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Playing Pauper Playoff: Metalcraft vs Landfall

Welcome to an extra special episode of Playing Pauper! In this episode, we're collaborating with Pauper Fox to bring you a best of three match featuring two rogue Pauper decks. I'll be piloting Mono White Metalcraft, while Will from Pauper Fox will be playing Boros Landfall. If you want to see the matches from Will's point of view, check out his channel here.

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Mono White Metalcraft Intro

Metalcraft vs Landfall Match 1

Metalcraft vs Landfall Match 2

Metalcraft vs Landfall Match 3

The Deck

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The deck is full of cheap, aggressive creatures that synergize with artifacts. Ardent Recruit is a one mana 3/3, Court Homunculus is a one mana 2/2 artifact, and Glint Hawk is a cheap flyer that lets us re-use Tooth of Chiss-Goria or get an extra germ token from Flayer Husk.

Thraben Inspector is less aggressive than the other creatures, but it still adds to our Affinity count, and the Clue token can be useful since this deck empties its hand so quickly.

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Auriok Sunchaser and Kor Skyfisher top out the curve as the only cards in the main deck that always cost at least two mana. They're both aggressive and evasive and definitely worth playing the full four of each.

Vault Skirge is an odd inclusion since it has only one power but having lifelink and flying is a great combination with the equipment in the deck so it gets a spot.

Frogmite is simply a cheap 2/2 that combos with other free artifacts like Tooth of Chiss-Goria and Ancient Den.

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These cheap artifacts serve to turn on Metalcraft quickly and buff every creature we play into a large threat.

The Sideboard

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Sunlance is efficient removal when we have to deal with opposing creatures.

Circle of Protection: Red is almost an auto-win card against Burn, while Lone Missionary helps out against aggressive decks in general.

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Dust to Dust is for the Affinity matchup, and although it's expensive it can remove two Myr Enforcers at a time and is thus fairly impressive.

Holy Light can take down an opposing board state from Elves or Mono Blue Delver singlehandedly.

Patrician's Scorn is good against Bogles and other enchantment-based builds.


I had a lot of fun playing with Will from Pauper Fox, and I hope you enjoyed watching. Let me know in the comments section whether you want to see more episodes of Playing Pauper done like this, which content creators you want featured, and whether you want us playing rogue brews like today or more popular decks already in the metagame.


Viewer submissions are open! I'll still be playing known decks occasionally, but I'll mostly be playing:

  • Decks submitted by viewers
  • Decks created from viewer challenges (e.g. build a deck around Horned Kavu)
  • Decks created by Jake (especially ones comprised of cards from new sets such as Aether Revolt)

Email me at or Tweet to me @JakeStilesMTG with your decklist or challenge, and I'll give you a shout-out if I use your submission!

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