Sunday, January 15, 2017

Bombardment Tokens in Pauper

Going wide is quite popular in Pauper currently but sometimes you stall. What if we had something that could do damage in that situation? What if we used Raid Bombardment?

For the upcoming four weeks I will be playing this deck on the youtube channel MagicGatheringStrat:

Main Deck
4 Ash Barrens
4 Battle Screech
2 Boros Garrison
1 Cenn's Enlistment
4 Journey to Nowhere
4 Lightning Bolt
4 Mogg War Marshal
3 Mountain
11 Plains
3 Raid Bombardment
3 Rally the Peasants
1 Secluded Steppe
4 Soul Warden
4 Soul's Attendant
4 Squadron Hawk
1 Veteran Armorer
3 Wind-Scarred Crag

1 Dust to Dust
2 Electrickery
2 Lumithread Field
2 Prismatic Strands
4 Pyroblast
2 Relic of Progenitus
2 Sundering Growth

This will be an exercise for all of so the deck list is not written in stone but subject to change every week.

Here are some notes from the deck's creator, cannonspectacle:

Well, one thing I've done is, if Enlistment is still in the deck, I like making land drops until I hit 8 mana, so I can potentially double Enlistment. Otherwise the deck only needs about 6 mana, to cast and flashback Rally the Peasants
And I've found that Raid Bombardment is probably the best card in the deck. It's like a War Horn, except it's also a way to deal lethal even on a clogged board.
I've found that making red more than just a splash adds a lot of power to the deck.

As for sideboarding, if it looks like my opponent has Shrivel or Electrickery, I bring in the Lumithread Fields, since this version is even more vulnerable to sweepers than the traditional build of Tokens.

Depending on the matchup, I trim spot removal (ie Journeys) against creature-light decks, late-game cards (ie one Enlistment and one Rally/Bombardment) against aggro, and a couple Soul Sisters when my life total doesn't matter.

Evincar's Justice is pretty much game over. Creatureless control decks are hard to win, although having access to Lightning Bolt helps. Elves can be tough unless you keep their board clear and kill them fast, since Wellwisher gains more life than the Soul Sisters. Any other go-wide strategy is pretty easy, especially with Raid Bombardment to deal unblockable damage.
Massive Raid might be a card to consider.

I will report back here when the four week journey with the deck is done. It begins tomorrow on

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