... with a little help from my friends.

A simple pauper deck I threw together mostly of cards I had on hand.

Akrasan Squire, Guardians of Akrasa, Aven Squire, Duty-Bound Dead provide Exalted for Soltari Foot Soldier and Tormented Soul.

Doom Blade and Pacifism handle offensive creatures while Duress and Mind Rot disrupt the opponent's hand.

I won't have much of a chance to play test it for a while, so if you have any comments or recommendations I really appreciate it.



Whiskerbro says... #1

Interesting deck, but I don't think black makes sense here. Blue gives you access to better unblockable creatures: Triton Shorestalker, Slither Blade and some better exalted in Ethercaste Knight. Also, a lot of these cards are frankly just pretty bad. I think you'd be better of dropping some of the crappy exalted creatures for Bonesplitter or something to buff your unblockable creatures power, maybe Mizzium Skin to protect them. I'd drop the Pacifism for Journey to Nowhere, as it is generally better. Also, if you do stick with black, Mind Rot is just bad, and there are many better alternatives to Doom Blade.

May 18, 2017 5:29 p.m.

McEvedy says... #2

Whiskerbro - I'm just not feeling it with Blue. What do you think would be better alternatives to Mind Rot and Doom Blade?

May 19, 2017 3:48 a.m.

Whiskerbro says... #3

I'm curious exactly what you like with black here. Gets you a mediocre exalted effect and a mediocre unblockable dude, but I think blue is just a much better fit, as it gets you more and better unblockable guys, as well as better exalted, and can let you dig for more creatures.

Now on to replacements for Mind Rot and Doom Blade. And I forgot to mention, Duress is good, but you probably don't want to be running more than one or two in the mainboard, as it can be a completely dead card in certain matchups. Snuff Out is a potential option that can be cheated out for a big life swing. I also like Chainer's Edict because it's very good against Bogles decks, but it does struggle against stuff like aristocrats or stompy, really anything that has Young Wolf. Hideous End, Grasp of Darkness, or Victim of Night are all options here as well.

Past removal, there are some utility cards that could be good here. Unearth is great cause everything's low CMC. Night's Whisper or Read the Bones can stop you from running out of steam lategame. Maybe you could just run some solid creatures as well, Chittering Rats provides some sweet disruption and has a fine body. I'd look to cut your Guardians of Akrasa as well, as the card is pretty bad. I think you'd be better off with another solid creature rather than running one just because it says exalted on it.

May 19, 2017 11:10 a.m.

Whiskerbro says... #4

Oh, I'd also remake the manabase.

7x Plains

6x Swamp

1x Bojuka Bog

2x Orzhov Basilica

4x Scoured Barrens

A little slower but should be more consistent, and the Bogs are good versus reanimator decks.

May 19, 2017 11:27 a.m.

McEvedy says... #5

Thank you for the advice. I'll try out a few things tonight and see what works.

May 22, 2017 4:22 p.m.

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