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By: SteveJeltz, Rev. David Wright
Nov 27 2017 12:00pm
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 New Brews

Ice Cauldron

All these new toys! We have so much to be Thankful for here in Pauper world. 

Even though Ixalan barely brushed the Pauper metagame, our new additions stand to be the most imapactful additions since Modern Masters 2017.

First up is Lead the Stampede Elves. In just a week of Pauper legality, Stampeding Elves has already registered a 5-0 finish 12 times in the Pauper League.

Here's a recent list that I liked. 

Notice what is absent from this list: the color blue. Gone is the 4 Distant Melody to refill the hand. Gone are the Sylvan Rangers to find your singleton basic island. Also gone is Lys Alana Huntmaster. I'm not sure if I like Elvish Branchbender better than the Huntmaster, but I'll have to play it to try it. 

But Elves aren't the only deck that can run Lead the Stampede. Check out this fan favorite, from fellow Pauper writer Deluxeicoff:

'Coff's insight was to remove all non-creatures from the maindeck except for the free pump spells and the 4 refills via Lead the Stampede. Essentially it makes the card a "Draw 2.5" except you get all creatures. Not quite as good as the 39 Elves we saw above, but still quite potent. He's also loaded his sideboard with 13 out of 15 slots for creatures so as to maintain the efficiency of Lead the Stampede

How about midrange? Everyone knows I'm a Monarch player at heart. What if we threw the world's greatest Gravedigger in a shell that maxes out its recursive utility? I vote BW Midrange.

I've raised the curve a bit by adding those extra 5 drops. Is it too grindy? Time will tell. But I think that because this deck makes such good use of enchantments, its a better home for the Conspiracy standout than Boros Monarch which leans harder on artifact synergies. 

Last one. What can we do with the new exciting downgrade for Seeker of the Way? How about a white tokens list?

Seeker Rally Tokens
by SteveJeltz - 75 Cards Total
Creature
3 Soul's Attendant
4 Soul Warden
4 Thraben Inspector
4 Squadron Hawk
4 Seeker of the Way
1 Veteran Armorer
20 cards

Instant
4 Raise the Alarm
4 Rally the Peasants
8 cards
Sorcery
3 Gather the Townsfolk
4 Battle Screech
7 cards

Artifact
2 Bonesplitter
2 cards
Enchantment
2 Journey to Nowhere
2 cards

Land
2 Ash Barrens
4 Boros Garrison
1 Mountain
14 Plains
21 cards
 

Sideboard
1 Hallow
1 Electrickery
2 Icatian Javelineers
2 Standard Bearer
1 Journey to Nowhere
2 Prismatic Strands
2 Survival Cache
2 Lumithread Field
1 Dust to Dust
1 Circle of Protection: Green
15 cards

The sideboard is kind of a grab-bag, but I wanted to try out the new technology of Survival Cache. With the prominent lifegain them of the token strategy, I think a Draw 2, Gain 4 life could be a great addition. 

What new cards or strategies from Iconic Masters and the Treasure Chest updates have you excited? 

Keep having fun out there,

Steve Jeltz