Report: Playing Kuldotha Burn into the Brazilian Pauper Nationals' Top 8
11/15/22 0 comments
Ricardo Mattana presents his Brazilian Pauper Nationals Top 8 Report in 2022. Here you will find information on deck choice, Metagame, a sideboard guide and much more!Edit Article
Tournament and Metagame Preparation
Dimir Terrorin MTGO Pauper Leagues and use of the most varied cards in the main deck and sideboard. Those who follow me on Twitter can watch these tests closely and have come across cards like Rotten Reunion, Forbidden Alchemy, Cuombajj Witches, Evil Presence, Rancid Earth, Augur of Bolas, Stormbound Geist… I didn't want to miss anything. If it made any sense on the deck, I needed to test it out and draw my own conclusions. But as not everything is flowers, throughout these tests, I realized that the Metagame was increasingly learning to play
against the deckand the lists became more than ready to face Dimir Terror. There were basically two types of answer against the archetype: lists that focused on serious hate, betting on cards like Relic of Progenitus, Nihil Spellbomb and Bojuka Bog, and lists that focused on effective removals against Gurmag and Tolarian Terror like Chainer's Edict, Diabolic Edict, Cast Down, Unholy Heat, Journey to Nowhere, Pyroblast and Destroy Evil.
Kuldotha Burn, a deck on the rise and which quickly reached the nickname of the best aggro in the format. For those who are used to seeing me playing with blue decks, it may seem strange to see me considering playing such an important aggro tournament. But my Magic story began long before Pauper, and aggro is one of the archetypes I'm most familiar with and that seemed to be a great option for a long and exhausting tournament like the Nationals.
Brazilian Pauper Nationals Top 8 Decklist: Kuldotha Burn
UW Caw GatesIN
Mono Blue FaeriesIN
About the tournament
188 players, so it was
8 rounds, making it an extremely long and tiring day. The Swiss couldn't have been better, I won the first six rounds, allowing me to ID in the last two, guaranteeing my presence in the top 8 undefeated.
Decks I faced each round + InfoRound 1 – Izzet Skred – 2x0 Round 2 – Kuldotha Burn – 2x1 Round 3 – Naya Slivers – 2x0 Round 4 – Elves – 2x0 Round 5 – Jeskai Ephemerate – 2x0 Round 6 – GW Auras – 2x0 Round 7 - ID Round 8 - ID The deck was running so well that I only lost a single game in the entire Swiss tournament. I didn't mulligan in any of the matches and managed to get a good read of each game, even though I didn't face most of the main decks in the Metagame. The top 8 was made up of 2 Boros Synthesizer, 2 Bogles, 1 Dimir Terror (who won the tournament), 1 Caw Gates, 1 Jeskai Ephemerate and myself with Kuldotha Burn. I finished in
third place in the Swiss, knowing that I would face in the top 8 the same opponent of GW Auras, which I faced in round 6. The match against GW Auras is extremely difficult because Kuldotha Burn has no effective answer against Armadillo Cloak, it remains only to hope that the opponent doesn't draw the card or that you are in a very favorable position when he manages to enchant the creature. In the match we had in Swiss, I managed to come up with a pretty explosive hand in Game 1 and fit an End the Festivities on a Gladecover Scout enchanted with Rancor, which sealed the game. In game 2, my opponent started from Bogle on turn 1, and I came back with End the Festivities. Turn 2, he made a second Bogle, who took another End the Festivities. He went a few turns without finding a creature, giving me time to finish the game without major scares. For the top 8 match, I knew my opponent would take a different stance, playing around End the Festivities. In Game 1, he was able to quickly fit an Armadillo Cloak and Ancestral Mask onto a hexproof creature, quickly ending the game. In game 2 because I was on the play, I decided to surprise him and chose to enter with the 2 Molten Rains trying to mine their white mana sources and try to gain a little more time. I managed to place a Molten Rain on their Plains on turn 3, but they had more white sources on hand. They played Lifelink and Ethereal Armor on a Silhana already enchanted with Cartouche and, on the next turn, Ancestral Mask closed the game.