An Enchanting Dream

Posted in Feature on August 22, 2013

By Luis Scott-Vargas

Luis Scott-Vargas plays, writes, and makes videos about Magic. He has played on the Pro Tour for almost a decade, and between that and producing content for ChannelFireball, often has his hands full (of cards).

I recently received a very cool reader submission for Pauper, thanks to a gentleman named Sebastian. He suggested taking a look at an innovative White-Blue Enchantment list that has done well in a couple Daily Events, and I liked what I saw. In a sea of monocolored aggro decks, this deck is doing something very different.

Dream Stalker

By using Dream Stalker, Kor Skyfisher, Auramancer, and Drake Familiar, this deck takes advantage of numerous Auras with "enter (and leaves) the battlefield" abilities, triggering them multiple times. With fourteen ways to bounce permanents and a pair of Perilous Researches, this deck does not lack ways to interact with its combo pieces.

Those pieces are mostly enchantments, and a surprisingly large number of commons have triggers that can be abused. Oblivion Ring, Faith's Fetters, Hobble, and Journey to Nowhere all handle creatures, with Spreading Seas available to keep up card flow and mess with the odd Cloudpost. The most interesting and potentially powerful card in the mix is Reality Acid, which triggers when it leaves, and leave it shall. Unlike the format, it isn't uncommon or rare that the same Reality Acid will eat five or six permanents in a single game, and once it's started hitting lands, the odds that your opponents can stop you from locking them out is pretty low.

This deck plays a good suite of creatures with ETB effects as well, with Lone Missionarys to stall the game and Mulldrifters to keep the cards coming. Dream Stalker and Kor Skyfisher can pick up any permanent, and bouncing Auramancer is a good way to get additional uses out of destroyed or discarded enchantments.

Once again, I highly recommend Pauper, and decks like this give me hope that the metagame has a good amount of variety available.

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