Wednesday, November 6, 2013

The Top Decks of Pauper: DelverFiend

In this series we will walk you through the top decks of Pauper as played on Magic Online. Pauper is the Magic Online format where you are only allowed to play commons.  These are the official rules:

We will be using this tier page as the basis or our walkthrough:

 Today I will discuss the deck with the most names in Pauper: DelverFiend

This deck is also known as ... don't hold your breath ... Wee Fiend, ClopsFiend, Cyclops Fiend, Eye Candy, Izzet Cyclops, UR Fiend, Blue Red Delver, Wee Xerox, Cyclops, Thunderpants ... well, the list just goes on and on. I call it DelverFiend. I try to force all my videomakers to call it DelverFiend. Pauper to the People calls it DelverFiend. Lets just call it DelverFiend. 'Nuff said.

Example  deck list
Here is a recent list from player shoveldude35 who managed to pilot this list to a 3-1 finish despite a current metagame filled to the brim with creature kill spells.

9 Island
2 Izzet Guildgate
7 Mountain
4 Delver of Secrets
4 Kiln Fiend
4 Nivix Cyclops
4 Apostle's Blessing
3 Assault Strobe
3 Distortion Strike
4 Gitaxian Probe
4 Lightning Bolt
4 Manamorphose
4 Ponder
4 Preordain

3 Dispel
3 Essence Scatter
2 Flame Slash
4 Raze
3 Vapor Snag

About the deck
The metagame is really wrong for this deck right now with MBC and blue base control decks such as UB Trinket Control running rampant.

However, the metagame is still in flux after the bannings of Cloudpost and Temporal Fissure. When Stompy returns in force, DelverFiend is there to prey on it.

The strategy is simply to get a Kiln Fiend or a Nivix Cyclops on the battlefield and then deal 20+ damage in one round. The deck can easily goldfish on turn 3 or 4 but is very vulnerable to removal.

Financial implications of the deck
This is a very cheap deck, except for the Hydroblasts and Pyroblasts you should probably play in your sideboard (even though shoveldude35 did not). This is an excellent budget deck for learning about Pauper. The whole deck without hydros and pyros costs about eight tickets on mtgotraders, cheaper at the wikiprice bots.
Learn more about DelverFiend
I interviewed Deluxeicoff about the deck when he had his DelverFiend phase and he had some great insights (and another deck list proposal):
Do please note that this was pre-bannings, though.

My contact information
Twitter: @MagicGathstrat,, and

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