In Strixhaven Drafts, Serpentine Curve is all the rage right now. Playing a deck with very few spells that don't fit the criteria is surprisingly doable in that format, making Serpentine Curve regularly larger than 10/10. It often kills people in one hit. When my brother told me people were trying it out in Pauper, I knew I needed to try it myself. Let me tell you—casting a 12/12 for four mana is not that hard to do, and pretty exciting when it happens.

Serpentine Curve requires you to play a high number of instants and sorceries. WotC manages to throw us a bone by having it count the exiled ones as well as those in our graveyard, so we can still use them as a resource. Flashback spells and delve are not out of the question. In Standard, Lesson//Learn will help us power more raw materials into the graveyard playing pretty well with our card du jour.

Standard UB Control

Magic: The Gathering TCG Deck - Dimir Control by David Pargh

'Dimir Control' - constructed deck list and prices for the Magic: The Gathering Trading Card Game from TCGplayer Infinite!

Created By: David Pargh

Event:

Rank:

Standard

Market Price: $126.72

Cards

Bloodchief's Thirst

Color Identity:B

Market Price: $0.37

ImageURL: https://tcgplayer-cdn.tcgplayer.com/product/221776_200w.jpg

Kicker {2}{B} (You may pay an additional {2}{B} as you cast this spell.)
Destroy target creature or planeswalker with mana value 2 or less. If this spell was kicked, instead destroy target creature or planeswalker.

Buy This Card! https://shop.tcgplayer.com/magic/zendikar-rising/bloodchiefs-thirst

Saw It Coming

Color Identity:U

Market Price: $0.44

ImageURL: https://tcgplayer-cdn.tcgplayer.com/product/230170_200w.jpg

Counter target spell.
Foretell {1}{U} (During your turn, you may pay {2} and exile this card from your hand face down. Cast it on a later turn for its foretell cost.)

Buy This Card! https://shop.tcgplayer.com/magic/kaldheim/saw-it-coming

Opt

Color Identity:U

Market Price: $0.10

ImageURL: https://tcgplayer-cdn.tcgplayer.com/product/215840_200w.jpg

Scry 1.
Draw a card.

Buy This Card! https://shop.tcgplayer.com/magic/core-set-2021/opt

Temple of Deceit

Color Identity:B,U

Market Price: $0.69

ImageURL: https://tcgplayer-cdn.tcgplayer.com/product/206633_200w.jpg

Temple of Deceit enters the battlefield tapped.
When Temple of Deceit enters the battlefield, scry 1. (Look at the top card of your library. You may put that card on the bottom of your library.)
{T}: Add {U} or {B}.

Buy This Card! https://shop.tcgplayer.com/magic/theros-beyond-death/temple-of-deceit

Clearwater Pathway

Color Identity:B,U

Market Price: $5.62

ImageURL: https://tcgplayer-cdn.tcgplayer.com/product/221830_200w.jpg

{T}: Add {U}.

Buy This Card! https://shop.tcgplayer.com/magic/zendikar-rising/clearwater-pathway

Jwari Disruption

Color Identity:U

Market Price: $0.25

ImageURL: https://tcgplayer-cdn.tcgplayer.com/product/222101_200w.jpg

Counter target spell unless its controller pays {1}.

Buy This Card! https://shop.tcgplayer.com/magic/zendikar-rising/jwari-disruption

Shadows' Verdict

Color Identity:B

Market Price: $0.19

ImageURL: https://tcgplayer-cdn.tcgplayer.com/product/222137_200w.jpg

Exile all creatures and planeswalkers with mana value 3 or less from the battlefield and all creature and planeswalker cards with mana value 3 or less from all graveyards.

Buy This Card! https://shop.tcgplayer.com/magic/zendikar-rising/shadows-verdict

Island

Color Identity:U

Market Price: $0.06

ImageURL: https://tcgplayer-cdn.tcgplayer.com/product/196475_200w.jpg

({T}: Add {U}.)

Buy This Card! https://shop.tcgplayer.com/magic/commander-2019/island-291

Test of Talents

Color Identity:U

Market Price: $0.38

ImageURL: https://tcgplayer-cdn.tcgplayer.com/product/235929_200w.jpg

Counter target instant or sorcery spell. Search its controller's graveyard, hand, and library for any number of cards with the same name as that spell and exile them. That player shuffles, then draws a card for each card exiled from their hand this way.

Buy This Card! https://shop.tcgplayer.com/magic/strixhaven-school-of-mages/test-of-talents

Field of Ruin

Market Price: $0.46

ImageURL: https://tcgplayer-cdn.tcgplayer.com/product/206646_200w.jpg

{T}: Add {C}.
{2}, {T}, Sacrifice Field of Ruin: Destroy target nonbasic land an opponent controls. Each player searches their library for a basic land card, puts it onto the battlefield, then shuffles.

Buy This Card! https://shop.tcgplayer.com/magic/theros-beyond-death/field-of-ruin

Hagra Mauling

Color Identity:B

Market Price: $1.01

ImageURL: https://tcgplayer-cdn.tcgplayer.com/product/222096_200w.jpg

This spell costs {1} less to cast if an opponent controls no basic lands.
Destroy target creature.

Buy This Card! https://shop.tcgplayer.com/magic/zendikar-rising/hagra-mauling

Behold the Multiverse

Color Identity:U

Market Price: $0.14

ImageURL: https://tcgplayer-cdn.tcgplayer.com/product/230140_200w.jpg

Scry 2, then draw two cards.
Foretell {1}{U} (During your turn, you may pay {2} and exile this card from your hand face down. Cast it on a later turn for its foretell cost.)

Buy This Card! https://shop.tcgplayer.com/magic/kaldheim/behold-the-multiverse

Disdainful Stroke

Color Identity:U

Market Price: $0.04

ImageURL: https://tcgplayer-cdn.tcgplayer.com/product/230900_200w.jpg

Counter target spell with mana value 4 or greater.

Buy This Card! https://shop.tcgplayer.com/magic/kaldheim/disdainful-stroke

Negate

Color Identity:U

Market Price: $0.10

ImageURL: https://tcgplayer-cdn.tcgplayer.com/product/222130_200w.jpg

Counter target noncreature spell.

Buy This Card! https://shop.tcgplayer.com/magic/zendikar-rising/negate

Ugin, the Spirit Dragon

Market Price: $26.10

ImageURL: https://tcgplayer-cdn.tcgplayer.com/product/215338_200w.jpg

+2: Ugin, the Spirit Dragon deals 3 damage to any target.
−X: Exile each permanent with mana value X or less that's one or more colors.
−10: You gain 7 life, draw seven cards, then put up to seven permanent cards from your hand onto the battlefield.

Buy This Card! https://shop.tcgplayer.com/magic/core-set-2021/ugin-the-spirit-dragon

Shark Typhoon

Color Identity:U

Market Price: $8.43

ImageURL: https://tcgplayer-cdn.tcgplayer.com/product/212133_200w.jpg

Whenever you cast a noncreature spell, create an X/X blue Shark creature token with flying, where X is that spell's mana value.
Cycling {X}{1}{U} ({X}{1}{U}, Discard this card: Draw a card.)
When you cycle Shark Typhoon, create an X/X blue Shark creature token with flying.

Buy This Card! https://shop.tcgplayer.com/magic/ikoria-lair-of-behemoths/shark-typhoon

Duress

Color Identity:B

Market Price: $0.04

ImageURL: https://tcgplayer-cdn.tcgplayer.com/product/215662_200w.jpg

Target opponent reveals their hand. You choose a noncreature, nonland card from it. That player discards that card.

Buy This Card! https://shop.tcgplayer.com/magic/core-set-2021/duress

Environmental Sciences

Market Price: $0.18

ImageURL: https://tcgplayer-cdn.tcgplayer.com/product/235526_200w.jpg

Search your library for a basic land card, reveal it, put it into your hand, then shuffle. You gain 2 life.

Buy This Card! https://shop.tcgplayer.com/magic/strixhaven-school-of-mages/environmental-sciences

Serpentine Curve

Color Identity:U

Market Price: $0.06

ImageURL: https://tcgplayer-cdn.tcgplayer.com/product/235871_200w.jpg

Create a 0/0 green and blue Fractal creature token. Put X +1/+1 counters on it, where X is one plus the total number of instant and sorcery cards you own in exile and in your graveyard.

Buy This Card! https://shop.tcgplayer.com/magic/strixhaven-school-of-mages/serpentine-curve

Elemental Summoning

Color Identity:R,U

Market Price: $0.01

ImageURL: https://tcgplayer-cdn.tcgplayer.com/product/235844_200w.jpg

Create a 4/4 blue and red Elemental creature token.

Buy This Card! https://shop.tcgplayer.com/magic/strixhaven-school-of-mages/elemental-summoning

Mystical Dispute

Color Identity:U

Market Price: $0.31

ImageURL: https://tcgplayer-cdn.tcgplayer.com/product/198683_200w.jpg

This spell costs {2} less to cast if it targets a blue spell.
Counter target spell unless its controller pays {3}.

Buy This Card! https://shop.tcgplayer.com/magic/throne-of-eldraine/mystical-dispute

Heartless Act

Color Identity:B

Market Price: $1.34

ImageURL: https://tcgplayer-cdn.tcgplayer.com/product/212369_200w.jpg

Choose one —
• Destroy target creature with no counters on it.
• Remove up to three counters from target creature.

Buy This Card! https://shop.tcgplayer.com/magic/ikoria-lair-of-behemoths/heartless-act

Lash of Malice

Color Identity:B

Market Price: $0.01

ImageURL: https://tcgplayer-cdn.tcgplayer.com/product/236000_200w.jpg

Target creature gets +2/-2 until end of turn.

Buy This Card! https://shop.tcgplayer.com/magic/strixhaven-school-of-mages/lash-of-malice

Extinction Event

Color Identity:B

Market Price: $1.17

ImageURL: https://tcgplayer-cdn.tcgplayer.com/product/212261_200w.jpg

Choose odd or even. Exile each creature with mana value of the chosen quality. (Zero is even.)

Buy This Card! https://shop.tcgplayer.com/magic/ikoria-lair-of-behemoths/extinction-event

Cling to Dust

Color Identity:B

Market Price: $0.25

ImageURL: https://tcgplayer-cdn.tcgplayer.com/product/206655_200w.jpg

Exile target card from a graveyard. If it was a creature card, you gain 3 life. Otherwise, you draw a card.
Escape—{3}{B}, Exile five other cards from your graveyard. (You may cast this card from your graveyard for its escape cost.)

Buy This Card! https://shop.tcgplayer.com/magic/theros-beyond-death/cling-to-dust

Crawling Barrens

Market Price: $0.35

ImageURL: https://tcgplayer-cdn.tcgplayer.com/product/221959_200w.jpg

{T}: Add {C}.
{4}: Put two +1/+1 counters on Crawling Barrens. Then you may have it become a 0/0 Elemental creature until end of turn. It's still a land.

Buy This Card! https://shop.tcgplayer.com/magic/zendikar-rising/crawling-barrens

Swamp

Color Identity:B

Market Price: $0.08

ImageURL: https://tcgplayer-cdn.tcgplayer.com/product/145699_200w.jpg

({T}: Add {B}.)

Buy This Card! https://shop.tcgplayer.com/magic/ixalan/swamp-268

Pop Quiz

Color Identity:U

Market Price: $0.01

ImageURL: https://tcgplayer-cdn.tcgplayer.com/product/235123_200w.jpg

Draw a card.
Learn. (You may reveal a Lesson card you own from outside the game and put it into your hand, or discard a card to draw a card.)

Buy This Card! https://shop.tcgplayer.com/magic/strixhaven-school-of-mages/pop-quiz

Mascot Exhibition

Market Price: $0.51

ImageURL: https://tcgplayer-cdn.tcgplayer.com/product/235914_200w.jpg

Create a 2/1 white and black Inkling creature token with flying, a 3/2 red and white Spirit creature token, and a 4/4 blue and red Elemental creature token.

Buy This Card! https://shop.tcgplayer.com/magic/strixhaven-school-of-mages/mascot-exhibition

The Biblioplex

Market Price: $0.55

ImageURL: https://tcgplayer-cdn.tcgplayer.com/product/235986_200w.jpg

{T}: Add {C}.
{2}, {T}: Look at the top card of your library. If it's an instant or sorcery card, you may reveal it and put it into your hand. If you don't put the card into your hand, you may put it into your graveyard. Activate only if you have exactly zero or seven cards in hand.

Buy This Card! https://shop.tcgplayer.com/magic/strixhaven-school-of-mages/the-biblioplex

Fabled Passage

Market Price: $8.36

ImageURL: https://tcgplayer-cdn.tcgplayer.com/product/215556_200w.jpg

{T}, Sacrifice Fabled Passage: Search your library for a basic land card, put it onto the battlefield tapped, then shuffle. Then if you control four or more lands, untap that land.

Buy This Card! https://shop.tcgplayer.com/magic/core-set-2021/fabled-passage

Essence Scatter

Color Identity:U

Market Price: $0.05

ImageURL: https://tcgplayer-cdn.tcgplayer.com/product/212042_200w.jpg

Counter target creature spell.

Buy This Card! https://shop.tcgplayer.com/magic/ikoria-lair-of-behemoths/essence-scatter

Eliminate

Color Identity:B

Market Price: $0.12

ImageURL: https://tcgplayer-cdn.tcgplayer.com/product/215516_200w.jpg

Destroy target creature or planeswalker with mana value 3 or less.

Buy This Card! https://shop.tcgplayer.com/magic/core-set-2021/eliminate

The idea here is to control the game with counterspells and removal until you can land a large enough Serpentine Curve to kill them in two or less attacks. A wise man once said there are no wrong threats, only wrong answers. This forces us to play a wide swath of different answers so we don't run the risk of getting into a situation where we have multiple copies of Eliminate and they play a Goldspan Dragon. This practice of spreading out your answers is a tried and true method, and I see no reason to change it up now. And the best part—you can tailor it to your metagame or even what you already own. That said, make sure you play enough ways to protect your giant Fractal once it's in play. Would be really awkward to play it out and have them take it with Lullmage's Domination. Even just killing it with a Bloodchief's Thirst could be backbreaking.

Our plan b is also good. If we can get to a point where we can cast Shark Typhoon as an enchantment, all the spells we're playing to power up Serpentine Curve will power up the Shark Typhoon. Pop Quiz has impressed me in this deck, and provides us with yet another finisher—without even having to take up slots in the deck. Finding Mascot Exhibition has never been more potent than in a control shell, and turning your instant speed divination into a tutor + cantrip when you want to grab one of your lessons is something special. Letting us cycle away our useless removal spells against decks with too few threats is a nice bonus as well.

The sideboard is a mix of removal spells, counters, and an Ugin, the Spirit Dragon, alongside the lesson board. Having this mix lets you pull out removal spells against control decks, adding counters and an additional threat, or letting you get rid of a few of the weaker counterspells for some cheap removal against aggro decks. You're capable of seeing many cards in any given game, so if you want to pinpoint a deck with a specific hard hitting bullet, feel free to add a copy or two to the sideboard.

UB Serpentine Control is pretty exciting. Making a four-mana threat that can one-shot your opponent gives you a pretty straight forward plan of just making the game go as long as possible. Hopefully, you win if you get to the super late game and force through a Serpentine Curve or a Shark Typhoon.

Pauper UR Control

Magic: The Gathering TCG Deck - Izzet Control by David Pargh

'Izzet Control' - constructed deck list and prices for the Magic: The Gathering Trading Card Game from TCGplayer Infinite!

Created By: David Pargh

Event:

Rank:

Pauper

Market Price: $65.85

Cards

Lightning Bolt

Color Identity:R

Market Price: $2.17

ImageURL: https://tcgplayer-cdn.tcgplayer.com/product/216484_200w.jpg

Lightning Bolt deals 3 damage to any target.

Buy This Card! https://shop.tcgplayer.com/magic/jumpstart/lightning-bolt

Dispel

Color Identity:U

Market Price: $0.18

ImageURL: https://tcgplayer-cdn.tcgplayer.com/product/105594_200w.jpg

Counter target instant spell.

Buy This Card! https://shop.tcgplayer.com/magic/battle-for-zendikar/dispel

Counterspell

Color Identity:U

Market Price: $1.98

ImageURL: https://tcgplayer-cdn.tcgplayer.com/product/238617_200w.jpg

Counter target spell.

Buy This Card! https://shop.tcgplayer.com/magic/modern-horizons-2/counterspell

Hydroblast

Color Identity:U

Market Price: $0.61

ImageURL: https://tcgplayer-cdn.tcgplayer.com/product/118464_200w.jpg

Choose one —
• Counter target spell if it's red.
• Destroy target permanent if it's red.

Buy This Card! https://shop.tcgplayer.com/magic/eternal-masters/hydroblast

Ash Barrens

Market Price: $0.33

ImageURL: https://tcgplayer-cdn.tcgplayer.com/product/219248_200w.jpg

{T}: Add {C}.
Basic landcycling {1} ({1}, Discard this card: Search your library for a basic land card, reveal it, put it into your hand, then shuffle.)

Buy This Card! https://shop.tcgplayer.com/magic/double-masters/ash-barrens

Pyroblast

Color Identity:R

Market Price: $4.65

ImageURL: https://tcgplayer-cdn.tcgplayer.com/product/118587_200w.jpg

Choose one —
• Counter target spell if it's blue.
• Destroy target permanent if it's blue.

Buy This Card! https://shop.tcgplayer.com/magic/eternal-masters/pyroblast

Desperate Ravings

Color Identity:R,U

Market Price: $0.02

ImageURL: https://tcgplayer-cdn.tcgplayer.com/product/196586_200w.jpg

Draw two cards, then discard a card at random.
Flashback {2}{U} (You may cast this card from your graveyard for its flashback cost. Then exile it.)

Buy This Card! https://shop.tcgplayer.com/magic/commander-2019/desperate-ravings

Swirling Sandstorm

Color Identity:R

Market Price: $0.45

ImageURL: https://tcgplayer-cdn.tcgplayer.com/product/10262_200w.jpg

Threshold — Swirling Sandstorm deals 5 damage to each creature without flying if seven or more cards are in your graveyard.

Buy This Card! https://shop.tcgplayer.com/magic/judgment/swirling-sandstorm

Gigadrowse

Color Identity:U

Market Price: $0.28

ImageURL: https://tcgplayer-cdn.tcgplayer.com/product/13696_200w.jpg

Replicate {U} (When you cast this spell, copy it for each time you paid its replicate cost. You may choose new targets for the copies.)
Tap target permanent.

Buy This Card! https://shop.tcgplayer.com/magic/guildpact/gigadrowse

Negate

Color Identity:U

Market Price: $0.10

ImageURL: https://tcgplayer-cdn.tcgplayer.com/product/222130_200w.jpg

Counter target noncreature spell.

Buy This Card! https://shop.tcgplayer.com/magic/zendikar-rising/negate

Preordain

Color Identity:U

Market Price: $0.69

ImageURL: https://tcgplayer-cdn.tcgplayer.com/product/226646_200w.jpg

Scry 2, then draw a card. (To scry 2, look at the top two cards of your library, then put any number of them on the bottom of your library and the rest on top in any order.)

Buy This Card! https://shop.tcgplayer.com/magic/commander-legends/preordain

Goblin Wizardry

Color Identity:R

Market Price: $0.02

ImageURL: https://tcgplayer-cdn.tcgplayer.com/product/215877_200w.jpg

Create two 1/1 red Goblin Wizard creature tokens with prowess. (Whenever you cast a noncreature spell, they get +1/+1 until end of turn.)

Buy This Card! https://shop.tcgplayer.com/magic/core-set-2021/goblin-wizardry

Snow-Covered Mountain

Color Identity:R

Market Price: $0.80

ImageURL: https://tcgplayer-cdn.tcgplayer.com/product/230150_200w.jpg

({T}: Add {R}.)

Buy This Card! https://shop.tcgplayer.com/magic/kaldheim/snow-covered-mountain-282

Serpentine Curve

Color Identity:U

Market Price: $0.06

ImageURL: https://tcgplayer-cdn.tcgplayer.com/product/235871_200w.jpg

Create a 0/0 green and blue Fractal creature token. Put X +1/+1 counters on it, where X is one plus the total number of instant and sorcery cards you own in exile and in your graveyard.

Buy This Card! https://shop.tcgplayer.com/magic/strixhaven-school-of-mages/serpentine-curve

Faithless Looting

Color Identity:R

Market Price: $0.39

ImageURL: https://tcgplayer-cdn.tcgplayer.com/product/236106_200w.jpg

Draw two cards, then discard two cards.
Flashback {2}{R} (You may cast this card from your graveyard for its flashback cost. Then exile it.)

Buy This Card! https://shop.tcgplayer.com/magic/commander-2021/faithless-looting

Snow-Covered Island

Color Identity:U

Market Price: $1.58

ImageURL: https://tcgplayer-cdn.tcgplayer.com/product/230148_200w.jpg

({T}: Add {U}.)

Buy This Card! https://shop.tcgplayer.com/magic/kaldheim/snow-covered-island-278

Fling

Color Identity:R

Market Price: $0.05

ImageURL: https://tcgplayer-cdn.tcgplayer.com/product/216631_200w.jpg

As an additional cost to cast this spell, sacrifice a creature.
Fling deals damage equal to the sacrificed creature's power to any target.

Buy This Card! https://shop.tcgplayer.com/magic/jumpstart/fling

Fiery Cannonade

Color Identity:R

Market Price: $0.17

ImageURL: https://tcgplayer-cdn.tcgplayer.com/product/227177_200w.jpg

Fiery Cannonade deals 2 damage to each non-Pirate creature.

Buy This Card! https://shop.tcgplayer.com/magic/commander-legends/fiery-cannonade

Frantic Inventory

Color Identity:U

Market Price: $0.15

ImageURL: https://tcgplayer-cdn.tcgplayer.com/product/215572_200w.jpg

Draw a card, then draw cards equal to the number of cards named Frantic Inventory in your graveyard.

Buy This Card! https://shop.tcgplayer.com/magic/core-set-2021/frantic-inventory

Skred

Color Identity:R

Market Price: $1.04

ImageURL: https://tcgplayer-cdn.tcgplayer.com/product/14113_200w.jpg

Skred deals damage to target creature equal to the number of snow permanents you control.

Buy This Card! https://shop.tcgplayer.com/magic/coldsnap/skred

Volatile Fjord

Color Identity:R,U

Market Price: $0.43

ImageURL: https://tcgplayer-cdn.tcgplayer.com/product/230112_200w.jpg

({T}: Add {U} or {R}.)
Volatile Fjord enters the battlefield tapped.

Buy This Card! https://shop.tcgplayer.com/magic/kaldheim/volatile-fjord

Evolving Wilds

Market Price: $0.10

ImageURL: https://tcgplayer-cdn.tcgplayer.com/product/227330_200w.jpg

{T}, Sacrifice Evolving Wilds: Search your library for a basic land card, put it onto the battlefield tapped, then shuffle.

Buy This Card! https://shop.tcgplayer.com/magic/commander-legends/evolving-wilds

Delver of Secrets // Insectile Aberration

Color Identity:U

Market Price: $1.13

ImageURL: https://tcgplayer-cdn.tcgplayer.com/product/56246_200w.jpg

At the beginning of your upkeep, look at the top card of your library. You may reveal that card. If an instant or sorcery card is revealed this way, transform Delver of Secrets.

Buy This Card! https://shop.tcgplayer.com/magic/innistrad/delver-of-secrets

Thought Scour

Color Identity:U

Market Price: $0.80

ImageURL: https://tcgplayer-cdn.tcgplayer.com/product/216526_200w.jpg

Target player mills two cards.
Draw a card.

Buy This Card! https://shop.tcgplayer.com/magic/jumpstart/thought-scour

Brainstorm

Color Identity:U

Market Price: $0.53

ImageURL: https://tcgplayer-cdn.tcgplayer.com/product/236208_200w.jpg

Draw three cards, then put two cards from your hand on top of your library in any order.

Buy This Card! https://shop.tcgplayer.com/magic/commander-2021/brainstorm

In pauper, you have access to some of the game's most powerful spells ever printed: Brainstorm, Preordain, Faithless Looting, Counterspell, Lightning Bolt. Serpentine Curve has no difficulty being absolutely massive in this deck when Faithless Looting and Desperate Ravings count towards Serpentine Curve—even after being flashed back. Delver of Secrets flips off of thirty-six cards—raw flipping over half of the time—while you also have Preordain, and Brainstorm to set it up. Then there's Ash Barrens and Evolving Wilds to shuffle away an unwanted card you scried with Delver of Secrets. All this makes it a no-brainer, even as the only card in the deck that doesn't count towards Serpentine Curve.

Lightning Bolt and Skred are two of the best removal spells in the format—with Skred killing nearly anything for one mana, and Lightning Bolt finishing people off in your turn one Delver of Secrets draws. Dispel and Counterspell are solid ways to protect your giant Fractal, as well as stopping some important things from your opponent. Desperate Ravings and Frantic Inventory helps you draw extra cards as the game goes long. Faithless Looting turns excess lands into actual spells in the late game, or fills your graveyard with spells early, to build a large Fractal pretty quick.

Goblin Wizardry from the sideboard helps against decks with lots of removal, and gives you multiple, hard-hitting threats when you're able to play many spells that cantrip in one turn. Pyroblast and Hydroblast are self explanatory, but don't forget Pyroblast and Fling are good against Tron. They'll try stopping you with fog effects, so your plan should be getting to a point where you just make a huge Fractal and throw it at their face.

Fiery Cannonade and Swirling Sandstorm are for small creature decks like Elves or Stompy, but Fiery Cannonade can also help against flyers like delver and fairies. Gigadrowse is a way to mana short them to kill them with no fear on your turn, or tap their blockers and kill them with a Fractal.

There are some cards missing from this version of the deck you can tinker around with. Ponder is another powerful cantrip you can use in place of some of the heavier-handed card draw, if you want your spells closer to the ground. Kiln Fiend might fit in the deck if you want to hit really hard and play another creature. Temur Battle Rage makes your Fractals kill in one turn through blockers, if you're worried about that. Pauper is a very vast format with sooo many options. Feel free to play what makes you smile.

Pauper UB Spells

Magic: The Gathering TCG Deck - Dimir Spells by David Pargh

'Dimir Spells' - constructed deck list and prices for the Magic: The Gathering Trading Card Game from TCGplayer Infinite!

Created By: David Pargh

Event:

Rank:

Pauper

Market Price: $72.54

Cards

Gurmag Angler

Color Identity:B

Market Price: $0.24

ImageURL: https://tcgplayer-cdn.tcgplayer.com/product/180787_200w.jpg

Delve (Each card you exile from your graveyard while casting this spell pays for {1}.)

Buy This Card! https://shop.tcgplayer.com/magic/ultimate-masters/gurmag-angler

Augur of Bolas

Color Identity:U

Market Price: $0.20

ImageURL: https://tcgplayer-cdn.tcgplayer.com/product/187183_200w.jpg

When Augur of Bolas enters the battlefield, look at the top three cards of your library. You may reveal an instant or sorcery card from among them and put it into your hand. Put the rest on the bottom of your library in any order.

Buy This Card! https://shop.tcgplayer.com/magic/war-of-the-spark/augur-of-bolas

Ponder

Color Identity:U

Market Price: $2.01

ImageURL: https://tcgplayer-cdn.tcgplayer.com/product/236200_200w.jpg

Look at the top three cards of your library, then put them back in any order. You may shuffle.
Draw a card.

Buy This Card! https://shop.tcgplayer.com/magic/commander-2021/ponder

Dispel

Color Identity:U

Market Price: $0.18

ImageURL: https://tcgplayer-cdn.tcgplayer.com/product/105594_200w.jpg

Counter target instant spell.

Buy This Card! https://shop.tcgplayer.com/magic/battle-for-zendikar/dispel

Echoing Decay

Color Identity:B

Market Price: $0.25

ImageURL: https://tcgplayer-cdn.tcgplayer.com/product/11671_200w.jpg

Target creature and all other creatures with the same name as that creature get -2/-2 until end of turn.

Buy This Card! https://shop.tcgplayer.com/magic/darksteel/echoing-decay

Pieces of the Puzzle

Color Identity:U

Market Price: $0.22

ImageURL: https://tcgplayer-cdn.tcgplayer.com/product/115911_200w.jpg

Reveal the top five cards of your library. Put up to two instant and/or sorcery cards from among them into your hand and the rest into your graveyard.

Buy This Card! https://shop.tcgplayer.com/magic/shadows-over-innistrad/pieces-of-the-puzzle

Agony Warp

Color Identity:B,U

Market Price: $0.10

ImageURL: https://tcgplayer-cdn.tcgplayer.com/product/128832_200w.jpg

Target creature gets -3/-0 until end of turn.
Target creature gets -0/-3 until end of turn.

Buy This Card! https://shop.tcgplayer.com/magic/modern-masters-2017/agony-warp

Snuff Out

Color Identity:B

Market Price: $7.38

ImageURL: https://tcgplayer-cdn.tcgplayer.com/product/93738_200w.jpg

If you control a Swamp, you may pay 4 life rather than pay this spell's mana cost.
Destroy target nonblack creature. It can't be regenerated.

Buy This Card! https://shop.tcgplayer.com/magic/duel-decks-anthology/snuff-out

Chainer's Edict

Color Identity:B

Market Price: $2.47

ImageURL: https://tcgplayer-cdn.tcgplayer.com/product/180795_200w.jpg

Target player sacrifices a creature.
Flashback {5}{B}{B} (You may cast this card from your graveyard for its flashback cost. Then exile it.)

Buy This Card! https://shop.tcgplayer.com/magic/ultimate-masters/chainers-edict

Disfigure

Color Identity:B

Market Price: $0.07

ImageURL: https://tcgplayer-cdn.tcgplayer.com/product/192506_200w.jpg

Target creature gets -2/-2 until end of turn.

Buy This Card! https://shop.tcgplayer.com/magic/core-set-2020/disfigure

Suffocating Fumes

Color Identity:B

Market Price: $0.12

ImageURL: https://tcgplayer-cdn.tcgplayer.com/product/212763_200w.jpg

Creatures your opponents control get -1/-1 until end of turn.
Cycling {2} ({2}, Discard this card: Draw a card.)

Buy This Card! https://shop.tcgplayer.com/magic/ikoria-lair-of-behemoths/suffocating-fumes

Serpentine Curve

Color Identity:U

Market Price: $0.06

ImageURL: https://tcgplayer-cdn.tcgplayer.com/product/235871_200w.jpg

Create a 0/0 green and blue Fractal creature token. Put X +1/+1 counters on it, where X is one plus the total number of instant and sorcery cards you own in exile and in your graveyard.

Buy This Card! https://shop.tcgplayer.com/magic/strixhaven-school-of-mages/serpentine-curve

Ice Tunnel

Color Identity:B,U

Market Price: $0.71

ImageURL: https://tcgplayer-cdn.tcgplayer.com/product/230110_200w.jpg

({T}: Add {U} or {B}.)
Ice Tunnel enters the battlefield tapped.

Buy This Card! https://shop.tcgplayer.com/magic/kaldheim/ice-tunnel

Annul

Color Identity:U

Market Price: $0.01

ImageURL: https://tcgplayer-cdn.tcgplayer.com/product/230186_200w.jpg

Counter target artifact or enchantment spell.

Buy This Card! https://shop.tcgplayer.com/magic/kaldheim/annul

Snow-Covered Island

Color Identity:U

Market Price: $1.58

ImageURL: https://tcgplayer-cdn.tcgplayer.com/product/230148_200w.jpg

({T}: Add {U}.)

Buy This Card! https://shop.tcgplayer.com/magic/kaldheim/snow-covered-island-278

Hydroblast

Color Identity:U

Market Price: $0.61

ImageURL: https://tcgplayer-cdn.tcgplayer.com/product/118464_200w.jpg

Choose one —
• Counter target spell if it's red.
• Destroy target permanent if it's red.

Buy This Card! https://shop.tcgplayer.com/magic/eternal-masters/hydroblast

Snow-Covered Swamp

Color Identity:B

Market Price: $0.93

ImageURL: https://tcgplayer-cdn.tcgplayer.com/product/230149_200w.jpg

({T}: Add {B}.)

Buy This Card! https://shop.tcgplayer.com/magic/kaldheim/snow-covered-swamp-280

Preordain

Color Identity:U

Market Price: $0.69

ImageURL: https://tcgplayer-cdn.tcgplayer.com/product/226646_200w.jpg

Scry 2, then draw a card. (To scry 2, look at the top two cards of your library, then put any number of them on the bottom of your library and the rest on top in any order.)

Buy This Card! https://shop.tcgplayer.com/magic/commander-legends/preordain

Relic of Progenitus

Market Price: $4.79

ImageURL: https://tcgplayer-cdn.tcgplayer.com/product/118645_200w.jpg

{T}: Target player exiles a card from their graveyard.
{1}, Exile Relic of Progenitus: Exile all cards from all graveyards. Draw a card.

Buy This Card! https://shop.tcgplayer.com/magic/eternal-masters/relic-of-progenitus

Ash Barrens

Market Price: $0.33

ImageURL: https://tcgplayer-cdn.tcgplayer.com/product/219248_200w.jpg

{T}: Add {C}.
Basic landcycling {1} ({1}, Discard this card: Search your library for a basic land card, reveal it, put it into your hand, then shuffle.)

Buy This Card! https://shop.tcgplayer.com/magic/double-masters/ash-barrens

Cast Down

Color Identity:B

Market Price: $0.26

ImageURL: https://tcgplayer-cdn.tcgplayer.com/product/226354_200w.jpg

Destroy target nonlegendary creature.

Buy This Card! https://shop.tcgplayer.com/magic/commander-legends/cast-down

Negate

Color Identity:U

Market Price: $0.10

ImageURL: https://tcgplayer-cdn.tcgplayer.com/product/222130_200w.jpg

Counter target noncreature spell.

Buy This Card! https://shop.tcgplayer.com/magic/zendikar-rising/negate

Counterspell

Color Identity:U

Market Price: $1.98

ImageURL: https://tcgplayer-cdn.tcgplayer.com/product/238617_200w.jpg

Counter target spell.

Buy This Card! https://shop.tcgplayer.com/magic/modern-horizons-2/counterspell

Thought Scour

Color Identity:U

Market Price: $0.80

ImageURL: https://tcgplayer-cdn.tcgplayer.com/product/216526_200w.jpg

Target player mills two cards.
Draw a card.

Buy This Card! https://shop.tcgplayer.com/magic/jumpstart/thought-scour

Duress

Color Identity:B

Market Price: $0.04

ImageURL: https://tcgplayer-cdn.tcgplayer.com/product/215662_200w.jpg

Target opponent reveals their hand. You choose a noncreature, nonland card from it. That player discards that card.

Buy This Card! https://shop.tcgplayer.com/magic/core-set-2021/duress

Terramorphic Expanse

Market Price: $0.18

ImageURL: https://tcgplayer-cdn.tcgplayer.com/product/234266_200w.jpg

{T}, Sacrifice Terramorphic Expanse: Search your library for a basic land card, put it onto the battlefield tapped, then shuffle.

Buy This Card! https://shop.tcgplayer.com/magic/time-spiral-remastered/terramorphic-expanse

Mental Note

Color Identity:U

Market Price: $0.31

ImageURL: https://tcgplayer-cdn.tcgplayer.com/product/10206_200w.jpg

Mill two cards.
Draw a card.

Buy This Card! https://shop.tcgplayer.com/magic/judgment/mental-note

Exclude

Color Identity:U

Market Price: $0.11

ImageURL: https://tcgplayer-cdn.tcgplayer.com/product/216165_200w.jpg

Counter target creature spell.
Draw a card.

Buy This Card! https://shop.tcgplayer.com/magic/jumpstart/exclude

This Pauper version of UB Spells uses Serpentine Curve and Gurmag Angler to turn the corner and get your opponent dead quick, once you've successfully controlled the game. The cantrip suite leans heavily on Thought Scour to quickly fill your graveyard, along with Ponder and Preordain—cards banned in Modern, but legal in Pauper. Pieces of the Puzzle acts like a divination of sorts, but also fills your graveyard for Gurmag Angler and Serpentine Curve.

Counterspell and Dispel are pretty common for the counter suite, and I chose to play an Exclude as a powerful ancillary counter to keep the action flowing. Cast Down hits nearly everything in Pauper, since there aren't any legendary creatures running around. Agony Warp also has its uses—being able to kill Guardian of the Guildpact, or buy you a literal extra life while killing an attacker and shrinking another.

Snuff Out being a free removal spell is very useful, but you can't run too many or you risk getting burnt out by a lot of the aggro decks. Chainer's Edict, Suffocating Fumes, and Echoing Decay all have niche uses, and are worth having access to.

Out of the sideboard, we have a suite of one-mana counters to mix and match where you need them. Relic of Progenitus is the most effective way of dealing with all the graveyard shenanigans you might run into. Disfigure is like an essence scatter for a small creature that was already in play. Finally, Negate is for when you think your large creatures are going to need just a little more protection.

Just a reminder that this series is meant as a jumping off point for you to try new things in different formats. The emphasis is on doing fun things, while also trying to win a little. I hope you enjoyed these decks, and have been enjoying Casually Competitive in general. If you want to reach me, you can find me on twitter @ghpar4. I'd love to hear from you, but until then…

Go Get 'Em