Game #199: Nezumi Graverobber (pauper)

Game $1.99: Nezumi Graverobber (pauper)
Date: 2016-08-02
Location: Red Castle Games, Portland OR
Vs. Genju of the Realm; Derevi, Empyrial Tactician
Result: Unfun Loss/Scoop

Nezumi Graverobber, Magic, Champions of KamigawavsGenju of the Realm, Magic, Betrayers of KamigawaDerevi, Empyrial Tactician, Magic, Commander 2013

I got to the store early on this day, and played a one-on-one game with the next person that showed up (Sen Triplets is dirty  with the new Dirty Mana rules, and Rhys the Exiled just couldn’t hang).  Another player showed up and wanted to play a Genju of the Realm deck. Thinking that it would probably be a “fun” deck, I decided to take a Nezumi Graverobber  Pauper commander deck for a spin, instead of playing the deck I had planned on playing.

I kept a 6 land hand (I don’t do “partial” mulligans), played my general on turn 2 and ate an empty graveyard to transform on turn 3.  In the mean time Genju went, Fetch, Fetch (the originals) Sylvan Library, Prismatic Omen, Exploration, Maelstrom Nexus.  Derevi played a Garruk Wildspeaker, Derevi herself, and a Platinum Angel.

I got excited because I had a 5-mana kill spell, and was planning on killing the Angel and reanimating it. Fun, right? So I passed the turn with 5 open mana.  Genju Demonic Tutored, to cascade into a Path to Exile on the Angel, and then played a Humility.   Not wanting to try to play through that rules headache, and knowing that I had no way to deal with it in a mono-black pauper deck, and knowing that 1/1 vanillas with no ETB effects were also basically worthless, I decided to scoop and switch tables to play with someone I’ve had enjoyable games with in the past.

About the Deck (no TappedOut… yet)

Nezumi Graverobber is a fun uncommon that becomes a Legendary Creature with a fun effect. Great choice for an EDH pauper deck.  It’s a mix of common kill and discard, plus some Zombie tribal-ish stuff (or at least a zombie theme). It has a few ways to empty a graveyard in case I need to flip the Graverobber in the later game.

 

Game #173.1 173.2: Gilder Bairn (Pauper)

Game #173: Gilder Bairn (Pauper)
Date: 2015-06-10
Location: Family Game Store, Savage MD
vs. Ihsan’s Shade. (then also Axlerod Gunnarson)
Result: Fun Loss, Fun loss

Gilder Bairn, Magic, EventidevsIhsan's Shade, Magic, Anthologies,Axelrod Gunnarson, Magic, Legends

Ihsan (piloted by Gisa’s player) started out with a Stinkweed Imp and a Vault Skirge, and later an Abyssal Gatekeeper. I stared with a Cloudfin Raptor and an Ironshell Beetle for some +1/+fun. But despite a Grazking Kelpie and a Thrumming Bird, Ihsan was able to equip a Cranial Plating and a Whispersilk Cloak and kill me in 3 shots.

Then Axelrod Gunnarson showed up. I lost this one too (Axlerod did some tricks to kill me), but the highlight was having 33 lands in play due to Gilderbairn and Fertilid tricks. Also there was a Lesser Werewolf, which counts for something.

About the Deck: This deck was born of discussions we had in previous weeks about potential other non-legendary Pauper Commanders. As Gilder Bairn was 1)in the best colors, 2) involved doubling things, and 3)had the most creepily adorable art ever, it became clear that I had to build this deck. It’s mostly (obviously) centered around things with +1/+1 counters to be doubled. Especially Graft and Evolve creatures.

Game #171: Woolly Thoctar (Pauper)

Game #171: Woolly Thoctar (Pauper)
Date: 2015-05-20
Location: Family Game Store, Savage, MD
vs. Sister’s of Stone Death; Ulasht, the Hate Seed; Gisa
Result: Fun(I think?) loss

Woolly Thoctar, Magic, WPN PromosvsGhoulcaller Gisa, Magic, Commander 2014Ulasht, the Hate Seed, Magic, GuildpactSisters of Stone Death, Magic, Ravnica
I start with 2 forests and a hand full of Red and White Cards. I discard, then draw a karoo-type land. Finally I get to cast a Yavimaya Elder, and throw a Rancor on a Llanowar Knight. Sisters plays a Xathrid Gorgon. Ulasht has Fires of Yavimaya and a Primal Hydra. Gisa has Night-Eyes and Maze of Ith.

I play Commander Thoctar with a Scourge of the Nobilis and get a few shots in at Ulasht, who also has massive stuff like Hamletback Goliath, Kalonian Hydra and others. Sisters of Stone Death whiffs with Genesis Hydra, Ulasht plays an Avenger of Zendikar and then Sisters hits a Boundless Realms. Gisa is doing Phyrexian Dreadnought tricks (and Hamletback get HUGE, before Sisters has a giant meal of it). I try to kill the Avenger of Zendikar, but the Fires saves it. In the end, I think there’s a Gravecrawler loop that makes us lose.

About the Deck
I needed another RGW deck, and I also read about some really fun pauper combo decks in that color, so I put this together. The combo to try to get is Impact Tremors/Midnight Guard/Presence of Gond.  Lots of other stuff to help the Thoctar beatdown if necessary.

Game #96: Lady of the Mountain

Game #96: Lady of the Mountain
Date: 2014-01-08
Location: Family Game Store, Savage, MD
Vs: Exava; Ghave; Purphoros
Result: Neutral Loss

The Lady of the MountainvsPurphoros, God of the Forge, Magic, TherosExava, Rakdos Blood Witch, Magic, Dragon's MazeGhave, Guru of Spores, Magic, Commander

Since we were stuck against another potential Purph-bomb, I pulled out my Pauper Commander deck (I follow the “Legend that has seen print as a common” rule for my general selection). I had 3 lands and a Sakura Tribe Elder and felt pretty good. Purphoros dropped a Sol Ring turn 1 and followed up with Tooth and Claw, Kyren Negotiations and a Mana Echoes (luckily the Tooth and Claw and Echoes all got destroyed). Exava was swinging damage all over the place with a shadowy guy and the general herself. Ghave is making big trouble.

I try to kill Ghave using Spitting Earth, but it doesn’t work. I played a few Giants and Ogres (but only one land destruction spell) but mostly they died to Butcher of Malakir. Purphoros was on the table, but no creatures were appearing, and Ghave had achieved a Parallel Lives and a Perilous Forays, as well as a big Mycoloth and a Nemata. Exava was able to Spine Rock Knoll out an Attrition and took care of some of Ghave’s Board, but then Ghave tutored for Coat of Arms and that was the end of us.

About the Deck (tapped out someday)

This deck is a loose Giant-Tribal Pauper deck that focuses on ramp and targeted Land Destruction (normally I’m against LD, but I feel like the Pauper restriction is a balancing factor). I do sneak in some cards like Giant Spider (that are Giant in name only) and some non-giants that help fetch lands. Lady of the Mountain was chosen for her Creature type, the fact that she was one of the first original legends I ever got (along with Lady Orca and Jasmine Boreal), and that she was printed as a “common” in a Masters’ Edition.