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Standard Pauper - Greg Gawura (11/23/2010)

“I’m just a poor boy
I need no sympathy”
-Queen

I have been playing Magic on and off for a long time, but I never accumulated a large quantity of extremely expensive/powerful cards. I never felt the need to buy any of the Vintage powerhouses (Power Nine, Force of Will
Force of Will
Force of WillSet: Alliances
Cost:
5
Color:
Blue
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
U
Artist:
Terese Nielsen
Text:
You may pay 1 life and remove a blue card in your hand from the game instead of paying Force of Will's casting cost. Effects that prevent or redirect damage cannot be used to counter this loss of life. Counter target spell.
, Sol Ring
Sol Ring
Sol RingSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
1
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact
Rarity:
U
Artist:
Mark Tedin
Text:
T: Add 2 colorless mana to your mana pool. This ability is played as an interrupt.
, etc.) and I typically trade my “money rares” for more utilitarian cards. A large portion of my playgroup, however, plays a lot of the aforementioned cards. I see decks with Phyrexian Dread
Dread
DreadSet: Lorwyn
Cost:
6
Color:
Black
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Elemental Incarnation
Rarity:
R
Number:
107
Artist:
Matt Cavotta
Power:
6
Toughness:
6
Text:
Fear Whenever a creature deals damage to you, destroy it. When Dread is put into a graveyard from anywhere, shuffle it into its owner's library.
naught, Stifle
Stifle
StifleSet: Scourge
Cost:
1
Color:
Blue
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
R
Number:
52
Artist:
Dany Orizio
Text:
Counter target activated or triggered ability.
, Tinker
Tinker
TinkerSet: Urza's Legacy
Cost:
3
Color:
Blue
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
U
Number:
45
Artist:
Mike Raabe
Text:
At the time you play Tinker, sacrifice an artifact.Search your library for an artifact card and put that artifact into play. Shuffle your library afterward.
, and the Revised Dual Lands. I have lost a game to a Time Walk
Time Walk
Time WalkSet: Alpha
Cost:
2
Color:
Blue
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
R
Artist:
Amy Weber
Text:
Take an extra turn after this one.
. I have seen Diamond Valley
Diamond Valley
Diamond ValleySet: Arabian Nights
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
U
Artist:
Brian Snoddy
Text:
Tap to sacrifice one of your creatures in exchange for a number of life points equal to its toughness. Note that this ability may be used after blocking has been declared.
/Kokusho decks, while Tolarian Academy
Tolarian Academy
Tolarian AcademySet: Urza's Saga
Color:
Land
Type:
Legendary Land
Rarity:
R
Number:
330
Artist:
Stephen Daniele
Text:
T: Add U to your mana pool for each artifact you control.
and Affinity conspire to give me nightmares. How can players without the means or desire to acquire such valuable cards expected to compete? Some groups allow proxies, but they can be a touchy subject. No one likes to lose to a basic Island
Island
IslandSet: Oversize Cards
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
X
Artist:
Tony Roberts
Text:
T: Add U to your mana pool.
with “Mishra
Mishra
MishraSet: Vanguard
Sub Type:
Character
Rarity:
X
Number:
3
Artist:
Anson Maddocks
Power:
+0
Toughness:
-3
Text:
Double all damage dealt by creatures you control.
’s Workshop” written on it in black Sharpie. Even the gold-bordered “Championship Edition” cards can be a no-no. In my opinion, the best way to even the playing field (outside of playing limited, of course) is to switch up formats from time to time.

The MTG community has really embraced the EDH (Elder Dragon Highlander) format as one alternative, and obviously Standard is very popular, but both of those formats can still be money intensive. The best EDH decks run powerful (and expensive) tutors and (even more expensive) mana bases, and we all know about the soaring prices in Standard right now (Jace, Primeval Titan
Primeval Titan
Primeval TitanSet: Magic 2011
Cost:
6
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Giant
Rarity:
M
Number:
192
Artist:
Aleksi Briclot
Power:
6
Toughness:
6
Text:
Trample Whenever Primeval Titan enters the battlefield or attacks, you may search your library for up to two land cards, put them onto the battlefield tapped, then shuffle your library.
, Baneslayer, Vengevine
Vengevine
VengevineSet: Rise of the Eldrazi
Cost:
4
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Elemental
Rarity:
M
Number:
212
Artist:
Raymond Swanland
Power:
4
Toughness:
3
Text:
Haste Whenever you cast a spell, if it's the second creature spell you cast this turn, you may return Vengevine from your graveyard to the battlefield.
, etc.). Keeping that in mind, I have found that my new favorite format is Pauper, i.e. decks that have only commons. More specifically, I really like the cards available for Standard Pauper. Recently, some very important tournament cards have been commons, like Blightning
Blightning
BlightningSet: Shards Of Alara
Cost:
3
Color:
Multicolor
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
C
Number:
156
Artist:
Thomas M. Baxa
Text:
Blightning deals 3 damage to target player. That player discards two cards.
, Putrid Leech
Putrid Leech
Putrid LeechSet: Alara Reborn
Cost:
2
Color:
Multicolor
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Zombie Leech
Rarity:
C
Number:
95
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
Pay 2 life: Putrid Leech gets +2/+2 until end of turn. Play this ability only once each turn.
, Lightning Bolt
Lightning Bolt
Lightning BoltSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
1
Color:
Red
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Christopher Rush
Text:
Lightning Bolt does 3 damage to one target.
, Steppe Lynx
Steppe Lynx
Steppe LynxSet: Zendikar
Cost:
1
Color:
White
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Cat
Rarity:
C
Number:
36
Artist:
Nic Klein
Power:
0
Toughness:
1
Text:
Landfall — Whenever a land enters the battlefield under your control, Steppe Lynx gets +2/+2 until end of turn.
, and Oblivion Ring
Oblivion Ring
Oblivion RingSet: Lorwyn
Cost:
3
Color:
White
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
C
Number:
34
Artist:
Wayne England
Text:
When Oblivion Ring comes into play, remove another target nonland permanent from the game. When Oblivion Ring leaves play, return the removed card to play under its owner's control.
, so there should be a fertile pool to pull from.

I find that a great way to discern the power of unfamiliar cards is to draft with them. Many of my deck ideas have come from card interactions I’ve played with or against in limited. Since I have drafted Rise of the Eldrazi extensively, here are three Standard Pauper decks that rely heavily on Rise of the Eldrazi Cards.



U/R - Aggro/Kiln Fiend
Kiln Fiend
Kiln FiendSet: Rise of the Eldrazi
Cost:
2
Color:
Red
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Elemental Beast
Rarity:
C
Number:
153
Artist:
Adi Granov
Power:
1
Toughness:
2
Text:
Whenever you cast an instant or sorcery spell, Kiln Fiend gets +3/+0 until end of turn.
:

If you’ve drafted ROE, you’ve probably seen the devastating synergy between Kiln Fiend
Kiln Fiend
Kiln FiendSet: Rise of the Eldrazi
Cost:
2
Color:
Red
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Elemental Beast
Rarity:
C
Number:
153
Artist:
Adi Granov
Power:
1
Toughness:
2
Text:
Whenever you cast an instant or sorcery spell, Kiln Fiend gets +3/+0 until end of turn.
and the rebound spells. Since there are only two rebound spells at common (a testament of the power of rebound), Staggershock
Staggershock
StaggershockSet: Rise of the Eldrazi
Cost:
3
Color:
Red
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
166
Artist:
Raymond Swanland
Text:
Staggershock deals 2 damage to target creature or player. Rebound (If you cast this spell from your hand, exile it as it resolves. At the beginning of your next upkeep, you may cast this card from exile without paying its mana cost.)
and Distortion Strike
Distortion Strike
Distortion StrikeSet: Rise of the Eldrazi
Cost:
1
Color:
Blue
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
C
Number:
60
Artist:
Goran Josic
Text:
Target creature gets +1/+0 until end of turn and is unblockable this turn. Rebound (If you cast this spell from your hand, exile it as it resolves. At the beginning of your next upkeep, you may cast this card from exile without paying its mana cost.)
, our deck colors are set. Note that a single Kiln Fiend
Kiln Fiend
Kiln FiendSet: Rise of the Eldrazi
Cost:
2
Color:
Red
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Elemental Beast
Rarity:
C
Number:
153
Artist:
Adi Granov
Power:
1
Toughness:
2
Text:
Whenever you cast an instant or sorcery spell, Kiln Fiend gets +3/+0 until end of turn.
with one Distortion Strike
Distortion Strike
Distortion StrikeSet: Rise of the Eldrazi
Cost:
1
Color:
Blue
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
C
Number:
60
Artist:
Goran Josic
Text:
Target creature gets +1/+0 until end of turn and is unblockable this turn. Rebound (If you cast this spell from your hand, exile it as it resolves. At the beginning of your next upkeep, you may cast this card from exile without paying its mana cost.)
can easily deal ten damage. Throw in some burn spells to boost the Kiln Fiend
Kiln Fiend
Kiln FiendSet: Rise of the Eldrazi
Cost:
2
Color:
Red
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Elemental Beast
Rarity:
C
Number:
153
Artist:
Adi Granov
Power:
1
Toughness:
2
Text:
Whenever you cast an instant or sorcery spell, Kiln Fiend gets +3/+0 until end of turn.
and deal some direct damage. Mix in some counterspells to protect and boost the Kiln Fiend
Kiln Fiend
Kiln FiendSet: Rise of the Eldrazi
Cost:
2
Color:
Red
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Elemental Beast
Rarity:
C
Number:
153
Artist:
Adi Granov
Power:
1
Toughness:
2
Text:
Whenever you cast an instant or sorcery spell, Kiln Fiend gets +3/+0 until end of turn.
s. Add a pinch of card draw and some lands and voila, you have a fun deck that costs less than $5. The only card that costs more than $0.05 on Cardshark is Lightning Bolt
Lightning Bolt
Lightning BoltSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
1
Color:
Red
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Christopher Rush
Text:
Lightning Bolt does 3 damage to one target.
! Here is the decklist:


Creatures:
4 x Kiln Fiend
Kiln Fiend
Kiln FiendSet: Rise of the Eldrazi
Cost:
2
Color:
Red
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Elemental Beast
Rarity:
C
Number:
153
Artist:
Adi Granov
Power:
1
Toughness:
2
Text:
Whenever you cast an instant or sorcery spell, Kiln Fiend gets +3/+0 until end of turn.

4 x Mnemonic Wall
Mnemonic Wall
Mnemonic WallSet: Rise of the Eldrazi
Cost:
5
Color:
Blue
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Wall
Rarity:
C
Number:
78
Artist:
Vance Kovacs
Power:
0
Toughness:
4
Text:
Defender When Mnemonic Wall enters the battlefield, you may return target instant or sorcery card from your graveyard to your hand.


Spells:
4 x Distortion Strike
Distortion Strike
Distortion StrikeSet: Rise of the Eldrazi
Cost:
1
Color:
Blue
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
C
Number:
60
Artist:
Goran Josic
Text:
Target creature gets +1/+0 until end of turn and is unblockable this turn. Rebound (If you cast this spell from your hand, exile it as it resolves. At the beginning of your next upkeep, you may cast this card from exile without paying its mana cost.)

4 x Staggershock
Staggershock
StaggershockSet: Rise of the Eldrazi
Cost:
3
Color:
Red
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
166
Artist:
Raymond Swanland
Text:
Staggershock deals 2 damage to target creature or player. Rebound (If you cast this spell from your hand, exile it as it resolves. At the beginning of your next upkeep, you may cast this card from exile without paying its mana cost.)

4 x Preordain
Preordain
PreordainSet: Magic 2011
Cost:
1
Color:
Blue
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
C
Number:
70
Artist:
Svetlin Velinov
Text:
Scry 2, then draw a card. (To scry 2, look at the top two cards of your library, then put any number of them on the bottom of your library and the rest on top in any order.)

4 x Deprive
Deprive
DepriveSet: Rise of the Eldrazi
Cost:
2
Color:
Blue
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
59
Artist:
Izzy
Text:
As an additional cost to cast Deprive, return a land you control to its owner's hand. Counter target spell.

4 x Lightning Bolt
Lightning Bolt
Lightning BoltSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
1
Color:
Red
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Christopher Rush
Text:
Lightning Bolt does 3 damage to one target.

4 x Burst Lightning
Burst Lightning
Burst LightningSet: Zendikar
Cost:
1
Color:
Red
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
119
Artist:
Vance Kovacs
Text:
Kicker {4} (You may pay an additional {4} as you cast this spell.) Burst Lightning deals 2 damage to target creature or player. If Burst Lightning was kicked, it deals 4 damage to that creature or player instead.

4 x Negate
Negate
NegateSet: Morningtide
Cost:
2
Color:
Blue
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
43
Artist:
Jeremy Jarvis
Text:
Counter target noncreature spell.

4 x Searing Blaze
Searing Blaze
Searing BlazeSet: Worldwake
Cost:
2
Color:
Red
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
90
Artist:
James Paick
Text:
Searing Blaze deals 1 damage to target player and 1 damage to target creature that player controls. Landfall — If you had a land enter the battlefield under your control this turn, Searing Blaze deals 3 damage to that player and 3 damage to that creature instead.


Lands:
4 x Halimar Depths
Halimar Depths
Halimar DepthsSet: Worldwake
Cost:
0
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Land
Rarity:
C
Number:
137
Artist:
Volkan Baga
Text:
Halimar Depths enters the battlefield tapped. When Halimar Depths enters the battlefield, look at the top three cards of your library, then put them back in any order. {T}: Add {U} to your mana pool.

6 x Island
Island
IslandSet: Oversize Cards
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
X
Artist:
Tony Roberts
Text:
T: Add U to your mana pool.

10 x Mountain
Mountain
MountainSet: Arabian Nights
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Douglas Shuler
Text:
Tap to add R to your mana pool.



The only real issue is the lack of win conditions outside of the Kiln Fiend
Kiln Fiend
Kiln FiendSet: Rise of the Eldrazi
Cost:
2
Color:
Red
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Elemental Beast
Rarity:
C
Number:
153
Artist:
Adi Granov
Power:
1
Toughness:
2
Text:
Whenever you cast an instant or sorcery spell, Kiln Fiend gets +3/+0 until end of turn.
. There is definitely enough burn to deal some serious damage, but the deck can certainly fizzle out quickly if your opponent has a ton of removal. I have also toyed with the idea of a B/R Kiln Fiend
Kiln Fiend
Kiln FiendSet: Rise of the Eldrazi
Cost:
2
Color:
Red
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Elemental Beast
Rarity:
C
Number:
153
Artist:
Adi Granov
Power:
1
Toughness:
2
Text:
Whenever you cast an instant or sorcery spell, Kiln Fiend gets +3/+0 until end of turn.
deck that abuses Contaminated Ground
Contaminated Ground
Contaminated GroundSet: Rise of the Eldrazi
Cost:
2
Color:
Black
Type:
Enchantment
Sub Type:
Aura
Rarity:
C
Number:
102
Artist:
Rob Alexander
Text:
Enchant land Enchanted land is a Swamp. Whenever enchanted land becomes tapped, its controller loses 2 life.
and Nighthaze
Nighthaze
NighthazeSet: Rise of the Eldrazi
Cost:
1
Color:
Black
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
C
Number:
118
Artist:
Tomasz Jedruszek
Text:
Target creature gains swampwalk until end of turn. Draw a card.
to make the Kiln Fiend
Kiln Fiend
Kiln FiendSet: Rise of the Eldrazi
Cost:
2
Color:
Red
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Elemental Beast
Rarity:
C
Number:
153
Artist:
Adi Granov
Power:
1
Toughness:
2
Text:
Whenever you cast an instant or sorcery spell, Kiln Fiend gets +3/+0 until end of turn.
unblockable along with Cadaver Imp
Cadaver Imp
Cadaver ImpSet: Rise of the Eldrazi
Cost:
3
Color:
Black
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Imp
Rarity:
C
Number:
99
Artist:
Dave Kendall
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
Flying When Cadaver Imp enters the battlefield, you may return target creature card from your graveyard to your hand.
or Disentomb
Disentomb
DisentombSet: Magic 2010
Color:
Black
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
C
Number:
92
Artist:
Alex Horley-Orlandelli
Text:
Return target creature card from your graveyard to your hand.
to recur the Kiln Fiend
Kiln Fiend
Kiln FiendSet: Rise of the Eldrazi
Cost:
2
Color:
Red
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Elemental Beast
Rarity:
C
Number:
153
Artist:
Adi Granov
Power:
1
Toughness:
2
Text:
Whenever you cast an instant or sorcery spell, Kiln Fiend gets +3/+0 until end of turn.
s. The recursion aspect certainly helps, but I like the blue spells better than the black. Also, note that Distortion Strike
Distortion Strike
Distortion StrikeSet: Rise of the Eldrazi
Cost:
1
Color:
Blue
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
C
Number:
60
Artist:
Goran Josic
Text:
Target creature gets +1/+0 until end of turn and is unblockable this turn. Rebound (If you cast this spell from your hand, exile it as it resolves. At the beginning of your next upkeep, you may cast this card from exile without paying its mana cost.)
has great synergy with the new Infect ability (a Standard Pauper Infect deck sounds fun to me).



W/G - Aura Gnarlid
Aura Gnarlid
Aura GnarlidSet: Rise of the Eldrazi
Cost:
3
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Beast
Rarity:
C
Number:
175
Artist:
Lars Grant-West
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
Creatures with power less than Aura Gnarlid's power can't block it. Aura Gnarlid gets +1/+1 for each Aura on the battlefield.
/Totem Armor:

When I first saw the Aura Gnarlid
Aura Gnarlid
Aura GnarlidSet: Rise of the Eldrazi
Cost:
3
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Beast
Rarity:
C
Number:
175
Artist:
Lars Grant-West
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
Creatures with power less than Aura Gnarlid's power can't block it. Aura Gnarlid gets +1/+1 for each Aura on the battlefield.
, I knew I wanted to build a deck around him (her?). With all the common Totem Armors, a pauper deck makes a ton of sense (too bad the Kor Spiritdancer
Kor Spiritdancer
Kor SpiritdancerSet: Rise of the Eldrazi
Cost:
2
Color:
White
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Kor Wizard
Rarity:
R
Number:
31
Artist:
Scott Chou
Power:
0
Toughness:
2
Text:
Kor Spiritdancer gets +2/+2 for each Aura attached to it. Whenever you cast an Aura spell, you may draw a card.
is not a common). Since the best Umbras are white and green, those are the colors I’ll make the deck. Let’s grab some of the best common auras in standard right now: Hyena Umbra
Hyena Umbra
Hyena UmbraSet: Rise of the Eldrazi
Cost:
1
Color:
White
Type:
Enchantment
Sub Type:
Aura
Rarity:
C
Number:
26
Artist:
Howard Lyon
Text:
Enchant creature Enchanted creature gets +1/+1 and has first strike. Totem armor (If enchanted creature would be destroyed, instead remove all damage from it and destroy this Aura.)
, Snake Umbra
Snake Umbra
Snake UmbraSet: Rise of the Eldrazi
Cost:
3
Color:
Green
Type:
Enchantment
Sub Type:
Aura
Rarity:
C
Number:
207
Artist:
Christopher Moeller
Text:
Enchant creature Enchanted creature gets +1/+1 and has "Whenever this creature deals damage to an opponent, you may draw a card." Totem armor (If enchanted creature would be destroyed, instead remove all damage from it and destroy this Aura.)
, Spider Umbra
Spider Umbra
Spider UmbraSet: Rise of the Eldrazi
Cost:
1
Color:
Green
Type:
Enchantment
Sub Type:
Aura
Rarity:
C
Number:
208
Artist:
Christopher Moeller
Text:
Enchant creature Enchanted creature gets +1/+1 and has reach. (It can block creatures with flying.) Totem armor (If enchanted creature would be destroyed, instead remove all damage from it and destroy this Aura.)
, and Pacifism
Pacifism
PacifismSet: Classic Sixth Edition
Cost:
2
Color:
White
Type:
Enchant Creature
Rarity:
C
Number:
33
Artist:
Robert Bliss
Text:
Enchanted creature can't attack or block.
. We can also throw in a couple Vastwood Zendikon
Vastwood Zendikon
Vastwood ZendikonSet: Worldwake
Cost:
5
Color:
Green
Type:
Enchantment
Sub Type:
Aura
Rarity:
C
Number:
117
Artist:
Rob Alexander
Text:
Enchant land Enchanted land is a 6/4 green Elemental creature. It's still a land. When enchanted land is put into a graveyard, return that card to its owner's hand.
s for a late-game beatdown and some Journey to Nowhere
Journey to Nowhere
Journey to NowhereSet: Zendikar
Cost:
2
Color:
White
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
C
Number:
14
Artist:
Warren Mahy
Text:
When Journey to Nowhere enters the battlefield, exile target creature. When Journey to Nowhere leaves the battlefield, return the exiled card to the battlefield under its owner's control.
s (boo, not an aura) for spot removal. As for creatures, we’ll add the ridiculously powerful Steppe Lynx
Steppe Lynx
Steppe LynxSet: Zendikar
Cost:
1
Color:
White
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Cat
Rarity:
C
Number:
36
Artist:
Nic Klein
Power:
0
Toughness:
1
Text:
Landfall — Whenever a land enters the battlefield under your control, Steppe Lynx gets +2/+2 until end of turn.
and the great-for-auras Sacred Wolf
Sacred Wolf
Sacred WolfSet: Magic 2011
Cost:
3
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Wolf
Rarity:
C
Number:
196
Artist:
Matt Stewart
Power:
3
Toughness:
1
Text:
Sacred Wolf can't be the target of spells or abilities your opponents control.
. In addition to the aforementioned Lynx
Lynx
LynxSet: Portal Second Age
Cost:
2
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Cat
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Rebecca Guay
Power:
2
Toughness:
1
Text:
Forestwalk (If defending player has any forests in play, Lynx can't be blocked.)
and Wolf, more utilitarian creatures like Ondu Giant
Ondu Giant
Ondu GiantSet: Rise of the Eldrazi
Cost:
4
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Giant Druid
Rarity:
C
Number:
202
Artist:
Igor Kieryluk
Power:
2
Toughness:
4
Text:
When Ondu Giant enters the battlefield, you may search your library for a basic land card, put it onto the battlefield tapped, then shuffle your library.
and Kozilek’s Predator could work well. I also added Explore
Explore
ExploreSet: Worldwake
Cost:
2
Color:
Green
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
C
Number:
99
Artist:
John Avon
Text:
You may play an additional land this turn. Draw a card.
for some card draw and potential mana ramp. To finish off the decklist, I’ll add a Khalni Garden
Khalni Garden
Khalni GardenSet: Worldwake
Cost:
0
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Land
Rarity:
C
Number:
138
Artist:
Ryan Pancoast
Text:
Khalni Garden enters the battlefield tapped. When Khalni Garden enters the battlefield, put a 0/1 green Plant creature token onto the battlefield. {T}: Add {G} to your mana pool.
and some basic lands. Excluding shipping and the basic lands, this deck should only run in the $2-3 range. Who says Magic is an expensive game?


Creatures:
4 x Aura Gnarlid
Aura Gnarlid
Aura GnarlidSet: Rise of the Eldrazi
Cost:
3
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Beast
Rarity:
C
Number:
175
Artist:
Lars Grant-West
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
Creatures with power less than Aura Gnarlid's power can't block it. Aura Gnarlid gets +1/+1 for each Aura on the battlefield.

3 x Kozilek’s Predator
3 x Ondu Giant
Ondu Giant
Ondu GiantSet: Rise of the Eldrazi
Cost:
4
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Giant Druid
Rarity:
C
Number:
202
Artist:
Igor Kieryluk
Power:
2
Toughness:
4
Text:
When Ondu Giant enters the battlefield, you may search your library for a basic land card, put it onto the battlefield tapped, then shuffle your library.

4 x Sacred Wolf
Sacred Wolf
Sacred WolfSet: Magic 2011
Cost:
3
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Wolf
Rarity:
C
Number:
196
Artist:
Matt Stewart
Power:
3
Toughness:
1
Text:
Sacred Wolf can't be the target of spells or abilities your opponents control.

4 x Steppe Lynx
Steppe Lynx
Steppe LynxSet: Zendikar
Cost:
1
Color:
White
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Cat
Rarity:
C
Number:
36
Artist:
Nic Klein
Power:
0
Toughness:
1
Text:
Landfall — Whenever a land enters the battlefield under your control, Steppe Lynx gets +2/+2 until end of turn.


Spells:
4 x Hyena Umbra
Hyena Umbra
Hyena UmbraSet: Rise of the Eldrazi
Cost:
1
Color:
White
Type:
Enchantment
Sub Type:
Aura
Rarity:
C
Number:
26
Artist:
Howard Lyon
Text:
Enchant creature Enchanted creature gets +1/+1 and has first strike. Totem armor (If enchanted creature would be destroyed, instead remove all damage from it and destroy this Aura.)

3 x Journey to Nowhere
Journey to Nowhere
Journey to NowhereSet: Zendikar
Cost:
2
Color:
White
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
C
Number:
14
Artist:
Warren Mahy
Text:
When Journey to Nowhere enters the battlefield, exile target creature. When Journey to Nowhere leaves the battlefield, return the exiled card to the battlefield under its owner's control.

3 x Pacifism
Pacifism
PacifismSet: Classic Sixth Edition
Cost:
2
Color:
White
Type:
Enchant Creature
Rarity:
C
Number:
33
Artist:
Robert Bliss
Text:
Enchanted creature can't attack or block.

4 x Snake Umbra
Snake Umbra
Snake UmbraSet: Rise of the Eldrazi
Cost:
3
Color:
Green
Type:
Enchantment
Sub Type:
Aura
Rarity:
C
Number:
207
Artist:
Christopher Moeller
Text:
Enchant creature Enchanted creature gets +1/+1 and has "Whenever this creature deals damage to an opponent, you may draw a card." Totem armor (If enchanted creature would be destroyed, instead remove all damage from it and destroy this Aura.)

2 x Vastwood Zendikon
Vastwood Zendikon
Vastwood ZendikonSet: Worldwake
Cost:
5
Color:
Green
Type:
Enchantment
Sub Type:
Aura
Rarity:
C
Number:
117
Artist:
Rob Alexander
Text:
Enchant land Enchanted land is a 6/4 green Elemental creature. It's still a land. When enchanted land is put into a graveyard, return that card to its owner's hand.

3 x Spider Umbra
Spider Umbra
Spider UmbraSet: Rise of the Eldrazi
Cost:
1
Color:
Green
Type:
Enchantment
Sub Type:
Aura
Rarity:
C
Number:
208
Artist:
Christopher Moeller
Text:
Enchant creature Enchanted creature gets +1/+1 and has reach. (It can block creatures with flying.) Totem armor (If enchanted creature would be destroyed, instead remove all damage from it and destroy this Aura.)

3 x Explore
Explore
ExploreSet: Worldwake
Cost:
2
Color:
Green
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
C
Number:
99
Artist:
John Avon
Text:
You may play an additional land this turn. Draw a card.


Lands:
4 x Khalni Garden
Khalni Garden
Khalni GardenSet: Worldwake
Cost:
0
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Land
Rarity:
C
Number:
138
Artist:
Ryan Pancoast
Text:
Khalni Garden enters the battlefield tapped. When Khalni Garden enters the battlefield, put a 0/1 green Plant creature token onto the battlefield. {T}: Add {G} to your mana pool.

9 x Forest
Forest
ForestSet: Oversize Cards
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
X
Artist:
Tony Roberts
Text:
T: Add G to your mana pool.

7 x Plains
Plains
PlainsSet: Oversize Cards
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
X
Artist:
Tony Roberts
Text:
T: Add W to your mana pool.



The main win condition here is a huge Aura Gnarlid
Aura Gnarlid
Aura GnarlidSet: Rise of the Eldrazi
Cost:
3
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Beast
Rarity:
C
Number:
175
Artist:
Lars Grant-West
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
Creatures with power less than Aura Gnarlid's power can't block it. Aura Gnarlid gets +1/+1 for each Aura on the battlefield.
. Since there is a serious card disadvantage inherent in Aura’s, I suggest using the Sacred Wolves as an Aura depository. The “troll shroud” ability on the Wolves prevents the dreaded “two-for-one” scenario. Also, be on the lookout for mass removal. Always keep some creatures in your hand in case of a wrath effect. A Day of Judgment
Day of Judgment
Day of JudgmentSet: Zendikar
Cost:
4
Color:
White
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
R
Number:
9
Artist:
Vincent Proce
Text:
Destroy all creatures.
won’t completely kill this deck unless you push too hard too early. An understanding of your playgroup’s metagame can really help dictate how you play this deck.



R/G - Eldrazi Spawn

The last deck I will discuss uses the awesomely powerful Eldrazi and their little minions. Obviously, the best Eldrazi rest solidly in the rare and uncommon slots, but their common brethren are nothing to sneeze at. The two common Eldrazi, Hand of Emrakul
Hand of Emrakul
Hand of EmrakulSet: Rise of the Eldrazi
Cost:
9
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Eldrazi
Rarity:
C
Number:
5
Artist:
Chippy
Power:
7
Toughness:
7
Text:
You may sacrifice four Eldrazi Spawn rather than pay Hand of Emrakul's mana cost. Annihilator 1 (Whenever this creature attacks, defending player sacrifices a permanent.)
and Ulamog’s Crush
Crush
CrushSet: Mirrodin Besieged
Cost:
1
Color:
Red
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
61
Artist:
Matt Stewart
Text:
Destroy target noncreature artifact.
er, both have huge bodies and the awesome keyword ability Annihilator. To help ramp into these behemoths as early as possible, we’ll add spells that give us Eldrazi Spawn tokens. Since green and red have the best (and most) Eldrazi Token makers at common, our colors are set. I’m not going to mess around, so I’ll throw in all six common spawn token generators in our colors: Brood Birthing
Brood Birthing
Brood BirthingSet: Rise of the Eldrazi
Cost:
2
Color:
Red
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
C
Number:
138
Artist:
Anthony Francisco
Text:
If you control an Eldrazi Spawn, put three 0/1 colorless Eldrazi Spawn creature tokens onto the battlefield. They have "Sacrifice this creature: Add {1} to your mana pool." Otherwise, put one of those tokens onto the battlefield.
, Emrakul’s Hatcher, and Spawning Breath
Spawning Breath
Spawning BreathSet: Rise of the Eldrazi
Cost:
2
Color:
Red
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
164
Artist:
Trevor Claxton
Text:
Spawning Breath deals 1 damage to target creature or player. Put a 0/1 colorless Eldrazi Spawn creature token onto the battlefield. It has "Sacrifice this creature: Add {1} to your mana pool."
in red and Growth Spasm
Growth Spasm
Growth SpasmSet: Rise of the Eldrazi
Cost:
3
Color:
Green
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
C
Number:
186
Artist:
Dan Scott
Text:
Search your library for a basic land card, put it onto the battlefield tapped, then shuffle your library. Put a 0/1 colorless Eldrazi Spawn creature token onto the battlefield. It has "Sacrifice this creature: Add {1} to your mana pool."
, Kozilek’s Predator, and Nest Invader
Nest Invader
Nest InvaderSet: Rise of the Eldrazi
Cost:
2
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Eldrazi Drone
Rarity:
C
Number:
201
Artist:
Trevor Claxton
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
When Nest Invader enters the battlefield, put a 0/1 colorless Eldrazi Spawn creature token onto the battlefield. It has "Sacrifice this creature: Add {1} to your mana pool."
in green. To help find our Eldrazi (or a land, if needed) we can add a set of Ancient Stirrings
Ancient Stirrings
Ancient StirringsSet: Rise of the Eldrazi
Cost:
1
Color:
Green
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
C
Number:
174
Artist:
Vincent Proce
Text:
Look at the top five cards of your library. You may reveal a colorless card from among them and put it into your hand. Then put the rest on the bottom of your library in any order. (Cards with no colored mana in their mana costs are colorless. Lands are also colorless.)
. Also, to add an element of surprise to our deck, I’ll include Battle Rampart
Battle Rampart
Battle RampartSet: Mercadian Masques
Cost:
3
Color:
Red
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Wall
Rarity:
C
Number:
173
Artist:
Ron Spencer
Power:
1
Toughness:
3
Text:
(Walls can't attack.) T: Target creature gains haste until end of turn. (That creature may attack and tap the turn it comes under your control.)
. Instead of having a turn to prepare for an Eldrazi attack, the Battle Rampart
Battle Rampart
Battle RampartSet: Mercadian Masques
Cost:
3
Color:
Red
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Wall
Rarity:
C
Number:
173
Artist:
Ron Spencer
Power:
1
Toughness:
3
Text:
(Walls can't attack.) T: Target creature gains haste until end of turn. (That creature may attack and tap the turn it comes under your control.)
forces our opponents to deal with an annihilating Eldrazi right now. Basic lands will complete our decklist.


Creatures:
3 x Battle Rampart
Battle Rampart
Battle RampartSet: Mercadian Masques
Cost:
3
Color:
Red
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Wall
Rarity:
C
Number:
173
Artist:
Ron Spencer
Power:
1
Toughness:
3
Text:
(Walls can't attack.) T: Target creature gains haste until end of turn. (That creature may attack and tap the turn it comes under your control.)

3 x Emrakul's Hatcher
Emrakul's Hatcher
Emrakul's HatcherSet: Rise of the Eldrazi
Cost:
5
Color:
Red
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Eldrazi Drone
Rarity:
C
Number:
142
Artist:
Jaime Jones
Power:
3
Toughness:
3
Text:
When Emrakul's Hatcher enters the battlefield, put three 0/1 colorless Eldrazi Spawn creature tokens onto the battlefield. They have "Sacrifice this creature: Add {1} to your mana pool."

4 x Hand of Emrakul
Hand of Emrakul
Hand of EmrakulSet: Rise of the Eldrazi
Cost:
9
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Eldrazi
Rarity:
C
Number:
5
Artist:
Chippy
Power:
7
Toughness:
7
Text:
You may sacrifice four Eldrazi Spawn rather than pay Hand of Emrakul's mana cost. Annihilator 1 (Whenever this creature attacks, defending player sacrifices a permanent.)

4 x Kozilek's Predator
Kozilek's Predator
Kozilek's PredatorSet: Rise of the Eldrazi
Cost:
4
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Eldrazi Drone
Rarity:
C
Number:
193
Artist:
Steve Argyle
Power:
3
Toughness:
3
Text:
When Kozilek's Predator enters the battlefield, put two 0/1 colorless Eldrazi Spawn creature tokens onto the battlefield. They have "Sacrifice this creature: Add {1} to your mana pool."

4 x Nest Invader
Nest Invader
Nest InvaderSet: Rise of the Eldrazi
Cost:
2
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Eldrazi Drone
Rarity:
C
Number:
201
Artist:
Trevor Claxton
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
When Nest Invader enters the battlefield, put a 0/1 colorless Eldrazi Spawn creature token onto the battlefield. It has "Sacrifice this creature: Add {1} to your mana pool."

4 x Ulamog's Crusher
Ulamog's Crusher
Ulamog's CrusherSet: Rise of the Eldrazi
Cost:
8
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Eldrazi
Rarity:
C
Number:
13
Artist:
Todd Lockwood
Power:
8
Toughness:
8
Text:
Annihilator 2 (Whenever this creature attacks, defending player sacrifices two permanents.) Ulamog's Crusher attacks each turn if able.


Spells:
4 x Ancient Stirrings
Ancient Stirrings
Ancient StirringsSet: Rise of the Eldrazi
Cost:
1
Color:
Green
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
C
Number:
174
Artist:
Vincent Proce
Text:
Look at the top five cards of your library. You may reveal a colorless card from among them and put it into your hand. Then put the rest on the bottom of your library in any order. (Cards with no colored mana in their mana costs are colorless. Lands are also colorless.)

4 x Brood Birthing
Brood Birthing
Brood BirthingSet: Rise of the Eldrazi
Cost:
2
Color:
Red
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
C
Number:
138
Artist:
Anthony Francisco
Text:
If you control an Eldrazi Spawn, put three 0/1 colorless Eldrazi Spawn creature tokens onto the battlefield. They have "Sacrifice this creature: Add {1} to your mana pool." Otherwise, put one of those tokens onto the battlefield.

4 x Growth Spasm
Growth Spasm
Growth SpasmSet: Rise of the Eldrazi
Cost:
3
Color:
Green
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
C
Number:
186
Artist:
Dan Scott
Text:
Search your library for a basic land card, put it onto the battlefield tapped, then shuffle your library. Put a 0/1 colorless Eldrazi Spawn creature token onto the battlefield. It has "Sacrifice this creature: Add {1} to your mana pool."

4 x Spawning Breath
Spawning Breath
Spawning BreathSet: Rise of the Eldrazi
Cost:
2
Color:
Red
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
164
Artist:
Trevor Claxton
Text:
Spawning Breath deals 1 damage to target creature or player. Put a 0/1 colorless Eldrazi Spawn creature token onto the battlefield. It has "Sacrifice this creature: Add {1} to your mana pool."


Lands:
11 x Forest
Forest
ForestSet: Oversize Cards
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
X
Artist:
Tony Roberts
Text:
T: Add G to your mana pool.

11 x Mountain
Mountain
MountainSet: Arabian Nights
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Douglas Shuler
Text:
Tap to add R to your mana pool.



The mana curve in this deck is a bit steep, so don’t be hesitant to mulligan a two-land-hand. The Ancient Stirrings
Ancient Stirrings
Ancient StirringsSet: Rise of the Eldrazi
Cost:
1
Color:
Green
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
C
Number:
174
Artist:
Vincent Proce
Text:
Look at the top five cards of your library. You may reveal a colorless card from among them and put it into your hand. Then put the rest on the bottom of your library in any order. (Cards with no colored mana in their mana costs are colorless. Lands are also colorless.)
can really help find some land, but is really in the deck to find your Eldrazi. Also, even though the spawn tokens can help cast some of your cheaper spells, they are here to bring the Eldrazi into play as soon as possible. If you don’t feel like playing the Eldrazi, you could also look into using cards like Goblin Bushwacker, Lavafume Invoker
Lavafume Invoker
Lavafume InvokerSet: Rise of the Eldrazi
Cost:
3
Color:
Red
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Goblin Shaman
Rarity:
C
Number:
155
Artist:
Dave Kendall
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
{8}: Creatures you control get +3/+0 until end of turn.
, or Might of the Masses
Might of the Masses
Might of the MassesSet: Rise of the Eldrazi
Cost:
1
Color:
Green
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
196
Artist:
Johann Bodin
Text:
Target creature gets +1/+1 until end of turn for each creature you control.
as your win conditions.

Well, there’s a look at some Pauper decks. I hope this inspires you to look into your own pauper decks. Simply dig into some of those boxes of cards I know you have lying around and pull out some commons and play with some cards you’ve never played before.


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