A Homage to Tithing Blade in Pauper | Magic: The Gathering


Tithing Blade is a fantastic card and I’m so happy it got added to Pauper. I love the tiny advantages you can get in this format thanks to blink effects like Kor Skyfisher and Glint Hawk as well as Deadly Dispute and Reckoner’s Bargain.

Tolarian Terror and Cryptic Serpent are the bane of Pauper’s existence at the moment and printing this card gives the format a breath of fresh air as more decks now have access to powerful answers for these undercosted threats.

 

Another very important ability of Tithing Blade’s back side, Consuming Sepulcher, which lets you play around Counterspell, eating your opponent’s mana while you simply flip the card over and start draining your control opponent turn after turn.

I want to show you two decks that exploit this card, starting with Orzhov.

2 Ancient Den
4 Swamp
1 Bojuka Bog
4 Cast Down
4 Deadly Dispute
4 Glint Hawk
2 Goliath Paladin
4 Kor Skyfisher
1 Relic of Progenitus
4 Obscura Storefront
1 Omen of the Dead
4 Orzhov Basilica
4 Plains
4 Lembas
2 Suffocating Fumes
1 Vault of Whispers
3 Thorn of the Black Rose
4 Thraben Inspector
4 Tithing Blade
2 Duress
1 Disfigure

Sideboard

Dawnbringer Cleric
3 Drown in Sorrow
4 Dust to Dust
2 Duress
3 Relic of Progenitus

Playing Kor Skyfisher and Glint Hawk and returning permanents to hand that will gain you more advantage later in the game is something I love to do in Pauper and Tithing Blade lets me go from Boros to Orzhov and now have clean answers to those Serpents.

Giving up on Experimental Synthesizer won’t be easy, but that means we get our card advantage via Goliath Paladin and Thorn of the Black Rose.

Kor Skyfisher  Lembas

If you want to take a much slower approach and play a control deck instead with Tithing Blade, you should check out Golgari Gardens, a mono-black control deck splashing green for Khalni Garden and Avenging Hunter.

3 Avenging Hunter
1 Blood Fountain
4 Cast Down
3 Crypt Rats
4 Deadly Dispute
4 Defile
1 Duress
3 Fanatical Offering
1 Haunted Mire
2 Ichor Wellspring
4 Khalni Garden
3 Lembas
2 Reckoner's Bargain
2 Spinning Darkness
12 Swamp
3 Thorn of the Black Rose
4 Tithing Blade
3 Troll of Khazad-dum
1 Witch's Cottage

Sideboard

4 Deglamer
3 Drown in Sorrow
2 Duress
3 Relic of Progenitus
3 Weather the Storm
Crypt Rats  Spinning Darkness

Tithing Blade here will not be able to be recurred, but you can sacrifice it to Deadly Dispute, Fanatical Offering and Reckoner’s Bargain to keep the card advantage flowing and making sure you don’t run out of answers.

Just like Orzhov, you have both the monarch and initiative to turn the corner and quickly kill your opponent and in this deck, they play a great role since you have plenty of removal spells to keep them off of dealing you combat damage.

Both these black decks will struggle against combo decks like Familiars, Jeskai Ephemerate or Fog Tron, who don’t need creatures to win and will grind you with card advantage and will set up a turn where they can counter your key interaction.

Murmuring Mystic
Murmuring Mystic is another new addition to Pauper that got downshifted in Commander Masters. The card is fantastic against those black-based removal spells, since you can protect it with Ephemerate, Dispel or Counterspell, creating a large number of Birds that will steal the initiative and quickly turn the corner.

2 Archaeomancer
1 Ash Barrens
4 Augur of Bolas
3 Brainstorm
2 Breath Weapon
4 Cleansing Wildfire
4 Counterspell
1 Destroy Evil
2 Ephemerate
1 Glacial Floodplain
2 Kenku Artificer
4 Lorien Revealed
4 Mulldrifter
1 Murmuring Mystic
2 Preordain
4 Rustvale Bridge
4 Silverbluff Bridge
4 Skred
6 Snow-Covered Island
2 Snow-Covered Mountain
1 Snow-Covered Plains
1 Union of the Third Path
1 Volatile Fjord

Sideboard

4 Blue Elemental Blast
1 Breath Weapon
1 Cast into the Fire
2 Circle of Protection: Blue
1 Destroy Evil
4 Red Elemental Blast
2 Seal of Cleansing
Cleansing Wildfire  Ephemerate

Jeskai Ephemerate is a deck near to my heart that I played to a Top 8 at Paupergeddon almost two years ago. Thanks to Lorien Revealed, you have now a better mana base as well as some good hits for Augur of Bolas and a mana sink.

This deck is now having a resurgence with the metagame having so many black-heavy removal spell decks that suffer the blue card advantage engines.

The Pauper format keeps on evolving by getting a lot of new cards set after set, keeping the format fresh.

Author: Andrea Mengucci

Magic: The Gathering, Member of Team CFBUltimateGuard

Andrea first learned Magic as a kid back in 2004 at probably one of the most peculiar places to find Magic: the beach. In his expansive Magic career, Andrea’s proudest moment in Magic was winning the 2015 Magic World Cup, representing his beloved homeland of Italy and marks, in his words, his first big achievement in Magic. Learn more about Andrea.