You have valid points of contention there, souck! Only reason I chose red instead of black is because I have all the land destruction spells from that color in my collection, while I have none from black (plus I still don't have the black "sweeper" effects; Crypt Rats, Evincar's Justice). I like where this is going!
Basically, what this type of deck is trying to do, or at least what I think its supposed to be doing, is you just destroy the opponent's lands in the first few turns. If there is a choice of killing off a creature or destroying a land, destroy the land first. Then, when opponent is strapped for mana, we start to pick off the creatures on the battlefield, either through 1-on-1 removal (Slow Motion, Firebolt, Snuff Out) or sweepers (Fade Away, Crypt Rats). Final stage will be to drop the finishers, Flurry of Horns from or Gurmag Angler from .
I'll try to post a Dimir version soon.
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Jun 13, 2018A quick search for fog effects stapled to a body (for abusing the bounce and blink effects) yielded this larger Spore Frog. Will have to test 2 of this in the side. The mana cost seems like a hindrance, though.Posted in: Paper Pauper and Peasant
If I add in 3 Rancors, which cards from the main will I be taking out?
Jun 12, 2018Although I haven't tested it (I have yet to build this deck), Court Hussar is definitely an upgrade over Sea Gate Oracle. The stats are the same (1/3 body for 2U), but Court Hussar digs 1 card deeper and has vigilance. The "drawback" of having to spend W to cast it or else it's sacrificed is almost negligible since this isn't a blink deck.Posted in: Paper Pauper and Peasant Primers
You can also test Prying Blade as an additional target for Trinket Mage.
Jun 11, 2018Preview season is here again! Here are some of the new commons from the set:Posted in: MTGO Pauper
Aven Wind Mage - 2U-costed 2/2 flyer with semi-prowess ability (instants and sorceries only)
Bogstomper - vanilla 6/5 for 4BB (the cutest vegetarian alligator you've ever seen)
Bristling Boar - a 4/3 for 3G Stalking Tiger upgrade
Daybreak Chaplain - 1/3 lifelinker for 1W
Dwarven Priest - 3W 2/4 that gains you life for every creature you control when it enters the battlefield
Elvish Rejuvenator - 1/1 for 2G with an ability to look for a land off the top five cards of your library and putting it in the battlefield tapped
Goblin Instigator - Mogg War Marshal without the echo cost (and the dies trigger)
Hostile Minotaur - 3/3 haste for 3R
Kargan Dragonrider - 2/2 for 1R and has flying as long as you control a dragon (funny thought: this riding Nicol Bolas)
Loxodon Line Breaker - vanilla 3/2 elephant for 2W
Onakke Ogre - a Frenzied Raptor masquerading as an ogre
Scholar of Stars - a 3/2 human artificer for 3U that draws you a card when it ETBs as long as you control an artifact
Silverbeak Griffin - WW for a 2/2 flyer; could be considered in white weenie decks
Skeleton Archer - 1 damage to any target upon entering at 3/3 for 3B
Sparktongue Dragon - 3/3 flyer for 3RR with a "kicker" of 2R to deal 3 damage to any target
Star-Crowned Stag - Fiend Binder reprint with an additional point of toughness
Ursine Champion - generic "bear" (2/2 for 1G) with an overcosted ability of 5G (+3/+3 until end of turn, and becomes a not-so-generic Bear Berserker)
Strangling Spores - 3B instant, target creature gets -3/-3 until end of turn (holy heck Last Gasp, what happened?!)
Lich's Caress - sorcery for 3BB which destroys target creature and gaining you 3 life
Take Vengeance - color shifted Death Stroke for 1W
Marauder's Axe - overcosted Bonesplitter (2) with an overcosted equip cost too (2)
Dwindle - Pin to the Earth variant at 2U but enchanted creature dies when assigned as a blocker
Knight's Pledge - 1W aura which grant a +2/+2 boost
Jun 11, 2018If TortEx and Madness had a baby, this would be it. I honestly like the resiliency of this (with Grave Scrabbler and Tortured Existence) as well as the explosive turn of Lead the Stampede then dumping it all to an attacking Vampire Hounds! Nice!Posted in: Paper Pauper and Peasant
Jun 11, 2018Updated the list above with a more consistent one. Still having problems with Elves, Stompy, and other token-based decks though (the goblins and Battle Screech kinds). Fade Aways from the SB just can't seem to control them fast enough.Posted in: Paper Pauper and Peasant
Jun 11, 2018Very nice suggestion Upkeep! Although I'll still have to try which among Compulsive Research and Pieces is the most optimal (the put the rest into your graveyard part is what I'm worried about). Yep, Slow Motion is da bomb, especially when opponent has no more lands/mana to pay you (upkeep - see what I did there? lol). The best part is (like Rancor and its ilk from the Urza block) it returns to hand, ready to tax again.Posted in: Paper Pauper and Peasant
Also came across this little gem that might supplant Firebolt in the main. The inevitable loop with Archaeomancer is very real: With Archaeomancer on the battlefield, cast Jilt, targeting the 'mancer, then deal 2 to a creature that slipped through the cracks. Recast Archaeomancer, targeting Jilt, then repeat. Or you can just target two creatures from the opponent's side. Either way, fun times!
Jun 8, 2018Posted in: Paper Pauper and Peasant
Izzet PonzaMagic OnlineOCTGN2ApprenticeBuy These Cards Creature (6)
4 Goblin Electromancer
4 Stone Rain
4 Molten Rain
3 Compulsive Research
3 Fade Away
3 Flurry of Horns
1 Earth Rift
3 Slow Motion
3 Izzet Signet
4 Sandstone Needle
3 Izzet Boilerworks
2 Swiftwater Cliffs
4 Mana Leak
4 Rishadan Cutpurse
2 Relic of Progenitus
1 Fade Away
1 Slow Motion
Here's a new Ponza build I'm trying to refine and perfect. The strategy is to destroy opponent's lands first, which can be done as early as turn 2, thanks to Sandstone Needle. Then, a timely Fade Away clears creatures off the battlefield and Slow Motion and Firebolt pick off whatever remains. Capsize is there for the other permanents, as well as a lock when bouncing that single land, Compulsive Research for hand refills, Archaeomancer for recycling whatever's needed, and Flurry of Horns as the finisher (finishers?) of choice.
Thinking of testing the following cards too: Flailing Soldier, Rhystic Deluge and Rhystic Study (definitely! if and when I can afford it).
Any other suggestions?
edit: Will blind-flipping Delver from the sideboard be better than the Rishadan Cutpurses?
Jun 5, 2018Posted in: MTGO PauperQuote from Ulka »Oh yea I never did post that.
DeckMagic OnlineOCTGN2ApprenticeBuy These Cards //Creature (17)
4 Arbor Elf
4 Entourage of Trest
3 Hooting Mandrills
3 Mold Shambler
3 Orcish Lumberjack
4 Utopia Sprawl
2 Wild Growth
4 Lightning Bolt
3 Mwonvuli Acid-Moss
2 Rolling Thunder
4 Stone Rain
4 Ash Barrens
4 Evolving Wilds
Hey, nice list! Thanks! The only thing I'm concerned about is the interaction of Utopia Sprawl and Wild Growth with Orcish Lumberjack. Any problems encountered using those three?
Jun 1, 2018Posted in: MTGO Pauper
Hello Ulka! I also have a Gruul LD deck featuring Orcish Lumberjack! Care to share the list?
May 25, 2018How does Library of Leng interact with Vampire Hounds? Let's say you discard three cards to pump the Hounds (giving it +6/+6), then you can put one, two or all three cards back on top of your library? If so, that's a new wrinkle to explore right there.Posted in: Paper Pauper and Peasant
May 24, 2018The synergies here are very good, especially the previous version that includes Exhume and Horror of the Broken Lands. Have you considered Dark Ritual for a first turn Vampire Hounds?Posted in: Paper Pauper and Peasant
Also, some sort of unblockable effect for the Hounds for max damage, but said card doesn't exist in B and W, although Aphotic Wisps and Dirge of Dread from Black and Emerge Unscathed and Shelter from White "mimic" the said effect and netting an additional card to be discarded to boot! (Well not Emerge Unscathed, but you get the idea).
May 14, 2018I have Navigator's Compass slotted in this BW Pestilence build:Posted in: MTGO Pauper
WB PestilenceMagic OnlineOCTGN2ApprenticeBuy These Cards Creature (19)
4 Kor Skyfisher
4 Lone Missionary
3 Wall of Hope
3 Aven Riftwatcher
3 Guardian of the Guildpact
2 Palace Sentinels
3 Faith's Fetters
3 Survival Cache
3 Prismatic Strands
1 Momentary Blink
3 Navigator's Compass
3 Scoured Barrens
3 Orzhov Basilica
1 Mortuary Mire
The Compass (and the singleton Momentary Blink) replaces 4 Thraben Inspectors in the original build.
May 14, 2018Posted in: Paper Pauper and Peasant
I think Anarchist is too slow; just add land destruction spells instead of putting him in. Just my two cents.
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