The Pauper Brewers Cup: Final Results

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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)”]
Lands
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

Creatures
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

Spells
1 Executioner’s Capsule
1 Deep Analysis
1 Chainer’s Edict
1 Murder
1 Sylvok Lifestaff
1 Doom Blade

Sideboard
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)”]
Creatures
4 Esper Stormblade
4 Ethercaste Knight
4 Ethersworn Shieldmage
4 Court Homunculus
4 Glassdust Hulk
2 Sanctum Gargoyle
3 Mulldrifter

Spells
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
Sideboard
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 …

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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!

The Pauper Brewers Cup, Week 11: Gauntlet, Round 1

The Gauntlet is underway and videos are publishing this week on the YouTube Channel. Follow this playlist for all the updates.

Some of these brews have piqued Dan’s interest as well, if you haven’t caught those matches, here you go.



Be sure to swing by and comment on those videos, especially if you have play and/or sideboard suggestions. Dan and I will be setting up our grudge matches for sure sometime this month and there will be honor and glory on the line, both for us and for you brewers.

Even lists that lost the first week will get to continue in the gauntlet (first week is a practice week of sorts), so we’ll get to see every list in action at least a couple more times. Who do you think will win? Let me know in the comments!

/bava

Monthly Tournaments Coming Soon: Vote Now

Thanks to our awesome patrons, we reached a new milestone goal and will begin offering monthly PRE tournaments with prize support. Weigh in below on what time and format you would like to see in a new, once-per-month player-run event.

Pauper Brewers Cup Update

Tuesday is usually Brewers Cup day, and I do have news to report, but no new article. Dan and I have yet to schedule our matches, though he has chosen to play the lists that won their respective brewing challenges, so I will be playing one of the runners-up against him.

I have started playing the lists for their first rounds in the JFF room, and they have mostly been doing quite well. Every list gets a free match loss in week one, so even if a list loses, they will all proceed to week two. After that a match loss will DQ them. As expected, plenty of early concessions in the JFF room, but that is (unfortunately) the nature of the beast. A win is a win, as far as this event goes, because I don’t have time to make sure I get a “good” match in for it to count.

I got in seven matches so far this week, and will sneak in the eighth at some point. Expect to see those videos start popping up on the YouTube channel next week.

The Pauper Brewer’s Cup, Week 10: Ready the Gauntlet

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This week we get to see our final winning list and lay out the rules for the upcoming Gauntlet. As always, a big thanks to our good friends at Cardhoarder who 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 Eight Winner

Even though we didn’t have a new challenge this week we still got a respectable number of votes, so thank you to everyone who took the time to weigh in. It figures that on the very last week we would have a tie for first place. Shnuffles and RRemedio both came in at 13 votes. It was a really tough choice, but I picked RRemedio’s list as the winner, partially because I think he has submitted something every single week, and partially because of Heltoupee’s praise for the list in the comments.

So, in our closest finish yet, RRemedio edges a list into the Gauntlet with his Tortured Transmuter toolbox list. Congratulations, Roberto!

And the eight lists moving into the gauntlet are …

Here are our finalists which will move into the gauntlet portion of the cup.

W1 – Cavern Harpy: Eidolon and On by TomScud

W2 – Blades of Alara: Esper Blink-ifacts by Brick

W3 – One Drops: Little Heroic Boros by Heltoupee

W4 – Distant Melody: Distant Spirits by GreaterGerardon

W5 – Extended Pauper: All Deaths Welcome by ModernFever

W6 – Tron: Artificial Sweetener by Icepick23

W7 – Combo: UW Manifest by honkbonkington

W8 – Toolbox: Tortured Transmuter by RRemedio

Gauntlet Rules

This is the proposed format for the gauntlet. If you have any smashing ideas, please share them in the comments below.

Gauntlet lists will earn points by competing in two challenges.

Challenge #1: Dan will pick one of the top three lists for a given challenge, he may pick the winning list or one of the runners-up. After Dan makes his choice, I will either pick up the winning list (if Dan did not) or one of the runners-up lists (if Dan picked the winning list to play with). Dan and I will pit these lists against each other in one match. The Gauntlet list will earn 3 points for a win, 1 point for a tie, and 0 points for a loss.

Challenge #2: I will play each Gauntlet list in the JFF room. Each list will go until it loses a match, and will gain 1 point for every match it wins.

At this point, two lists will move into a third and final challenge.

Challenge #3: The grand finale. The two lists with the most points will enter a final grudge match, one against the other, again played by Dan and me. Dan can choose his list, I will play the other, and we play out the best of 3 matches. First list to win 2 matches will win the cup.

I’m not entirely sure yet what kind of schedule Dan and I will be able to arrange, but I will continue to post every Tuesday with updates, and there will be videos aplenty in the articles and on the YouTube channel. I will note that I have purposefully not played any of the Gauntlet lists, yet, because I wanted to make sure none got an unfair advantage of practice.

Monthly Tournaments

This event will very likely continue for another month or more, as Dan and I find time to play against each other. In the meantime, because of our awesome patrons, we are going to start hosting monthly PRE tournaments. The big questions are these: when should the tournaments take place? what format should they be in?

Weigh in below:

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.

Last but not least, if you like this challenge or any of our other content, please consider supporting us via our Patreon.

Thanks!

/bava

 

The Pauper Brewer’s Cup, Week 9: Interlude

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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”]

Lands
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
Sideboard
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”]

Lands
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
Creatures
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
Spells
1 Executioner’s Capsule
1 Deep Analysis
1 Chainer’s Edict
1 Murder
1 Sylvok Lifestaff
1 Doom Blade
Sideboard
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″]
Creatures:
4 Aurochs Herd
4 Copper Myr
3 Fangren Marauder
4 Fierce Empath
4 Krosan Tusker
1 Maul Splicer
3 Ulamog’s Crusher
Spells:
4 Ancient Stirrings
4 Crop Rotation
4 Expedition Map
2 Reap and Sow
1 Serrated Arrows
Lands:
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
Sideboard:
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.

Last but not least, if you like this challenge or any of our other content, please consider supporting us via our Patreon.

Thanks!

/bava

 

The Pauper Brewer’s Cup, Week Eight: A Tinker’s Toolbox

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It’s the final week of brewing. Submit your lists this week and let’s go out with a bang! Next week will wrap up the brewing portion, declaring the final winners and outlining the gauntlet portion of the event. Our good friends at Cardhoarder are sponsoring the event with 50 store credits, so there will definitely be some prizes on the line.

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 Six Winner

Light votes this week, but we had a close race.

Artificial Sweetener by Icepick23 takes the win and will move into the gauntlet portion of the challenge. Shnuffles came in a close second (Rebel Tron) with Marvin just behind (GR Tron).

Voting for Week Seven

Things are getting quiet around here. Are you guys burnt out? Are the challenges no good? I am afraid that my own innovation in defining the challenges has been lacking, but hopefully we can jump back in and get a lot of submissions this week. In the meantime, here are my top three “combo lists” for your voting pleasure.

[d title=”Elusive Helix Combo by han.s0lo”]

Engine
1 Battered Golem
4 Mirran Spy
4 Zephyr Scribe
4 Retraction Helix
4 Banishing Knack
Zero-Cost Artifacts
4 Lotus Petal
4 Spidersilk Net
Wincons
4 Elusive Spellfist
1 Golem Foundry
1 Tooth of Chiss-Goria
Utility
4 Ponder
3 Preordain
2 Trinket Mage
Land
4 Darksteel Citadel
4 Lonely Sandbar
4 Seat of the Synod
8 Island
Sideboard
4 Dispel
4 Hydroblast
3 Vapor Snag
4 Apostle’s Blessing [/d]

We got [c]Banishing Knack[/c] in Eventide, and this combo has existed since. It got a little attention when Knack was functionally reprinted as [c]Retraction Helix[/c] (I tried some lists out myself, notably with Elves), but it didn’t stick around. Han made it into the spotlight here, mainly, for his excellent use of new cards which are worth exploring in this combo, namely [c]Zephyr Scribe[/c] and [c]Elusive Spellfist[/c].

As we all know, the key to combo in Pauper is redundancy (or consistency, really, which redundancy provides) – we have redundancy here for sure. I see 9 untapper creatures, 8 “knacks”, and 6 wincons, along with some extra reach with Trinket Mage and cantrips. If anything I would be worried about missing a wincon, but then, you only need one of those.

[d title=”That Sinking Feeling by marvin02″]

Combo
4 Morselhoarder
4 Sinking Feeling
4 Hermetic Study
Ramp and Fixing
4 Wild Cantor
4 Tinder Wall
4 Manamorphose
4 Search for Tomorrow
Other Spells
4 Commune with the Gods
3 Vines of Vastwood
1 Karametra’s Favor
2 Serrated Arrows
Lands
21 Forest
1 Island
Sideboard
2 Apostle’s Blessing
2 Circle of Protection: Green
2 Circle of Protection: Red
1 Moment’s Peace
1 Pyroblast
3 Scattershot Archer
1 Vines of Vastwood
3 Wickerbough Elder [/d]

We don’t get to see [c]Morselhoarder[/c] very often, probably because he costs a whopping 6 mana. That said, this list seems fun and I love the idea of screwing over Affinity and Hexproof with infinite [c]Wickerbough Elder[/c] activations.

[d title=”UW Manifest by honkbonkington”]

Land
2 Terramorphic Expanse
2 Evolving Wilds
4 Tranquil Cove
7 Island
3 Plains
Creature
4 Ulamog’s Crusher
2 Hand of Emrakul
Instant
4 Cloudshift
4 Momentary Blink
4 Brainstorm
4 Spell Pierce
3 Daze
2 Disrupt
Sorcery
4 Soul Summons
4 Write into Being
4 Ponder
3 Preordain
Sideboard
4 Lone Missionary
3 Oblivion Ring
3 Holy Light
3 Mana Leak
2 Ivory Giant [/d]

I have enjoyed cheating in big dudes via flicker effects in the past, and this list is all in on that plan. Manifest is a new and interesting way to do this; I don’t know if it is better or worse than the morph / evoke tricks used in the past, but certainly worth exploring.

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 Eight: A Tinker’s Toolbox

Toolbox lists are always a treat, allowing you to find the right tool at the right time to get the job done. While [c]Trinket Mage[/c] and [c]Heliod’s Pilgrim[/c] are kind of the go-to toolbox enablers in Pauper, we have other options in terms of Transmute and even, to some extent, Tortured Existence (the latter being sort of a GY toolbox strategy.) I’m sure there are even other toolbox tools I’m not aware of; so you can use whatever toolbox enabler you like, but there should be at least four of them, and a sufficient number of “tools” to make the whole thing feel worthwhile.

  1. Brew up a fun, interesting, powerful, janky, or otherwise underexplored “toolbox” list for Pauper.

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, August 4, 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!

Last but not least, if you like this challenge or any of our other content, please consider supporting us via our Patreon.

Happy brewing!

/bava

 

The Pauper Brewer’s Cup, Week Seven: Apprehension Engine

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Wow, it’s the penultimate episode of the Pauper Brewer’s Cup, and either we’re losing steam or you you guys didn’t find much inspiration in the Tron / Ramp challenge. If it is the latter, my apologies. You have one more chance to send me suggestions for next week. After that we will jump into the “gauntlet” portion of this challenge, where your lists will fight for honor and glory.

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 Five Winner

Light votes this week, but we had a close race.

ModernFever secures the win with his “All Deaths Welcome” list, edging out obZen’s Grixis Go list by a single vote. Midnight_Memory brought up the rear but was just five votes back from second. Congratulations to Modern_Fever! All Deaths Welcome is not the fifth list to make it into the gauntlet portion of the Brewer’s Cup.

Voting for Week Six

We were light on submissions this week, but not on quality. The challenge was to brew a Tron or Ramp list, and you guys delivered. Here are my three favorites.

[d title=”Urza’s Rebellious Teenage Phase by Shnuffles”]

Lands
4 Urza’s Mine
4 Urza’s Power Plant
4 Urza’s Tower
1 Bojuka Bog
10 Plains
3 Expedition Map
Rebel Tutors
4 Ramosian Sergeant
4 Ramosian Lieutenant
4 Defiant Falcon
4 Amrou Scout
1 Blightspeaker
Utility Rebels
3 Zealot il-Vec
3 Aven Riftwatcher
1 Thermal Glider
1 Nightwind Glider
1 Amrou Seekers
1 Children of Korlis
Removal
3 Journey to Nowhere
4 Bound in Silence
Sideboard
2 Samite Censer-Bearer
1 Errant Doomsayers
1 Aven Riftwatcher
2 Lightbringer
1 Nightwind Glider
2 Thermal Glider
1 Zealot il-Vec
3 Oblivion Ring
2 Gravepurge [/d]

I like the title, and rebels + tron lands makes good sense. Aside from using Tron, it isn’t the most innovative Rebels list in the world, but still looks like it would be good fun to play and could be a competitor. Never underestimate the power of the rebellion!

[d title=”Artificial Sweetener by Icepick23″]

Lands
4 Urza’s Mine
4 Urza’s Tower
4 Urza’s Power Plant
4 Plains
4 Ancient Den
Recur Engine
4 Remember the Fallen
3 Salvage Scout
3 Sanctum Gargoyle
Recur Targets
3 Arcbound Bruiser
4 Arcbound Worker
2 Arcbound Stinger
2 Guardian Automaton
4 Ichor Wellspring
4 Origin Spellbomb
Utility Cards
4 Auriok Sunchaser
3 Thermal Navigator
4 Whispersilk Cloak
Sideboard
1 Circle of Protection: Green
2 Circle of Protection: Red
1 Circle of Protection: Blue
2 Vulshok Morningstar
2 Disenchant
3 Oblivion Ring
2 Dust to Dust
1 Mana Tithe
1 Sunbeam Spellbomb [/d]

Using the modular guys with recursion is interesting, and you have a sac outlet in [c]Thermal Navigator[/c] to push modular bonuses as needed. 4x [c]Whispersilk Cloak[/c] feels like too many, but otherwise the list seems solid enough. Icepick submitted a second list, but he dropped the land count to 17 and added in some Expedition Maps. I like maps, but generally you don’t want to replace land with them, especially not down to 17. It’s weird how greedy people get with mana in Pauper. Even with the Tron lands, I’d probably run 22 or so, adding in some dual-purpose lands like [c]Haunted Fengraf[/c] or [c]Quicksand[/c].

[d title=”GR Tron Control by Marvin02″]

Lands
4 Urza’s Mine
4 Urza’s Power Plant
4 Urza’s Tower
8 Forest
1 Rugged Highlands
1 Bojuka Bog
Creatures
4 Tinder Wall
4 Satyr Wayfinder
2 Ulamog’s Crusher
Spells
2 Lotus Petal
4 Crop Rotation
4 Faithless Looting
4 Firebolt
1 Flame Jab
2 Prophetic Prism
4 Mulch
1 Morgue Theft
4 Earth Rift
2 Swirling Sandstorm
Sideboard
2 Ancient Grudge
1 Canopy Claws
1 Electrickery
2 Fangren Marauder
2 Moment’s Peace
3 Pyroblast
2 Serene Heart
2 Swirling Sandstorm [/d]

This is both a Tron deck AND a ramp deck, so it fits the brief twice over. I love [c]Swirling Sandstorm[/c] and it makes me happy to see it in use here. I’m not sure about the “retrace vs card draw” idea, since there isn’t a lot of retrace in here, but I approve of the list nonetheless.

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 Seven: Apprehension Engine

I’m reading Angelmaker by Nick Harkaway right now, and in the story there is a device called the Apprehension Engine. What it actually does is somewhat mysterious at this point, but the gist seems to be that it removes all mystery, granting perfect knowledge and banishing the unknown. Or something like that. There are tiny, golden mechanical bees. They go off and unlock more bees. And more bees. And more bees. Essentially it is a chain reaction that may (or may not) lead to an armageddon of some kind. All of which is a roundabout way of getting to my point, which is that your deck should cause a chain reaction of some kind that should lead to armageddon for your opponent.

tl;dr build me an awesome Pauper combo deck.

There are lot of unexplored combos in Pauper. If you have seen my [c]Blessing of Leeches[/c] videos on the channel, you know that some are jankier than others. Even so, there is a TON of unexplored space, here; okay, so maybe not in terms of tier 1 potential, but plenty of solid t2 stuff that might be ready for its moment to shine. Your combo list doesn’t need to be “infinite” but it should do something powerful when it goes off. For instance, one-land spy is not an infinite combo, but generally does enough to kill your opponent. Same with [c]Songs of the Damned[/c]. Infinite combos are in no way discouraged, of course, just so long as they do something worthwhile. Infinitely playing and bouncing creatures, to no other effect, isn’t very impressive.

  1. Brew up a fun, interesting, powerful, janky, or otherwise underexplored Combo list for Classic Pauper.

I am willing to consider that [c]Kiln Fiend[/c] “combos” with cantrips, and that infect combos with pump spells, but it better be more “interesting” than that or it won’t pass muster.

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, August 4, 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!

Last but not least, if you like this challenge or any of our other content, please consider supporting us via our Patreon.

Happy brewing!

/bava

 

The Pauper Brewer’s Cup, Week Three: The Chosen One

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Welcome back, everyone, and thanks for making the Brewer’s Cup such a fun event so far. I’ve loved reading your submissions and watching conversations happen in the comments. How are you guys liking the event so far? Anything I should change?

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 One Winner

Wow! We tallied 65 votes over the week for your favorite [c]Cavern Harpy[/c] lists.

The sure winner with 36 votes was Tomscud with his Eidolon and On list. Congratulations! Eidolon and On is now officially the first 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.

Rremedio grabbed second place with 19 votes for his Harpy Control list while Gerge brought in a solid 10 votes for his Dimir Shinobi list.

Voting for Week Two

Our constraint in week two was to include 4x of one of the following: [c]Bant Sureblade[/c] | [c]Esper Stormblade[/c] | [c]Grixis Grimblade[/c] | [c]Jund Hackblade[/c] | [c]Naya Hushblade[/c] and to only use the colors of the shard you had chosen. This challenge is quite hard because, as someone noted, the Blades all want to be in an aggro deck, but multi-colored aggro decks are an issue in Pauper due to our clunky mana bases. That said, there were some excellent submissions, and here are my three picks for you to vote on.

[d title=”Esper Blink-ifacts by brick (Pauper)”]

Creatures
4 Esper Stormblade
4 Ethercaste Knight
4 Ethersworn Shieldmage
4 Court Homunculus
4 Glassdust Hulk
2 Sanctum Gargoyle
3 Mulldrifter

Spells
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

Sideboard
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]

Brick took feedback from his first submission and tuned it into this list, highlighting a [c]Mystical Teachings[/c] package that can grab anything from the spell toolbox or [c]Ethersworn Shieldmage[/c]. I like the idea of grabbing Flash creatures with Teachings, and the deck looks solid overall. It also fit the shard requirement, which many lists did not. I’m willing to be flexible, but lists that follow the rules get bonus points.

[d title=”Bant Sword and Shield by heltoupee (Pauper)”]

Enchantment
2 Armadillo Cloak
2 Cho-Manno’s Blessing
1 Crystallization
2 Curse of Chains
1 Favor of the Overbeing
3 Shield of the Oversoul
1 Steel of the Godhead

Artifact
2 Fieldmist Borderpost
2 Wildfield Borderpost

Creature
4 Bant Sureblade
4 Heliod’s Pilgrim
3 Mulldrifter
4 Qasali Pridemage
2 Safehold Elite
4 Slippery Bogle
4 Steward of Valeron

Land
4 Evolving Wilds
7 Forest
1 Island
7 Plains

Sideboard
3 Dispel
2 Gleeful Sabotage
3 Prismatic Strands
1 Relic of Progenitus
3 Scattershot Archer
3 Standard Bearer [/d]

Another list that follows this rules, this time in Bant colors. Heltoupee resubmitted his list to make sure it fit the guidelines, and the result is a great looking Bant list with a solid [c]Heliod’s Pilgrim[/c] aura package. With the 4x pilgrims I feel like the SB could benefit from some situational auras, though otherwise it looks pretty balanced.

[d title=”Jund Hack and Slash by zturchan (Pauper)”]

Creatures
4 Jund Hackblade
4 Putrid Leech
4 Horned Kavu
4 Manaforge Cinder
2 Desecrator Hag
4 Blood Ogre

Spells
4 Lightning Bolt
3 Terminate
3 Riot Spikes
4 Searing Blaze
4 Chain Lightning

Mana Sources/Lands
3 Firewild Borderpost
2 Veinfire Borderpost
4 Forest
4 Swamp
7 Mountain

Sideboard
3 Ancient Grudge
3 Electrickery
3 Molten Rain
3 Duress
3 Pyroblast [/d]

There is plenty to love in this Jund list. Stick a fat, undercosted creature like Leech or Kavu, protect it with tons of removal, and swing for the fences. I can see this list doing well against creature decks, but imagine it has issues with more controlling lists.

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 Three: The Chosen One

I had some good suggestions for themes in last week’s comments, and I will probably use them in the future. For now, I want to mix things up and, with an eye to not always creating clunky, multi-colored midrange lists, this week’s challenge will be sleek and streamlined.

Here are your constraints this week:

  1. All but 4 cards in your list have to be castable with only one mana.
  2. Your 4 exceptions can have any mana cost you like.

Yep, it’s a one-drop challenge. Note that the way I have worded the rules does allow for cards like [c]Vault Skirge[/c] and [c]Rift Bolt[/c]. I am also willing to consider Convoke and Delve in your list but I have to believe that those cards are realistically only going to cost one mana when you cast them.

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

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 7, 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!

Last but not least, if you like this challenge or any of our other content, please consider supporting us via our Patreon.

Happy brewing!

/bava

 

The Pauper Brewer’s Cup, Week Two: Blades of Alara

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Week one was a great success, and I loved the submissions! Thanks to everyone who participated!

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.

Voting for Week One

Our constraint in week one was to include at least 3x [c]Cavern Harpy[/c] in your lists. ETB shenanigans was the name of the game, making it somewhat hard to pick three lists to put to the vote. One list stands out for being quite different, while the other two seemed like the “best” in their class. Here are the lists, you can vote on your favorite down below.

[d title=”Eidolon and On by Tom the Scud (Pauper)”]
Mana rocks and lands
4 Dimir Signet
2 Dimir Guildgate
4 Dismal Backwater
4 Dimir Aqueduct
6 Swamp
6 Island

Engine part 1
3 Cavern Harpy
3 Tortured Existence
4 Vampire Hounds

Engine part 2
4 Enigma Eidolon
4 Entropic Eidolon
2 Aurora Eidolon

Infiltrator toolbox
3 Dimir Infiltrator
1 Cloud of Faeries
2 Looter il-Kor
2 Prohibit
1 Think Twice
1 Chainer’s Edict
3 Agony Warp
1 Echoing Decay

Sideboard
3 Negate
2 Doom Blade
2 Shrivel
2 Bottle Gnomes
1 Tortured Existence
3 Chainer’s Edict
1 Echoing Decay
1 Prohibit [/d]

This “outside the box” list uses some undiscovered Eidolon magic to create a strong recursion engine and eventually grind your opponents to dust.

[d title=”Mono Harpy Control by RRemedio (Pauper)”]
Lands
1 Bojuka Bog
3 Dimir Aqueduct
8 Swamp
4 Dismal Backwater
3 Island
4 Evolving Wilds

Juice
1 Cadaver Imp
3 Gray Merchant of Asphodel
2 Liliana’s Specter
1 Mnemonic Wall
4 Ravenous Rats
3 Mulldrifter
4 Phyrexian Rager
1 Gurmag Angler
1 Man-o’-War
1 Parasitic Strix
1 Sedraxis Alchemist

Enablers
3 Ghostly Flicker
3 Cavern Harpy

Removal
3 Diabolic Edict
3 Disfigure
1 Tragic Slip
1 Victim of Night
1 Devour Flesh

Sideboard
1 Choking Sands
2 Shrivel
1 Repeal
1 Negate
1 Evincar’s Justice
2 Pharika’s Cure
2 Wrench Mind
1 Devour Flesh
1 Parasitic Strix
1 Man-o’-War
2 Sedraxis Alchemist [/d]

Roberto put together a real Harpy toolbox list, and while I wonder at the absence of [c]Chittering Rats[/c], I like some of the other inclusions. I have to admit, though, that the sideboard feels a bit all over the place.

[d title=”Dimir Shinobi by Gerge (Pauper)”]
Land
3 Dimir Aqueduct
4 Dismal Backwater
2 Evolving Wilds
4 Island
8 Swamp

Creature
3 Cavern Harpy
4 Chittering Rats
3 Gray Merchant of Asphodel
3 Mulldrifter
4 Ninja of the Deep Hours
2 Okiba-Gang Shinobi

Sorcery
4 Chainer’s Edict
4 Consult the Necrosages

Instant
3 Agony Warp
2 Diabolic Edict
1 Snuff Out
4 Undying Evil

Enchantment
2 Oubliette

Sideboard
4 Counterspell
2 Crypt Rats
3 Cuombajj Witches
2 Diabolic Edict
1 Okiba-Gang Shinobi
3 Spidersilk Net [/d]

This was a hard choice, but I like Ninjas (who doesn’t) and the removal package seems decent enough to stay alive and get the engine online. 4x [c]Undying Evil[/c] seems like too many, but hey, that card is just mean when it works. Ninjas may prefer Specter over rats, in this case, opposite of Roberto’s list.

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 Two: Blades of Alara

Inspiration for this week’s theme goes to Deluxeicoff. I’ve always liked this cycle and I think there is plenty of space to brew here.

Here are your constraints this week:

  1. 4x of one of the following:
    • [c]Bant Sureblade[/c] | [c]Esper Stormblade[/c] | [c]Grixis Grimblade[/c] | [c]Jund Hackblade[/c] | [c]Naya Hushblade[/c]
  2. Your list may only use the colors of the shard you choose and should use all three colors in some way.

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

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, June 30, 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!

Last but not least, if you like this challenge or any of our other content, please consider supporting us via our Patreon.

Happy brewing!

/bava

 

The Pauper Brewer’s Cup, Week One: Cavern Harpy

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After teasing this on Reddit and receiving a great response, I figured, “Why wait?” Let’s launch this thing now! What thing, you ask? This thing.

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 One: Cavern Harpy

Back when Casting Commons was more active they had a series of Pauper Challenges. The idea was that if you made it into the Top 8 of a Pauper Premier Event with a list that met their conditions, you would win a prize. As far as I know, nobody ever won any of the five challenges, which is a shame because some of them were quite good. We’re going to borrow from CC today and their first challenge, which involved a certain harpy.

Here are your constraints this week:

  • 3x [c]Cavern Harpy[/c] in the maindeck.

That’s it. The original challenge called for EtB effects, but I think that’s a given, and hey, if you can think of a deck that somehow fully utilizes Harpy without EtB triggers, more power to you. I’d love to see it.

*edit* I have reduced this from the original 4x copies required, thanks to your generous feedback.

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, June 23, 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. Yes, I’m making you guys do all the work, but only because I hold you all in such high esteem.

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!

Last but not least, if you like this challenge or any of our other content, please consider supporting us via our Patreon.

Happy brewing!

/bava