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Arcbound Shikari Artifact Blink Pauper EDH

“Bonds Are Fragile Things, Wont Break Under Strain.”

Art:Arcbound Shikari by Campbell White

Arcbound Shikari is a mean red-white counter machine! We are easily able to buff our creatures a ton and if Arcbound Shikari ever dies we also have there modular ability! Arcbound Shikari allows us to play an aggressive artifact strategy and allows us to make big swings with only a few mana and a few ETB’s and Re-ETB’s on Arcbound Shikari! We do have the typical weaknesses that most Boros strategies have but we also have a ton of strengths that can help us get the advantage over our opponents!

The Deck:

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Arcbound Shikari Artifact Blink!

Commander (1)
Arcbound Shikari

Creatures (36)
Arcbound Mouser
Aegis Automaton
Ainok Bond-Kin
Arcbound Prototype
Arcbound Stinger
Crashing Drawbridge
Gold Myr
Iron Myr
Kor Skyfisher
Martyr for the Cause
Ornithopter of Paradise
Reckless Fireweaver
Whitemane Lion
Foundry Inspector
Ingenious Artillerist
Iron Bully
Pilgrim’s Eye
Porcelain Legionnaire
Workshop Assistant
Ancestral Statue
Arcbound Hybrid
Bottle Golems
Chrome Steed
Iron League Steed
Sanctum Gargoyle
Arcbound Bruiser
Arcbound Slasher
Slash Panther
Razor Golem
Myr Enforcer
Sojourner’s Companion

Sorceries (5)
Faithless Looting
Flame Slash
Mine Excavation
Settle Beyond Reality

Instants (16)
Acrobatic Maneuver
Big Score
Foundry Helix
Frantic Salvage
Galvanic Blast
Generous Gift
Lens Flare
Otherworldly Journey
Thrill of Possibility
Unbounded Potential
Unexpected Windfall
Volt Charge
Welding Sparks
Your Temple Is Under Attack

Artifacts (3)
Arcane Signet
Boros Signet
Bonder’s Ornament

Enchantments (4)
Impact Tremors
Journey to Nowhere
Oblivion Ring
Lands (35)
Ancient Den
Citadel Gate
Darksteel Citadel
Evolving Wilds
Great Furnace
12 Mountain
12 Plains
Stone Quarry
Terramorphic Expanse
The Autonomous Furnace
The Fair Basilica
Wind-Scarred Crag

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Why Arcbound Shikari?

The main reason we chose Arcbound Shikari is that there ETB covers our entire creature package so when the ETB for the first time or we blink them we can buff our entire board which makes our board get out of hand very quickly! Combine that with the fact that a lot of our creatures are modular and we can play through a lot of single target removal and get the benefits out of it! Arcbound Shikari can be cast pretty early on turn 3 but we almost never cast him till we have a substantial board. They can be game and combat warping when Shikari comes out!

Deck Overview:

This section contains information about cards in the deck and how they function within the deck!


This may come as a surprise but there is a ton of artifact creatures in this deck! Some of our best include cards like Arcbound Mouser, Chrome Steed and Hovermyr all of these are strong early threats that are pretty decent even before we get a couple Shikari triggers! Arguably the best two creatures in our deck are Ingenious Artillerist and Reckless Fireweaver which are both absolute damage machines, with this out we can easily threaten our opponents life total! We also have some big creatures that come down early like Razor Golem, Myr Enforcer and Sojourner's Companion all of tehse are really strong late game creatures that we can play super early! We also have a few creature who are psuedo-blinks since we can bounce Shikari to our hand like Kor Skyfisher, Whitemane Lion and Ancestral Statue.


Our instant package is where nearly all of our blink effects live with sweet cards like Cloudshift, Ephemerate and Acrobatic Maneuver all of these are going to be used to either protect a creature or re-ETB Arcbound Shikari! Since Shikari puts a ton of counters on our creatures we have a few ways to proliferate and make our board even bigger like Unbounded Potential and Volt Charge which are cards with upside that also proliferate! We also have a decent amount of card draw like Big Score and Unexpected Windfall. We also have some artifact based spells like Lens Flare and Galvanic Blast and Foundry Helix which all care about artifacts and give strong benefits for not a ton of mana!


We are in Boros so our card draw is limited so cards like Faithless Looting are pretty much auto-includes in our deck. Mine Excavation and Recommission are both great ways to get our creatures back and a good way to fight back against prevalent single-target removal! Settle Beyond Reality is a really cool card since we can blink Shikari or exile an opponents creature! Flame Slash is another great sorcery speed way to kill an opponents creature!


Since nearly all of our creatures are artifacts our artifact package is actually pretty small just consisting of mana like Arcane Signet and Boros Signet as well as Bonder's Ornament which is a great card since it is commonly run in Pauper EDH and we can often get more than one card from it!


We have a ton of creatures and in the case of Arcbound Shikari enters multiple times! So Impact Tremors is a great way to get some extra damage in to our opponents! The only other enchantments we have are pieces of spot removal like Journey to Nowhere, Pacifism and Oblivion Ring all of these are strong pieces of removal to take a permanent or creature completely out of the game!

Land Base:

We have a pretty simple land base as tends to be the case in Pauper EDH, since we dont need a ton of mana to cast our spells we can easily use cards like The Fair Basilica or The Autonomous Furnace to draw cards after we already have an established board! We are an artifact deck so we absolutely had to include Ancient Den and Great Furnace which both synergize with some of our cards that have affinity for artifacts!

Strengths of the Deck:

  • Easy to win combat and buff our board enmass
  • Arcbound Shikari can be blinked a bunch and further our board
  • Decent amount of card draw

Weaknesses of the Deck:

  • Not a ton of interaction
  • Overall very low cost of cards, can sometimes run out
  • Weak to control strategies

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Main Win Conditions:

There are no infinite combos or loops in the deck. Our main win condition is through combat, Arcbound Shikari helps with this a ton since they buff every creature in the deck, combine this with the fact that a lot of our creatures have modular and artifact synergies and it is not hard for us to build a huge board and swing for the fences!


In conclusion Arcbound Shikari is a really sweet commander who is a very powerful Boros commander, being boros we have access to a ton of blink effects to re-ETB and continue to pump our creatures. While this deck is by no means the most powerful in Pauper EDH it is a ton of fun to play and great for any pauper lovers! Hope you enjoyed this article and thank you so much for the support! Thank you for reading to the end!