Welcome back to another thrilling week of the Pauper Brewer’s Cup. Some super-interesting submissions last week, and another deck secures its spot in the gauntlet. As always, if you have theme suggestions, don’t hesitate to suggest them!

By now you know the score. If you’re new here, don’t worry, I’ll go over it each week. This week’s article has two sections. First you get to vote on your favorite list from our top contenders last week. Second, you get to submit new lists around a new theme, which will be voted on next week. Here is a reminder of how this whole thing works.

The Pauper Brewer’s Cup

Here are some rules and stuff.

  1. Every week, I will offer some kind of constraint or challenge to our readers.
  2. Submit a fun, innovative, or powerful brew built around those constraints.
  3. Your submission must be legal for Pauper in Magic Online. Guidelines are here.
  4. I will select three lists out of your submissions, and you will get to vote for that week’s winner.
  5. After 8 weeks we will have 8 innovative brews, and they will enter the gauntlet portion of the Brewer’s Cup.
  6. Whoever owns (submitted) the deck that wins this gauntlet will be endowed with fabulous riches (to be determined) and great esteem.

If any of that doesn’t make sense, ask for clarifications in the comments. The idea is that we should have fun sharing ideas and brewing, maybe discover some new, powerful decks, and in general support and promote the format we love the most, Pauper.

If at any point you have a suggestion for a theme or challenge, send those along too. I will do my best, but I am relying upon the ingenuity of you guys to make this thing really successful. I know you won’t let me down!

So, rules and stuff aside, let’s get down to business.

Week Three Winner

Jeez, guys. We tallied 70 votes again and man were the results close! No, like really close! Like one vote between first and second, and then just three votes down to third. What a split!

Heltoupee’s perseverence paid off this week, edging out BrocoLee with 25 votes to 24. Honkbonkington’s list pulled a respectable 21 votes, riding into third with its pride intact.

Congratulations to Heltoupee and his Little Heroic Boros list! This is now the third list that will go into the gauntlet portion of the Brewer’s Cup where it will have the opportunity to fight for glory and riches. And man, this thing is going to be a contender.

Voting for Week Four

Our constraint in week four was to brew a non-Elves list with 3-4x Distant Melody. I was super happy with the variety of tribes presented, from the Kor, to Birds, to Elementals and more. Thanks, everyone, for putting on your fun brewing hats! There were some excellent submissions, and here are my three picks for you to vote on.

Stonybrook Wizards by RRemedio

Lands (20)
Dismal Backwater
Tranquil Cove
Evolving Wilds
10 Island

Wizards (23)
Spellstutter Sprite
Vedalken Aethermage
Sea Gate Oracle
Stonybrook Banneret
Apprentice Wizard
Dawnglare Invoker
AEther Adept
Deputy of Acquittals
Stonybrook Schoolmaster

Card Draw (6)
Distant Melody

Utility (11)
Harsh Sustenance
Cloud of Faeries
Springleaf Drum
Sideboard (15)
Wizard Replica
Distant Melody
Vedalken Æthermage
Ghostly Flicker
Faerie Macabre

Tribal wizards? Yes, please! This deck looks ridiculous and, honestly, a bit janky. But Roberto likes that kind of thing and sometimes it even works. The epitome of tribal tempo.

Decaying Melody by Heltoupee

Creature (27)
Headless Skaab
Armored Skaab
Gurmag Angler
Makeshift Mauler
Necromancer's Assistant
Screeching Skaab
Stitched Drake
Sultai Emissary

Spells (13)
Distant Melody
Ghastly Demise
Thought Scour

Land (20)
Evolving Wilds
10 Island
Terramorphic Expanse
Sideboard (15)
Diabolic Edict
Echoing Truth
Ghoulcaller's Chant
Nameless Inversion

Innistrad zombies weren’t like other zombies, and it’s cool to see them in use here. Bust open the graveyard, power out fatties, draw lots of cards, and do it again. As he said in his desription: “The ‘Distant Melody’ your opponents will hear is nothing but the hollow moaning of your decaying, reanimated army!”

Distant Spirits by GreaterGerardon

Engine (8)
Hana Kami
Death Denied
Soulless Revival

Benefitters (10)
Thief of Hope
Petalmane Baku
Elder Pine of Jukai

Arcane Value Cards (8)
Kodama's Reach
Rend Flesh
Devouring Greed

Value Spirits (9)
Nameless Inversion
Disowned Ancestor
Shimmering Glasskite

Card Draw (3)
Distant Melody
Lands (22)
Evolving Wilds
Terramorphic Expanse
Jungle Hollow

Sideboard (15)
Devouring Greed
Moss Kami
Nameless Inversion
Spidersilk Armor
Waking Nightmare
Horobi's Whisper
Kaervek's Torch
Shinen of Life's Roar

It’s worth reading the comment in detail if you haven’t already, because it’s obvious a lot of thought went into this list. I love a Spirits list and, even though there is only 1x in the SB, the idea of casting Devouring Greed for a zillion is way too fun to pass up.

Vote Here!

Alright, which of these three lists do you like the most? Submit your votes by the end of the week. One vote per reader, please.

Week Five: Extended Pauper

This past Friday I announced our sixth Community League, and the format is Extended Pauper. This means every set that was in Standard Rotation from Innistrad through Origins. In honor of that event, and to help drum up some interesting ideas for people who want to play in that event, we’re having an event crossover.

Here are your constraints this week:

  1. Brew up your best Extended Pauper list.
  2. Treasure Cruise is banned.

Check out the league article for a break-down of the rules and sign-up if you haven’t already! I have personally been enjoying brewing within this format, and have come up with some fun, interesting lists.

Submissions will be judged on power, innovation, and how well you work within the constraints.

This is a brewing contest, so creativity is paramount.

Submit your brews and ideas

That’s it! Submit your lists in the comments below. Yes, that means other people can see your stuff and copy it or adapt it, but I do really want this to be an opportunity for us to discuss and brew together for Pauper.

Lists need to be submitted before next Tuesday, July 21, to be considered.

I will pick three submissions to highlight in next week’s article, and you guys will get to vote to decide the winner.

Our Forum Guidelines and Style Guide are available here, so you can make your decklist look like a list. Please use it.

Other thoughts, comments, or concerns? Suggestions for a weekly challenge? Leave those in the comments too!

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Happy brewing!



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