The Pauper Brewers Cup: Final Results


Four months, twelve articles, and countless videos: that’s what a brewers cup is made of. Not to mention, of course, the many, many, many interesting and creative brews that you, dear community, submitted for consideration. Thank you all for your efforts. It was a fun ride.

If you haven’t been following the event, the easiest place to start is probably here. You can find all the articles easily enough by searching the site.

If you want to watch ALL the videos (nearly 50 of them), here you go!

Two lists made it into the final, and the winner was decided with a best-of-three matches between Dan and I. I let Dan choose which list he wanted to play, and he went with RRemedio’s Tortured Transmutor list from week 8, which was “Toolbox” week.

[d title=”Tortured Transmutor by RRemedio (Pauper)”]
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]

Roberto said about the list: “I couldn’t find more time to tweak this, it is pretty crude would probably need some streamlining. That said, usually if you can “quickstart” the deck from one of the many engines it runs early enough, you are in for a very fun ride. The sweet spot is having Tortured Existence on the board and Archaeomancer on the hand or graveyard.”

This meant that I got to play with Brick’s week two winner, Esper Blink-ifacts, from the Shards of Alara challenge:

[d title=”Esper Blink-ifacts by Brick (Pauper)”]
4 Esper Stormblade
4 Ethercaste Knight
4 Ethersworn Shieldmage
4 Court Homunculus
4 Glassdust Hulk
2 Sanctum Gargoyle
3 Mulldrifter

4 Brainstorm
3 Mystical Teachings
3 Momentary Blink
3 Mana Leak
2 Doom Blade

Mana Makers
2 Azorius Signet
4 Evolving Wilds
4 Terramorphic Expanse
4 Plains
5 Island
1 Swamp
2 Vedalken Outlander
2 Diabolic Edict
2 Prismatic Strands
1 Echoing Decay
2 Holy Light
1 Grim Harvest
1 Doom Blade
1 Crypt Incursion
2 Dismantling Blow
1 Swamp [/d]

Here are Brick’s comments from when he submitted the list: “I was immediately drawn to Esper Stormblade, and when searching Gatherer for cards to activate him two stood out to me; Ethersworn Shieldmage and Ethercaste Knight. The Mage protects our board at instant speed, and the Knight pumps all our fliers. Momentary Blink was added as a way to continually protect our board, and to gain value off of other ETB Artifact Creatures. Sanctum Gargoyle gives us card advantage on a stick, and can be set up with our Cyclers. While Glassdust Hulk gets pumped (and made unblockable) by blinks, and Architects of Will disrupts our opponent when blinked, they also let us dig early while setting up for a T4 Gargoyle.

“Ponder, Thoughtcast, and Forbidden Alchemy are there for straight up card advantage. Really that’s what the deck is all about; keeping our hands full while grinding out the opponents answers. It plays much like Affinity, but it trades explosiveness for mid-late game value. Since this deck is more UWb than true Esper, it opens up options for counter magic in the main/side if we wanted to add them. The problem is the manabase is already shakey enough without trying to hit UU T2 for Counterspell, and the other counter options don’t seem to be catch-all enough for a slot. I think this list is far from tuned, but it may be worth exploring further.

“Right now our sideboard has a lot of hate for red decks and Affinity, simply because I feel those would be our worst match ups. We have no maindeck answer for Fling, and Goblins/Burn may be able to get under us before we get rolling. This is all from limited testing experience. The rest of the cards let us board into different kinds of CA depending on the match up. The Edicts, so we don’t be blown out by Exhume or Hexproof decks.”

Playing in the Final

Both were great lists, and perhaps not the lists expected to make it into the final. Nonetheless, here they were. Let’s see how those matches played out.

Dan and I recorded the matches from both sides, so feel free to pick your favorite video-maker and watch that version, but don’t skip ahead!

And now, declaring the winner. Really, go watch those videos first, spoilers below!

I’ll wait …

And the Winner of the First Pauper Brewers Cup is …


Brick with his Esper Blink-ifacts list! Congratulations, Brick!

Brick will win 35 bot credits from our awesome sponsor, Cardhoarder, while Roberto will earn 15 bot credits for being runner-up. Congratulations to you both!

Dan and I played some fun, grindy Magic, and he nearly got me on time, but I pulled through a victory in the final minutes and was able to pilot [c]Esper Stormblade[/c] and friends to victory.

Thanks again to everyone who participated in the Pauper Brewers Cup, it was a lot of fun. Thanks to Dan for agreeing to play against me for all these matches. Sorry I stomped you so hard.

Most of all, thanks to our awesome patrons for making events like this possible, and thanks to Cardhoarder for sponsoring our events. If you’re reading this, you should go buy some cards from them; their prices are great and the service is exemplary.

Okay, that’s it, Brewers Cup out. Stay tuned for the “real” Pauper Gauntlet, coming soon to a YouTube channel near you!