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Pauper Slivers - Deck Sideboard Guide

Hellooo, this is Isa and I'm here to show you a sideboard guide for the Slivers Deck in Pauper!

This article belongs to the series Sideboard Guide for decks in the Pauper Format:

1. Burn (Pauper) - Sideboard Guide

2. Pauper Slivers - Deck Sideboard Guide

Today I bring my vision about the slivers matchups and a summary of my experiences and results with the sideboard. I'll always highlight that sideboard and deckbuilding are, in general, not an exact science and they include many things, like the player's preference and the metagame where the deck will be played. The following list is the one I'm playing currently. It is based on the list that Hunter_BR used to win the Pauper Challenge on 07/04/2020. I've made some changes. [deck](53860) [center]{*[link](https://mtg.cardsrealm.com/metagame/Pauper/slivers)(1. Mirror)*} In: 2 [[Spinneret Sliver]]; [cardside](2 Spinneret Sliver) Out: 2 [[Muscle Sliver]]; [cardside](2 Muscle Sliver) This is the only matchup where I remove a sliver lord, and I do this because Spinneret is a natural 2/2 body which may assist me with trades without being beneficial to the opponent, like Muscle Sliver. Truth be told, I HATE playing this match, and normally it is solved much more based on luck than the sideboard, on who manages to play more creatures faster than the opponent, because almost all creatures are symmetrical (except [[Bladeback Sliver]] and [[Predatory Sliver]]), inflating one of the two sides of the board. Or who manages to play a Bladeback first. Some decks use [[Journey to Nowhere]] on the mainboard or sideboard and this is a card that would help a lot on this matchup. However, I prefer to play with a more explosive version of the deck, focused on creatures and interactions with WW and LTS, so I don't use journey, but it is a question of taste and playstyle! [center]{*[link](https://mtg.cardsrealm.com/metagame/Pauper/temur-affinity)(2. Affinity)*} In: 2 [[Gorilla Shaman]], 1 [[Crimson Acolyte]], Optional: +3 [[Prismatic Strands]]; [cardside](2 Gorilla Shaman || 1 Crimson Acolyte || 3 Prismatic Strands) Out: 3 [[Bladeback Sliver]], Optional: - 3 [[Lead the Stampede]]; [cardside](3 Bladeback Sliver || 3 Lead the Stampede) It depends on the version of Affinity that is being played by the opponent, but [[Gorilla Shaman]] ALWAYS comes in, removing 2 Bladebacks because they don't do much on this matchup. I like [[Crimson Acolyte]] on this match mainly because it is a good blocker against the [[Atog]], in addition to being able to protect against [[Galvanic Blast]] and [[Temur Battle Rage]]. [[Prismatic Strands]] is very good in dealing with the [[Atog]]+[[Fling]]combo, [[Krark-Clan Shaman]] or just to hold back [[Atog]] for a bit. It is a little weird against [[Myr Enforcer]], [[Carapace Forger]] and [[Frogmite]], but LTS is very slow against Affinity, so I believe you shouldn't be afraid of removing it. [center]{*[link](https://mtg.cardsrealm.com/metagame/Pauper/mono-green-stompy)(3. Stompy)*} In: 4 [[Prismatic Strands]], 1 [[Standard Bearer]], 1 [[Hunter Sliver]]; [cardside](Prismatic Strands || 1 Standard Bearer || 1 Hunter Sliver) Out: 3 [[Lead the Stampede]], 3 [[Bladeback Sliver]]; [cardside](3 Lead the Stampede || 3 Bladeback Sliver) On this matchup [[Lead the Stampede]] is really slow and ends up not being useful. In addition, LTS and [[Prismatic Strands]] don't interact well with each other, as Strands goes to the bottom of the deck if found by LTS, so my rule of thumb is to always remove LTS when I side in Prismatic Strands, using [[Winding Way]] as my only option to find more creatures. [[Standard Bearer]] is obvious, isn't it? It forces the opponent to remove it if he/she wants to grow in the game, and with luck we have already created a strong board presence and won the game before the opponent is able to find this removal. [center]{*[link](https://mtg.cardsrealm.com/metagame/Pauper/bogles)(4. Bogles)*} In: 4 [[Prismatic Strands]], 1 [[Standard Bearer]]; [cardside](4 Prismatic Strands || 1 Standard Bearer) Out: 3 [[Lead the Stampede]], 1 [[Bladeback Sliver]], 1 [[Hunter Sliver]]; [cardside](3 Lead the Stampede || 1 Bladeback Sliver || 1 Hunter Sliver) The idea is similar to the sideboard against Stompy: LTS is too slow and has no interaction with Prismatic, Standard Bearer locks the opponent's game and Prismatic buys you more turns. The difference is that [[Hunter Sliver]] goes away on this matchup because creatures with Hexproof can't be targeted by Provoke. [center]{*[link](https://mtg.cardsrealm.com/metagame/Pauper/elves)(5. Elves)*} In: 4 [[Prismatic Strands]], 1 [[Standard Bearer]], 1 [[Bloodfire Dwarf]]; [cardside](4 Prismatic Strands || 1 Standard Bearer || 1 Bloodfire Dwarf) Out: 3 [[Lead the Stampede]], 2 [[Bladeback Sliver]], 1 [[Hunter Sliver]]; [cardside](3 Lead the Stampede || 2 Bladeback Sliver || 1 Hunter Sliver) I remove LTS for the same reason I do against Stompy and Bogles. Hunter doesn't work against elves because all the important cards can be tapped ([[Priest of Titania]] and especially [[Timberwatch Elf]], being able to "dodge" provoke, and they are also able to be tapped by [[Birchlore Rangers]]). [[Bloodfire Dwarf]] is able to wipe the table and Prismatic buys us some turns and is especially good because all of their creatures are green. [center]{*[link](https://mtg.cardsrealm.com/metagame/Pauper/skred-faeries)(6. UR Fairies/Delver) and [link](https://mtg.cardsrealm.com/metagame/Pauper/mono-blue-delver)(Mono U Delver)*} In: 2 [[Spinneret Sliver]], 1 [[Hunter Sliver]]; [cardside](2 Spinneret Sliver || 1 Hunter Sliver) Out: 3 [[Bladeback Sliver]]; [cardside](3 Bladeback Sliver) The match against UR Fairies is a bit annoying to deal with considering the sum of counters plus removals. Hunter helps us to remove the Fairies, decreasing the power of [[Spellstutter Sprite]] and other threats, while [[Spinneret Sliver]] reduces their clock. Against UR we are also able to include [[Crimson Acolyte]], but I don't like it too much, as I think it is hard to play it early enough during the game and it will only be useful if you have available mana to protect your creatures against spells, as all of their creatures are blue. [center]{*7. [link](https://mtg.cardsrealm.com/metagame/Pauper/grixis)(UB Delver)*} In: 2 [[Spinneret Sliver]], 1 [[Obsidian Acolyte]]; [cardside](2 Spinneret Sliver || 1 Obsidian Acolyte ) Out: 3 [[Bladeback Sliver]]; [cardside](3 Bladeback Sliver) This matchup is really similar to UR Fairies/Delver. Spinneret comes in if they have [[Delver of Secrets]]. I recommend bringing in [[Obsidian Acolyte]] on this matchup because UB Delver is a deck with many removal spells, and the Acolyte may also become an "infinite" blocker against [[Gurmag Angler]]. However, I don't advise you to side in the Acolyte against UR because it will only be useful against removals or may even become an useless draw. [center]{*8. [link](https://mtg.cardsrealm.com/metagame/Pauper/monoblack-control)(MBC)*} In: 1 [[Hunter Sliver]], 1 [[Obsidian Acolyte]]; [cardside](1 Hunter Sliver || 1 Obsidian Acolyte ) Out: 2 [[Bladeback Slivers]]; [cardside](2 Bladeback Sliver) Obsidian so we can protect against removals and give protection to our creatures when it is necessary to attack without blockers or to protect against deathtouch. And Hunter is great to force the opponent to divide blockers and also to force the creature with deathtouch to block a creature that you don't care about losing it (like the [[Virulent Sliver]] or the second [[Gemhide Sliver]]), allowing your Lord to attack without risks. [[Sidewinder Sliver]] and Hunter together are great on this matchup, as flanking allows you to force the opponent to block with [[Thorn of the Black Rose]] or [[Bone Picker]] (in this case you would need two Sidewinders) without your creatures suffering any damage, and thus not dying because of deathtouch. [center]{*9. [link](https://mtg.cardsrealm.com/metagame/Pauper/mono-white-heroic)(Mono W Heroic)*} In: 4 [[Prismatic Strands]], 1 [[Standard Bearer]], 1 [[Hunter Sliver]]; [cardside](4 Prismatic Strands || 1 Standard Bearer || 1 Hunter Sliver) Out: 3 [[Lead the Stampede]], 2 [[Bladeback Sliver]]; [cardside](3 Lead the Stampede || 2 Bladeback Sliver) I really don't like this matchup, and I don't have much to say about it. Bearer slows down our oponnent's game, depending on the enchantments they have in hand. Hunter is a huge help to force blockers and deal with everything that is possible on the oponnent's board (if your creatures have enough power and toughness, of course). In resume, on this matchup I pray to have access to many Prismatics and lords. Sidewinder and Hunter also help a lot. [center]{*[link](https://mtg.cardsrealm.com/metagame/Pauper/tortured)(10. Familiars/Tortex)*} In: 1 [[Hunter Sliver]]; [cardside](1 Hunter Sliver) Out: 1 [[Lead the Stampede]]; [cardside](1 Lead the Stampede) I used to have a lot of graveyard hate on my sideboard against this type of deck and against Tron, but as UW Familiars fell down after the ban of [[Mystic Sanctuary]] and Tortex is still rare on MTGO I haven't been too worried about them (and I also think gravehate doesn't work well with slivers) and my strategy is more like trying to hit hard and fast before the oponnent is able to establish a combat lock. I like Hunter Sliver (removing a Lead the Stampede, because these decks don't run a lot of removals) to remove important pieces like [[Sunscape Familiar]], or to divide blockers in a full board against Tortex. Obsidian Acolyte may also become reaaaaaally strong against Tortex, protecting against [[Crypt Rats]]. [center]{*[link](https://mtg.cardsrealm.com/metagame/Pauper/burn)(11. Burn)*} In: 4 [[Prismatic Strands]]; 1 [[Crimson Acolyte]]; 2 [[Lone Missionary]]; [cardside](4 Prismatic Strands || 1 Crimson Acolyte || 2 Lone Missionary) Out: 3 [[Bladeback Sliver]]; 3 [[Lead the Stampede]]; 1 [[Hunter Sliver]]; [cardside](3 Bladeback Sliver ||3 Lead the Stampede ||1 Hunter Sliver) I remove LTS for the same reason I discussed before: It is really slow and has no synergy with [[Prismatic Strands]]. On this matchup you want to have maximum access to creatures and Prismatic as soon as you can. There's no secret here, you just need to pray for the sideboard to come and for the oponnent not to go too fast. Crimson is also good to keep the creatures on the board and to defend against [[Ghitu Lavarunner]] and [[Keldon Marauders]]. [center]{*[link](https://mtg.cardsrealm.com/metagame/Pauper/tron-corno)(12. Fog Tron)*} It's really weird to write this part of the article and say you don't need to sideboard here, but that's really it, the maindeck already supplies the best we have against Tron, which are the [[Bladeback Sliver]]. It is also possible to run graveyard hate on the sideboard as well, but I personally believe it isn't really effective against Tron, as the deck has many ways to dodge graveyard hate or to simply recover its resources by drawing them again. But the main reason why I don't like to run [[Relic of Progenitus]] or [[Faerie Macabre]] is because I feel they make the deck too slow. My objective with slivers (especially against control decks) is simply to be faster than them and their locks and, in case they establish the lock, use Bladeback as a secondary wincon. Looking at it this way, gravehate cards have the tendency of making the deck slower and, in addition to the fact that I don't think they are as effective as they should, I don't think there's a good reason to run them. [center]{*[link](https://mtg.cardsrealm.com/metagame/Pauper/boros-aggro)(13. Boros Monarch)*} In: 2 [[Spinneret Sliver]]; 1 [[Hunter Sliver]], [cardside](2 Spinneret Sliver ||1 Hunter Sliver) Out: 3 [[Bladeback Sliver]]; [cardside](3 Bladeback Sliver) I don't consider this matchup to be complicated against slivers. It is very direct and it becomes problematic when the oponnent manages to kill a lot of our creatures while playing many flyers, having a bigger presence on the board. That's why I really like Spinneret to hold back the oponnent's attacks and Hunter to force their blockers in a way that benefits me. Some people like [[Gorilla Shaman]] on this match, but I think it is too specific, needs to be played very early and I don't think it bothers the oponnent too much, but I recommend that every person makes his/her tests and decide as, in the end, it's all comes down to how you like playing. [center]{*[link](https://mtg.cardsrealm.com/metagame/Pauper/boros-bully)(14. Boros Bully)*} In: 2 [[Spinneret Sliver]], 1 [[Hunter Sliver]], 3 [[Prismatic Strands]]; [cardside](2 Spinneret Sliver ||1 Hunter Sliver || 3 Prismatic Strands) Out: 3 [[Lead the Stampede]], 3 [[Bladeback Sliver]]; [cardside](3 Lead the Stampede || 3 Bladeback Sliver) I like Prismatic because I REAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAALLY respect [[Rally the Peasants]] and, in general, bully is a really fast deck. Considering its creatures are all white, prismatic works really well, but it is also a matter of personal taste, as it may slow down our deck. Spinneret and Hunter work the same way that they do against Boros Monarch. Those are my general opinions about each matchup, but I always advise you to test ever option and see what you like or adapt better to! Thank you and I hope you have enjoyed your reading. Don't forget to leave a comment, telling us about your opinion and experiences playing with the deck or against it!

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Pauper: What to expect when you are waiting!


Hello friends, I'm Betão and I want to talk a bit about my expectations for the future of Pauper. Of course, I'm not a Pauper specialist, let alone Magic in general, however, differently than other articles I have written, in which I only described the way Pauper behaves, its strategies and some deck lists, thus, a general look at the format, seeking impartiality, today I'll allow myself to write in first-person and to declare, thus, my current interpretation of the current scenario, future expectations and also my opinion about safe directions Wizards of the Coast may take to guide us forward. I believe it's the opinion of the majority of the Pauper community that the collection *Double Masters* was one of the sets that brought a lot of really good cards into the format. Some downgrades may have been unexpected, and became important additions, like it is the case with [image](https://cdn.cardsrealm.com/images/cartas/en/prm-magic-online-promos/abrade-65001.jpeg?905) and although there are apparently better cards on the current meta, [[Abrade]] is a card which has two different functions that may be chosen, and that is really important, as it is a versatile removal that may help in any moment of the game. Another card, which brought an even greater impact, was [image](https://cdn.cardsrealm.com/images/cartas/en/prm-magic-online-promos/cast-down-68049.jpeg?7584) and it is a removal which comes to become the best of the format, as, for only two manas, one of which is generic, which allows for multicolored decks to make use of this resource. The player may use [[Cast Down]] to remove almost any creature on Pauper, with the exception, of course, being creatures with *Hexproof* or *Protection*, and that also raises a point of worry about the Power Level of the format, whichI'll discuss later. Another reprinted card was the already known [image](https://cdn.cardsrealm.com/images/cartas/en/2xm-double-masters/oubliette-100.jpeg?5052) which will maybe allow for a cheaper and broader access to this card than the one we had until recently. These downgrades, reprints, and even the recent bans led me into thinking that Wizards may be giving more attention to the format, and may give even more attention on the next sets, which is very good for us, players, as it will bring more cards, which may improve decks which are currently weak on the meta, maybe bring a new land to allow for the addition of one or more colors in aggro decks or even cards permitting the creation of new decks which may raise up to the level of the best decks we have today. I truly believe that Wizards is planning on giving Pauper more attention. Of course, this attention may feel too slow, as it has been more than a year since the format was sanctioned in its printed form, which happened only after 11 years since it's online creation and it was only until this year that the company released an edition with the greatest number of cards with potential to see play. But it's not all roses, as good cards are created for the format and downgrades are made, Wizards should be very careful with these releases, as raising the power level of the cards too much may cause Pauper to lose its essence, as it isn't just a format with cheap cards, but also, a format in which the player is able to develop the game more openly, and I don't know if it would be healthy if we had too many games ending in a few turns, like what happens in other formats. Some cards leave us worried, like [image](https://cdn.cardsrealm.com/images/cartas/en/mh1-modern-horizons/ephemerate-7.jpeg?2689) which as power way beyond the usual. And, as I've mentioned earlier, I feel like *Cast Down* is a downgrade which wouldn't be missed if it wasn't done. However, it greatly increased the power of decks which use black mana, and that is worrisome as I personally wouldn't like to see the Power Level increasing that much. It may be that this type of card shows up with more frequency and transforms Pauper. It may become better or not, but it is of the utmost importance that, if Wizards really has the intention of giving attention and monitoring the format more closely, it will need to be done very carefully and analytically. New cards are always welcome, much more than exclusions through bans, that makes the format more attractive, but I would like to see coherent additions related to what Pauper really is, and I will be very satisfied if Wizards respects the format's essence. I want to leave here my opinion about what Pauper needs the most today, not only in terms of cards, collections and bans, Pauper needs more investment on tournaments, it needs championships directly supported by Wizards. It's past time that we receive a *Pauper Grand Prix*. Of course Imay be asking for too much today, maybe it is something utopic, but I believe that's something we all want. It has it's pros and cons, like in any other format, games and in other things in life, but we deserve this, it would show respect towards the entire Pauper community. Thank your for reading this article and until the next one.

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Betão, professor de Física, entusiasta de todos os formatos, se dedica única e exclusivamente ao Pauper desde 2019 e recentemente ao PDH.

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