Center Stage: Last Rites

Let’s talk about decision making.

Last Rites is a three drop discard spell that can absolutely destroy your opponent’s hand. The rub is that you need to to the same. The pay off is huge in that for each card you pitch, your opponent reveals a card in their hand and send it to the graveyard. I have found success with this deck in both Exhume decks and Lands strategies where you have tons of fodder thanks to Mulch.

The big thing about Last Rites is that discard the cards from your hand is not part of the cost. That means that if your opponent wants to counter it, they have to do it before they know how many cards you are going after. Therefore this card is at its best when it follows a Duress but even on its own it can be backbreaking. If it resolves of course.

Last Rites is one of those cards that should see more play in specific situations, but probably isn’t good enough to be a format staple.


And now for something a little different. I found out this week that starting in early September I am being furloughed for at least the rest of the calendar year. I don’t like sharing too much about my personal life here but here’s a little taste: my spouse was laid off earlier this summer and we have a toddler at home. Living in the United States means that our health insurance is tied to employment and, well, the math is pretty simple here.

Even if I didn’t have a chronic illness that requires regular doses of medication, we could not go without health insurance for any length of time. While we are both searching for work and have some savings, I can’t say things are going to be “okay” long term. And that sucks.

I know times are tough all over. If you enjoy my work and are able to, it would mean a lot if you would considering becoming a Patron. I am not going to hawk this all the time, but if I didn’t exhaust every avenue for my family, I wouldn’t be happy with myself.

While I look for new employment I will do my best to provide you all with more Pauper content.

Keep slingin’ commons,

-Alex

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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