Dime a Dozen #41: Invading a Pauper Queue

Hello everyone!

It’s been a very long time since I’ve had any video content here on the site. The same can be said of my participation in an 8-man Queue, which means today we get to kill two birds with one stone. In this case, that stone is more of a blunt, bludgeoning rock.

Here is the deck I’m showcasing for today’s video series:

Why Mono-Green Stompy (Invader Stompy, if you will)? For one thing, it’s the deck I’ve been playing the most recently (and therefore feel the comfiest with). Aside from that…

Playing Nest Invader is a blast, and the sooner you accept it, the happier you’ll be.

I go over the pieces of this deck in my introduction video, but I wanted to add that Young Wolf is a 3-off because he’s often the lowest impact of our 1-drops. My 2-off creatures River Boa and Vault Skirge are hedges against blue decks and our aggro peers, respectively. Skirge is weak in a lot of scenarios (I’m looking at you Cuombajj Witches), so he often gets boarded out.

I think everything else is more or less covered in the videos. Hope you enjoy!

End Step

I was very close to shelving Mono-Green Stompy before recording these videos. Considering we won the 8-man with it, I’m going to have to reconsider that notion. It would be great to hear your thoughts on my decision making since I’m definitely looking to improve my play. I thought the “Coral Net game” from the final match was pretty interesting, so your take on it would be appreciated.

That’s all for today, now get out and there and do some Nest Invading! As always, thanks for reading, and please comment!

  1. I’m glad to see you posting some matches again – while your pauper strategy articles are always excellent and very detailed, I really prefer to see the decks in action.

    Regarding the coral net game in match 3 – I’ve been trying to figure out why, at the end of one or more of your opponents turns you didn’t activate the archer – most notably prior to the delver flipping to kill it, or it and the sprite once he had both fliers on the board. For some reason you kept passing on that activation without taking any action – did I miss something there?

    Thanks for the hard work – it really is appreciated!

  2. Do not play 8-mans. they should be boycotted due to their awful prize structure. This was bad and you should feel bad.

  3. raremage – Like wtedwted mentioned, Scattershot Archer only damages flying creatures, and Delver of Secrets does not gain flying until it flips into Insectile Aberration. At that point it has 2 toughness, so you need either Quirion Ranger or a second Archer to kill it.

    kezzerdrix – Hmmm, lemme check…nope, still feel good :)

  4. Doh – of course, thanks and consider me an idiot. I’ve been living MTGO vicariously through these videos (not playing myself in several months) and completely forgot. Thanks!

  5. Strong list – I’m thinking nest invader is one of those cards that looks sub-par on paper – but in actual play there’s always a good reason to fit it into your 60. Nice synergy overall…sure wish you’d run bonesplitter over gleeful :)

  6. raremage – No worries! I’m glad you questioned the play, even if it turned out to be legit.

    deluxeicoff – I appreciate the analysis and suggestion!

  7. I’m very happy to see you doing videos again. Please keep it up, I really enjoyed them as always. You could always try the 2-mans as well if 8-mans aren’t worth it.