Deck Spotlight: Orzhov Blink

3 Swamp
4 Cast Down
1 Custodi Squire
3 Orzhov Basilica
1 Suffocating Fumes
3 Bojuka Bog
3 Diabolic Edict
4 Kor Skyfisher
2 Dawnbringer Cleric
4 Goliath Paladin
2 Spirited Companion
2 Vampire Sovereign
2 Goring Warplow
7 Plains
4 Thraben Inspector
3 Pegasus Guardian
4 Ephemerate
4 Scoured Barrens
4 Inspiring Overseer

3 Duress
2 Prismatic Strands
3 Lone Missionary
1 Suffocating Fumes
1 Chainer's Edict
1 Revoke Existence
2 Unmake
2 Dust to Dust

In The Brothers’ War metagame, I am bullish on Thraben Inspector. This is less about the card itself and more the surrounding architecture. Inspector can chump block exceptionally well and tends to find itself in decks that have game against Affinity. Clues are powerful pieces of material that can keep cards flowing and, as seen above, the card works with Ephemerate.

The above list is a known quality but what excited me about this specific list is the interaction between Ephemerate and Goring Warplow. Deathtouch is an underused mechanic in Pauper because it usually comes stabled to rather anemic creatures that lose their value as the game goes on. Thanks to the interaction between Prototype and flicker effects, the 1/1 can come back into play as a 5/4. Sure it might still die to Galvanic Blast but it can tussle with a Guardian of the Guildpact and win.

While this is not game breaking by any stretch of the means, this is one of the things I love about Pauper. The weight of Magic’s history means that these interactions crop up regularly, giving new life to cards that might otherwise fall flat.

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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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