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Mardu Roughrider Blockless Auras Pauper EDH

“We Are What We Overcome.”

Art:Mardu Roughrider by Kev Walker

Mardu Roughrider is an awesome commander for Mardu; while it’s not like we have much of a choice as they are the only Mardu commander out here, here’s to hoping that changes soon. I love Mardu decks, and when I saw Roughrider’s ability to take away blocking for a turn, it gave me the idea to load up on powerful offensive auras and lock down opponents’ creatures with a ton of enchantments as well. Combine all of that into a Mardu package with card draw removal and ramp. We have a fun and powerful deck, and for anyone who loves Mardu, this is the deck for you! Without further adieu, let’s get it!

The Deck:

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Mardu Roughrider Blockless Auras!

Commander (1)
Mardu Roughrider

Creatures (12)
Cathar Commando
Champion of the Flame
Gold Myr
Leaden Myr
Transcendent Envoy
Grim Guardian
Heliod’s Pilgrim
Ironclad Slayer
Monk Idealist
Starnheim Courser
Mardu Warshrieker

Instants (10)
Big Score
Cast Down
Crib Swap
Generous Gift
Grasp of Darkness
Unexpected Windfall

Sorceries (2)
Coronation of Chaos
Seismic Stomp

Artifacts (8)
Arcane Signet
Boros Signet
Orzhov Signet
Rakdos Signet
Wedding Invitation
Bonder’s Ornament
Mardu Banner
Rakdos Locket

Enchantments (32)
Cartouche of Solidarity
Cartouche of Zeal
Edge of the Divinity
Ethereal Armor
Hyena Umbra
Mortal Obstinacy
Oppressive Rays
Sticky Fingers
All That Glitters
Compulsory Rest
Dragon Breath
Dragon Scales
Fists of the Demigod
Malicious Intent
Nimbus Wings
Spectral Grasp
Cage of Hands
Cartouche of Ambition
Dreadful Apathy
Etali’s Favor
Fencer’s Magemark
Gift of Orzhova
Hostile Realm
Mardu Runemark
Pentarch Ward
Recumbent Bliss
Revoke Privileges
Scourge of the Nobilis
Faith’s Fetters
Gift of Wrath
Lands (35)
Command Tower
Desert of the Fervent
Desert of the Glorified
Desert of the True
Evolving Wilds
Lorehold Campus
Mortuary Mire
Silverquill Campus
Terramorphic Expanse
The Autonomous Furnace
The Dross Pits
The Fair Basilica

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Why Mardu Roughrider?

Mardu Roughrider is an awesome commander who falls into two roles within the deck whether we can ramp early with mana rocks and cast them early then they become our primary target for all of the offensive auras that we have. If not they can be a great attacker/blocker and take out a blocker for a turn when they come down. No matter what role they fit, they are quite strong, and with all of our artifacts, the ramp can usually come down at least a couple of turns early.

Deck Overview:

This section contains information about cards in the deck and how they function within the deck! I also highlighted some of my favorite cards in the deck!


Champion of the Flame is arguably the most important creature in our deck since we can use them as a huge attacker and blocker once we get just a few auras attached to them. We also have some cost reducers for all of our enchantments like Transcendent Envoy and Starnheim Courser. Mardu Warshrieker is a card I love in the deck since we attack quite often, and getting an additional three mana can be extremely strong and, depending on the cards in our hand let us cast one to two additional cards! We also have some early-game mana ramps like Gold Myr, Iron Myr, and Leaden Myr. Not being in green means we don’t have the best mana dorks, but these are still strong and helpful.


At instant speed is where all of our removal lies, and since we are in Mardu, we get access to very strong spells like Unmake and Terminate, which are both perfect for opponents’ huge threats/commanders. We also have some classic removal like Cast Down and Murder. All of our card draws also come at instant speed in Big Score and Unexpected Windfall, which not only give us cards but some additional mana as well. Beyond that, our instant package is full of some strong additional removal to stop opponents threats.


Since we are a “blockless” deck, we only have two sorceries, and as should be no surprise, we stop our opponents from blocking Coronation of Chaos is very sweet since we can take out three creatures and goad them perfectly for our opponents biggest threats. Seismic Stomp is another strong card that can be very good against most strategies, but some decks like faeries or anything with an emphasis on flyers can be a little tough for us.


Our artifact package is pretty much exclusively mana rocks and mana ramps like Bonder's Ornament, Arcane Signet, and the lockets, which help us get a ton of extra mana. We also have Mardu Banner, which is a strong card draw and a great way to produce all of our colors for only three mana. Our only non-rock artifact is Wedding Invitation, which gives us a card draw and an unblockable creature for only two mana. This card is sweet and one of my favorites in the format.


Our enchantment package can be broken up into two categories, offensive and defensive enchantments. For our offensive enchantments, we have absolute bombs like All That Glitters and Ethereal Armor, which can get out of hand very quickly. Dragon Breath and Dragon Scales are an additional crazy pair of enchantments that can put at on of pressure on opponents. My favorites in the deck are the three on-color lorwyn enchantments which I typically save for Mardu Roughrider since we get all the benefits like Fists of the Demigod, Scourge of the Nobilis and Edge of the Divinity while not apart of the same cycle we also have Gift of Orzhova which is extremely strong as well. Onto our defensive enchantments, this is the blockless part of our deck; we have strong enchantments like Dreadful Apathy, Faith's Fetters, and Revoke Privileges. We also have some more offensive-focused block less enchantments like Hammerhand, Hostile Realm, and Malicious Intent. We have a ton of ways to stop our opponent’s creatures from attacking or blocking, and it can get to the point where we have a full lock on them!

Land Base:

We have a pretty simple land base with dual lands like Silverquill Campus and Lorehold Campus. These are both great duals that help us get both of our colors established more easily. We also have some strong supplemental card draw in our land base like The Fair Basilica and The Dross Pits, which can be a great way to get some cards if we are falling behind. The same is true for the desert cycle since we have every on-color desert which gives us some more supplemental card draw. I have had a ton of success with this landbase and found it to be strong and efficient.

Strengths of the Deck:

  • We have a ton of enchantments to lock down our opponents creatures from attacking and blocking which allows us to take huge threats out of combat and allows us to have to worry about taking damage less.
  • We can easily one-shot opponents with a commander damage kill or with cards like Champion of the Flame.
  • We can really hurt our opponents with enchantments / spells that don’t allow our opponents to block.

Weaknesses of the Deck:

  • We can be a little slow to start in the first couple turns, this leads to us taking some early damage from more aggressive strategies.
  • Weak to enchantment hate.
  • We are light on creatures so we can not be the best at blocking in the early game until we get a creature and some auras established.

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Main Win Conditions:

There are no infinite combos or loops within the deck; we win the game through combat and pumping up our creatures with Auras; in addition to that, we have many auras that lock down opponents’ creatures and make us very hard to block. We can string together wins quite quickly as we tend to be very aggressive and, if not kept in check, can do huge damage with only a few turns.


Mardu Roughrider is a very fun commander whom I have been having an absolute blast with; Mardu sadly only has one option in Pauper EDH, but don’t let that stop you; Mardu Roughrider is an absolute blast to pilot! I have been having a ton of fun with this one and am excited to share this one with you all today!