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By: Arctic_Ghost, Arctic_Ghost
May 16 2022 12:04pm

We are back again with a Midrange deck containing Thermokarst, Mwonvuli Acid-Moss, Cascade and much more. This version is a fair bit more aggressive than its Selesnya counterpart and I am sure that will interest some of you.

The list we are going to talk about today was part of the 5-0 dump that was posted on 4/27/2022 and was piloted by the player galeogiao. This much closer to the regular Cascade midrange decks we see in the format and so we will not waste any more time. Lets rock this.

Arbor Elf – Again we see the strategy of using Arbor Elf and Wilf Growth for faster ramp instead of playing a longer and more midrange style with Cleansing Wildfire.

Llanowar Visionary – If you are playing a ramp or midrange style deck in Pauper, it is pretty clear you should have 4 copies of this card.

Sarulf’s Packmate – Great stats, cheap mana cost and draws a card when it resolves. It honestly does not get much better than that for green midrange.

Owlbear – I love this card as it has big stats and Trample. Trample actually matters a lot here because it means you can be offensive and your opponent will have a hard time chump blocking. One issue I had with the Selesnya deck is that I personally felt there wasn’t enough ways to quickly close the game and to me, Owlbear helps with that a lot.

Boarding Party and Annoyed Autlisaur – It wouldn’t be a green and red ramp deck without these creatures. Now here is the thing, you do have some bad cards to hit when you get to the point in the game of casting these creatures. However, with Party having haste and Altisaur being big Trampler, hitting a land destruction spell isn’t a bad thing because it helps you further in winning the game quickly. That is just my opinion. Of course hitting a Sprawl or Elf isn’t exactly powerful but at least you aren’t wasting a draw step on them.

Wrecking Beast – A big creature with Trample and possibly haste. If you want to end the game quickly, this is a good way to do it.

Wild Growth and Utopia Sprawl – Here are your ramp spells for the deck. We only see 2 copies of Wild Growth to make room for (I assume) 2 copies of Wrecking Beast. I can see both sides of the argument for having a 2/2 split or just having 4 copies of Growth. Having 4 copies of Growth helps towards seeing it in your opening hand as where having a 2/2 split helps with having a better mid game/ending the game faster. I think it depends on what you are trying to accomplish.

Thermokarst and Mwanvuli-Acid Moss – Here are your land destruction spells. That is really all there is to it.

The manabase is just like the Selesnya version. Straight to the point with no gimmicks. We do see 1 copy of Gruul Turf to help you keep land light hands. However I am not a huge fan of it because if you only have access to 2 lands, you aren’t going to want to bounce your Forest back if you want to give it a Wild Growth and there are other reasons. I find the Turf unnecessary but that is just my opinion.

The Sideboard

 Ancient Grudge and Gorilla Shaman – everyone needs there Affinity hate.

 Deglamer – This card is extremely interesting. Since you don’t have access to white, you don’t have access to exiling the indestructible lands in Affinity as an option. This changes that if you so desire. This is also a decent card against Hexproof. Now I am not a huge fan of siding 10 cards for the Affinity matchup, but you gotta do what you gotta do if you feel the need.

Fiery Cannonade – A great board wipe to have access to. However, I would like 3 copies and maybe trim an Ancient Grudge or Deglamer.

Weather the Storm – Burn decks beware.

Verdict and Conclusion

This version is much more my style compared to the Selesnya version. I like having the Cascade creatures, I like having Owlbear for the early game aggression and overall I feel more comfortable with this version.

I will say though that not having any removal is a problem for me and I would like to find a way to add some. Unfortunately, it won’t be as good as Journey to Nowhere, but something like Flame Slash could be very helpful. I also suppose the point of this deck is to stop your opponent from flooding the board quickly by destroying their lands and not fighting a real red zone battle.

I also really like Harmonious Emergence from the Selesnya deck. However, at this point to add more of the cards I want, I feel like I would be changing the archetype entirely. I would play either Owlbear or Harmonious Emergence but I am not sure you can fit both.

The thing about archetypes like this is that they are not hard to get under. Aggro decks can sometimes easily get under and beat you even with all of the land destruction spells and your Cascades can have some dead hits which can lose you the game. That isn’t to say this deck is bad, but that like the Selesnya counter part, it is built with a specific meta in mind (usually).

Do I think you should play this deck? This in my opinion is a meta specific deck and will probably do better in the challenges than in the leagues in the long run as it seems geared towards beating decks like Familiars and Affinity. Can you also 5-0 with an archetype like this in a league? Yes you absolutely can, I just don’t think you will finish 3-2 or higher consistently.

When I talk about meta specific, I am saying decks you expect to be out in force in a challenge. However, I don’t think I would personally play this deck as I don’t feel land destruction strategies are very good in Pauper. I will say that I would play the Gruul version over the Selesnya version because I like the list better.

While yes, they have put up results recently and that shows there is potential, but unless they keep doing well consistently, I am not ready to say I would take them into a challenge. Now do not get me wrong, I don’t think idea of these archetypes are bad, I just think in the long run, it might not survive. However, I am more than willing to be proven wrong.

However, with all this being said, as always, do remember my words are not gospel. I will always encourage you to try a deck that I bring you despite my personal feelings. Remember that results will vary and always remember to practice!

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