Almost Broke The Format, Until Rules Kicked Me In The Balls

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Posted on July 21, 2021, 6:27 p.m. by BruhYouFarted

I have been silently in the Pauper community for a while now. I like building decks around unique cards that not many people talk about. Ive made decks (on Goldfish) centered around Mortis Dogs , Nested Shambler , Bayou Groff , Morselhoarder + Power of Fire + Sinking Feeling , and Ghostly Possession + Palace Guard . Most decks go nowhere, from a lack of flashiness to a lack of supporting cards. I decided to peek inside the MTGO exclusives, the Master's Editions, since those sets could dictate Pauper legality. When I peeked around with Master's Edition 4, I saw a pretty interesting card, Library of Leng . I thought of useful synergies for it regarding its "If an effect causes you to discard a card, discard it, but you may put it on top of your library instead of into your graveyard" effect, and found Drannith Stinger and Drannith Healer . My thought process was that using these cards, i could cycle a 1-mana cycler, (ex: Frostveil Ambush ) and recur it using the libraries affect; creating a ping machine. I than remembered that Street Wraith was a thing, and my mind was blown. You see, you could turn-1 Library of Leng , turn 2 a Drannith Stinger or a Drannith Healer , and than turn 3 either a Drannith Stinger (or a Drannith Healer if you didnt have one) and swing. OP at 18, You at 20, and 2 2/2 Citizens of Drannith on the board (Again, the only combo of the 2 creatures that wouldn't work would be 2 of the Drannith Healer s), and a Street Wraith in hand. Than, cycle Street Wraith over and over. you have either created a machine that domes each player for 1, or a machine that does it for 2. Either way, as long as you had a life advantage, you could win on the spot. Just to make sure that this worked, I went to the rulings on The Gatherer. My heart was broken. On October 4th, 2004, this was alarmed: "You can’t use the Library of Leng ability to place a discarded card on top of your library when you discard a card as a cost, because costs aren’t effects." I was in disbelief. I thought I had broken Pauper, or at least invented a new deck, but no. Soooo, back to the drawing board. The Library still seems like a great card, but I need enough good synergies to make a full list. Any synergies or recommendations would be welcome. Faithless Looting or Merfolk Looter , Anyone?

RaidenShogun69 says... #2

You could use Liliana of the Veil , then you’d get your card back

July 21, 2021 7:14 p.m.

bruhamongus says... #3


July 21, 2021 7:30 p.m.

psionictemplar says... #4

I had on original thought considered wheel effects like Tolarian Winds but that didn't work. The issue being you have to cycle cards to get the burn effect. A tricky problem for sure. I took a quick look at all legal cycling cards for pauper and didn't notice anything that can help. You may have to change the focus from cycling to something else. Good luck.

July 22, 2021 1:40 a.m.

griffstick says... #5

This is something for sure. I'd hold on to this idea for future cards that could open this combo up

July 23, 2021 11:16 a.m.

Gattison says... #6

What about instead of the Drannith Bros. you used something like Cunning Survivor and a " rummage " effect?

  1. something like Faithless Salvaging , Epiphany Storm
  2. or make use of creatures that rummage on ETB like Fissure Wizard (fun card name to say lol)
  3. or Flux
  4. Krovikan Sorcerer 's second ability looks kinda promising
  5. Mental Discipline is not a creature, but would need lots of mana. Oona's Grace would also be repeatable once it hits your graveyard, but it's still mana-hungry.
  6. Also note that if your use Brainstorm you could set up your draw, allowing you to use all the blue spells that draw THEN discard like Zephyr Scribe

That's all I could think of so far. Does that help inspire anybody, or am I reaching like usual? Maybe cram it all together and with all that draw you're bound to get Cunning Survivor in a reasonable amount of time?

July 23, 2021 1:24 p.m. Edited.

BruhYouFarted says... #7

TYA for the comments. You all have inspired me. I am brewing a Dimir OTK discard deck using Horror of the Broken Lands with Tolarian Winds and finishing the job with Rite of Consumption . Thank you for the support. Hopefully I will finish it soon.

July 23, 2021 5:36 p.m.

griffstick says... #8

Also with Library of Leng , cards like Faithless Looting or Skirge Familiar can have you discard cards with miracle. Library of Leng will put them right on top for you to draw as your first card for turn. Unfortunately, right now the only card that has miracle in pauper is Thunderous Wrath . So this is another potential with Library of Leng . Once we get more cards in pauper down the road leng will be a power house

July 23, 2021 6:50 p.m.

griffstick says... #9

Theres is probably a Rakdos madness/miracle pauper deck that uses leng. If there isn't you should brew it.

July 23, 2021 6:54 p.m.

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