Pauper EDH Deck Time – Crackling Drake

One of the weird archetypes I like is Burn. Okay, Burn in itself isn’t strange, but I’ve liked those red-based decks that rely on just casting spells that work well with the creatures. I’m not explaining this very well, but think Thermo-Alchemist. That’s something.

Now, what’s the difference between Crackling Drake and Enigmatic Drake? Not much, actually, but at least we can use flashback, delve and the brand new jump-start (which is clearly the reason for some parts of the text on the card).

Let’s start with some other creatures that like spells.

Thermo-AlchemistAugur of BolasElectrostatic FieldGoblin ElectromancerKiln Fiend
Nivix CyclopsPrescient ChimeraPyre HoundWee Dragonauts

Than, some card draw.

Tormenting VoiceCathartic ReunionTreasure CruisePonderPortent
OptSerum VisionsBrainstormPreordainPeek
Gitaxian ProbeFaithless LootingSleight of HandCompulsive ResearchIdeas Unbound
Secrets of the Golden CityDeep AnalysisDesperate RavingsThink TwiceRadical Idea

Flashback, delve and jump-start cards:

Reckless ChargeFireboltArtful DodgeLogic KnotWill of the Naga
Gravitic PunchMaximize AltitudeMaximize VelocitySonic Assault

Finally, some removal:

Bathe in DragonfireBombardLightning BoltBrimstone VolleyChandra’s Outrage
Fall of the HammerFiery ImpulseFirecannon BlastFlame SlashFling
Harvest PyreIncinerateJiltLightning AxePuncturing Blow
Lightning StrikeSearing SpearBurst LightningChain LightningFiery Temper
Magma JetFireballRolling ThunderEssence ScatterRemove Soul

That leaves room for 36 lands, which is less than what I would normally want, but with 20 ways to draw cards, this is fine. I am a bit worried about the number of colored sources, though. UURR isn’t easy on a pauper manabase. So, basically you should use all the fetches and duals you are allowed to, even going as far as using cards like Rupture Spire.

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