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

I keep durdling around with horrible lists, trying to brew up something original. I’m pretty convinced that Putrid Leech and Werebear are underutilized, but I’ll be damned if I can find the right thing to put them in. If you want to give it a shot, I’m pretty sure there is a good deck in there with those cards, Stinkweed Imp, and maybe even Blastoderm.

Not much else to say this week, except that I took Aught3’s Dervish list for another spin, this time for my league match, and it was a nail-biter. I won’t give away anything except to say that the deck is powerful and that I keep misplaying with it. Also, I bought my playset of Khans dual-lands and those are going to make more things possible (or probable) in Pauper Magic. I have already played around with them some and I really like the added consistency they provide.

But enough of that, let’s give away some prizes.

Faithless Contest #9: Winner!

This week was a hard choice. Some lists were more explosive. Glass Cannon Red, for instance, can get turn two kills pretty consistently. I got t2 kills 3 out of 10 times in goldfishing, and once in my feature match against MBC (on the play). On the other hand, it did end up losing to MBC. If you’re on the draw, those 2 mana removal spells really hose you. Tireless Tribe was consistently slower than Glass Cannon but much more resilient in my match. Yeah, it played against Elves, so there wasn’t any disruption, but there was a lot of lifegain to get through. The Freed from the Real combo is potentially just as fast as Glass Cannon Red, but is less consistent in getting there, and is even more fragile. Keeping your 1/1 and 1/2 guys alive without any protection is a real challenge. Of all the decks, though, it was the only one that went infinite, which is a chit in its favor.

If I were just going on speed and explosiveness, I would probably give the medal to Glass Cannon Red. I still have mixed feelings, however, about rewarding non-original lists, and it was David Shaffer’s list that was submitted. In the end, I have to reward the list that was very consistent in getting t4 goldfish wins (which was our bar, after all), and which did the unthinkable.

It beat Boroskitty.

I love Boroskitty, but I have never, ever, ever beat that deck. And so, even though one could attribute my victory to the play mistakes of my opponent more than anything else, I fought through countless 1/1 goblins AND a Circle of Protection: Red and nabbed a victory. Pretty impressive!

The winner this week, for his Classic Sligh list, is jphsnake.

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

Thanks, as always, to everyone who submitted decks, and especially to Aught3, who submitted FOUR decks and gave me an excuse to play Suicide White again, another deck that I love.

Here is Jack’s winning Sligh list:

Classic Sligh by jphsnake (Pauper)

Land (20)
17 Mountain
Teetering Peaks

Spells (7)
Lightning Bolt

Creatures (33)
Mogg Conscripts
Goblin Cohort
Foundry Street Denizen
Jackal Familiar
Goblin Bushwhacker
Valley Dasher
Mudbrawler Cohort
Heartlash Cinder
Inner-Flame Acolyte
Sideboard (15)
Forge Devil
Martyr of Ashes
Immolating Souleater
Flame Slash

And the video where I played against (and yes, beat) Boroskitty!


Thanks again, everyone! Keep those lists coming; I’m having a blast trying them out. Here are the rules for next week, contest #10.

Faithless Contest #10: Rules

  1. There are two choices this week, both centered around Khans of Tarkir.
    • Choice #1: Submit a budget list in post-rotation Standard or Standard Pauper.
    • Choice #2: Submit a budget list in any format, but it has to center around a Khans of Tarkir card.
  2. Submit your list in the comments below. Don’t forget to tell me which format the list is for.
  3. Submissions are extended through Monday, October 20!


  • Decks should be “budget”, but otherwise may be for any format.
  • Decks will be judged on innovation, fun, and power level.
  • 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 #10: Daily Rogues

I have a confession to make. I’ve been seeing other articles. Okay … actually …

I’ve been writing them.

I know, I know, how could I be so faithless?

I admit it, I can’t help myself. After all, being faithless is my modus operandi. I like to play different decks as much as possible (often to my detriment) and, it turns out, I like to write different articles, too.

Anyway, I’ve been doing Pauper Daily Event Analysis, and if you haven’t checked it out yet, go take a look. I’ve done breakdowns so far for Dailies on September 20-21, and September 27-28. I’ll do another this Friday, so stay tuned.

For now, I just want to point out the interesting rogue lists that have placed in the last few weekends.

I pointed this list out last week, but it deserves another mention.

Trinket Affinity, 3-1 by herosaine2006 (Pauper)

Land (22)
Dimir Guildgate
Evolving Wilds
Great Furnace
Izzet Guildgate
Seat of the Synod
Vault of Whispers

Creatures (19)
Faerie Mechanist
Myr Enforcer
Trinket Mage

Spells (8)
Galvanic Blast

Artifacts (11)
Executioner’s Capsule
Flayer Husk
Prophetic Prism
Sylvok Lifestaff
Sideboard (15)
Executioner’s Capsule
Sylvok Lifestaff
Chainer’s Edict
Vault Skirge

And then we had two more rogue lists place on the 27th and 28th. This one from Arnaud.

1-Land Spy, 3-1 by Arnaud (Pauper)

Land (1)

Creatures (29)
Balustrade Spy
Blood Celebrant
Cavern Harpy
Dimir House Guard
Elvish Aberration
Gray Merchant of Asphodel
Manaforge Cinder
Mnemonic Wall
Pit Keeper
Simian Spirit Guide
Street Wraith
Tinder Wall
Wild Cantor

Spells (30)
Cabal Ritual
Conjurer’s Bauble
Dark Ritual
Gitaxian Probe
Land Grant
Lotus Petal
Morgue Theft
Songs of the Damned
Sideboard (15)
Faithless Looting
Scattershot Archer
Ulamog’s Crusher

This list has quite an interesting development story, and I go more into the provenance in my breakdown.

We also had a strange, Gruul Dredge aggro list, which I actually played against in the JFF room yesterday (sorry, no video!). I love the interaction between Nightshade Peddler and Granger Guildmage.

Gruul Dredge Aggro, 3-1 by Sssight (Pauper)

Land (20)
Gruul Guildgate
Khalni Garden

Creatures (26)
Ghitu Slinger
Golgari Brownscale
Granger Guildmage
Leafcrown Dryad
Nacatl Outlander
Nightshade Peddler
Tin Street Hooligan
Yavimaya Barbarian

Spells (14)
Burst Lightning
Lightning Bolt
Moldervine Cloak
Sideboard (15)
Gleeful Sabotage
Relic of Progenitus
Reverent Silence
Stone Rain

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.

Until next time, keep the faith!


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