The Pauper Brewer’s Cup, Week 9: Interlude


Deck submissions are over, but I still need you guys to vote on your favorite toolbox lists, so don’t go anywhere! Next week will begin the gauntlet, where your innovative brews will fight it out for fame and glory. Our good friends at Cardhoarder are sponsoring the event with 50 store credits, so there will definitely be some prizes on the line.

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.

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

Week Seven Winner

Our vote count shot back up this week (thanks, Reddit!) and we had another close race.

In the end, honkbonkington edged out han.s0lo by just 2 votes to secure the win, while marvin02’s Morselhoarder list brought up a distant third.

Congrats to honkbonkington. His UW Manifest combo list is now the 7th list to move into the gauntlet!

Voting for Week Eight

We went out with a bang, by which I mean to say that I *loved* the toolbox lists you guys submitted. I was a bit surprised [c]Heliod’s Pilgrim[/c] didn’t make an appearance, though Trinket Mage was there and I was glad to see a bunch of Transmute enabling. It is, after all, an uncounterable way to tutor, if a bit slow. Even here, though, I was also surprised that none of the “Transmute 2″ toolboxes ran white; getting the right CoP out of the sideboard can straight up win some matches. My surprise aside, though, you guys submitted good lists. Here are my three favorites to vote on.

[d title=”5 Color Tricksy Transmutations by Shnuffles”]

4 Terramorphic Expanse
3 Evolving Wilds
5 Snow-Covered Island
3 Snow-Covered Mountain
3 Snow-Covered Swamp
1 Snow-Covered Plains
1 Snow-Covered Forest
1 Dimir Aqueduct
1 Izzet Boilerworks
1 Rupture Spire
1 Bojuka Bog
1 Haunted Fengraf
CMC 1 Removal & Preordain
2 Preordain
3 Innocent Blood
4 Skred
CMC 2 Transmuters
3 Dimir Infiltrator
1 Muddle the Mixture
1 Shred Memory
CMC 2 Toolbox
1 Journey to Nowhere
1 Train of Thought
1 Augur of Skulls
1 Chainer’s Edict
1 Terminate
1 Sprout Swarm
1 Quiet Disrepair
1 Qasali Pridemage
1 Prismatic Lens
1 Prophetic Prism
1 Death Denied
1 Rolling Thunder
1 Overrule
CMC 4 Good Stuff
2 Evincar’s Justice
1 Mystical Teachings
CMC 5 Card Advantage
3 Izzet Chronarch
2 Mulldrifter
3 Lone Missionary
2 Negate
1 Journey to Nowhere
1 Circle of Protection: Red
1 Circle of Protection: Green
1 Moment’s Peace
1 Diabolic Edict
1 Electrickery
1 Scouring Sands
1 Ancient Grudge
1 Shattering Pulse
1 Allay [/d]

A longtime pet project of Shnuffles, this five-color toolbox list does (despite what I said earlier) include the two most important CoPs in the sideboard, and has a lot more going for it besides. With five transmute cards and thirteen cards in the “box”, there are plenty of choices to make. [c]Izzet Cronarch[/c] means you can get a spell back or get back a transmute card to find a new spell, and the sideboard is a whole other 2-CMC toolbox. This list is well-thought out and seems quite powerful, especially in games where you can make the mana work.

[d title=”Tortured Transmuter by rremedio”]

1 Vault of Whispers
3 Dimir Aqueduct
1 Bojuka Bog
4 Dismal Backwater
3 Evolving Wilds
3 Island
1 Seat of the Synod
6 Swamp
Fetch Things
3 Dimir Infiltrator
2 Shred Memory
2 Dimir House Guard
3 Perplex
1 Exhume
1 Archaeomancer
3 Tortured Existence
2 Dizzy Spell
1 Trinket Mage
2 Grave Scrabbler
1 Flayer Husk
2 Stinkweed Imp
2 Ulamog’s Crusher
3 Fume Spitter
1 Vampire Hounds
1 Bloodflow Connoisseur
1 Corpse Hauler
1 Parasitic Strix
1 Executioner’s Capsule
1 Deep Analysis
1 Chainer’s Edict
1 Murder
1 Sylvok Lifestaff
1 Doom Blade
1 Duress
2 Augur of Skulls
1 Nihil Spellbomb
1 Waterfront Bouncer
2 Shrivel
2 Faerie Macabre
1 Parasitic Strix
1 Disciple of Phenax
1 Agony Warp
1 Victim of Night
1 Tragic Slip
1 Repeal [/d]

I like Heltoupee’s comment best: “That is beautiful. You can literally recur everything. You don’t just have a toolbox of parts, you have a workshop full of engines! Bravo! It almost looks like what would happen if a Pauper deck and an EDH deck got together and had a baby.”

Roberto adds: “… if you can ‘quickstart’ the deck from one of the many engines it runs early enough, you are on for a very fun ride. The sweet spot is having Tortured Existence on the board and Archaeomancer in the hand or graveyard.”

Looks fun!

[d title=”Empathic Toolbox by Aught3″]
4 Aurochs Herd
4 Copper Myr
3 Fangren Marauder
4 Fierce Empath
4 Krosan Tusker
1 Maul Splicer
3 Ulamog’s Crusher
4 Ancient Stirrings
4 Crop Rotation
4 Expedition Map
2 Reap and Sow
1 Serrated Arrows
4 Forest
1 Khalni Garden
1 Slippery Karst
4 Tree of Tales
4 Urza’s Mine
4 Urza’s Power Plant
4 Urza’s Tower
1 Fangren Marauder
1 Humbler of Mortals
1 Maul Splicer
3 Moment’s Peace
2 Reap and Sow
2 Relic of Progenitus
1 Serrated Arrows
1 Tangle Spider
1 Ulamog’s Crusher
2 Wickerbough Elder [/d]

A mono-green ramp list featuring [c]Fierce Empath[/c] to tutor fatties, which a good toolbox of fatties to choose from. This is definitely more of a toolbox approach to the Fierce Empath list than we usually see, and I love that.

Pauper does not, unfortunately, have the most interesting variety of CMC6+ dudes to tutor for. Aught3 has included the best of these in Marauder, Tusker, Crusher, Herd, and Splicer. Finding a fat spider to block flyers seems good, but I think I would pick [c]Jungle Weaver[/c] over Tangle Spider since the former kills Spire Golems.

You could sneak in a Morselhoarder combo here, since Empath will fetch it, but that would probably be a different list entirely; likely a UG list running Empath, Hoarder, Trinket Mage, Sinking Feeling, and a Longbow or three. Quick, someone built that!

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.

The Brewing is Over!

The brewing portion of the cup is over. Let’s take this opportunity to reflect, instead. What was your favorite challenge? Which list do you think will win the gauntlet portion of the event? What should we do differently next time?

Next week will reveal the final list to make it into the gauntlet, and I’ll outline the rules on how that part will work. I will reveal, here, that the Gauntlet will include three challenges, and that Dan has agreed to play against me for one of those challenges, so you will get double-video coverage for some of it, and the joy of watching Dan try and figure out some of these complicated lists you guys have submitted.

A big thanks to everyone who has participated in the event so far. You guys are awesome and I really appreciate the fun brews and interactive comments we’ve had here on the site.

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