Faithless Looting #4: Catching Mono

Welcome back to Faithless Looting, my weekly look at budget lists and budget formats.

Last week I wrote a Classic Pauper Decklist Extravaganza to honor the return of Pauper Daily Events. This week I’m going to go over the contest stuff and then we’ll look at a few of the “rogue decklists” I didn’t mention that went either 3-1 or 4-0 in an event this past weekend. No dilly-dallying this week, either, we’re going to make it short and sweet.

Faithless Contest #3: Winner!

The guidelines for contest #3 was to submit an innovative, interesting, fun, or powerful deck for Classic Pauper. I got some really cool submissions and ended up playing four decklists on video. I’ll link the videos below. I honestly really liked all four decks, so thanks everyone for submitting them. They were really fun to play.

The winner this week, for his Creatureless Black-blue Control list (“0C-BuC”) is linsane47, aka Jlai47 on MTGO.

Congratulations! You will receive two items, randomly selected, from my current Loot Crate stash!

Here is the winning decklist.

[d title=”Creatureless Black-blue Control, e.g. ‘0C-BuC’ (Pauper)”]
2 Terramorphic Expanse
1 Island
4 Dimir Aqueduct
4 Dimir Guildgate
2 Bojuka Bog
12 Swamp

4 Innocent Blood
4 Chainer’s Edict
4 Pristine Talisman
4 Probe
4 Deep Analysis
4 Evincar’s Justice
4 Serrated Arrows
4 Consume Spirit
3 Drain Life

3 Curse of the Bloody Tome
4 Distress
4 Choking Sands
4 Befoul

Even though I broke my rule and changed the deck before playing it, it felt really powerful and, perhaps most telling, my opponents kept quitting mid-game when they realized how hopeless it was to oppose me. It filled me with a sense of malicious glee. Check out the video below:


The other decks I played included Thallid Party from reader Archivold:


Gerge’s “Death Deluxe” list:


And Yummy-To-The-Bones from reader Magachef:


Thanks everyone! Let’s check out the contest for next week.

Faithless Contest #4: Rules

I hate shelling out cash for land. Even [c]Mutavault[/c]. So today’s challenge is an homage to the (generally) affordable land bases of mono-color decks.

1. Design me a fun, innovative, or powerful budget mono-colored deck.

2. Post it in the comments below.

3. Submissions due before Monday, September 1.


  • Decks may be for ANY format. I will give an edge to budget decklists submitted for non-budget formats.
  • Your lists can’t include any land that cost more than $1 on MTGOTraders.
  • I will highlight the most interesting decks in next week’s article, and may play some on video for the YouTube channel. One lucky winner will get two items, randomly selected, from my current LootCrate stash. Check out the videos at the bottom of this post to see what’s available.
  • I’m still not getting a ton of submissions, so your chances of winning just for playing are still pretty high!

Faithless Decks #4: Pauper Rogues

Here are some of the rogue decklists that went 3-1 or 4-0 in the first daily events this past weekend.

From the event on August 23.

[d title=”Golgari Tortured Existence (muuchan) – 4-0″]
3 Barren Moor
4 Evolving Wilds
3 Forest
1 Golgari Rot Farm
9 Swamp
4 Terramorphic Expanse

1 Battlefield Scrounger
4 Crypt Rats
2 Golgari Brownscale
1 Krosan Tusker
2 Predatory Nightstalker
4 Putrid Leech
4 Satyr Wayfinder
3 Stinkweed Imp
1 Thrull Surgeon
2 Tilling Treefolk
3 Werebear

3 Commune with the Gods
2 Gnaw to the Bone
4 Tortured Existence

1 Gnaw to the Bone
3 Duress
1 Faerie Macabre
1 Festercreep
2 Nightshade Peddler
3 Snuff Out
2 Spore Frog
2 Wickerbough Elder

Decks have been trying to abuse [c]Tortured Existence[/c] since the card was printed. Some recent reprints, along with the M15 addition of [c]Satyr Wayfinder[/c], make the deck more viable. My opinion is that TE decks can do well until they become too big a part of the meta and get hated out. They rely strongly on the signature enchantment and if it is destroyed they don’t work nearly as well.

I will be the first to admit that I am not an expert on Tortured Existence decks, however, so do feel free to ignore me and win even through the hate. It’s a cool deck and I like seeing it place in the big events.

[d title=”Love Train (cmhhss1) – 3-1″]
6 Forest
6 Island
2 Seat of the Synod
4 Simic Guildgate
2 Terramorphic Expanse
1 Tree of Tales

4 Axebane Guardian
2 Drift of Phantasms
3 Gatecreeper Vine
4 Mulldrifter
4 Overgrown Battlement
4 Trinket Mage
4 Wall of Roots

3 Counterspell
3 Freed from the Real
2 Train of Thought
3 Vines of Vastwood
3 Viridian Longbow

4 Aurochs Herd
3 Deadly Recluse
3 Hydroblast
3 Nylea’s Disciple
2 Wickerbough Elder [/d]

This is one of the more resilient combo decks in Pauper. I don’t know why, exactly, but it did really well in season 1 of Dan’s Pauper Gauntlet. The idea, of course, is to get infinite mana via [c]Axebane Guardian[/c] and [c]Freed from the Real[/c]. You can use the mana to draw your entire deck via [c]Train of Thought[/c] (then play your entire deck), and eventually ping your opponent to death with [c]Viridian Longbow[/c]. Some decks also use a big burn spell as a finisher, but I approve of the Longbow wincon.

[d title=”UR Delver (Fueitei) – 3-1″]
2 Great Furnace
10 Island
3 Izzet Guildgate
1 Mountain
2 Terramorphic Expanse

4 Cloud of Faeries
4 Delver of Secrets
4 Ninja of the Deep Hours
4 Spellstutter Sprite
2 Stitched Drake

4 Counterspell
3 Daze
4 Flame Slash
2 Lightning Bolt
3 Mana Leak
4 Ponder
4 Preordain

2 Curse of the Pierced Heart
2 Electrickery
2 Electrostatic Bolt
2 Gorilla Shaman
2 Hydroblast
3 Pyroblast
2 Sea Sprite [/d]

Not to be confused with the UR Control list that I posted last week. People are always trying to get a more aggro/tempo version of UR Delver to work. Sometimes it does, but in general I recommend against trying. Mono-Blue Delver is generally going to be a better bet.

From the event on August 24.

[d title=”UB Teachings (obZen) – 4-0″]
4 Dimir Guildgate
2 Evolving Wilds
8 Island
4 Swamp
4 Terramorphic Expanse

2 Crypt Rats
1 Mulldrifter
1 Twisted Abomination

4 Accumulated Knowledge
4 Brainstorm
4 Counterspell
1 Crypt Incursion
2 Disfigure
4 Exclude
1 Ghastly Demise
1 Grim Harvest
4 Innocent Blood
3 Mystical Teachings
4 Prohibit
1 Repeal
1 Wail of the Nim

1 Ghastly Demise
1 Capsize
3 Circle of Protection: Red
2 Diabolic Edict
1 Disenchant
4 Jace’s Erasure
1 Negate
1 Plains
1 Rest for the Weary [/d]

I did mention UB Teachings last week, but just as a link under the UB Trinket list I posted. UB Trinket went 3-1 in this event as well, so UB Control in general was well-represented. [c]Mystical Teachings[/c] is an incredibly powerful card and still deserves play even though Izzet Post is not a thing anymore.

[d title=”White Weenie Tokens (Nata_tsuki) – 3-1″]
20 Plains
2 Secluded Steppe

4 Icatian Javelineers
2 Selfless Cathar
4 Squadron Hawk
4 Veteran Armorer

4 Guardians’ Pledge
4 Journey to Nowhere
2 Prismatic Strands
4 Raise the Alarm
3 Sunlance
3 Triplicate Spirits
4 Battle Screech

2 Beckon Apparition
3 Rune of Protection: Red
4 Standard Bearer
2 Sundering Growth
4 Suture Priest [/d]

We looked at a couple White Weenie lists last week, but none that made good use of our new token tech, [c]Battle Screech[/c], which became common with Vintage Masters, and [c]Triplicate Spirits[/c] from M15. This list has both and is probably a good example of what White Weenie decks will look like in more events to come.

Those are the rogues. Other than that, we saw a lot of Delver and MBC, some Tron, some MUC, some Familiar Combo, and quite a few of the other decks from our article last week. No huge surprises. I’m still expecting a Madness deck to sneak into a 3-1 spot at some point.

Thanks for reading, and don’t forget to submit your mono-color budget lists in the comments. I look forward to seeing them!

Until next time, keep on looting!