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May 23 2022 12:27pm
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For the past couple of weeks I have spoken about a different way to build ramp. We have looked at 2 different lists that use Utopia Sprawl and Arbor Elf to ramp into land destruction spells and finish the game off with cards such as Imperial Oath and Owl Bear.

This week however, I want to talk about a Temur list. Since it has blue in it, of course it caught my eye. The list we are going to talk about was part of the 5-0 dump from 5/4/2020 and was piloted by the player YoungPyromancer53. Lets not waste anymore time and get this show on the road.

 

Arbor Elf – As per usual, we are looking at a ramp archetype that is using Elf and Utopia Sprawl to try and ramp faster.

Llanowar Visionary – I vote for always play 4 of these, but there is a reason we only see 3 copies. This list is trying to make room for other cards and you gotta make cuts somewhere.

Jewel Thief – Finally I get to talk about a list with this card. I love this card and hope to see more of it in the future. For 3 mana, you get a 3 power creature that has Trample, Vigilance so it can attack and block, and it gives you a Treasure Token to accelerate with. This makes it a great aggressive creature that can also hold back your opponent and it can curve into a Mulldrifter (or OwlBear in the 5 slot) which can put a tremendous amount of early pressure on your opponent. I’d like to think that now green midrange decks have a way of being aggressive in addition to being a card advantage deck. Honestly Jewel Thief literally does almost everything I want in a Pauper creature. Yes it does die to bolt, but so do a lot of cards.

Sarulf’s Packmate – If you are playing green midrange, you should include 3 or 4 copies of this every time in my opinion.

Mulldrifter – We saw Owlbear in this slot in the Gruul deck I talked about. It is no secret that Mulldrifter can give you a lot of gas to work with and having a 2 power creature with flying is a pretty good card in Pauper. In my opinion, whether you play Drifter or the Bear depends on if you want to be aggressive or you want to have a slightly better way to fight the mid-game. I personally like Owlbear better but that is just my style.

Boarding Party and Annoyed Altisaur – 2 of the best win conditions in the Pauper format that green can ramp into. I usually am disappointing to see only 3 Altisaur, but I can understand it since it costs 7 mana.

Utopia Sprawl and Wild Growth – Here are your ramp cards. I like only playing 6 instead of the full 8 to try and maximize your chance of having less dead draws as the game goes on. You only care about having 1 or 2 copies in your opening hand or in the first couple of turns. After that they can be fairly useless.

Lightning Bolt – I like seeing this here. It just gives you a good out to your opponent having too many blockers or it can finish your opponent off for the final few points of damage.

Mwonvuli Acid-Moss – This spell is quite interesting. As you can see, you are more of a ramp deck and don’t care much about land destruction. However, this spell can speed you up a turn while also putting your opponent back a turn. In my opinion, I think this is a good game plan.

The manabase isn’t anything special again and that is a good thing in my opinion. I forgot to point out in the last 2 articles that Acid-Moss gets Forest cards not basic lands. This means you can find Highland Forest and Rimewood Falls and I love that. Then since you are playing blue, we see a couple of Ash Barrens. I like this manabase.

The Sideboard

Ancient Grudge – Good hate against Affinity.

Calming Verse – Good hate against Bogles.

Fiery Cannonade – Everyone needs a board wipe and this one is great.

Pyroblast – Normally in a Cascade deck, cards like this aren’t to great. However using it as a removal spell can also be beneficial against Faeries because it is 1 less blocker for your creatures to get through and you are quite an aggressive deck despite leaning towards a ramp/midrange strategy.

Thermokarst – If you are up against something like Familiars or maybe a slow midrange mirror, this isn’t a bad game plan to have against them.

Weather the Storm – I will play your game Burn. You gonna learn today!

Verdict and Conclusion

I like this version the best honestly. I am not a huge fan of land destruction in Pauper, but I do like the inclusion of Mwonvuli Acid-Moss here. The types of draws it can lead to can make it fairly easy for you to run away with the game.

As I said, I love Jewel Thief and hope to see more of it. It literally does everything for me. As to whether or not Mulldrifter is better than Owlbear, again I suppose that depends on what you are going for. Are you going for a more mid-game approach or are you trying to win fast. The choice is up to you. I personally like Owlbear better.

One advantage that this type of build has over the traditional Cleansing Wildfire build is that with Arbor Elf and Utopia Sprawl, you can be blistering fast. However, later in the game, Sprawl and Growth are dead cards where Wildfire isn’t necessarily. I think honestly this depends on the meta game at the time of your deck choice.

Do I think you should play this deck? I think for the leagues this version is the best of the 3 as this versions game plan isn’t as 1 dimensional as the others in my opinion. For the challenges I am unsure, but I am eager to see if this type of deck puts up results because I think it can. The real question is, can it do it consistently and is the deck worth investing so much time and/or effort into.

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