Welcome to the tenth episode of “Science of Pauper”! Since it is kind of a small jubilee, I thought of doing something fun rather than competitive (even though those two do not need to be exclusive). In this episode, I am going to present to you one of my Pauper Highlander decks. For those of you who do not know this format, a Highlander deck consists of at least 100 cards of which each non-basic land card may be included only once. In contrast to the other deck techs I have done so far and will do in the future, I will not discuss each card separately due to the high number of different cards. I will rather depict the main idea of the deck and its synergies.
Seat of Synod
Simic Growth Chamber
Tree of Tales
Knight of the Skyward Eye
Survivor of the Unseen
Coalition Honor Guard
Guardian of the Guildpact
Ninja of the Deep Hours
Relic of Progenitus
Writ of Passage
Journey to Nowhere
Plumes of Peace
As you may have already realized, the deck tries to beat the opponent down with evasive creatures and keeping the pressure by gaining card advantage in the process. Creatures like Ninja of the Deep Hours and Scroll Thief have to be dealt immediately, otherwise, the card drawing will quickly get out of control. Looter il-Kor does not net you cards as such but it help you to get the cards you need. Snake Umbra, Distortion Strike, and Writ of Passage all support the card advantage theme.
Simic Ragworm and Silkbind Faerie synergize very well with Viridian Longbow and Ocular Halo for board control or card advantage, respectively. Trinket Mage also fits into this combination by tutoring the Equipment.
Speaking of Equipment, the super-aggressive Bonesplitter turns all creatures in considerable threats. When combined with Thresher Beast or Drelnoch, it puts you into a win-win-situation (if not removed). Either they take a huge swing or they have to deal with a card advantage of two cards.
For the very late game, Capsize-ing your Journey to Nowhere or Oblivion Ring with their first trigger on the stack will not only recycle your removal, but it will also exile the targeted card permanently.
Guardian of the Guildpact is probably the most robust creature Pauper has to offer. Combined with Armadillo Cloak or Bonesplitter can win you the game.
I hope you enjoyed the deck and you will give the format a try in your playing group. It is really a fun alternative to EDH or other multiplayer formats.
That’s it. Stay clean!