Are you looking for a deck that’s cruel mean-spirited and rotten to the core Are you a sick individual who only has fun playing magic if you can make your opponent miserable? Do you have a cold black heart that only pumps out a slick Pestilent bile? Well then have I got a deck for you: mono-black Ponza the pauper land destruction tech that lets you wreck the heck out of your opponent’s deck! Mono-black Ponza takes one of if not the most unfun things in Magic: the ability to destroy your opponent’s lands; and runs wild with it, throwing in cruel removal and chittering rats to essentially lock your opponent out from, well, doing anything the deck is super competitive, highly versatile, and best of all it only costs about twenty dollars to build. Its pauper So no card here will ever rotate out! That twenty dollars gets you a deck for life Although, fair warning: once your friends realize you’re on land destruction They may just tell you to get a life or a new set of friends… fun! Let’s take a look; watch out because this deck runs a horrifying common land destruction package Icequake, Choking Sands, Rancid Earth and Befoul! Ice quake will make your opponents shake and quake in both fear and anger; a black stone rain for two black and one of any color, ice quake is a sorcery that destroys target land. If that land is a snow land, it deals one damage to that lands controller. We run a full play set and wow at only 40 cents each, evil is cheap. Rancid earth is truly rancid, as this card is another for two black and one of any color that destroys target land But if you have threshold (i.e. 7 or more cards in your graveyard) then rancid earth also deals one damage to each creature in each player as you’ll see in a moment we dump a lot of spells into our graveyard fast So having threshold online early is highly likely and hey, this card is a mere 18 cents each. But first choking sands will make your friends want to choke you… where for, you guessed it, two black in one of any color You destroy target non- Swamp land if that land was non-basic Choking sands deals two damage to that lands controller. Given how many non basics are running pauper these days It’s highly likely you’ll be able to shock your opponents with this. Great value, although it doesn’t come cheap. choking sands is one the more expensive cards in this deck at a full $1 each. Next up in our land destruction package is Befoul a truly foul sorcery for two black and two of any color Befoul destroys target land or target non-black creature it can’t be regenerated a little more costly than our other land destruction but worth it for the creature removal option and Thankfully the card itself is only 11 cents each. On top of all of this We run a full playset of dark rituals Which lets us cast Icequake, Rancid Earth, Choking Sands all on turn 1 if we have it. We also get some early acceleration from the playset of Peat Bogs that the deck runs. Thanks to its reprint and masters 25 dark ritual’s only a quarter and Peat Bog, though never reprinted, is a mere 30 cents each. This deck is also a mini card draw engine It’s black being black: trading life for spells in the form of both Sign in Blood and Night’s Whisper. Night’s Whisper’s a bit more costly at 79 cents each, but Sign in Blood makes up for it by only costing 15 cents. Love those pauper prices on pauper power! We also run two Dusk Legion Zealots, a pair of 10-cent cards that draws a card, costs us a life, and gives us a chump blocker, but our real card draw power lies in pauper Dark Confidant. Oh, yeah It’s pauper Bob! Pauper Bob! Pauper Bob! Thorn of the Black Rose a 1/3 deathtouch for one black and three of any color that makes us the Monarch meaning that at the beginning of your end step you draw a card. Yeah, they can take the crown from you… But I’d like to see them try with no mana and our creature removal package- namely Diabolic Edict and Snuff Out. Snuff Out is a fun one, sure, costs three and a black but if you want you can pay four life and cast it without paying its mana cost, destroying target non-black creatures at instant speed- a fantastic trick if you really want to. The one and only place in this entire deck an upgrade is possible is on these Edicts as they can be upgraded for Chainer’s Edict, but considering that Chainer’s Edicts are $10 each right now -Holy wow!- and all you really gain from them is an extremely high costed flashback, something that proper mono black control needs but not necessarily our deck. In fact, I doubt you’d use that flashback often or at all and thus you can stick with the more affordable Diabolic Edicts at 25 cents each. The deck wins one of two ways: Most likely your opponents will flip the table, concede, and quit magic forever. But in some cases you need to delve deep for Gurmag Angler, the 5/5 beat stick for six and one black we often get to delve deep enough to get this out for very, very little, mana. In addition to the Peat Bogs the deck runs a pair of Radiant Fountains for a little life game bump, a Barren Moor, and lucky evil number thirteen of Swamps. Our sideboard is as always flexible depending on meta, but some must-includes are the other pair of Befoul, for when you need to swap out for more land destruction, as well as our remaining Diabolic Edicts and a pair of Doom Blades for when you really need to lean hard into removal. A playset of the Qu-Quambaj buh-qumba… Th-those witches! You know, the witches… makes for great blockers and the ability to pick off pesky one toughness creatures from Delver to elves. For tokens and other creature-heavy decks a Nausea comes in handy as does Pestilence for keeping that board clean and clear. Finally, I always like to include a Tendrils of Corruption, which for three and one black of any color deals X damage to target creature And you gain X life, where X is the number of swamps you control. Hey, it’s true that little agonies pave the way to greater power. *EXPLOSIONS* That’s when your opponents, while the Earth shakes and their animals are swallowed up by the ground, perhaps they will think twice before attacking again. Shut them up and shut them out forever with mono-black Ponza for pauper. $20 to have a deck this evil forever shouldn’t be so easy to acquire but if there’s such a thing as too much power I have not discovered it – now neither have you! I hope very much this video has been of some help to you. What deck would you like to see a tech on next? Let me know in the comments below. 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