Thinking Outside the Circle: UW Tron in Pauper

It’s rare that new archetypes see play in the established, competitive metagame. UW Tron may not be a new archetype, per se — it is Tron, after all — but it is definitely a new take on Tron, featuring some cards that don’t see play very often. As for the pilot, Saibod, you may know him better as obZen, he is usually a master of UB Teachings; if he switches over to a new list, it’s worth taking note. Here is the 75 he went 3-1 with in the Saturday DE.

[d title=”UW Tron by Saibod (Pauper)”]
4 Azorius Guildgate
1 Haunted Fengraf
1 Island
1 Plains
1 Quicksand
4 Tranquil Cove
4 Urza’s Mine
4 Urza’s Power Plant
4 Urza’s Tower

4 Ulamog’s Crusher

4 Azorius Signet
1 Capsize
4 Compulsive Research
1 Curse of the Bloody Tome
4 Deep Analysis
4 Expedition Map
1 Fade Away
4 Journey to Nowhere
4 Memory Lapse
1 Power Sink
4 Rhystic Circle

1 Curse of the Bloody Tome
1 Fade Away
1 Circle of Protection: Red
1 Disenchant
1 Dispel
2 Dust to Dust
2 Hydroblast
2 Negate
1 Relic of Progenitus
3 Seraph of Dawn [/d]

His description from the list is: Using the Tron engine you can lock the opponent from damaging you ever again with Rhystic Circle, then you win with whatever is available to you.

That last bit cracks me up a little, because you are either winning with the 1x [c]Curse of the Bloody Tome[/c] or (much more likely) beating your opponent to death with [c]Ulamog’s Crusher[/c]. There really aren’t that many other options. I imagine most wins are actually concessions to getting the [c]Rhystic Circle[/c] online and capsizing the opponent’s stuff. Despair is a fine wincon, if you ask me.

[c]Memory Lapse[/c] is a fine counterspell all of the time and it is the best way to deal with [c]Treasure Cruise[/c] (or other Delve spells). [c]Power Sink[/c] seems beautiful in Tron and I’m a little surprised there aren’t more of them. I especially like the idea of shutting down Familiars with a well-timed Sink.

In general, Tron and Affinity have both been showing well in Daily Events, so if you’re looking for a fun deck to run, try one of those. Familiars are also placing well, but don’t play them unless you’re an asshole. There are better decks to play with that aren’t as annoying to play against.

All of the Affinity lists winning right now are the “new” variety, running [c]Perilous Research[/c]. Here is a sample list from Turbokitty’s 3-1 on Saturday.

[d title=”Perilous Affinity (Pauper)”]
1 Darksteel Citadel
4 Great Furnace
4 Seat of the Synod
4 Tree of Tales
4 Vault of Whispers

4 Atog
4 Carapace Forger
4 Frogmite
4 Myr Enforcer

2 Fling
4 Galvanic Blast
1 Lightning Bolt
3 Perilous Research

4 Chromatic Star
3 Ichor Wellspring
4 Springleaf Drum
2 Terrarion
4 Thoughtcast

4 Duress
4 Hydroblast
3 Krark-Clan Shaman
4 Pyroblast [/d]

UW Tron on Video

Shout out to Dillon (Saibod / obZen) for streaming and posting videos on YouTube. Watch his stream on and follow him on YouTube. Here is the playlist of his Pauper Daily Event run on Saturday. Enjoy!


Keep slinging commons!