Pauper Matchups: UB Trinket Control vs Illusory Tricks

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

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4 Dimir Aqueduct
1 Island
1 Bojuka Bog
7 Swamp
3 Vault of Whispers
1 Barren Moor
4 Terramorphic Expanse
4 Fume Spitter
4 Augur of Skulls
2 Chittering Rats
3 Crypt Rats
3 Trinket Mage
4 Mulldrifter

Other Spells
2 Executioner’s Capsule
1 Sylvok Lifestaff
3 Undying Evil
3 Tragic Slip
4 Sign in Blood
4 Diabolic Edict
2 Grim Harvest

4 Duress
1 Nihil Spellbomb
1 Sylvok Lifestaff
2 Chittering Rats
2 Spinning Darkness
1 Crypt Rats
2 Geth’s Verdict
2 Distress


Power_T is interviewed by Dan about the deck here:

Here is a matchup analysis based on 1099 matches played with UB Trinket:

In the red corner: Illusory Tricks played by Bava

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19 Island
2 Dispel
2 Mizzium Skin
2 Mutagenic Growth
4 Piracy Charm
3 Vapor Snag
4 Ponder

2 Phantasmal Bear
4 Krovikan Mist
4 Dream Stalker
2 Stormbound Geist
4 Delver of Secrets
4 Cloudfin Raptor
2 Fathom Seer
2 Spire Golem

3 Boomerang
4 Coral Net
3 Curfew
1 Faerie Macabre
4 Hydroblast


The origin of this tricksy, mono-blue deck is discussed in this article:


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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