Pauper EDH Primer

Pauper EDH* Ruffigan

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Bring Out Your Decks! PDH Deck Compendium —Feb. 13, 2018

A new section of the Resource tab has been added: a PDH Deck Compendium! If you have some optimized decks you would like added or want to see what some tuned Pauper EDH decks look like head on over!

Vayder84 says... #1

THANK YOU THANK THANK YOU! Ive been looking for a good Pauper EDH Commander reference for forever. My playgroup just decided to start building Pauper EDH decks. This will help tremendously.

October 6, 2017 4:30 p.m.

Wow this is so.awesome!! What a tool, just got the idea to build one and . Google found this!!

Thanks man, this really helps and lays down everything I start building!!! You rock!!!

October 12, 2017 2:30 p.m.

MrXilas says... #3

Ravin' on Cliffhaven

Commander / EDH* MrXilas


Hey, I heard the format can be pretty fast. I know it's not an advertise thread, but I was just wondering if this deck would be considered "fast enough."

October 13, 2017 3:44 a.m.

Ruffigan says... #4

@MrXilas: The speed is going to depend on your playgroup and how much removal people are running but in general I think drain decks are the fastest outside of a few voltron commanders. You will need to watch out for being focused, so your control Auras will be invaluable. I would add Heliod's Pilgrim and/or Totem-Guide Hartebeest to get them out more often. Maybe Shred Memory as well since it can also remove annoying cards like Ghostly Flicker. Another thing to consider are suicide black cards like Crypt Rats, Pestilence, and Evincar's Justice. The deck looks good in general though, will just be harder to deal damage if your commander is taken out.

October 13, 2017 7:22 p.m.

Pygmyrhino990 says... #5

Wait, does this mean that there is not a single four coloured uncommon creature

October 13, 2017 9:34 p.m.

Ruffigan says... #6

You are correct, there is unfortunately no 4 colored commander. There are multiple 5 colored commanders that are good, though.

October 13, 2017 10:30 p.m.

Joseph1069 says... #7

I have made a list of all mana rocks and mana dorks at common. I am not trying to advertise it, but here it is for people that want a comprehensive list:

October 14, 2017 11:54 p.m.

MrXilas says... #8

Would Fortress Cyclops be a potential candidate for the Boros list? What about Belligerent Hatchling ?

October 16, 2017 2:29 a.m.

Ruffigan says... #9

Fortress Cyclops could potentially do well. White has access to multiple cards that grant protection, allowing it to swing unblocked and protect it from removal. It will be coming down a bit later in the game but you can prepare with rocks, equips, blockers, and red boardwipes to eliminate weenies that dropped on the first few turns. You will need to hit an opponent a minimum of three times to kill them (assuming you don't have any buffs) which means you are dangerous but not a pressing issue. I think the main issue with this commander is how you will deal with the entire table. This can be shored up with some mutual damage cards like Hissing Iguanar and battle tricks but overall I think it will lack the legs to pull out a win a majority of the time.

Belligerent Hatchling comes out as a 2/2, making it vulnerable to half of the board wipes in the format. Removing the counters will require at least 4 mana and 4 cards, which means you will need a hand with at least 4 cards to be able to use it effectively. Not only this, but if your commander is removed you will need 4 more cards to get it back to fighting shape. I think this commander has too many stipulations to be able to be used effectively every game but a 6/6 for 4 mana is definitely nothing to sneeze it.

October 17, 2017 12:55 p.m.

Pygmyrhino990 says... #10

I assume any jank with Belligerent Hatchling will come from effects that prevent counters such as Vizier of Remedies or the such, but would be limited to their lack of being commons

Also, is there any rule regarding partner commanders (a custom rule or our own fan made Oracle text for certain cards)

October 17, 2017 4:40 p.m.

Ruffigan says... #11

No rules on partner commanders, house rules are welcome.

October 17, 2017 5:14 p.m.

DoritoDust007 says... #12

Just saying, Korozda Guildmage and Sigil Captain do some serious work together. A continuous stream of 3/3's is nothing to sneeze at.

October 17, 2017 6:39 p.m.

Podkomorka says... #13

I mean you can't sac the tokens but its still a cool synergy

October 17, 2017 6:47 p.m.

DoritoDust007 says... #14

October 17, 2017 8 p.m. Edited.

Podkomorka says... #15

LOOOOOL get wrekt

October 17, 2017 8:01 p.m.

DoritoDust007 says... #16

I've been playing for roughly 5 years now. I have no excuses as to why I didn't catch that...

October 17, 2017 8:05 p.m.

Podkomorka says... #17

XD It's cool man. Playing Ixalan limited I heard people say "commune with dinosaurs" assuming it was a funny name for the dinosaur version of commune with gods. The second I saw that it was actually called that I laughed for so long we went to time. The moral of the story is, it can be fun not to read cards :D

October 17, 2017 9:35 p.m.

AverageDragon says... #18

What's Rosheen Meanderer doing in Gruul? Did she wander a little bit too much?

October 18, 2017 11:06 p.m.

Ruffigan says... #19

She was printed at uncommon in Iconic Masters. She seems alright, not enough X costs I think.

October 19, 2017 6:09 a.m.

AverageDragon says... #20

Really? Weird!

October 19, 2017 5:27 p.m.

Salty_River says... #21

AverageDragon Yeah, check it here.

October 25, 2017 5:33 a.m.

DaneGleesaque says... #22

Ruffigan, you are truly a gentleman and a scholar. Thanks for this

November 9, 2017 11:42 a.m.

DaneGleesaque says... #23

I think that Ruthless Deathfang may deserve a spot in the dimir commanders on this list

November 9, 2017 11:51 a.m.

Too bad Storm Crow wasn't ever printed at uncommon.

In all seriousness, this is pretty great! I always wondered if there was a format that combined my two favorite formats.

November 9, 2017 1:20 p.m.

Ruffigan says... #25

@DaneGleesaque: Thanks! I'll add Ruthless Deathfang to the list, could be an interesting build around commander that could win through attrition.

@Austin_Smith_of_Cards: Hey, glad you discovered it. It's very fun if you can get a group to play.

November 9, 2017 2:51 p.m.