Green-Blue Storm Ninjas

Posted in Feature on June 20, 2012

By Gavin Verhey

When Gavin Verhey was eleven, he dreamt of a job making Magic cards—and now as a Magic designer, he's living his dream! Gavin has been writing about Magic since 2005.

Pauper is a format where restrictions breed creativity. The only cards legal are commons—but there are still plenty of exciting and innovative things going on. Take, for example, Magic Online competitor Largebrandon's Green-Blue Storm Ninjas deck! In a recent Daily Event he used this fun, kooky deck to achieve a 3–1 record, and it's worth giving a try!

This deck kicks off with several exciting green-blue tempo elements. Sea Gate Oracle, Mulldrifter, and Coiling Oracle provide bodies and cards, and Cloud of Faeries allows your Ninja of the Deep Hours to consistently strike in against opponents without flying creatures. Whether reusing your draw abilities or "merely" being a four-mana 2/2 that gets you up on cards, the Ninja is a potent threat against any decks that can't deal with him.

The spells also play into the card advantage and tempo game well. Compulsive Research is one of the best draw spells in the format, and Deep Analysis partners well with that one, providing additional card advantage—even when discarded. Snap also bounces a creature for fundamentally free—and that's where things get real crazy.

Incidentally, in addition to being tempo engines, Snap and Cloud of Faeries also enable cards with storm and even produce mana alongside Utopia Sprawl and Fertile Ground. After getting up on cards, this deck can spend its other cards to Temporal Fissure back all of your opponent's permanents or Grapeshot away his or her board. Who would have seen that coming!?

If you're interested in Pauper, this is a fun entrance to the format that's bound to turn some heads. Take a look at the decklist and check out Pauper events on Magic Online!

Largebrandon's Green-Blue Storm Ninjas

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