Pauper Gauntlet Competitor #11: UB Trinket Control

The first ten Pauper Gauntlet competitors will be presented on (and some of them in more depth here). They will play the first two rounds in the order they are given by their numbers, so UB Trinket Control is the eleventh deck played.

Some other competitors

#1 Illusory Tricks:

#2 Love Train:

UB Trinket Control was one of the top 10 decks last year and will thus automatically qualify for the second season of the Pauper Gauntlet.

I feel that the position for Trinket in the metagame has changed somewhat for the worse, mainly for two reasons:

1) The really slow control deck can survive in today’s slower Pauper format making it possible for them to be even grindier than Trinket. They are not many but they are out there.

2) Affinity with Perilous Research changed that matchup a lot. Earlier Trinket was 75% likely to win, but now the matchup is closer to even.

Power_T disagrees. See the FAQ below.

This is the current deck list:

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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

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 Deep Analysis
2 Chittering Rats
2 Geth’s Verdict
2 Spinning Darkness
1 Crypt Rats

More about Trinket

If you want to learn more about Trinket, these are the fundamental videos from 2013.

In this video I go through the contents of the deck and some general guidelines with Power_T


In this video we go through the different matchups and discuss whether they are good or bad


More about The Pauper Gauntlet

The Pauper Gauntlet deck submissions start August 31st on

Read more here:

Oh, and by the way, the sideboard plan is still secret (and updated). Sorry about that.

UB Trinket Control FAQ

Question: How do you adjust this deck for Peasant or any other format allowing [c]Hymn to Tourach[/c]?

Answer by Power_T: The list is made for a format that does not allow Hymn. If it was allowed, I would probably take out 1-2 chittering, 0-1 Undying Evil and 1-2 Augur for them, and maybe put 1-2 Augur in the sideboard (instead of Distress I guess). I have not tested this at all though, so I am not sure how great the change is.

Question: Why is this deck not played that much now?

Answer by Power_T: The main reason people don’t play Trinket is probably simple. People just don’t understand the deck. They don’t understand that they always have to keep Grim Harvest safe, so they lose. They don’t understand how to use Undying Evil, so they lose. They play their lands in the wrong order, so they lose. They sideboard completely wrong, so they lose. And so on. I also know that a lot of people just won’t play decks that don’t have 4 of every card. They think that having 1-3 copies of a card is always bad – they think that it is bad for consistency or they think that decks with 1-3 copies are just random and not properly play-tested. In fact the opposite is usually true: A deck with 4 of everything is usually a prototype; a deck with different numbers is usually tested.

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