• Blight Mamba - the slowest Infect creature. Usually played when 2 extra mana can be left open for the regen, so without a Petal you need a protection spell prepared. With all the removal in pauper, the regen does come in handy, however it also binds up mana so don't always rely on the regen. 4 of because of no better options.

  • Glistener Elf - the star. This is the reason this deck has a T2 win con. Honestly wish there was another one drop Infect creatures. A Lott of times I still play this on T2 with a protection spell in hand if the winning combo is not in my opening hand. 4 of, Star of the deck.

  • Ichorclaw Myr - Whenever you can get a rancor on this she bitch do it. Myr + Rancor = Doom. Best 2 drop Infect creature imo. 4. Staple.

  • Rot Wolf - needed an extra couple Infect creatures. The card advantage this possibly nets you can make or break a game if forced into the mid-long game. Fills up your hand or forces opponent to take poison. 2 of b/c of mana restrictions.

Honorable Mention: Cystbearer - no abilities and still dies To Bolt. It has a "fatter ass" than Rot Wolf , so it's between the two for your meta/playstyle. I'll take the wolf myself.

  • Apostle's Blessing - not a pump, but protection. Will make a creature unlockable in the correct circumstances. Only a two of because of the negative synergy and awkwardness of playing around the protection when faced against a Green opponent or a mirror. If you play this spell first and stack pumps it's OK. Otherwise all pumps must resolve before you can play Blessing. If you pump first and protect (say from ) on the same stack, then the pumps fizzle.

  • Groundswell - pretty much the only +4/+4 for there is in pauper. Only a 3 of because this deck runs so low on lands. Otherwise if you have 3 lands out, hold one or the Land Grant for a finish. Another useful tech, hold extra lands in your hand if you don't need them, drop the lands to bluff a Groundswell and attack.

  • Llanowar Augur - yes, it's a creature, but other than blocking it's most likley getting sac'd the next turn for the Infect creatures. One of the 2 main sources of trample. Don't forget to put an upkeep stop on (or a die on your library) to remeber to sac before you draw. 4 of for trample.

  • Mutagenic Growth - "free" +2/+2. 3 of because it does not save creatures from Lightning Bolt, and makes sidebording Gut Shot easier.

  • Predator's Strike - doubles as a trample source and a pump. Play testing showed extreme failures without ample trample. This fills out possible trample cards to 10. The +3/+3 will save you from Bolt. Only a 2 of becuase of mana restrictions and this deck already has 4 ofs both Rancor and Llanowar Augur .

  • Rancor - the other trample. Reoccurring effect is undeniably necessary. 4 of. Staple.

  • Ranger's Guile - yes not as good as Blessing in some cases and better in others. Basically Guile will protect your creatures, give them a small pump for the extra 1, and does not interfere with other spells like Blessing does. So long as you are playing against or keep this MB. A 2 of split with Blessing.

  • Seal of Strength - No trample and they see it coming. However; it is an uncounterable +3/+3 if it resolves, save you fro! Bolt, and it gives you a turn 1 play. 2 of works well.

  • Vines of Vastwood - imo the best pump for Infect (period). It protects, which is much needed, and it pumps for +4/+4 when kicked. Also, there is a Vines fizzle trick. Vines does not give hexproof, therfore if your opponent casts a spell and you cast Vines on that same creature in response, your opponents spell will fizzle. (example: your opponent casts Artful Dodge on Kiln Fiend; in response you cast Vines of Vastwood onKiln Fiend. Dodge will fizzle if Vines resolves. 4 of. Staple.

  • Gitaxian Probe - "free" card draw is always good and the knowledge of removal spells in an opponent's hand is priceless. Also acts as an equalizer for Land Grant .

  • Land Grant - did not like this card at first, but after playing with it for a while there is no substitute. Land Grant takes the place of 4 Forest. This deck trades mana for speed. Land Grant finds that land when there is none and running an Infect Grant deck allows for a better draw on pump spells as your odds of pulling them are higher with fewer lands.

  • Slot 1 - Protection: Apostle's Blessing - when not matched up against swap this for a Ranger's Guile or a Predator's Strike . Alternatives: Ranger's Guile or Predator's Strike or any other spell meta/playstyle depending. 1-2 meta depending.

  • Slot 2 - Extra Creatures: Corpse Cur - MBC and Burn are trouble. You will need more creatures for these matchups. This will help against Chainer's Edict and Lightning Bolt. Alternative: Cystbearer or Vault Skirge 1-3 depending on how you sideboard the last slot for flyers.

  • Slot 3 - Mirror: Fog - you are running in pauper, this card is O.P. against any aggro deck, Goblins, Izzet Blitz, WW, and mirror matches. Do not use this against Burn decks. This one is a must have 3-4 sideboard staple. No Alternative.

  • Slot 4 - Creature Removal: Gut Shot - "free" way to rid the board of any blockers/flyers. If using this spell, side out Mutagenic Growth or you risk killing yourself with all the life you wld lose to cast the spells. Alternative: Hornet Sting or Sandstorm . 2-3.

  • Slot 5 - Art/Enchant Removal: Nature's Claim - instant speed removal for Afinity, Tron, and anything that comes up as a surprise. Must have 3-4 of. Alternative: Gleeful Sabotage .

  • Slot 6 - Anti-Flying Spider Umbra - totem armor comes in handy for obvious reasons, plus with no real defence against flying the reach is invaluable. This also helps against burn decks. Alternatives: Scattershot Archer, Vault Skirge or Aerial Volley




Burl says... #3


  • Won vs. Affinity x3
  • Won vs. Mirror
  • Lost vs. Turbo Fog
  • Lost vs. Mirror

  • First three games were against Affinity. Infect is just too fast.
  • Both mirrors vs. Same guy. Crushed him first game.
  • Over an hour just to play the first game. I conceded the match. I literally pressed "OK" repeatedly for an hour. I was over it.
  • Misplayed both matches. Was the last game I could play so I rushed it and Fuct up. Both times I had it in my hand I was just careless. Never half ass any two things. Always whole ass one thing.

On MTGO I do not yet have Lotus Petal, Gitaxian Probe, or Land Grant. Without those cards the deck is $10. I currently filled out Groundswell and Mutagenic Growth, and am running 14 Forest plus the Tranquil Thicket and Khalni Garden.

January 13, 2017 4:15 p.m.

Burl says... #4

After reviewing the turbo fog matchup I have concluded it would be wise to add either Tormod's Crypt or Relic of Progenitus to the sideboard. Either card would have killed my opponent's graveyard and stopped them from repeatable fog effects.

January 14, 2017 1:32 a.m.

Burl says... #5

My recent ideas lead me to some adjustments as so:

-3 Gut Shot - its a good card, I just need room for grave hate.

-1 Apostle's Blessing - I may regret this but Avon, need the room.

Sideboard changes for meta:

January 14, 2017 3:08 p.m.

Memo617 says... #6

Awesome Deck!!! and super detailed description!!!

Quick question what does primer mean in your deck tile???



January 15, 2017 3:58 a.m.

Xtream737 says... #7

January 15, 2017 7:12 p.m.

ParkourTV says... #8

How often do you have to mulligan? That land base seems really risky.

January 15, 2017 11:22 p.m.

Burl says... #9

@ ParkourTV Its not uncommon for me to take a mulligan to 5, and yes it is risky, however; you only need 2 mana sources for this decks function to take purpose, and if you top deck a land when you need a pump your screwed. The fewer lands the better your odds of grabbing pumps. Plus with Gitaxian Probe, the cycle on Tranquil Thicket, and Land Grant (as stated in the primer) you really have enough cantrips and fetch to keep your mana sources flowing. Also with cycling and probing and using land grant you thin the deck substantially increasing odds further to draw a pump.

Imo... Let me say that again... in my opinion only... I'm not afraid to mul down to 5 with this deck and even 4 on the draw. Mulligans are taboo and idk why. I mean i get it but a 5 card hand that can net a wincon by T2 is better than a 7 card hand of trash yes? (:

Also I'm kind of a big or go home type of person. You're really either all in or all out with infect.

Thanks for commenting!

January 15, 2017 11:57 p.m.

Burl says... #10

Xtream737 Giant Growth is in the Maybeboard in the primer section.

January 16, 2017 12:03 a.m.

Burl says... #11

@ Memo617 a primer is a sort of "information tutorial" about your deck. It explains what cards you chose and why you chose them, as well as whatever other personalization you want to put into it.

January 16, 2017 12:04 a.m.

Burl says... #12

@ParkourTV I forgot to mention Lotus Petal as well.

January 16, 2017 1:11 a.m.

HotRodScott says... #13

Awesome! I've been playing pauper infect for a while and just revisited it to pull in Gitaxian Probe (now that it's not $5 online) and saw your write-up and it's awesome! Your build is pretty tight, but one of the cards I had in my pauper version was Viridescent Wisps. Not much of a pump, but the card draw was nice. I was experimenting with mainboarding it vs. Ranger's Guile. Great job! Thanks for the write-up!

January 16, 2017 6:52 p.m.

Burl says... #14

@HotRodScott I will add Viridescent Wisps to the maybe board. Defo worth considering.

And ty for the kind words. I'm glad you like the primer! I hope it helped.

Did you find the secret song?

January 16, 2017 8:13 p.m.

HotRodScott says... #15

I did! I had to find it on youtube since I didn't get it right away (started playing MTG after that came out)

January 20, 2017 9:20 p.m.

BerylLasko says... #16

Upvote for considering Lotus Petal in the deck!

The biggest problem I see is even though you're likely to get one mana on turn 1, getting more lands out maybe somewhat problematical. Land Grant doesn't exactly replace a land, so I can see getting mana screwed being a problem. I haven't actually played the deck, it just seems like it to me.

April 5, 2017 2:56 p.m.

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This deck is Pauper legal.

Cards 60
Avg. CMC 1.31
Tokens 0/1 Plant
Folders Pauper, Primers - All of them, pauper reference, Future Decks, Professional Deck Primers, Pauper, infect
Top rank #50 on 2017-01-20
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+2 Khalni Garden main
+4 Blight Mamba main
+4 Land Grant main
+2 Seal of Strength main
+4 Glistener Elf main
+2 Tranquil Thicket main
-4 Blight Mamba main
-4 Glistener Elf main
+2 Rot Wolf main
-2 Khalni Garden main
-4 Land Grant main
+2 Ranger's Guile main
+4 Forest main
-4 Forest main
-3 Mutagenic Growth main
+2 Predator's Strike main
-2 Seal of Strength main
+3 Mutagenic Growth main
-4 Rancor main
-3 Groundswell main
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