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)
3 Terramorphic Expanse
3 Evolving Wilds
4 Dripping-Tongue Zubera
4 Floating-Dream Zubera
4 Ashen-Skin Zubera
4 Carrion Feeder
4 Mothdust Changeling
4 Elder Pine of Jukai
4 Devouring Greed
4 Commune with Nature
4 Abundant Growth
3 Scattershot Archer
1 Spidersilk Armor
2 Diabolic Edict
1 Moment’s Peace
2 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.
- 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:
And then the somewhat similar brew, but with more Eggs. Also where I realize that even Journey to Nowhere is not fetchable.
Pilgrim’s Rebellion was fun, with a Rebel sub-theme and a combo built in, but still seemed a bit underpowered.
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
4 Terramorphic Expanse
2 Evolving Wilds
4 Voyaging Satyr
4 Arbor Elf
4 Trinket Mage
4 Heliod’s Pilgrim
4 Freed from the Real
4 Fertile Ground
4 Utopia Sprawl
4 Viridian Longbow
4 Dawn Charm
2 Verdant Haven
2 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.