It's the fourth and final day of Pauper week here on CoolStuffInc.com! We're finishing it with a bang with full player profiles for each participant in the Pauper Premiere League as well as decklists from the first four players playing this week.
We'll be starting the fun over at the CoolStuffInc Twitch page at 9PM EST/6PM PST. If you're unable to watch it live, don't fret! We'll have on demand replays through the Twitch page immediately following the stream and then they'll appear as well on CoolStuffInc's YouTube page a few days later. If you want more details about the league itself and how it's being run, you can check out the announcement article here.
In addition to being sponsored by CoolStuffInc.com, the Premiere Pauper League is also #sponsored by Wizards of the Coast! They'll be providing players with prize support and occasionally hosting the CoolStuffInc channel on their own Magic channel!
With that, allow me to introduce you to our players and commentators!
Alex Ullman (@nerdtothecore)
Magic Online username: SpikeBoyM
Hometown: Brooklyn, New York
Pauper Deck: Tortured Existence
Biggest Magic Achievement: Part of the first Community Cup winning team
One card I would downshift for Pauper: I know it's bad for the format, but Infest.
Kendra Smith (@themaverickgal)
Magic Online username: TheMaverickGirl
Hometown: Buffalo, New York
Favorite Pauper Deck: Elves
Biggest Magic achievement: 8-0 day one of Standard GP Seattle 2018 with no byes. Also won the first (and so far only) SCG Pauper Classic at Summer SCG Con 2018.
One card I would downshift for Pauper: Astral Slide
Evan Erwin (@misterorange)
Magic Online username: misterorange
Hometown: Orlando, Florida
Favorite Pauper deck: Elves
Biggest Magic achievement: I got to play in Pro Tour Valencia in 2007 as a part of the Invitational event. It...didn't go well.
One card I would downshift for Pauper: Eternal Witness
Joseph Hourani (@prettymane666)
Magic Online username: 420dragon
Hometown: Los Angeles, California
Favorite Pauper deck: Azorius Familiars
Biggest Magic achievement: Got to Rank 5 on the MTG Arena ladder.
One card you would downshift for Pauper: Wall of Omens
Chris Van Meter (@chris_vanmeter)
Magic Online username: BubbaCVM
Hometown: Tacoma, Washington
Favorite Pauper deck: Boros Bully
Biggest Magic achievement: Finally winning an SCG open so I could shave my beard
One card you would downshift for Pauper: Tibalt, Rakish Instigator
Brian Coval (@boshnroll)
Magic Online username: Bosh N Roll
Hometown: Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Favorite Pauper deck: Izzet Control
Biggest Magic achievement: SCG Invi winner and Vintage Champ
One card you would downshift for Pauper: Pyroclasm
Ricardo Mattana (@_stompy)
Magic Online username: trM
Hometown: Barueri-SP (Brazil).
Favorite Pauper deck: Delver (RIP Gush).
Biggest Magic achievement: Top 64 GP Buenos Aires, Top 64 GP Sao Paulo, Top 16 Brazilian National Pauper.
One card you would downshift for Pauper: Skullcrack
Adam Yurchick (@AdamYurchick)
Magic Online username: Condescend
Hometown: Cleveland, Ohio
Favorite Pauper deck: Storm circa 2008
Biggest Magic achievement: Pro Tour Top 9
One card you would downshift for Pauper: Remand
Brian DeMars (@BrianDeMars1)
Magic Online username: ffy
Hometown: Windsor, Ontario
Favorite Pauper Deck: Mono Swamp Midrange
Biggest Magic Achievement: Creator of the Battle Box
One card you would downshift for Pauper: Mishra's Factory
Emma Partlow (@emmmzyne)
Magic Online username: Emmzyne
Hometown: Ipswich, England
Favorite Pauper deck: Bogles
Biggest Magic achievement: Enchanted Wheel of Sun and Moon on my Dredge opponent... Handful of T8 Game Days on a serious note..0
One card you would downshift for Pauper: Reflector Mage
Andreas Petersen (@ecobaronen)
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Magic Online username: ecobaronen
Hometown: Copenhagen, Denmark
Favorite Pauper deck: Boros Monarch
Biggest Magic achievement: 45-50 MTGO Challenge top8's, 2nd GP Madrid 2018, 23rd PT25
One card you would downshift for Pauper: Dismember
Michael Bonde (@lampalot)
Magic Online username: Lampalot
Hometown: Aarhus, Denmark
Favorite Pauper deck: Orzhov Pestilence
Biggest Magic achievement: Top 8 of MCII Cleveland
One card you would downshift for Pauper: The intro pack Planeswalkers - they are extremely overcosted, and not that powerful, but i think they would give a nice dynamic with each released set.
Now that you've been introduced to the players, let's have a look at the decks for the very first week of the league! Remember: during the first six weeks of the league, while players are in pods, they may only stick to one deck for the whole night. During the playoffs, however, players may switch over to a different deck between rounds. In addition to the lists themselves, each player also has something to say about their choice for the week, so let's see what they have to say!
Affinity | Pauper | Andreas Petersen, Pauper Premiere League Week 1
- Sorceries (4)
- 4 Thoughtcast
Why Andreas chose Affinity: Ever since being called ambidextrous by Stephen Menendian, I've strived to be exactly that, so today I'm moving out of my Monarch comfort zone and picked up Affinity as my weapon of choice. I hope to Fling home a total of three victories and ride off to the sunset!
Izzet Delver | Pauper | Evan Erwin, Pauper Premiere League Week 1
- Creatures (19)
- 3 Augur of Bolas
- 4 Delver of Secrets
- 4 Faerie Miscreant
- 4 Ninja of the Deep Hours
- 4 Spellstutter Sprite
Why Evan chose Izzet Delver: It's a classic straightforward tempo deck that uses all sorts of evasion and cheap tricks to get advantages on the opponent. It includes some of the best card draw/selection in the format, and has been a staple for a very long time for a reason. While it doesn't seem to get to many new tools from Core Set 2020 and the like, I'm happy taking my flipped 3/2 into the red zone.
Orzhov Pestilence | Pauper | Michael Bonde, Pauper Premiere League Week 1
- Artifacts (4)
- 4 Pristine Talisman
- Lands (23)
- 1 Plains
- 8 Swamp
- 2 Bojuka Bog
- 2 Kabira Crossroads
- 2 Radiant Fountain
- 4 Orzhov Basilica
- 4 Scoured Barrens
Why Michael chose Orzhov Pestilence: Most games of Pauper are super grindy, and with a deck like this you take control of the grind by having an answer for pretty much everything they do - and that's Magic for me :) (I am however not winning against Tron - Fingers-Xssed ;) )
Goblins | Pauper | Alex Ullman, Pauper Premiere League Week 1
- Creatures (34)
- 1 Goblin Heelcutter
- 2 Goblin Arsonist
- 2 Goblin Instigator
- 3 Goblin Sledder
- 3 Mogg Raider
- 3 Sparksmith
- 4 Foundry Street Denizen
- 4 Goblin Bushwhacker
- 4 Goblin Cohort
- 4 Mogg Conscripts
- 4 Mogg War Marshal
- Sorceries (4)
- 4 Goblin Grenade
- Lands (17)
- 17 Mountain
Why Alex chose Goblins: I wanted a deck that had access to some powerful draws. At the same time, I didn't want to go with an Astrolabe deck week 1. I took a risk and went with Goblins. Goblin Grenade is a powerful card - the game is easier when your opponent starts at 15. I know I can have an uphill battle against Prismatic Strands and Weather the Storm, but I'm putting my faith in the Red cards.
And there you have it! Four players all ready to go. The matches will start at 9pm EST/6pm PST with the following schedule of players and commentators:
Who will you be rooting for? What do you want to see win? Tune in tonight and cheer on your favorite player! All of us are tremendously excited to get this started and bring you some of the best Pauper gameplay around. We can't wait to see you all there!