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

I love collective nouns. Last weekend, at the beach, I saw a murmuration of starlings, which, if you’ve never seen one, is quite breathtaking. Other favorites include a parliament of owls, a murder of crows, and escargatoire of snails. There are lots of them.

Leeches, sadly, don’t seem to travel in packs, and have therefore never been collectively nouned. And so I like to think that this Magic card, Blessing of Leeches, with beautiful art by Rebecca Guay, is not just because one has been blessed but because, just maybe, a group of leeches could be called “a blessing.”

But more on all that in a bit. We have loot to give away, first!

Faithless Contest #6: Winner!

The contest last week was to find a good home for Heliod’s Pilgrim. I don’t know if we “broke” her, but there were definitely some innovative lists. I played a lot of them – four to be exact – and liked the direction each one had. I was looking at power level, at fun factor, and at how strong the Pilgrim felt in the overall game plan. Two decks had Midnight Guard and Presence of Gond. I played one and it did quite well, but that wasn’t the direction I really wanted to go. To me, Pilgrim wants a toolbox strategy more than a combo.

Heliod’s Curse, a Legacy (?) deck from berniematt, was very interesting, but I got a pretty bad match-up and felt like I didn’t have any outs with it, in the end.

Aught3 gave me UW Hexproof; an idea that I loved, but when my opponent played a Standard Bearer, I was unbelievably stymied.

It was BrocoLee’s deck that felt powerful and consistent; it acted like an aggro deck at the beginning and it had reach in the end, and my match-up was against UB Teachings, of all things, a deck that has been haunting me of late. It is for this reason that I am happy to declare BrocoLee the winner of Faithless Contest #5. Congratulations! You will receive two items, randomly selected, from my current Loot Crate stash.

Here is the winning decklist:

Galvanic, by BrocoLee (Pauper)

Lands (21)
Boros Guildgate
Plains
Mountain

Creatures (23)
Generator Servant
Keldon Marauders
Heliod’s Pilgrim
Squadron Hawk
Kor Skyfisher
Whitemane Lion

Auras (10)
Bloodfire Infusion
Bravado
Dragon Mantle
Fire Whip
Galvanic Arc
Immolation
Ethereal Armor

Instants (6)
Lightning Bolt
Apostle's Blessing
Sideboard (15)
Dizzying Gaze
Fire Whip
Boros Fury-Shield
Mask of Law and Grace
Shield of Duty and Reason
Latulla’s Orders
Guardian of the Guildpact
Obsidian Acolyte
Circle of Protection: Red

And videos of each deck I played:

 

 

 

 

Thanks to everyone who submitted decks! I loved playing four lists this week and will try and keep playing as many as I can (as time allows). Here are the rules for next week, contest #7.

Faithless Contest #7: Rules

1. Let’s call this week, Artist Wars. Pick an artist and play at least three of their cards in a budget list, any format.

2. Post it in the comments below. Tell me which artist you are highlighting and which format the deck is in.

3. Submissions due before Monday, September 22.

Clarifications

  • Decks should be “budget”, but otherwise may be for any format and as few or as many colors as you want.
  • The artist’s cards should be three different cards and should feature in the main-board of the deck. You can have as many copies as you want, but you get a bonus for multiples.
  • 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.

Bonus Contest!

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Deluxeicoff issued a challenge on Facebook. He says:

Challenge – design a Pauper deck that uses 4x Blessing of Leeches as a centerpiece … if a list stands out as truly original/inspiring, I’ll give the winner a Daze.

I’ll add to his prize; if he picks a winner, I’ll also give them 2x Firebolt. Daze is worth over $20 in MTGO, so that’s a hefty prize!

Faithless Decks #7: Throwing Down the Gauntlet

Dan launched into the second season of the Pauper Gauntlet this week, and ended up with 70-or-so decks he will be playing. Holy &^$%, I say! You can check ALL the lists out over in this post at MTGOLibrary, and while you’re there, pick one you think might win and “claim” it in the comments. You could win fabulous prizes!

Hey, we’re all about fabulous prizes around here.

I claimed UB Teachings because I think that deck is REALLY strong right now, but the funnest thing about the Gauntlet is really getting to see all the rogue decks in action. So today I’m going to highlight a couple lists I think look fun.

Croca JUND by sammydeluxe

Land (18)
Evolving Wilds
Forest
Golgari Guildgate
Gruul Guildgate
Mountain
Rakdos Guildgate
Swamp

Creatures (18)
Blastoderm
Borderland Ranger
Crocanura
Keldon Marauders
Okiba-Gang Shinobi
Putrid Leech
Werebear
Zhur-Taa Swine

Sorcery (16)
Blightning
Chainer’s Edict
Edge of Autumn
Faithless Looting
Flame Slash
Pillar of Flame
Unearth

Instant (8)
Burst Lightning
Lightning Bolt
Terminate
Sideboard (15)
Ancient Grudge
Devour Flesh
Duress
Evincar’s Justice
Nature’s Claim
Pyroblast
Raze

Word on the street is that Crocanura is the ‘Goyf of Pauper. What do you guys think?

Thunder Trees by samo1977

Land (25)
Barren Moor
Bojuka Bog
Evolving Wilds
Forest
Forgotten Cave
Haunted Fengraf
Mountain
Quicksand
Swamp
Tranquil Thicket

Creature (10)
Krosan Tusker
Nantuko Vigilante
Tilling Treefolk
Twisted Abomination

Instant (17)
Crop Rotation
Grim Harvest
Harrow
Lightning Bolt
Resounding Thunder

Sorcery (8)
Firebolt
Flame Jab
Raven’s Crime
Swirling Sandstorm
Sideboard (15)
Ancient Grudge
Grim Harvest
Pyroblast
Raven’s Crime
Serene Heart
Swirling Sandstorm
Terminate

Get a lot of land and then cycle Resounding Thunder until your opponent is lying among the roots. I can get behind that strategy!

White Hot Hottie, by jphsnake

Land (23)
Plains
Mountain
Island
Swamp
Forest
Evolving Wilds
Boros Garrison
Dimir Aqueduct
Terramorphic Expanse

Creatures (15)
Mulldrifter
Mournwhelk
Kor Skyfisher
Auramancer
Walker of the Grove

Spells (22)
Angelic Renewal
Seal of Fire
Rush of Knowledge
Journey to Nowhere
Flame Slash
Darksteel Ingot
Cloudshift
Sideboard (15)
Rush of Knowledge
Ingot Chewer
Kor Sanctifiers
Lone Missionary
Pyroblast
Faultgrinder

This was the inspiration for my final Lady of the Mountain list, part of our 24 decks of Christmas video series. Here was my list, just for kicks:

Icy Hot Rakdos, by bava

Land (22)
Rakdos Carnarium
10 Snow-Covered Mountain
Snow-Covered Swamp

Creatures (20)
Faultgrinder
Mournwhelk
Goretusk Firebeast
Cinderhaze Wretch
Smokebraider

Spells (18)
Skred
Undying Evil
Grinning Ignus
Lightning Bolt
Befoul
Sideboard: (14)
Ingot Chewer
Pyroblast
Nihil Spellbomb
Martyr of Ashes

Oh wait, that’s the wrong one. So I guess I made numerous lists based off of how much I like hotties. Here is the one I was thinking of, from this video:

White Hot Hottie, Lady of the Mountain Edition, by bava

Land (20)
Snow-Covered Plains
Snow-Covered Forest
Snow-Covered Island
Snow-Covered Mountain
Evolving Wilds

Creatures (16)
Auramancer
Walker of the Grove
Mulldrifter
Aven Riftwatcher

Spells (24)
Angelic Renewal
Journey to Nowhere
Abundant Growth
Prismatic Lens
Cloudshift
Seal of Fire
Darksteel Ingot
Sideboard (15)
Ingot Chewer
Faultgrinder
Pyroblast
Mournwhelk
Lone Missionary

That’s all for this week. Thanks for reading and here are the Loot Crate videos where you can find out what sort of awesome loot is up for grabs. Sorry I keep forgetting to include them!

Until next time, keep the faith!

/bava

Loot Crates:

 

 

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