Intro to KBPTL


Hey! I was going to write up something on Gruul Aggro or Grixis Pyromancer for Pioneer, but then this happened.

You can blame Sushi for  this article.

What is KBPTL?

KBPTL stands for ‘Kamigawa Block Pauper Tiny Leaders’. That should already be an indication that you’ll love this format, because who doesn’t want to play cards like Ishi-Ishi, Akki Crackshot, or Mannichi, the Fevered Dream in command of their decks?

To assemble a KBPTL deck, you can choose any legendary creature from Kamigawa block. Next, you’ll choose 49 common cards from the Kamigawa block to make up your deck, including basics. Oh, and one more thing: All the cards in your deck, including the commander, must have a converted mana cost of three or less. To make up for this, the flip commanders like Budoka Gardener are legal as commanders. While Wear Away might look good, there are only 13 enchantments and 0 artifacts that are legal in KBPTL.

So how do I choose a deck?

Choose a KBPTL deck just like you would any other deck: netdeck find a card you enjoy playing, and build around it! Let’s see ~ I want to build Kiku, Night’s Flower. My commander is removal, so that means I don’t have to worry about only having three legal removal spells: Horobi’s Whisper, Rend Flesh, and Rend Spirit. There are 28 legal black cards, so in a 49 card deck, I’m left with 21 lands. Admittedly not ideal. This also means that I’m stuck playing all legal black cards.

1 Kiku, Night’s Flower

1 Blessing of Leeches
1 Ragged Veins
1 Midnight Covenant

1 Ashen-Skin Zubera
1 Bile Urchin
1 Cruel Deceiver
1 Deathknell Kami
1 Gnat Miser
1 Deathmask Nezumi
1 Skullsnatcher
1 Kuro’s Taken
1 Nezumi Ronin
1 Nezumi Cutthroat
1 Rag Dealer
1 Kami of the Waning Moon
1 Takenuma Bleeder
1 Wicked Akuba
1 Villainous Ogre
1 Death Denied

Instants and Sorceries
1 Distress
1 Horobi’s Whisper
1 Psychic Spear
1 Raving Oni-Slave
1 Rend Flesh
1 Rend Spirit
1 Soulless Revival
1 Stir the Grave
1 Waking Nightmare

21 Swamp

Kiku is one of the three best KBPTL decks out there, with Budoka Gardener and Eight-and-a-Half-Tails. These commanders are the only ones whose abilities you’d be excited to use, or would even be able to use. Fun piece of trivia: you can’t flip a Student of Elements in KBPTL.

How did Kiku do?

I played one game against Sushi, because I couldn’t convince anyone else to play with me, and after I cast a Rend Flesh on their Kenzo the Hardhearted, they swore off KBPTL forever. Isn’t Kiku fun?

Why would I play this?

Lots of reasons! Maybe you enjoy deckbuilding challenges, playing bad decks, memes, or, uh… maybe you’re drunk and are making bad decisions? Better to play KBPTL than to drunk-text your boss, right? Anyways, this is KBPTL. I encourage you to not play this. Ever.

Thanks for reading!
~ Aqua

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