Magic: the Gathering
An Interview with Allesandro Moretti, the Pauper Masters Online's Champion
Last Sunday, Alessando Moretti, better known as A_AdeptoTerra, won the Pauper Masters Online championship. On this interview, we talk about his deck, the current state of Pauper and more!
Congratulations on winning the Pauper Masters Championship. Can you tell us more about yourself?Hello everyone. I'm Alessandro Moretti, an Italian MTG player and Pauper content creator, my nickname in MODO is A_AdeptoTerra.
How did you get to know the Pauper Masters events?I found about Pauper Masters thanks to the social media; Cards Realm shared one article about the event and I had in mind trying one of their events because they seem well organized, and the entry fee is really low.
You qualified for Pauper Masters on the Last Chance Qualifier, and then managed to win the Pauper Masters Championship, both times playing Storm. What made you choose this deck?I decided to play Storm for at least two reasons: first I like combo decks and I always loved Modern Gifts Storm, so being able to play something with the same theme had a huge appeal on me; the second reason is that I needed to test and understand how 4 maindeck copies of Galvanic Relay would work. Until mid-June I preferred Shred Memory over relay in a split 2-2, but Galvanic Relay is much more flexible and powerful, but I still wasn't sure if the card was worth it, because waiting one extra turn to kill your opponent can be an issue. We can also say that I wasn't expecting to face any mirror match, which can be not that much fun to play sometimes.
What was the most difficult or challenging game you have played during the tournament?Probably the win and versus Elves and the semifinals against Boros Bully. Elves can be considered a negative matchup for Storm because it is hard to deal with Wellwisher, Timberwatch Elf and Dispel at the same time. Luckily, in game 3 I could Duress a Dispel and my opponent had then left only a single Wellwisher as a menace. In turn 3 I got the right call to cast Ransack the Lab instead of Night's Whisper, to try to find Chatterstorm and combo-off, and it worked. Not enough squirrels to kill them in 1 turn, but plenty to force them into bad chumpblocks and make that Wellwisher worthless.
On the finals, you played against Liv_One, on a match where, on game 1, he had a maindeck
What do you think of the current state of the format? Do you think something should be banned? If yes, what would you ban?Pauper right now is in a bad spot. I think that at least 1 ban is necessary: Chatterstorm should go, the deck is too much fast and resilient and unless you ban something like 4 other cards, you can't keep the green version of Empty the Warrens in the format. I also think that removing another couple of problematic cards from the format would be great, but right now, Storm is the problem.
"Everyone has some different vision about what Pauper is about or what Pauper should be. What do you envision for Pauper as a format?In my opinion, Pauper is the grindy format where planning and being interactive should be the best way to play the format. For that reason, I think that cards like the Monarch creatures should be removed from the format. I'd like to have some more complex hate cards, like Scavenging Ooze or Dryad Militant and also more engines or enablers, like Witch's Oven, but it is difficult and less enjoyable and more problematic cards seems to stack on the format, WotC is not wise in that sense.
Is there anything you'd like to say to the Pauper community or to our readers?Keep playing Pauper, the format is cool! So, congratulations to player A_AdeptoTerra for becoming the first Pauper Masters Online champion! If you want to know more about him, you can find him on Twitter and on Twitch! Stay tuned because later this week we will be releasing news about the second season of the event!