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 Post subject: Valduk, Keeper of the Flame (Uncommons and Commons Only)
AgePosted: 2019-Jul-15 2:18 am 

Joined: 2008-May-02 9:20 am
Age: Wyvern
Location: Indianapolis, IN
I've had this idea in my head since Dominaria came out. I've wanted to build a pauper EDH deck for a while but that can be really challenging. I played Peasant a very long time ago which allowed 5(?) uncommons along with commons. So I thought I would give it a shot.

I think it has turned out really well. I decided to stick to just equipment because I'd like to not get 2-for-1'ed when I already have an uphill battle. I expect Valduk is going to die a lot.

I also wanted to try to make him into more than an Equip and Attack deck. There are some ways to mill (I saw this suggest from an article on EDHREC) and I have other ways to make tokens and sacrifice them.

//General
Valduk, Keeper of the Flame

//Creatures
Hoarding Dragon
Loyal Apprentice
Paragon of Fierce Defiance
Champion of the Flame
Brass Squire
Myr Retriever
Workshop Assistant
Spikeshot Goblin
Foundry Inspector
Jhoira's Familiar
Burnished Hart
Burning Prophet
Dragon Mage
Quicksmith Genius
Skyscanner

//Planeswalkers
Jaya, Venerated Firemage

//Instants
Fling
Lightning Bolt
Skred

//Sorceries
Aftershock
Vandalblast
Light Up the Stage
Faithless Looting

//Enchantments
Faithless Looting
Goblin Bombardment
Tooth and Claw
Impact Tremors
War Cadence
Goblinslide
Pyrohemia

//Artifacts
Sol Ring
Mind Stone
Unstable Obelisk
Worn Powerstone
Thran Dynamo
Wayfarer's Bauble
Armillary Sphere
Mindcrank
Relic of Progenitus
Rogue's Gloves
Mask of Memory
Skullclamp
Explorer's Scope
Lightning Greaves
Swiftfoot Boots
Avacyn's Collar
Bonesplitter
Loxodon Warhammer
Mask of Avacyn
Colossus Hammer
Fireshrieker
Golem-Skin Gauntlets
Gorgon Flail
Haunted Cloak
Heirloom Blade
Hero's Blade
Mask of Immolation
Prying Blade
Shield of the Realm
Shuko
Tenza, Godo's Maul
Trepanation Blade
Trailblazer's Boots

//Lands
Buried Ruin
Myriad Landscape
Rogue's Passage
Forgotten Cave
Desert of the Fervent
Field of Ruin
Mouth of Ronom
30 Snow-Covered Mountain


There are some equipment that I left out that I might put in. I spoiled them below.


Any thoughts about the deck or things I might have missed? I was out of Magic for about 7 years and only started paying attention since Dominaria.

edit: Added autocard tags. Sorry, last time I posted a decklist to a forum this type of stuff didn't exist.


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 Post subject: Re: Valduk, Keeper of the Flame (Uncommons and Commons Only)
AgePosted: 2019-Jul-16 8:12 am 
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I don't really get the mill part... what is Mindcrank actually doing to help you win? It seems like if you're winning, opponents are going to lose from regular damage long before you mill them out. If you're not winning, you're probably not dealing much damage, and you don't have another way to make Mindcrank useful.

There are a couple cheap auras that are ok, like Dragon Mantle or recur-to-hand cards like Mark of Fury. These are less likely to get x-for-1'd than equipment, since your equips are likely to fall prey to artifact sweepers.

And in general, while I like making theme decks, EDH pauper cuts you off a ton of fun stuff. There are plenty of bulk rares like Vulshok Battlemaster that'd be really fun in this deck.

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 Post subject: Re: Valduk, Keeper of the Flame (Uncommons and Commons Only)
AgePosted: 2019-Jul-18 11:24 pm 

Joined: 2008-May-02 9:20 am
Age: Wyvern
Location: Indianapolis, IN
Yeah, I think you're right with the mill cards. They really are too cute and don't really fit. I just want to have some backup strategies to make commander. Token generators at least help with that (Goblinslide, Goblin Offensive, etc.)

I'm more worried about Valduk or another creature being killed in response to trying to enchant them. I also have a lot fewer options to recur enchantments in red than artifacts.

Technically I'm not playing EDH pauper because I am using uncommons. I definitely understand that I am limiting myself by only playing uncommons and commons. It was a deckbuilding exercise I was going through and the deck actually looked like a lot of fun. If it doesn't work out then I haven't lost much and I may modify it to remove the restriction if it is too underpowered.

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