Looking at Lists: Izzet Wizardry

Two players I respect a great deal – Brian Coval and Luis Scott-Vargas – have referred to Goblin Wizardry as the Pauper Monastery Mentor. It makes some sense as Wizardry puts two potentially massive threats on to the board at instant speed. Wizardry also has synergies with broken blue cards and Pauper is jam-packed with those. On Saturday two players too Izzet Wizardry into the Challenge and they had decent results (27th and 32nd place).

There’s a lot to like about this deck. It runs four copies of Accumulated Knowledge and Frantic Inventory to draw gobs of cards. Outside of Augur of Bolas and Preordain you can operate at instant speed. It has a long game plan with Devious Cover-Up and gets to use Brainstorm with the Pauper fetch mana base.

What I don’t like is how soft you are in the early game. Fire//Ice is a good card but I’d rather Forked Bolt as it costs half as much. I also do not like Exclude maindeck right now as it almost always trades down in mana. I would also want a second copy of Devious Cover-Up as a backup win condition, looping the two to repopulate the deck with power spells. Finally, I would look at running some number of Izzet Boilerworks. Being able to generate two mana from a single land is powerful in control matchups. That being said, I am excited to try my hand with Goblin Wizardry.

Published by Alex Ullman

Alex Ullman has been playing Magic since 1994 (he thinks). Since 2005, he's spent most of his time playing and exploring Pauper. One of his proudest accomplishments was being on the winnings side of the 2009 Community Cup. He makes his home in Brooklyn, New York, where he was born and raised.

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