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  • posted a message on Mono-Red control project or The Hunt for Red Controlber!
    This deck got so much better in 2020!

    I'm personally a bit more in favour of Commodore than Throneguard since it doesn't die to artifact hate and the board is usually kept clear, making it a much faster win condition. I totally get wanting the 5 toughness creature, though, as it survives most burn spells.

    Bonder's Ornament is basically the best card we could have in terms of card advantage, since it also ramps. Too bad about the price tag; I was lucky to open a copy from a random booster.

    I'm glad you're testing out the wildfire/darksteel combo. Has it been paying off? It bet it's also fun to disrupt Tron in the maindeck!
    Posted in: Paper Pauper and Peasant
  • posted a message on [Pauper Spoilers] Kaldheim
    That's pretty interesting. It reminds me a bit of Burning-Tree Vandal, but this obviously has the upside of actually generating card advantage, potentially.

    Shimmerdrift Vale makes fixing very easy and should allow for better 3 colour decks. Interesting!

    Scorn Effigy seems pretty great! You can foretell it on turn 2 and get a 2/3 next turn. Seems like a good combo with Burning-Tree Emissary.

    Bind the Monster is clearly supposed to be pushed to the limits of what cards like it do. Taking the damage is well worth dealing with the creature potentially forever for 1 mana.
    Posted in: Pauper
  • posted a message on [Pauper Spoilers] Kaldheim
    Codespell Cleric seems really interesting. It's fairly easy to meet its two spell requirement in a lot of aggressive decks, which could leave you with a 2/2 vigilance for 1. That's almost Nettle Sentinel levels of power. The cleric also has the bonus of being able to put the extra +1/+1 on any creature. I'm pretty high on this card! Nice to see White get something nice for a change.
    Posted in: Pauper
  • posted a message on [Pauper Spoilers] Kaldheim
    Man, artifact/creature hate that exiles in Blue... What is happening in this set. Confused
    Posted in: Pauper
  • posted a message on [Pauper Spoilers] Kaldheim
    Howdy folks!

    We got some pretty exciting new lands for Pauper: actual honest-for-goodness dual lands! ... I mean lands that have two land types.

    They printed all ten at once, which is also nice. Glacial Floodplain is the WU one.

    Basically, they're snow permanents, enter the battlefield tapped, and have two land types.

    While this is exciting, I'm wondering how useful the land type will be. Into the North just got a lot better for fixing and ramping, as did Nature's Lore/Three Visits/Farseek, Land Grant, Mwonvuli Acid-Moss and the landcycling cards like Chartooth Cougar. I guess Wild Nacatl is easier to enable for turn 2. Aside from that, are there any other notable interactions with lands types that don't specify basic lands?

    Other than the lands, we got a good number of other commons.

    Behold the Multiverse shows off the Foretell mechanic. It's unfortunate that you have to pay the foretell cost only on your turn, but this is still a potentially very powerful card draw spell, being able to scry 2 and draw 2 at instant speed at a discount on later turns. I haven't found the other Foretell cards spoiled to be particularly good.

    Frost Bite is a very tame Skred, which unfortunately won't see much constructed play when players have access to so much better burn.

    Masked Vandal seems great. Changeling can have some applications across the board and exiling a creature in your graveyard in exchange for exiling an artifact or enchantment for only 2 mana seems powerful. Exiling the target is key.
    Posted in: Pauper
  • posted a message on Pauper discord ?
    Hi Balsamify!

    The Pauper community on MTGO is basically dead, as sad as I am to say it. I would ask around on Reddit. I did a quick search and most results came from there.

    Hope you find what you're looking for!
    Posted in: Pauper
  • posted a message on [Pauper Spoilers] Commander Legends Discussion
    Cascade seems like a lot of fun for Pauper, but I wonder how "competitive" it will really be.

    Fiery Cannonade is about to change Pauper forever. We haven't had a board wipe this cheap before, as far as I know. This one is instant speed and hits fliers. This is really good for red decks.

    Champion of the Flame is also a really good downgrade. I can't wait to see some people piling on Leonin Scimitars and other janky equipment and going to town with this guy. Oh, and Bonesplitter, too...

    Crimson Fleet Comodore is a great Monarch card for Red. Having Trample makes it good at stealing the Monarchy back. 5/2 are perfect stats, too.

    Slith Ascendant makes me hope we get to see the whole set of Sliths. The Red one in particular would be great.

    Benevolent Blessing is a better version of Cho-Manno's Blessing, which is hard to imagine. Looks like Mono-White Heroic got a good boost.

    I love that they reprinted Cuombajj Witches with the Seb McKinnon artwork that was originally for MTGO. These are beautiful.

    Jalum Tome and Howling Golem both give repeatable card draw in colourless, which is pretty exciting!
    Posted in: Pauper
  • posted a message on [Pauper Spoilers] Commander Legends Discussion
    Good call on the Maelstrom Colossus. I did not read Cascade well enough. Having to recast it over again definitely makes this a lot less good than I thought, but still a very powerful and value-producing card that I think many players will want over Crusher. Even if it just Cascades into something like Prophetic Prism or Ancient Stirrings, you're still coming out ahead on cards in a world of Cast Downs.
    Posted in: Pauper
  • posted a message on [Pauper Spoilers] Commander Legends Discussion
    Oh wow, Fleshbag Marauder is a really nice downgrade! Thanks for mentioning it.


    Blue just did it again...

    Fall From Favor

    This card is about to change how we play Pauper.
    Posted in: Pauper
  • posted a message on [Pauper Spoilers] Commander Legends Discussion
    Hey Folks, we've got a brand new season of spoilers already. These supplemental sets are often where we get the best new goodies for Pauper, so it's an exciting time.

    This set contains both brand new cards and downshifted reprints.

    The Diamond cycle has been downshifted to common (Marble Diamond, etc.). I think these are probably playable in some decks. It gives certain colours access to ramp that didn't necessarily have it this efficiently before. I'm not sure where they would see play in particular though.

    Maelstrom Colossus is probably on of the most interesting cards to come out so far. This is finally good competition with Ulamog's Crusher for "best fatty". This one feels especially relevant now since Ghostly Flicker effects are commonplace in Tron decks, giving this colossus an easy home as both a finisher and a value engine.

    Natural Reclamation is expensive, but the potential value out of this is extraordinary. I've love to kill an artifact land and get a free Blastoderm, for example.

    Forceful Denial is good along the same lines, but maybe a bit harder to use, since leaving up 5 mana to counter a spell is not great, but Blue manipulating its library might improve Cascade results.

    We got much needed reprints of Thorn of the Black Rose and Entourage of Trest. I assume Palace Sentinels will also appear soon. These cards are obscenely expensive on MTGO.

    Makeshift Munitions is making its way to common. I think this is a great card that should be somewhat playable in Red decks that play tons of tokens or artifacts. It might make for some interesting control-oriented Aristocrat decks. I love it! It's Pauper's Goblin Bombardment!

    There are a few black commons printed, but they all seem pretty overcosted for Pauper.

    Are there any printings/downshifts that you're excited for?
    Posted in: Pauper
  • posted a message on New Budget Format Idea
    Have you heard of Penny Dreadful? This is an MTGO-run format that is basically the same thing as what you're describing. No cards over $0.01 can be played. The format shifts every three months to update the card pool. Decks that became popular suddenly become out of price range, requiring adaptation on the part of the player.

    It's a really cool idea, but it does require of lot of adaptation on the part of the player. Unless they are fully enfranchised in the format, it can be very daunting to have to update/change decks so frequently.

    That being said, Penny Dreadful players developed many good tools for tracking card prices that you would most likely be interested in. Perhaps they could be changed/adapted to fit your "IRL" model. Instead of "Penny Dreadful", it could be "Dime Dreadful", haha.
    Posted in: Homebrew and Variant Formats
  • posted a message on Void Maw and Rest In Peace
    If a creature would die when both Void Maw and Rest In Peace are on the battlefield under the same controller, do they decide how the card is exiled? If there is a choice of exiling to be made, what happens when these cards are controlled by two different players?
    Posted in: Magic Rulings
  • posted a message on [Spoiler Discussion] Zendikar Rising
    Marauding Blight-Priest seems pretty fantastic. The stats are decent and it's 2 mana cheaper than Epicure of Blood. I just wish it was a 2/3 and not a 3/2.

    Pretty interesting set for Pauper, considering it's not a masters set.

    As for Tormenting Voice... Yeah I agree it's overprinted. They could stand to change it up more often. I mean, it has more printings than Colossal Dreadmaw by a good margin! Not to mention Thrill of Possibility has been in M21, Theros AND Throne. Enough already!
    Posted in: Pauper
  • posted a message on [Spoiler Discussion] Zendikar Rising
    Do you think Cleansing Wildfire will see some play?

    Nahiri's Binding seems pretty decent as a cheaper version of Faith's Fetters.
    Posted in: Pauper
  • posted a message on The State of Pauper
    This article is very interesting. Worth a read! https://puremtgo.com/articles/tron-still-problem-pauper

    Addressing the play pattern that Tron has focused on is a very complex issue. CWeaver believes banning the Tron lands would be the simplest solution.

    I generally agree, but I have to admit I have mixed feelings about Tron lands leaving the format altogether. I feel like they are a pillar of Pauper and a selling point for the format for people coming from Modern. It would be like banning Delver of Secrets, essentially the poster-child of the format.
    Posted in: Pauper
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