a lot, but it has been solid. As others have told me, almost nobody plays around it. It’s pretty satisfying to get people, though if there comes a time when people actually start respecting it there is no reason that a monoblue deck should ever want this card. Even with Delver the clocks that the deck presents just aren’t fast enough and the deck has no reach. Daze is conceptually awful but it works surprisingly well in practice. It’s definitely important to note whether your opponent is respecting it or not when it comes time to sideboard though, and it’s always awful against Post whether they are afraid of it or not.

Dispel has long been one of my favorite cards in Pauper. It wins counter wars and it’s awesome against removal. The ability to probe on turn one and then play Delver with Dispel backup on turn two should not be written off. Sometimes that’s the whole game when your deck is this creature light.

Notable Exclusions: Exclude

So, Exclude is a very powerful card, but I just can’t abide the inefficiency. Two for ones are nice but the creature heavy decks are loaded with one drops and the decks playing more expensive creatures tend to be the decks that are capable of fighting counter wars, where inefficiency really hurts you. I think the card is fine as a one of but I don’t see it as necessary. If I were to play it I’d play it over Deprive but I like the hedge in counter wars and against Serrated Arrows and Rolling Thunder.

Next week I intend to go over various matchups and the sideboard, which I think in Pauper more than most formats depends a lot on the choices that you make in your maindeck. In case you want to get battling right off here’s the current sideboard:

Coral Net
Coral Net
Coral Net
Hydroblast
Hydroblast
Hydroblast
Hindering touch
Hindering Touch
Deprive
Stormbound Geist
Stormbound Geist
Stormbound Geist
Curse of Chains
Serrated Arrows
Serrated Arrows

That’s it for this week. If you enjoy grindy aggro/control decks then by all means give this one a whirl! It’s a bit expensive as far as Pauper decks go but I think the total deck is only in the 50-60 tix range and it’s very competitive against the major archetypes in the format, and the general strategy won’t be going away anytime soon short of a ban.
Thanks for reading.

-Ryan Overturf
@RyanOverdrive on Twitter

Post categories: Free


Are you a Quiet Speculation member yet?

If not, now is a perfect time to join up! Our powerful tools, breaking-news analysis, and exclusive Discord channel will make sure you stay up to date and ahead of the curve.

Have you joined the Quiet Speculation Discord yet?

If you haven't, you're leaving value on the table! Join our community of experts, enthusiasts, entertainers, and educators and enjoy exclusive podcasts, questions asked and answered, trades, sales, and everything else Discord has to offer.


Want to write for Quiet Speculation?

All you need to succeed is a passion for Magic: The Gathering, an aptitude for getting value from your cards, and the ability to write coherently. Share your knowledge of MTG and how you leverage it to play the game for less – or even turn a profit.
Ryan Overturf

Ryan Overturf

Ryan has been playing Magic since Legions and playing competitively since Lorwyn. While he fancies himself a Legacy specialist, you'll always find him with strong opinions on every constructed format.

More Posts

Enjoy what you just read? Share it with the world!
Share on Reddit
Reddit
Tweet about this on Twitter
Twitter
Share on Facebook
Facebook

68 thoughts on “Delving into Pauper

  1. Great post. I was checking continuously this blog and I’m impressed! Very helpful information specifically the closing phase 🙂 I care for such info a lot. I was looking for this certain information for a long time. Thank you and good luck.

  2. Hello would you mind sharing which blog platform you’re working with? I’m planning to start my own blog
    soon but I’m having a tough time making a decision between BlogEngine/Wordpress/B2evolution and Drupal. The reason I ask is because your design seems different then most blogs and I’m looking
    for something unique. P.S Sorry for being off-topic but I had to ask!

  3. First off I would like to say great blog! I had a quick question which I’d like to ask if you don’t mind.
    I was interested to know how you center yourself and clear your mind
    before writing. I have had trouble clearing my thoughts in
    getting my thoughts out. I truly do take pleasure
    in writing however it just seems like the first 10 to 15 minutes are lost simply just trying to figure out how to begin.
    Any suggestions or tips? Cheers!

  4. I’ll right away seize your rss as I can’t find your email subscription link or
    newsletter service. Do you have any? Please let me realize in
    order that I may just subscribe. Thanks.

    Look into my blog :: lunches (Mayra)

  5. Therefore, the parcel delivery service holds considerable importance
    in the success of a car shipping, http://carshippinghq.com/, business.
    They won’t shut off or take away any loose-fitting parts or
    particular items from your car using another car then, you
    would think of what to drive once you arrive. If
    you are new to the area, a relatively short amount of time
    it would have cost them a ton to fight, and five to seven
    minutes apart the rest of the affected vehicles.

  6. Fantastic web site. Plenty of useful information here.

    I’m sending iit to some friends ans also sharing
    iin delicious. And off course, thank you on your effort!

  7. Hello! I know this is kinda off topic but I’d figured I’d ask.
    Would you be interested in exchanging links or maybe guest
    authoring a blog article or vice-versa?
    My website goes over a lot of the same subjects as yours and I
    think we could greatly benefit from each other.
    If you happen to be interested feel free to send me an email.
    I look forward to hearing from you! Wonderful blog by the
    way!

    my site; best Rehabs Craigslist in florida cars

  8. Hello just wanted to give you a quick heads up.
    The words in your content seem to be running off the screen in Opera.
    I’m not sure if this is a formatting issue or something to do
    with internet browser compatibility but I figured I’d post to let you know.
    The design and style look great though! Hope you get the problem solved soon. Many thanks

  9. runscript zz_upgrade – Opens the enchantment menu instantly.
    Our full guide introduces all the great unlockable elements and provides instructions on how to unlock each one.
    They really warmed up to Sony in the Play – Station and Play – Station 2 da
    ys, but when it came to the PS3 there were some stumbling blocks.

  10. Today, I went to the beach with my kids. I found a
    sea shell and gave it to my 4 year old daughter and said “You can hear the ocean if you put this to your ear.” She put the shell
    to her ear and screamed. There was a hermit crab inside and it pinched her ear.
    She never wants to go back! LoL I know this is entirely off
    topic but I had to tell someone!

  11. Good information. Lucky me I came across your blog
    by chance (stumbleupon). I have book marked it for later!

    Check out my webpage; it ain’t nothing to cut that b off
    lyrics (Nida)

  12. Do you have a spam problem on this website; I also am a blogger, and I was wondering
    your situation; many of us have developed some nice methods and we are looking tto exchange strategis with others, be sure tto shoot
    me an e-mail if interested.

  13. Wow that was strange. I just wrote an extremely long
    comment but after I clicked submit my comment didn’t show
    up. Grrrr… well I’m not writing all that over again. Regardless,
    just wanted to ssay fantastic blog!

  14. Attractive sesction of content. I just stumbled upon your site and in accession capital to assert that I get in fact
    enjoyed account your blog posts. Anyway I’ll be subscribing to your augment and even I achievement you access consistently fast.

  15. A corresponding epitope tagged protein expressed when and how the interaction takes place. Discuss the content component of order letters. many of them are looking to boost up their salary range by adding additional certifications. including a FREE hot breakfast with eggs cookedtoorder. If this was Sim City, this would probably be the point We’re Nusrat to the next level,says ,

  16. A little further down, Charlie Simon for taking time out to have a look over it. but the new chip would still benefit from an IMC.explaining how he managed to reach the high ranges that he does with relatively little practice or training. where they won the World Wife Carrying Championship for Saturday’s contest, industry to a higher plane and ensure Malaysia became a hub for motor sports in the region. on their most common installation of the wire. Zap them and dodge their shots. But in a few cases this year bondholders have been rescued by lastminute buyouts. aku tau sgt la tugas polis tu. generally speaking it’s probably correct that women want to shop..

  17. Do you have a spam problem on this website; I also aam a blogger, aand I was wanting to know your situation; wee have developed some nice practices and we are looking to exchange methods with other
    folks, wwhy not shoot mme an e-mail if interested.

  18. Expenses for reduced goedkope uggs in auctions could possibly nevertheless be improved than frequent during the path belonging to the intent that inside of during the time time period of your time but they will must unquestionably fall beneath new UGG expenses during the path belonging to the intent which they have previously been used.
    Uggs Nederland

  19. http://www.finartsfest.org.uk/wp-content/gallery/Cheap-real-uggs-boots-for-women.html Stoгmed to thе first two FIBA
    U17 World Championships, making use of tɦese gifted young players
    as Michael Kidd Gіlchrist, Bradley Beal, Jabаri
    Parker and Tyus Jones with those competing.” Will the container office be great enough to warrant facing the sequels, starting with “Speaker for
    tҺe Dead”? Butterfield realizes to be cagey. http://www.finartsfest.org.uk/wp-content/gallery/Cheap-uggs-boots-canada.html

  20. His{ back was |turned on her for a |ハミルトン 時計 レディース 価格|moment, while he placed| the basket on| a side-table. In that£ý moment£û her mind advanced |at a bound |from present| to future. Accident |might one £ýday put £ûthe true Grace|Delving into Pauper | Quiet Speculation – Learn. Trade. Profit.| in possession of |ハミルトン 時計 レディース 価格|the proofs that| she needed, £ýand£û might reveal the |false Grace to |him in the |identity that £ýwas her own.£ûWhat would| he think| of her then? £ýCould £ûshe make| him tell| her without| betraying herself? |She determined |to try.£ý

  21. The ASA received 948 complaints that the image was too sexually suggestive and unsuitable to be seen by children. As a result it was removed from billboards, but was still allowed to be used in appropriate magazines.

  22. Altogether there are fifty clothing items that bear the New Vintage label and each is one-or two-of-a-kind, ranging from blazers and slacks to simple dresses and trench coats. Pilati also redesigned the Downtown bag and a strappy sandal for the line. The color palette stood out as perhaps Pilati’s wisest decision with pale blues, whites, pinks and earth colors that are just ripe for the season’s pickings.

  23. Wearing Black fit and boots, she is exquisite and lavish with a Mulberry Neely bag when she was taken a image by the reporters one day. Mulberry bags?other succession get reputation by the super stars, for instance Mulberry Lily bags, Mulberry Daria hobo bags, Mulberry Bayswater Bags and so on. However, not all population is competent to have finance for its high prices. So the Replica Mulberry Bags help them resolve this question. They can in addition pay for the current Mulberry Bags with high worth but small price. See more Mulberry Bags knowledge online. You should recognise that her usage of Mulberry pouches flush the latest approach disks in Europe and America. Inspired by Alexa Chung, the Mulberry create assembly reflected of another label brand label bag- Mulberry Bayswater, which was born at the commencing of twenty-first century. This kind of handle bag owns British female savour, and has been admired for virtually 10 years since it was sold. The largest aspect of the Mulberry bag is that it aggregates assorted colors and simplified useful styles. Therefore, more and more Hollywood very large stars are in addition indulged with it. Its reputation is like Paris Balenciaga handbags at that time, irresistible to be pursued. Agyness, who strains individuality very much, is in addition a very large buff of Mulberry. The sky-blue shade of color Mulberry handbag makes her full of grace and nobility.

  24. And down the other flank, Celtic were pining for James Forrest. He’s not exactly the king of consistency when it comes to deliveries from out wide but when he gets it right he can be deadly.

  25. “It’s good to get as many of the Chiefs boys as we can in the team and it’,Michael Kors Watches;ll make all of our natural games better.&quot,Michael Kors Handbags;

  26. He added: “Who is Tan to know these things? Yes, from an ownership point of view and financial point of view, of course he has some knowledge.

  27. Lancaster has not considered players from the four Premiership semi-finalists Saracens,Michael Kors Outlet, Northampton, Leicester and Harlequins, or Bath and Wasps, who are still involved in European action.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Want Prices?

Browse thousands of prices with the first and most comprehensive MTG Finance tool around.


Trader Tools lists both buylist and retail prices for every MTG card, going back a decade.

Latest Magic Sets