Boza Pauper Expert

Hello World, I am Boza and I like deckbuilding! I am every color (but have a burning hatred for red) and I like every deck type (though I hate being simply aggressive). Pauper format is my main forte.

Every deck I build is generally unique and relies on the tried-and-true method of "I want to build around this so effing bad!!"

Please check my binder for trades (currently under construction). For trading purposes, keep in mind I am currently located in Bulgaria, Europe, so no trades with the USA for me :(

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March 17, 2018 9:13 a.m.

I now notice some incorrect things in my story points that other users have pointed out. Darigaaz is not really an elder dragon, phyrexian oil has more to it than I have mentioned, but the idea is to wet your apetite. All of the story bits mentioned span several Magic novels and are hard to summarize in a couple of sentences. One major thing I forgot to mention:

March 17, 2018 7:45 a.m.

I would make it an enchantment though. That way, you can avoid the clunky final sentence and make sure those lands come into play tapped.

Since this specifically looks for basic land types, this means you can pull a Temple Garden with this. This is supremely too good. I would change it to basic lands only.

March 16, 2018 12:19 p.m.

clayperce, be aware that what I posted is notes on the cliffnotes for the stories on phyrexia and dominaria. The link has a lot more than a single post.

Also, while the phyrexian thing is a major plot point in Dominaria, the number of sagas should indicate to those uninitiated that a lot has happened on the Plane. I will put in the list below the cards from the Dominaria release notes that give us a clue about what they will showcase from Dominaria:

  • The order of the Benalish knights (Benalish Marshal)
  • Liliana's origin (she is from Dominaria) (no card yet)
  • Various elder dragons (Darigaaz Reincarnated)
  • Sengir Vampires, undead and various other cults (arvad the cursed)
  • Keld warlord trbe (grand warlord radha)
  • Jodah, the badass human who could battle on par with godlike planeswalkers. (jodah, archmage eternal)
  • A lot of the history of the Weatherlight crew and the semi-sentient Weatherlight ship itself. (Shanna, Sisay's Legacy, Jhoira, Weatherlight Captain, Squee, the Immortal, Tiana, Ship's Caretaker).
  • The next in line of the thought-to-be-extinct Umezawa clan, slayers of Bolas (Tetsuko Umezawa)
  • Setting up much of the Kamigawa story (The Mirari Conjecture)
  • The story of Teferi - an archmage planeswalker who lost his spark to protect his home and the multiverse - is now regaining his spark (teferi, hero of dominaria)
March 16, 2018 12:16 p.m.

If it were, it would be mentioned in the release notes. But even then, Wizards will not make the mistake of making Spike mana again.

Phyrexians have much deeper history than just corrupting mirrodin.

Phyxeria history

Here are the quick facts:

  • Nobody knows how they came to be.
  • Ancient evil dude Yawgmoth became their de facto leader and actual god.
  • Their old home is Dominaria (as is the case for a lot of things in Magic) and they were banished to Phyrexia, their own plane, unable to return, making them vengeful towards Dominaria.
  • And boy they did so in the most badass way - Yawgmoth ordered the creation of Rath, an artificial plane, that actually crashed into and melded with Dominaria (Invasion set).
  • Yawgmoth and the phyrexians were ultimately stopped by the OG Gatewatch, aka the crew of the Weatherlight.
  • Karn had a bit of Phyrexian Oil in him after the defeat of phyrexia and it infected mirrodin like a bad rash.
March 16, 2018 11:19 a.m.

I would love to continue this discussion of card protection, but this is not the forum for it. I might make a separate thread about it, as it is very interesting.

To get back on Dominaria RN:

I was commenting on thread about creating legendary instants and sorceries just a week before the RN hit. I was saying they could not be done/would be kind of useless. I could not imagine they would do them still. It feels a bit surreal and I like them a lot.

Additionally, they are very cool and ooze with flavor. So far, Dominaria is shaping up to be awesome. Even if all else is bad in the set, I will still order a box of it.

March 16, 2018 11:06 a.m.

I am not talking about old reserved list cards - these are, ironically enough, much more difficult to fake. They were printed in an imperfect manner with numerous quirks and that takes a lot more skill to reproduce. Additionally, because these cards are super expensive, people are much more careful about fakes.

I am talking about expensive Modern staples. Innistrad Snapcaster Mage, Liliana of the Veil, WWK Jace, the Mind Sculptor, 8th edition Ensnaring Bridge or mirrodin Chalice of the Void, future sight Goyfs - these are the juicy targets for counterfiting.

They have the benefit of being easy to counterfit, but suffer from less sscrutiny.

Also, I am all for new countermeasures, as long as they are effective ones. The TSA is a prime example of security theater - security added for no real benefit. I think holograms on MTG cards are a form of security theater.

March 16, 2018 9:31 a.m.

To answer the question underneath that wrong assumption, lets change Spell Queller to something that targets things on the battlefield like Oblivion Ring. When oblivion ring ETBs, it exiles one of the paired creatures. Wolfir Silverheart will no loger be considered paired.

It can soulbond again with another creature when it comes into play or with same creature, once Oblivion ring is destroyed.

All of the above about Spell Queller not being able to target things on the battlefield still stands too.

March 16, 2018 9:17 a.m.

Said on From a Budget ......

March 16, 2018 7:41 a.m.

If they were abandoning it, it would have been mentioned in the release notes. This is a major change of rules, so it would be mentioned.

Also, the hologram sticker is not really good protection for two major reasons:

1/ There are few expensive cards that actually use them. Of the cards legal in Standard that hold a sticker of 20+ after they have rotated out, there are just a few - Baby jace, Liliana, Khans fetches. These are the cards that are worth faking.

2/ The hologram sticker can be faked too - Tomoharu Saito recently posted on twitter (google for images) two bicycle lands from Amonkhet that I could not tell the difference between, besides some font differences. They both had the hologram sticker. This has taken less than an year.

March 16, 2018 7:38 a.m.

You state the correct ruling - kicker is an additional cost and may be paid when playing something without paying tis mana cost. So, if that was an instant, you could play it for free and kick it too. For example, Burst Lightning.

March 16, 2018 5:46 a.m.

New rules from Amonkhet really simplify the split cards:

1/ While not on the stack, any split card has the CMC of both of its halves.
2/ When on the stack, it has the CMC and other properties of only the half you are casting.

So, in your case, you will look at 3 cards with Invocation.

Full link if curious:

AMonkhet split card rules changes

March 15, 2018 12:28 p.m.

I have learned to ignore the legality on TO. It is often not correct. Make sure to check Gatherer for actual legality of the cards if TO marks soemthing as illegal.

March 15, 2018 6:26 a.m.

Yes to all.

Any spell on the stack (besides itself) is a legal target for counterspell. Counterspell will resolve before Desertion and leave it with no targets, so it will "fizzle" and go straight to the graveyard.

March 15, 2018 4:15 a.m.

Said on Abzan Rites...


I think you need solid disruption pieces to reanimate that can end the game. Right now, you are just slightly cheating on the mana of some of those - elesh gets discounted by 2 whole mana and against most decks, does nothing to end the game.

You need solid pieces that are resitant to removal - the heap ones I can think of are Inkwell Leviathan and Empyrial Archangel and Sundering Titan. Reanimate those and you are good to go.

March 14, 2018 8:38 a.m.

Said on Naya Zoo Midrange...


Well, I think that running both coco and bloodbraid is counterproductive. your curve being too high means you have to run cards like caryatid, courser and birds, which are less than optimal when hit off either 4-cost cards.

I would remove the cards mentioned for 4 Wild Nacatl, 2-4 Thalia, Guardian of Thraben and 2-4 other creature with 1-2 mana cost and power larger than its toughness.

March 14, 2018 8:26 a.m.

If you go at one particular LGS and are a regular there, why not ask the owner to leave a few of the decks there? I have 8 pauper decks that I have no desire to ever lug around, but my store owner is cool and I just have a small box with them in their storage.

March 14, 2018 5:25 a.m.

Said on Sylvia Silverleaf...


I like both actually, the first one is simple, yet effective and is a decent commander or a fine legendary in a standard set, especially in limited.

The second one a bit more obnoxious - the payoff is great, but I think too great. It should read "other permanents" to make it a bit less frustrating. It has the feeling of a chibi Sigarda, Host of Herons.

March 14, 2018 5:15 a.m.

Sadly, no Bolas (at least as of now), only his nefarious schemes are present in this plane.

March 13, 2018 4:43 a.m.

I like it a lot!

March 12, 2018 12:28 p.m.


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Boza — 2 years ago


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