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The Best Defense is...FIRE!!!

Pauper Burn Infinite Combo Pauper



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More or less based on the draft deck I made for Iconic Masters draft wih a bit of help from a friend that plays a lot of pauper.

Goal of the deck is to hit infinite mana with Axebane Guardian + Freed from the Real and one-shot the opponent with Kaervek's Torch Brush with Death or Valakut Invoker.

Drift of Phantasms, Preordain and Ponder can all help find the combo and Dispel, Mana Leak, and Condescend help keep threats away so I can get the combo going.

The rest of the deck is more or less filter, defenders that have niche purposes but might be switched if something better shows up.

Suggestions? Advice? Critique?


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So I have 2 suggestions.

The first is that you should replace your Izzet Guildgate with Swiftwater Cliffs since it does same thing just gain life.

Another is that you need to get rid of the valakut for something like Fireball or something around those lines.

Also depending on where you play, it may not hurt to have a Sea's Claim In Sideboard for your little tron players

Othewise it is a good deck +1

December 8, 2017 7:23 a.m.

Thanks for the feedback. I have reasons for the choices i made over the suggestions though.

Fireball was in before someone pointed out that I can tutor up valakut with Drift of Phantasms and it can get around flagbearers. Costs 2 more but at that point im infinite mana anyway.

Went with the gate over the cliffs only because of the gatecreeper, I keep switching back to the cliffs and putting in Jaddi Offshoot

As for the seas claim ill try playing with the sideboard for room

December 8, 2017 8:21 a.m.

how does Valakut Invoker get around flagbearers? in that it can bolt them to death and then move on to other targets?

the mana-fixing of Gatecreeper Vine is nice, but with Axebane Guardian looks almost redundant.

why not drop the invoker all together and just put Ulamog's Crusher in the main?

the deck looks decent. =) what about it needs help? is it too slow?

December 8, 2017 11:30 a.m.

Ya thats what i meant, the metta at my lgs has a few white weenie decks and some boros burn that pays them, as for land i guess i could run with only 1-2 cliffs instead.

I don't want to main crusher just so its a surprise for tron, by the time it can hit the field i shouldbe well passed having the inf combo.

Might try door keeper playset instead of the vine and something else. Alt wincon isn't a bad idea, could also mill while I hint for pieces.

December 8, 2017 11:42 a.m.

looks a little better but now you have 62 cards. =P

you got a lot of draw, maybe you could risk losing 2x Kaervek's Torch? you could then still most likely find 1 of the 2 or the Invoker each game by digging.

December 8, 2017 12:05 p.m.

oh, you noticed

December 8, 2017 12:06 p.m.

now you got 59 lol

December 8, 2017 12:27 p.m.

This comp likes to click multiple times with one click. Didn't notice lol. Might try 3 torches and add a Mana Leak or maybe another Ponder? A crusher?

December 8, 2017 1:33 p.m.

I have sideboard stuff for tron, dredge (kinda), infect and ww. Might need answers for vehicles or izet blitz. Whats the normal answer for those?

Am i forgetting a popular pauper deck?

December 8, 2017 2:58 p.m.

I have sideboard stuff for tron, dredge (kinda), infect and ww. Might need answers for vehicles or izet blitz. Whats the normal answer for those?

Am i forgetting a popular pauper deck?

December 8, 2017 3:24 p.m.

Tormod's Crypt and Nihil Spellbomb can help with graveyard hate if you need more.

other than it looks good. you got artifact and enchantment hate already, plus creature removal. I like it, right now. playtest, (or really play, whichever you can) some more and see how it works, then you can start tweaking for meta efficiency.

December 8, 2017 4:51 p.m.

what's better for coverage the crypt or the relic?

December 8, 2017 5:07 p.m.

I'm not an expert or anything, but I can say the Crypt is free, and only hits your opponent, meanwhile the Relic, could end up costing you in addition for a free card, but at the cost of your own graveyard.

Depending on your meta concerns, in your case, the relic may be better because you'll have the mana. On the other hand, if opponents fill their graveyard too quickly for the Relic, then the Crypt is probably faster.

December 8, 2017 6:01 p.m.

After losing to two different creature based deck, one infect and one stompy, I decided to add some burn to hopefuly give me time to get the combo off. 16 feels a bit low for creature count since it's used for the combo but I only need 2 defenders to go off, more is just better.

also had trouble with a monoblack control deck but it had trouble with me as much as i did them.

December 14, 2017 5:14 p.m.

Replaced Lightning Bolt with Unsummon so I could remove all red lands but one. The torches and evoker only go off when i have inf mana anyway.

December 15, 2017 1:33 p.m.

Electrickery never got boarded in in the ~12 games I played at my lgs. I did however run into several people using Hydroblast to stop my torch, brought in 2 Consume Spirit. Costs 1 more but at that point in the game it matters not.

December 15, 2017 10:04 p.m.

how are your games going? winning enough?

also, I personally like Consume Spirit more than Soul Burn because the latter limits the life you can gain, while the former does not. If that matters to your strategy at all. =)

December 16, 2017 3:35 p.m.

It's winning more than losing. The mana base is kinda wonky. I keep getting mana flooded and switch one island out and I get mana screwed.

As for the second point, the reason I like soul burn better is that I can tutor it up with Drift of Phantasms. The cmc doesn't matter since it'll be infinite mana at the point of casting.

December 16, 2017 3:49 p.m.

Gatecreeper Vine might help mana fixing, I'll try dropping 1 island and something else for 2 of them and play test it tonight

December 16, 2017 4:04 p.m.

Swapped out Soul Burn for Brush with Death.

It technically costs more for less damage, but I'd be going infinite on both either way. (Plus it's cmc is still 3 for the phantasms)

The reason I switched is the buyback gets around counterspells and other potential cards to mess me up.

December 18, 2017 11:02 a.m.

Just got 2nd place at my lgs in pauper tourney. Only had one 0-2 loss and that was against MBC. Oher than more counterspells whats the best way around that?

December 20, 2017 10:55 p.m.

Decided to embrace the burn and cut Overgrown Battlement and Fog to make room (neith did much for me anyway).

Plus Thermo-Alchemist is kinda funny with Brush with Death, redundant, but funny.

January 6, 2018 10:59 p.m.

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This deck is Pauper legal.

Cards 60
Avg. CMC 2.73
Folders Pauper, Pooper, pauper
Top rank #48 on 2017-12-18
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