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

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 Five: Extended Crossover

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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 [c]Distant Melody[/c]. 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.

[d title=”Stonybrook Wizards by RRemedio”]

Lands
2 Dismal Backwater
3 Tranquil Cove
3 Evolving Wilds
1 Plains
1 Swamp
10 Island

Wizards
4 Spellstutter Sprite
2 Vedalken Aethermage
3 Sea Gate Oracle
4 Stonybrook Banneret
2 Apprentice Wizard
1 Dawnglare Invoker
1 Archaeomancer
2 AEther Adept
2 Deputy of Acquittals
2 Stonybrook Schoolmaster

Card Draw
3 Distant Melody
3 Preordain

Utility
2 Harsh Sustenance
1 Capsize
2 Counterspell
3 Cloud of Faeries
3 Springleaf Drum

Sideboard
1 Wizard Replica
1 Distant Melody
1 Counterspell
4 Dispel
1 Vedalken Æthermage
1 Ghostly Flicker
1 Bonesplitter
3 Faerie Macabre
2 Narcolepsy [/d]

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.

[d title=”Decaying Melody by Heltoupee”]
Creature
3 Headless Skaab
3 Armored Skaab
4 Gurmag Angler
3 Makeshift Mauler
3 Necromancer’s Assistant
4 Screeching Skaab
4 Stitched Drake
3 Sultai Emissary

Spells
3 Distant Melody
3 Brainstorm
2 Disfigure
2 Ghastly Demise
3 Thought Scour

Land
4 Evolving Wilds
10 Island
4 Swamp
2 Terramorphic Expanse

Sideboard
2 Diabolic Edict
2 Echoing Truth
3 Ghoulcaller’s Chant
3 Nameless Inversion
3 Negate
2 Shrivel [/d]

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!”

[d title=”Distant Spirits by GreaterGerardon”]
Engine
4 Hana Kami
2 Death Denied
2 Soulless Revival

Benefitters
4 Thief of Hope
4 Petalmane Baku
2 Elder Pine of Jukai

Arcane Value Cards
3 Kodama’s Reach
4 Rend Flesh
1 Devouring Greed

Value Spirits
3 Nameless Inversion
3 Disowned Ancestor
3 Shimmering Glasskite

Card Draw
3 Distant Melody

Lands
3 Evolving Wilds
3 Terramorphic Expanse
2 Jungle Hollow
5 Forest
7 Swamp
2 Island

Sideboard
1 Devouring Greed
3 Moss Kami
1 Nameless Inversion
3 Spidersilk Armor
4 Waking Nightmare
1 Horobi’s Whisper
1 Kaervek’s Torch
1 Shinen of Life’s Roar [/d]

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 [c]Devouring Greed[/c] 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. [c]Treasure Cruise [/c] 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!

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 Four: The Wrong Tribe

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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 Two Winner

Wow! We tallied 70 votes over the week for your favorite Blades of Alara lists.

This was a close one! Brick’s Esper Blink-ifacts list edged out Heltoupee’s Bant Sword and Shield list to take the win, securing 29 votes to Bant’s 26. Zturchan’s Jund list brought up the rear with 16 votes.

Congratulations to Brick and his Esper Blink-ifacts list! Esper Blink-ifacts is now officially the second 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.

Voting for Week Three

Our constraint in week three was that almost everything had to be castable with one mana. On the surface this seemed quite straight-forward, but with Delve, Suspend, and other tricks, you guys found ways to introduce variety into the submissions. Nicely done! There were some excellent submissions, and here are my three picks for you to vote on.

[d title=”Little Heroic Boros by Heltoupee”]

Instant
3 Brute Force
4 Defiant Strike
2 Gods Willing
4 Lightning Bolt
4 Titan’s Strength
Sorcery
2 Assault Strobe
2 Firebolt
3 Reckless Charge
Enchantment
2 Dragon Mantle
Creature
3 Akroan Crusader
2 Deftblade Elite
4 Kiln Fiend
4 Lagonna-Band Trailblazer
4 Satyr Hoplite
Land
4 Boros Garrison
9 Mountain
4 Plains
Sideboard
2 Doomed Traveler
2 Electrickery
2 Erase
2 Gods Willing
4 Pyroblast
1 Relic of Progenitus
2 Smelt [/d]

Representing the aggro portion of the one-cost lists, Heltoupee has another chance to make it into the gauntlet with this Boros Heroic list. I’ve played similar lists in Standard Pauper and loved them, but we don’t have a list like this working in Pauper. Perhaps now is the time? I disagree with [c]Boros Garrison[/c] since the list only runs 17 lands and any hand with just Garrison is a mulligan, while any other land would let you keep. It’s the eternal problem of multi-color aggro decks in Pauper, though. Nothing new.

I considered Boros Metalcraft and Red Heroic for this spot, but both are very similar to lists we’ve seen place in Daily events.

[d title=”BR Lowrider by BrocoLee”]

Land
8 Mountain
7 Swamp
4 Evolving Wilds
2 Terramorphic Expanse
Creatures
4 Gurmag Angler
4 Sultai Scavenger
4 Kiln Fiend
Spells
4 Chain Lightning
4 Lightning Bolt
2 Duress
2 Ostracize
1 Ghastly Demise
2 Faithless Looting
2 Raven’s Crime
2 Disfigure
1 Gut Shot
4 Crack the Earth
3 Raze
Sideboard
2 Duress
2 Ostracize
3 Ghastly Demise
3 Electrickery
1 Gut Shot
2 Lightning Axe
2 Smelt [/d]

BrocoLee presented this midrange list with plenty of disruption and gas, and a number of threats that need to be answered or will take over the game. There were a couple good Angler lists presented, but I like this one for how it lets us trade resources we don’t care about (lands) and use them later to fuel big Delve dudes.

[d title=”Jund Suspenders by Honkbonkington”]

Land
4 Terramorphic Expanse
4 Evolving Wilds
2 Swamp
3 Forest
3 Mountain
2 Bloodfell Caves
2 Rugged Highlands
Creatures
4 Rift Elemental
2 Jhoira’s Timebug
2 Keldon Halberdier
4 Durkwood Baloth
3 Gurmag Angler
Sorcery
4 Raze
4 Rift Bolt
2 Search for Tomorrow
3 Innocent Blood
3 Crack the Earth
3 Duress
Instant
4 Lightning Bolt
2 Terminate
Sideboard
3 Mindstab
4 Pyroblast
2 Nature’s Claim
3 Electrickery
3 Ostracize [/d]

I had a rough time picking a third list. In the end, while I feel like Suspend lists just plain “don’t work” I still liked the creativity displayed here. Red Heroic nearly nabbed this spot again (sorry Scion!) but since it is a brewing contest, I want to reward creativity as much as playability. In any case, the disruption here could work to hold the game off until some of the suspended fatties can come in and impact the game.

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 Four: The Wrong Tribe

Not everyone gets to be an elf or a goblin. Some creatures are relegated to obscure tribes like Kithkin, Giants, Oozes, and others. This week’s challenge inspired by a suggestion from Tom Scud.

Here are your constraints this week:

  1. You have to run 3-4x [c]Distant Melody[/c].
  2. At least 16x creatures of the same creature type. No elves.

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 14, 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 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