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

There were some really fun submissions for contest #5. The request was for tribal decks, so fun submissions are practically a given. Two tribes really stood out, though. Brennon submitted a list of mono-black assassins, and Archivold took a Modern brew from rremedio and put it into Pauper with a Zubera Tribal theme. Yeah, we don’t get Twilight Drover in Pauper, but Devouring Greed is a common and most Zuberas are spirits. Score!

Faithless Contest #5: Winner!

If you can’t tell from my gushing above, Archivold stole my heart with Zuberas. I don’t even know what they are, exactly, but I’m in love. Congratulations, Archivold! You win two items, randomly selected, from my current loot crate stash!

Here is the winning decklist:

The Zubera Always Dies (Pauper)

Lands (24)
Terramorphic Expanse
Evolving Wilds
Swamp
Island
Forest

Creatures (24)
Dripping-Tongue Zubera
Floating-Dream Zubera
Ashen-Skin Zubera
Carrion Feeder
Mothdust Changeling
Elder Pine of Jukai

Spells (12)
Devouring Greed
Commune with Nature
Abundant Growth
Sideboard (15)
Scattershot Archer
Disfigure
Spidersilk Armor
Duress
Diabolic Edict
Nourish
Moment’s Peace
Nature’s Claim

And my video playing the deck:

 

I also played Brennon’s Assassins deck, which aside from my egregious sideboarding, performed well.

 

Thanks to everyone who submitted decks! I would have played more, but I ran out of time this week, and some formats are hard to find matches in when you’re on a strict time limit. Sorry! I do really appreciate all the lists that were sent, and just because I didn’t get a chance to play them doesn’t mean I won’t play your lists in the future, so keep on submitting!

Speaking of …

Faithless Contest #6: Rules

1. Break Heliod’s Pilgrim.

2. If you can’t break her, at least find her a really good home.

3. Post it in the comments below.

4. Submissions due before Monday, September 15.

Clarifications

  • Decks should be “budget”, but otherwise may be for any format and as few or as many colors as you want.
  • Heliod’s Pilgrim should be the star of the deck, or at the very least doing some serious work.
  • 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.
  • Your chances of winning greatly increase if you submit a deck.

Faithless Decks #6: The Pilgrim’s Progress

I really like the process of brewing, but I’m not necessarily “good” at it. Here are some of the attempts I made at fitting Heliod’s Pilgrim into new / existing Pauper decks.

It took a few iterations, and testing, before I realized she couldn’t fetch Circles of Protection. Damn! Here was the first go, with a partial sideboard:

Heliod's TrinketMancer

Land (22)
Ancient Den
Seat of the Synod
Plains
Azorius Chancery
Island

Creatures (24)
Heliod’s Pilgrim
Auramancer
Kor Skyfisher
Dream Stalker
Trinket Mage
Lone Missionary
Nimbus Naiad

Spells (14)
Pentarch Ward
Cho-Manno’s Blessing
Bonesplitter
Neurok Hoversail
Sylvok Lifestaff
Viridian Longbow
Momentary Blink
Reality Acid
Shielding Plax
Faith’s Fetters
Ethereal Armor
Spectral Flight
Sideboard (11)
Relic of Progenitus
Circle of Protection: Black
Circle of Protection: Blue
Circle of Protection: Green
Circle of Protection: Red
Circle of Protection: White
Holy Light
Freed from the Real

And then the somewhat similar brew, but with more Eggs. Also where I realize that even Journey to Nowhere is not fetchable.

Pilgrim's Breakfast

Land (23)
Azorius Guildgate
Boros Guildgate
Izzet Guildgate
Great Furnace
Ancient Den
Seat of the Synod
Plains
Island

Creatures (19)
Heliod’s Pilgrim
Auramancer
Trinket Mage
Kor Skyfisher
Sanctum Gargoyle
Hopeful Eidolon

Spells (18)
Weight of Conscience
Journey to Nowhere
Viridian Longbow
Bonesplitter
Neurok Hoversail
Sylvok Lifestaff
Pentarch Ward
Ocular Halo
Pyrite Spellbomb
Bonds of Faith
Reality Acid
Momentary Blink
Sideboard (15)
Ephara’s Radiance
Sunbeam Spellbomb
Nihil Spellbomb
Relic of Progenitus
Circle of Protection: Black
Circle of Protection: Blue
Circle of Protection: Green
Circle of Protection: Red
Circle of Protection: White
Dispeller’s Capsule
Explorer’s Scope
Sigil of Sleep
Freed from the Real
Holy Light
Electrickery

Pilgrim’s Rebellion was fun, with a Rebel sub-theme and a combo built in, but still seemed a bit underpowered.

Pilgrim's Rebellion

Land (22)
18 Plains
Secluded Steppe

Creatures (24)
Ramosian Lieutenant
Children of Korlis
Immolating Souleater
Benevolent Bodyguard
Heliod’s Pilgrim
Ramosian Sergeant
Hopeful Eidolon

Spells (14)
Bound in Silence
Ramosian Rally
Gather the Townsfolk
Break of Day
Cho-Manno’s Blessing
Weight of Conscience
Sideboard (15)
Holy Light
Icatian Javelineers
Circle of Protection: Black
Circle of Protection: Blue
Circle of Protection: Green
Circle of Protection: Red
Circle of Protection: White
Seal of Cleansing

Last but not least (I actually did even more than this, but this is all I’m going to share), I tried it out as a pure combo enabler.

Freed from Heliod

Land (20)
10 Forest
Plains
Island
Terramorphic Expanse
Evolving Wilds

Creatures (16)
Voyaging Satyr
Arbor Elf
Trinket Mage
Heliod’s Pilgrim

Spells (24)
Freed from the Real
Fertile Ground
Utopia Sprawl
Viridian Longbow
Dawn Charm
Verdant Haven
Apostle’s Blessing

I have other lists I tried out, and other ideas to try, but now I’m much more interested in yours! Show me what you got!

Until next time, keep the faith.

/bava

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