A Pauper in the Fog

You and a friend are walking in the woods. The day is clear and bright, there is a slight breeze, and not a Lhurgoyf to be seen for miles. You notice, suddenly, that a subtle fog has begun to rise, coming up from the earth itself. The fog is cold and wet. It chills your legs as you walk and seems to rob you of the will to keep going.

You look around only to realize that your friend, who you thought was right by your side, is no longer in sight. As you stumble off in search of them, you hear a massive crash of wood splintering from off to your left, and then the pounding of something large, something very large, starting to move in your direction. Do you hide? Do you run? Or do you stand and fight? As you are trying to make up your mind, the fog rises as if like a curtain, up past your head, over the treetops, covering everything. You have only a moment to look around before the numbing cold seeps into your skull, and then there is only darkness.

You dream of squirrels.

A Massive Crash of Wood

Inspired by Alex Ullman’s excellent article at SCG, our friend Deluxeicoff picked up the Eldrazi Green list and ran with it. I haven’t played with it enough to figure out which version I might like better, so I recommend taking a look at both. Alex’s list is in the article, and the Deluxe version is below.

[d title=”Eldrazi Green (Pauper)”]
15 Forest
3 Haunted Fengraf

4 Voyaging Satyr
4 Arbor Elf
2 Fierce Empath
3 Wickerbough Elder
4 Nylea’s Disciple
4 Aurochs Herd
1 Fangren Marauder
2 Krosan Tusker
2 Ulamog’s Crusher

4 Utopia Sprawl
4 Wild Growth
4 Land Grant
4 Moment’s Peace

4 Thermokarst
3 Reap and Sow
4 Mwonvuli Acid-Moss
4 Hidden Spider [/d]

I took this list out for a spin and ran into the current bogie man of Pauper, UR Control. What did I learn? [c]Hidden Spider[/c] is a horrible card against [c]Delver of Secrets[/c]. Here is the video.

The Fog Rises like a Curtain

Props again to Deluxe for mentioning this list on his Facebook page, else I might not have seen it. Pierakor has piloted this list in previous Pauper tourneys with less spectacular results, but in Pauper Classic Tuesdays 6.35 he took it to an undefeated 6-0 victory.

Turbo Fog is an interesting archetype that works well in certain metas and falls hard in others. In his winning week, Pierakor played against Burn, then Affinity, then Green One, Green One, Affinity, and Burn. This is a good list of decks to run up against with your Bant Fog list. All the same, congratulations to Pierakor for his win. Here is the list:

[d title=”Bant Fog (Pauper)”]
4 Terramorphic Expanse
4 Evolving Wilds
3 Forest
7 Island
4 Plains

Fog Effects
4 Dawn Charm
4 Moment’s Peace
4 Riot Control

Draw Spells
4 Brainstorm
3 Muddle the Mixture
2 See Beyond
4 Treasure Cruise
1 Vision Skeins
4 Words of Wisdom

Other Spells
2 Arcane Denial
4 Jace’s Erasure
2 Pristine Talisman

1 Arcane Denial
2 Circle of Protection: Red
4 Dispel
1 Keep Watch
1 Muddle the Mixture
3 Negate
2 Pristine Talisman
1 Rest for the Weary [/d]

If it’s not obvious, the deck stalls out with fog effects, and wins by milling the opponent with [c]Jace’s Erasure[/c]. It’s entirely composed of fogs, draw cards, a little bit of lifegain and countermagic, and the wincon.

[c]Muddle the Mixture[/c] is an excellent tutor, and can pick up the Erasure when needed; it can also grab the [c]Circle of Protection: Red[/c] out of the sideboard. This is fantastic against Burn and Kiln Fiend, in theory, but you need {U}{U} to Muddle and {W} to cast the COP. It will never happen before turn 3 and even then only if you have the right mana, which can be tough considering it’s a three-color list.

Pierakor recorded the entire tourney on Twitch and it is up on his YouTube channel.

When the Fog Clears

You come out of the blackness slowly. You become aware of light seeping in through your closed eyelids, the feel of damp moss beneath your body, the gentle rise and fall of your breath, soft as autumn leaves falling into a limpid pool. You open your eyes slowly.

The light is soft and hesitant, new to the day. Somewhere the sun is just starting to approach the horizon. You see your friend lying by your side, breathing slowly and apparently unharmed. You wake them gently and together you wonder at the strange events of the last day and, even more so, the import of the dreams you both had: dreams of magic, dreams of fog, and dreams of squirrels.