Magic: the Gathering
This article belongs to the series Pauper's Christmas reprint wishlist:
Fiery Cannonade, in addition to Suffocating Fumes which is an extremely useful card in the format today.
Bonder's OrnamentAlthough it is not yet the effect we need, we have new Reanimate cards in the form of
Rise Again. Finally, we also had (frustrated) attempts to create more efficient responses against Tron in the form of
Cleansing Wildfire. We have also had in recent years the inclusion of more powerful creatures like
Seeker of the Way, more flexible removals like
Cast Down, modal spells like
Abradeand card advantage for creature decks such as
Lead the Stampedeand
Winding Wayalong with several other cards included in the format in recent years that significantly impacted the Metagame. In order to create a new list, I will be using these weeks before the end of the year and beginning of the next year to bring to players ideas, composed by the opinion of different communities along with some cards that I particularly find interesting for Pauper and that could be or that we would like them to be reprinted as common in the future. Some cards will be off the list as they are part of a cycle, and I will be talking about card cycles in a separate article. Today, we will be talking about white card
Soul's Attendantis present in the format together with other cards like
Battle Screechto create a tokens deck that catches up with decks trying to win in the race. The deck recently had an adaptation for GWx, made by the Youtuber CalebGannon However, for
Ajani's Pridemate, I think it’s more important to focus on the classic version, where it would interact well with the deck’s token + lifegain production to become a big threat at the table quickly, allowing the deck to attack from two angles different and demanding different types of responses from the opponent. But Ajani's Pridemate is still a non-evasive, unprotected creature that grows conditionally, making it an easy target for any cards like
Journey to Nowhereor even a
Lightning Boltbefore reaching monstrous proportions. Outside of the archetype, I suppose the card would see little play since very few other decks tend to abuse multiple instances of life gain, and most other white decks prefer 2-for-1 effects over a large creature at the table. Overall, the card could be a good addition and would be a good push for the Soul Sisters archetype.
Auriok Sunchaseralong with cards like
Tooth of Chiss Goriaand
Auriok Edgewrightcould be a good inclusion for this type of deck, without necessarily being a self-inclusion for Jeskai Affinity. It wouldn't pull the deck for the format's Tiers and maybe it would even make it reappear, but adding the card to the format is a possibility, especially considering the increased support for a possible Equipment-themed archetype that we saw recently in Double Masters and Commander Legends.
Banisher Priest, some people have indicated
Fiend Hunteras an addition to the format, but this card interacts significantly well with
Ephemerate. With the
Fiend Huntertrigger on the stack, you can use [card ](Ephemerate) to remove it from the game and, upon returning it, choose another creature to exile with its ability. The creature exiled with the
Fiend Hunter’s first ability will be permanently exiled as it has already left the battlefield before the ability resolves. Therefore, it would be much healthier and preferable to have
Banisher Priestin the format, even if it is a little worse for the purpose of removing a creature and serving as a blocker since its aggressive body allows it to play more proactively on the table. One of White's biggest issues in Pauper today is the absence of good unconditional removals in addition to
Journey to Nowhereand
Oblivion Ring, and
Banisher Priestwould be one of the cards that could collaborate in this regard by giving one more unconditional removal to the color in the format.
Fiery Cannonade, the need that the format may have for effects to protect decks from possible blowouts caused by a board wipe at an undesired moment.
Bathe In Lightseems to fill this role in White, since it is a mostly global protection at a reasonable cost and has the possibility of being used in a proactive way as it is a combat trick that can potentially make all your creatures unblockable or survive an unfavourable combat for one turn. I believe that the card would see play especially on the sideboards, but some lists could even use it in the maindeck.
Glorious Anthemfor the format, but the reality is that hardly an effect like this and that works unconditionally would come out in the form of a common. Therefore,
Consul's Lieutenantis the most viable option for a "pump all creatures" effect that I imagine appearing in the format. The card has a good cost and a favorable body (2/1 First Strike for 2 mana), it grows through combat damage, which is one of, if not the most important phase of the format and, from that moment on, becomes a pump every turn for your attacking creatures.
Consul's Lieutenantis viable as a common card because it is not a guaranteed way to have an effect of
Glorious Anthemand has a low cost and a relevant body at the same time as the fact that it is a creature allows the opponent to answer it easily As for the impact on the format, I believe it would be small or simply null, being used mainly in Weenie decks and with little splash for other colors due to its more restrictive cost for aggressive decks.
Containment Priest's power level is way above what we believe to be viable for Pauper today, but the justification I received for the suggestion makes perfect sense.
Ephemerateare longtime staples and used on several decks and would continue to be used even if Tron would be banned. Pauper has no punitive effect for abusing this type of effect, which can make countless different interactions such as locking the fight with
Stonehorn Dignitary, drawing plenty of cards with
Mulldrifteror resorting to any magic already in your graveyard with
Mnemonic Wall. So,
Containment Priestmay not be a card that Pauper can have, but its effect is a type of the effect that Pauper would need to have access to today and will continue to need in the coming years to fight Flicker decks. It may not be in the form of a creature, perhaps in the form of an Instant, and yet it seems extremely unlikely that such a card will ever be printed on a common one day, but I think that it would be much more beneficial to have to this kind of card than not having it.
Deafening Silencewould be extremely impactful. The enchantment would limit the number of actions that decks such as Burn, Faeries, Delver, Mardu Monarch, Boros Bully, Tron, Familiar and others can take in a single turn, thus making them play by your own rules.
Deafening Silencewould be so impactful in the format that, possibly, it would be able to see game in Maindecks, even though it is potentially a dead card against creature-based decks.
Flourishing Foxwould serve as another good Cycling card that is also a payoff in the form of a creature that grows at gigantic proportions if unanswered, possibly enabling an archetype focused on this theme. Like
Ajani's Pridemate, the creature has no built-in protection and needs specific cards in the deck to grow up, thus being an easy target for targetred removal and a relatively bad topdeck to have at more advanced points in the game. In general,
Flourishing Foxwould be an interesting addition to the format, but not impactful enough.
Sentinel's Eyescame out as a common card and follows a similar principle than
Gryff's Boon: a low cost Aura that the player can resort to in the late game for an additional cost. Therefore, it is possible that the card will eventually come in some Masters set as a common, but honestly, I don’t know how beneficial it would be to give Bogles and Heroic another evasion card against a considerable portion of decks through a CMC 1 Aura that also buffs you creature's power. Especially for Bogles, where one of the best ways to try to win from the deck is to attack with flying creatures while holding the game through damage prevention or counterspells.
Palace Sentinelsand is one of the worst decks for the card, cannot establish a good clock, has little interaction and suffers significantly in a format with plenty of removal spells. Although it is unlikely that one day
Sanctuary Lockdownwill come out as common, the card would be a great reinforcement to the archetype without necessarily becoming a self-include in other aggressive white decks, since a considerable majority of its creatures are human. and would be able to establish a good clock and / or survive the main sweepers of the format with the enchantment on table.
Adanto Vanguardas a card that could one day come out as a common. While the idea of the vampire taking a downshift is attractive, it is very likely that it could be too effective on decks like Heroic or Bogles, as there are still few exile effects in the format and these decks usually plays around Edict pretty well at most of the time and the cost of 4 life is a very small price to pay against most decks, especially if you already have a
Armadillo Cloakin play. Therefore,
Seasoned Hallowbladeseems like a more viable option as the costs to protect it are much more punitive for the player, since a card and possibly a combat phase is a much more expensive price to pay than 4 life. However, I believe that the card would be a viable option for Heroic and Bogles, as it is still a difficult threat to resolve for a considerable number of decks.
Stasis Snarecould be a good addition of unconditional removal to the format.
Journey to Nowherewould have, but costing an extra mana for being Instant-Speed, which would make it a favorable way to interact with
Stonehorn Dignitarybefore a
Ghostly Flickeror dealing with combat tricks or Ninjutsu before the damage is dealt. The card would also be a good way out of trying to make room for the creation of a UW Control in Pauper.
Mnemonic Wallor have a constant stream of creatures with
Omen of the Deadand
Kor Skyfisher. The format is relatively fragile for strategies that use the graveyard because we have few really viable options for hate directed at it, especially maindeckable ones at instant speed.
Stonecloakerserves as one of the ways to punish such decks by being an effect that you can use in Instant-Speed and a card you can actually run on your maindeck, as it is a relevant evasive body in combat, with a good interaction with cards like
Thraben Inspectoror Monarchs, and it also serves as a way to protect one of your threats from removal while it can be used as a recurring graveyard hate if you choose to return the
Stonecloakerits own ability.
Vesperlarkis a type of card that could be very dangerous for the format at some point because it already has a large amount of cards in the format where it could interact well and players would also try to find ways to abuse it
Vesperlarkinteracts very well with the vast majority of Familiars' creatures and spells, interacts well with plenty of cards from Faeries, interacts well with
Thraben Inspector, with
Archaeomancer, and even with major threats like
Atog. Therefore, the card would have a strong potential to become a major staple of the format and possibly bring the same air of innovation similar to what we had with the introduction of certain cards in recent years.
Wing Shards. Unfortunately, the card does not punish the opponent as much as it could, and ends up being a card that is kind of simple to play around, but also one that needs to be respected if you're playing it in some kind of instant-speed deck. On the other hand,
Wing Shardswould give white decks the chance to deal better with Bogles through a sacrifice effect, which may not be the best thing to happen since one of Boros / Mardu Monarch's worst matchups is Bogles. And here I close Pauper's Christmas Wishlist for White. If you have a card recommendation for the format that is not in this list, feel free to leave your suggestion in the comments! In the next article, I'll be talking about the blue Wishlist !