Welcome back to Faithless Looting, my weekly look at budget lists and budget formats.
Lots of things are happening in MagicGatheringStrat world and the Magic world in general. Hymn-gate is about to wrap up, and cards like Hymn to Tourach and Sinkhole will, once again, be banned in Pauper. Should they be? When we have broken commons like Cloud of Faeries and Treasure Cruise, I wonder how much we really need to worry. On the other hand, Black decks don’t need any kind of boost, so I’m happy to see these cards go. I’ll be doing a post-Hymn meta review, probably on Friday, so keep an eye out for that. In the meantime, I’ll just say this.
If you were playing in any money event and lost to a deck playing the broken cards, SUBMIT A REIMBURSEMENT REQUEST.
I won’t criticize the people choosing to play these cards and I honestly hope that they won’t get in trouble with WotC (though it seems like a silly risk to take). But the fact is that they are not actually legal in Pauper and so if you play against them and lose you are entitled to reimbursement. It’s as simple as that.
For our contest last week – and really, over the last two weeks – our task was to build a list centered around Khans of Tarkir, either a post-rotation Standard or Standard Pauper list, or a list in any other format built around a KTK card or cards. While I did get some submissions for Pauper, by far the most submissions were in Standard Pauper, so in the interest of comparing apples to apples, that is mostly what I looked at. I also said last week that I would dole out multiple prizes, and that we’ll be taking a bit of a break from the contests after this. I’ve been falling behind on sending stuff out but I WILL be getting prizes to everyone who won; thanks everyone for hanging in there.
Faithless Contest #10-11: Winners!
I was excited to get some great lists from the Standard Pauper community, and I played matches with six of them. Honestly I wish I’d had time to play more. Still, I played enough to get a sense of what Standard Pauper might look like in the current meta, and I think there is a lot of room for interesting (and different) lists to shine. It’s always a bit surprising how many decks there are to put together from such a small pool, but there is a lot of variety even in the competitive scene. Speaking of, we have results from SPDC and MPDC to look at now, so if you want to see more cool Standard Pauper lists, go check those out.
For my money, the strongest color in Standard Pauper right now is White. For a mono-colored deck, it’s a top choice. That’s nothing new, though. White has been dominating Standard Pauper lists for quite awhile now; I expect that to continue. Wisker’s mono-white list(s) are a great example, and he got 1st and 2nd with them over the weekend.
Outside of weenie and heroic strategies, Green still has a strong representation in ramp and fattie builds, and shouldn’t be ignored. Longshot Squad is an amazing card against Flyer match-ups, and Nessian Asp is the format’s Crusher. Is there anything bigger than an 8/9 with Reach in the format? Maybe not, but Humbler of Mortals seems neat, alongside Hooting Mandrills[c] and [c]Siege Wurm and Vulpine Goliath. There are plenty of big green dudes to beat face with and I imagine we’ll see more ramp and devotion lists emerge in the color.
There may or may not be a control deck out there that can stop these strong strategies. A lot of the removal cards in the format currently only kill creatures with 2 or less toughness, and that’s a big issue in my opinion since Khans gave us a lot of 3-toughness creatures. I think Kill Shot is the best piece of removal in the format right now, though Feast of Dreams and Pillar of Light are both interesting as well. That said, Debilitating Injury seems like the most popular piece of removal and for one good reason: it’s fetchable with Heliod’s Pilgrim. Expect “Stab Wound Jr.” to do a lot of work, but without inducing quite as much rage as its predecessor.
Why am I highlighting all this in the winner’s section? Because these comments define the winners this week. In no particular order, I’d like to congratulate the following brewers for their winning lists:
- Wisker for White Stompy
- jphsnake for Putin’s Dream
- Rremedio for Esper Annoyance
- Brennon for BW Auras
You guys will all win fabulous stuff from my Loot Crate stash!
ALL the lists were great, guys, and I wish I didn’t have to pick winners. If you’re looking for cool Standard Pauper lists, check out the comments on BOTH articles from the last two weeks. Denofbears snuck in a comment on #11 with two strong lists, and there were many, many more lists to play with in FL #10.
Here are videos of me playing the winning lists:
Faithless Decks #12: Some Old Bullshit
If you follow Deluxeicoff on Facebook you’ll know that he’s got a new obsession, and it’s a Zero Creature control list similar to Johnny Lai’s 0C-BuC list (and previous FL winner) and moreso to someoldguy’s iterations of that list. Deluxe has added his own flavor to it, and the result is a rage-inducing piece of Magic mayhem. His name for it? Someoldbull..it.dek. And since I’m a complete juvenile, that totally cracks me up. Me, though, I’m gonna call it 0C-BuC Deluxe.
Not being able to resist, I made my own changes to the list. I added a Bojuka Bog in place of a basic Swamp, and then turned the other Swamps into Vault of Whispers. Since this made Snuff Out bad out of the SB, I replaced those with Ghastly Demise. Otherwise the list is as Deluxeicoff presented it. Here are a couple matches I played, sped up (since the deck is very grindy). Here is the list:
0C-BuC Deluxe (Pauper)
We get to see the deck in action against Boroskitty first, and then the mirror match against Deluxeicoff himself.
That’s all for this week. Thanks for reading! I’ll be getting in touch and sending out prizes to everyone who hasn’t gotten one yet. Faithless Looting contests will be on hiatus for awhile, but I’ll try and find the time to write about other stuff on Tuesdays until the contests start back up again.
Until next time, keep the faith!