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By: Arctic_Ghost, Arctic_Ghost
Apr 14 2021 12:00pm

All of us by now know what Izzet Faeries looks like. The core of the build hasn’t changed much recently. However, today I want to talk about an Izzet Faeries list with Gingerbrute and Galvanic Blast in it.

The list we will be looking at today was part of the 5-0 dump from 3/3/2021. It was piloted by the player Amoras27 and I think it looks wicked cool. It has Spellsutter Sprite, Gingerbrute and Counterspell in the same deck. I won’t waste any more of your time, let’s check out the list!

Delver of Secrets – Ah yes, the blue one drop everyone loves to hate makes an appearance here. Flipping a Delver on turn 1 is pretty much the most aggro you can be. Doesn’t surprise me it makes an appearance here.

Spellstutter Sprite and Faerie Seer – Spellstutter is one of the best creatures in Pauper period. While being able to counter cards that cost 1, being able to counter things that cost 2 is a big game. That is where Faerie Seer comes in, as not only is a good 1 drop that allows you to get a tiny bit of card advantage, it also helps Spellstutter Sprite get even better.

Ninja of the Deep Hours – Ninja is one of best creatures in the deck, as it can return Spellstutter back to your hand and whenever it deals combat damage to your opponent, you draw a card, which gives you a ton of card advantage. Although it can be dealt with pretty easily (it only has 2 toughness, so a Shock can deal with it), but when it is backed up by removal and counter spells, it doesn’t take long for the game to end.

Gingerbrute – This is an interesting one for this deck. It is only a 1/1, which by itself isn’t much, but it does have haste and can be unblockable, making it easy to get a copy of Ninja of the Deep Hours down on the battlefield quickly. It can also gain you a bit of life if need be and it is a good clock with Bonesplitter. It also feeds Galvanic Blast, which is quite important. I think that since this deck wants to end the game very quickly, Gingerbrute isn’t actually that bad.

Lightning Bolt – Good old Lightning Bolt. Whether it is a removal spell or deals the final points of damage, it will always be a big part of Pauper.

Galvanic Blast – This is certainly not something you normally see in an Izzet Faeries list. However, if you are able to construct your deck in a way to take advantage of a 4 damage burn spell, it usually works out great. Not only is 4 damage a lot to your opponents face, but 4 damage also deals with almost every major creature in the format as well. Imagine flipping your Delver on turn 2, into a Gingerbrute and then back that up by some counter spells. (specifically a Spellstutter Sprite to add more power to the battlefield) Suddenly, over the course of just a few turns, your opponent can end up being within burn range. Since you have access to both Lightning Bolt and Galvanic Blast with Metalcraft active, the game has the chance to end very quickly.

Counterspell – In a Delver deck, never play less than 4 of these.

Brainstorm and Ponder – When you have access to shuffle effects, Brainstorm is one of the best draw spells in the game. However, without shuffle effects, I think it’s fairly bad. You only have 4 copies of Ash Barrens as your shuffle effect, but you can flip Delver easily with Brainstorm and you are trying to end the game quickly, so 4 copies of Brainstorm makes sense to me.

Ponder is ever so slightly better than Preordain here because it helps flip Delver easier. Although being able to see 3 cards, as opposed to the 2 that Preordain shows you, might be better when trying to search for burn spells quickly as well.

Of One MindDivination is not a very powerful card in Pauper. However, being able to draw 2 cards for only 1 blue mana is quite helpful and extremely powerful. It isn’t very hard to make Of One Mind to cost only 1 mana in this deck. Remember that even when Delver of Secrets flips, it is still a human creature, so getting both a human and a non-human creature in play, is not hard for this deck to do.

Bonesplitter – A great way to help speed up your opponents clock. I personally want to see another copy in this archetype, but I am not 100% sure what to cut for it.

The manabase is a little different than the usual Izzet Faeries deck as you might have guessed. There are no snow lands here because there isn’t really a need. There are, however, 4 copies of Seat of Synod and Great Furnace to help turn on Metalcraft for Galvanic Blast.

Then you have 4 copies of Ash Barrens because the land you get off of it can come into play untapped and at worst it can be played as a land itself if you are tight on mana. The rest of the manabase are just basic lands.

The Sideboard

Blue Elemental Blast – Are red cards giving you a problem? Here is a good solution.

Cleansing Wildfire – Everyone needs help against Tron decks. This isn’t the absolute best solution, but it helps get the job done.

Curfew – For the pesky Bogles matchup. It isn’t a fool proof solution because your opponent gets to pick which creature they return to their hand, but being able to reset a Spellstutter Sprite and possibly blow your opponent out can be a big game.

Dispel – One of the best spells to use for fighting counter wars and burn spells.

Fiery Cannonade – Against archetypes such as Elves, Slivers and Red Deck Wins (just to name a few), this is a great way to reset the battlefield and gain some breathing room. However, be careful because it also hits your creatures. Make sure you don’t run yourself out of gas in the process.

Gorilla Shaman – Everyone needs hate for the Affinity matchup. Gorilla Shaman is the best answer.

Red Elemental Blast – Anytime you run across a blue opponent, having access to Red Elemental Blast or Pyroblast is a really big help.

Vapor Snag – Being able to deal with creatures such as Gurmag Angler or Ulamog’s Crusher and make your opponent lose a life, makes this a really good card to have when trying to aggro your opponent to death quickly.

Verdict and Conclusion

I really like this build of the deck. I love the aggressiveness, the extra burn in Galvanic Blast and beating down someone with a Gingerbrute makes me feel warm and fuzzy inside.

That being said though, I am not quite sure this is better than the usual Izzet Faeries build. Gingerbrute is fun to play, but at the end of the day, it doesn’t do all that much and gets outclassed extremely quickly. Galvanic Blast has the potential to be great, but when you don’t have Metalcraft active, dealing only 2 damage is not very helpful in today’s Pauper meta, so playing it over Skred might hurt more, rather than help you in the long run.

Do I think you should play this deck? I think it is a fine deck choice for leagues and I think there is potential for the challenges as well. At its core, it is still an Izzet Faeries deck. It’s just that this version is more aggressive and wants to win quickly rather than fight the mid to late game.

The reason I say that this list has potential in the challenges, instead of go ahead and jam in the challenges is because, while your deck has the potential to beat opponents very quickly, you do need a few things to go right for you. I feel this list requires you to have an early flipped Delver when compared to the traditional Izzet Faeries list. You also need Metalcraft for Galvanic Blast to really shine and instead of something like Augur of Bolas, you have Gingerbrute. Brute is great with a Bonesplitter equipped, but quite unimpressive without one.

With all this being said, don’t let me discourage you. Try this deck out for yourself, I am sure you will have a good time! Remember that my words are not gospel and should be taken with a grain of salt. Also remember that results will vary and to always practice!

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Thank you so much for reading. Best of luck to you in your next tournament and I’ll catch you all next time!