Magic: the Gathering
Highlights from Core Set 2021 to Pauper
In addition to the basic lands with new layouts, will anything else be seen at Pauper? Let me show you the cards that caught my attention.
GreenLlanowar Visionary even looks like a meme of the cross between Llanowar Elves and Elvish Visionary. Most likely, this game also played among designers during the creation of the expansion, but what really matters is that we had a good addition to the format. Although most players think that Llanowar Visionary will not see a game on the Elves (according to the "opinions I heard" research institute), I still do not rule out the possibility of lists with one or two copies of the new Visionary , which besides having an interesting body for the deck, generates a very popular draw and finally, but not so important, generates a mana. I think any good card that makes the Elves less fragile deserves a chance. I liked a lot Track Down too, it stands out for the fact that most green cantrips do not give the option to draw “other cards”, generally the cards not selected go to the graveyard or bottom of library. The problem is that perhaps the deck for this card does not yet exist in Pauper: I imagine it in a midrange: BG, GW, or even a Mono Green when the format has more support for this type of deck.
RedThe red color did not have many strong additions, I will highlight the two cards that most caught my attention, but I believe that if I were to make a top 5 pauper cards from M21, the red would be left out. Goblin Wizardry has a neat skill: creating goblin tokens with prowess. I really found it fun, and even recommend some tests on Izzet Puzzles, a deck that has no creatures, only magic and Flurry of Horns that generates minotaur tokens. The Goblin Wizardry costs less and can be played on the opponent's turn, but even assuming the deck improves, still, in my opinion it wouldn't be enough to make him more competitive. Hobblefiend is yet another card that deserves to be quoted. In addition to being slower than Carrion Feeder, what makes it much worse is the cost to activate your ability, yet maybe they can be companions in the rogues of life: Aristocrats is a really fun archetype and I personally like cards that have synergy with Falkenrath Noble ... Speaking of which, a downgrade of Fireblade Artist would be nice, huh? Going back to reality, let's analyze the white color ...
WhiteSwift Response: I'm kind of suspicious when it comes to Journey to Nowhere because I'm a huge fan of this removal. Despite the cons, it is very well positioned in the format, its biggest advantage is not sending cards like Stormbound Geist to the graveyard. And although Tron does a lot of damage without turning his creatures over (mainly the barrier), Swift Response was one of the cards I liked the most in this expansion. It is always good to have good instant removals at your disposal.