(TCC Theme plays) Long before the magnificence of Phyrexian perfection blessed this metal world, there was Mirrodin pure. Each of the five suns dawned on a land of great power. So great a power in fact, that instead of a broken land, these lands were what broke formats. Seat of the Synod, The Great Furnace, Tree of Tales, Vault of Whispers, Ancient Den; Common artifact lands, so powerful they made the affinity deck type an out-of-control powerhouse banned in Standard of the time. Banned in Block. Banned in Modern. These lands were a power too great and indeed, even without them, Affinity dominates in Modern and Legacy alike. But while Modern Affinity will currently cost you upwards of $675.00, it’s no wonder so many love that for only 20 to 40 dollars they can sit down to play Pauper Affinity. Unlike Modern Affinity, Pauper Affinity actually uses Affinity synergy. Dropping amazing power with minimal, if any cost, thanks to the broken power of the artifact lands. Whether you are playing on Magic Online or paper Pauper, these can be had for mere pennies. Pauper Affinity is both an aggro deck and a combo deck. Meaning that you can switch modes and strategies depending upon your matchup. In aggro mode, you overwhelm your opponent with an army of solid 4/4 beaters. Or in combo mode you pump up Atog, then fling him at your opponent’s face for the kill. That’s right! One of your win cons in this deck is the creepily ravenous Atog, from ye olde Antiquities. Atog lets you sacrifice an artifact at any time to give it +2/+2 until end of turn. Since nearly everything on your board is an artifact, you can usually fling Atog for lethal. Or sometimes all you have to do is swing in and sac. The three key affinity cards in this deck are Frogmite, Myr Enforcer, and Thoughtcast. And yes, you’ll want a playset of each. Frogmite is usually going to be cast for free. That Enforcer will come out turn three, and can usually be cast for free, or just a couple mana, and that 4/4 body is for the beat down, and is especially an early-game threat. With all these artifacts, we would be remiss to not take advantage of a little Metalcraft, and Carapace Forger ends up being yet another 4/4 body that we drop for only two mana. While we are talking Metalcraft, the ability to do four damage with Galvanic Blast to target creature or player is another great tool for outpacing our opponents. Ichor Wellspring gives us a card when it enters and leaves the battlefield, which pairs brilliantly with Perilous Research. This deck is a card draw engine, and can outpace most control decks. Thoughtcast will always cost you a blue, but usually no more than that. The gas it gives you, as well as letting you dig down for answers and threats, is nothing short of amazing, and that’s why this card is run in every version of Affinity from Pauper, to Modern, to Legacy. Chromatic Sphere, Chromatic Star, Prophetic Prism, and Springleaf Drum are all low-cost artifacts that fix our mana, give us card draw, and boost our artifact count. As usual, the sideboard is more flexible, but typically you’re going to use Ancient Grudge, Armadillo Cloak, Duress, Electrickery, and Circle of Protections for both Red and Green. And there is a lot of variance here, and one major upgrade I want to mention in just a moment. But before I do at this point, the complete deck, including lands and sideboard is only $20. That’s right! Twenty dollars if you want to buy it on Magic Online, and if you’re fortunate enough to have some paper Pauper going on near you, well then it’s going to cost you $45. So go at it gang. You can log on and play this tonight, on Magic Online for less than the cost of an event deck. But if you like this deck there is an essential upgrade, and I’m sorry to say it’s going to be an expensive one. If you do decide to become a serious Affinity Pauper player, I feel this is absolutely necessary, but yes it will cost you some major bucks- well… major bucks for Pauper. Pyroblast and Hydroblast are major power for your sideboard, but on Magic Online they cost a whopping $3.62 and $4.92 EACH, respectively. And you’ll want to run at least two of each, which means that just adding these to your Magic Online deck’s sideboard will double the price. I know, right? Luckily in paper they cost no more than a buck or so each, and again these spells are powerful upgrades, giving us one-mana removal and hard counters against our two deadliest colors, red and blue. In the end, Pauper Affinity is a powerhouse deck, although it can be a little predictable once you’ve settled on a mode of attack, be it aggro or combo. Nonetheless at only twenty dollars for Magic Online, this is a deck that can be a great starting point for Pauper players. It’s easy to pilot, it puts up a great fight, and wins often, all while letting you explore the format and see what other decks are out there though your matchups. And seriously, there’s a real thrill to playing with old cards like Atog, as well as powerful banned cards like the artifact lands. But there’s so much more to Pauper than Delver and Affinity. Which Pauper deck would you like to see explored next? Let me know in the comments what you’d like to see. I hope this video has been of some help to you. And this video, like all the videos that I am able to put out, is only possible thanks to the support of Patrons on my Patreon. Thank you for letting me make these videos for you.