Looking at Lists: Gruul Madness and Mutant Zombies

We’re barely a month into this and I’m already breaking my rules.

I can’t help it; there were two incredibly sweet decklists that went 5-0 in the Pauper League this week. Let’s get right to them.

I have a soft spot for Zombies as a deck While I’m not a huge fan of the aggressive builds with Carnophage, I see the merit when you’re also including Village Rites. But that’s not what excites me with this list. Instead it’s the inclusion of Cavern Whisperer. First off, it comes in and eats a card in your opponent’s hand. Second, if you put it on a Carrion Feeder you have a 4/4 with all those +1/+1 counters and menace. Sign me up yesterday. This deck scratches an itch for me and I cannot wait to give it a shot.

Gruul Madness is a deck with a long history in Pauper. It has some results in the Italian Paupergeddon series but hasn’t done much on MTGO. Part of this is that Affinity does Madness better than Madness does Madness. If you’re trying to cheat in 4/4s, Myr Enforcer and Carapace Forger are cheaper than Reckless Wurm. There are a few elements I really like about this list. First, it biases towards red. Previous versions of this list went for green to try and turn on Werebear and Arrogant Wurm. Going red gives you a chance to apply pressure with Kird Ape which, as a 2/3, is very good against the creatures in the format. I also love the inclusion of Savage Swipe in this deck as it gives yet another way to clear out the board to crunch in for damage. Swipe also gets to play tricks with Wild Mongrel (pumping after the fight) or Gathan Raiders (unmorphing after the fight). All in all, a fun list that I can’t wait to try out.

Which of these is your favorites? Which list are you excited to test in the league?

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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