Time for a matchup between two of our popular Pauper brews: Trinket Control and Illusory Tricks!

In the blue corner: UB Trinket Control played by Dan

UB Trinket Control

Lands (21)
Dimir Aqueduct
Bojuka Bog
Vault of Whispers
Barren Moor
Terramorphic Expanse

Creatures (20)
Fume Spitter
Augur of Skulls
Chittering Rats
Crypt Rats
Trinket Mage

Other Spells (19)
Executioner's Capsule
Sylvok Lifestaff
Undying Evil
Tragic Slip
Sign in Blood
Diabolic Edict
Grim Harvest
Sideboard (15)
Nihil Spellbomb
Sylvok Lifestaff
Chittering Rats
Spinning Darkness
Crypt Rats
Geth's Verdict

Power_T is interviewed by Dan about the deck here: http://mtgostrat.com/2013/03/pauper-walkthroughs-episode-6-ub-trinket-control-with-power_t/

Here is a matchup analysis based on 1099 matches played with UB Trinket: http://mtgostrat.com/2013/03/1034/

In the red corner: Illusory Tricks played by Bava

Illusory Tricks

Lands (19)
19 Island

Spells (17)
Mizzium Skin
Mutagenic Growth
Piracy Charm
Vapor Snag

Creatures (24)
Phantasmal Bear
Krovikan Mist
Dream Stalker
Stormbound Geist
Delver of Secrets
Cloudfin Raptor
Fathom Seer
Spire Golem
Sideboard (15)
Coral Net
Faerie Macabre

The origin of this tricksy, mono-blue deck is discussed in this article: http://mtgostrat.com/2013/05/pauper-brew-illusory-tricks-by-bava/


The match, as seen by Dan:


The match, as seen by Bava:

Final analysis by Dan:

This is the kind of deck that UB Trinket Control should just beat. The lack of counterspell and ninjas make this a somewhat easier matchup than regular Delver. All the tricks, affecting mostly combat, are not at their peak performance against Trinket, a deck that really does not care about its own creatures very much.

Final analysis by Bava:

This is, more or less, the worse kind of match-up for Illusory Tricks. I’m trying to decide if I agree with Dan that we’re an easier match-up than Delver. I think we probably are, but it’s close; what we lack in counterspells and ninjas, we make up for in a more consistent “beat you in the face via airforce” game. We also don’t waste 8 creature slots with stupid 1/1 faeries. Unfortunately, while we have good board options against fissure, UR post, and the more prevalent control decks, we don’t have anything that’s particularly helpful against UB Trinket, or even MBC. You’ll see in game two that I tried to side in boomerangs, hoping to disrupt Trinket’s landbase (bouncing the aquaducts can be a major setback if they’re having any clunky land issues), but I took them back out for game three. Game one is a good example of how we CAN beat trinket (great draw for us, bad draw for the trinket player), but overall I’d say Trinket is heavily favored.

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