Archetype: Zoo

Pauper forum

Posted on Jan. 12, 2018, 4:28 p.m. by Dalektable

Hey everyone! I was just wanting to hear opinions on the zoo archetype in pauper, and if it is powerful enough to complete. Now with Kird Ape at our disposal, I believe the archetype to have unexplored potential. I have been working on and brewed up what I am calling Rainbow Zoo, a RG Zoo deck abusing the domain mechanic. I would love any advice you all may have, and thoughts on the archetypes place in the pauper format.

Cool to see more Pauper lists on this site. Looks like a really cool brew; can't say much here since I'm not super familiar with the Pauper metagame, and my LGS doesn't offer anything Pauper. I'd just be wondering how well your list functions on 19 lands.

One suggestion I can offer is Plated Geopede over Snapping Gnarlid. It trades an initial 2/2 body for a 1/1 first striker, but gets a bigger buff on landfall, making it probably the superior choice.

January 12, 2018 5:10 p.m.

Boza says... #3

Glad to see you making this list! Zoo is a cool underexplored archetype, especially after things like burning tree emissary got in the format.

1/ Having 8 CIPT lands in an aggro deck feels really bad. But if you want to run the domain package, it is a must. Still, having at least one of the other basics (or at least plains for Nacatl) will help a lot when going for Domain - if you do not draw the Presence, your domain cards suck.

2/ Landfall dudes are kind of bad without it, perhaps consider cutting them? I really enjoyed the addition of Giantbaiting as it is a very cool card.

3/ You can really use some cards from the other 3 colors - Unearth brings back anything in the deck, white gets you Journey to Nowhere and SB cards, while blue is the color of drawing cards.

4/ I have not tested extensively, but is 19 enough lands, given that 1/3 of them are fetches?

January 13, 2018 1:34 a.m.

Dalektable says... #4

Boza Austin_Smith_of_Cards Thanks for the feedback guys! While very powerful at times, I do believe the landfall package to be falling short for me. I think I am going to play around with these changes and see how they work for me, and tweak from there.

-4 Makindi Sliderunner

-4 Snapping Gnarlid

-1 Terramorphic Expanse

+1 Plains

+1 Forest

+3 Horned Kavu

+4 Keldon Marauders

January 13, 2018 9:56 a.m.

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