Pauper’s Identity Crisis

Today on ChannelFireball I talk about Pauper’s identity crisis and how it causes all sorts of problems. Check it out here.

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November 26-27 Pauper Weekend Recap

Combined Top 32 for the November 26 and November 27 Challenges

Biggest Winner: Grixis Affinity

Biggest Surprise: Naya Wildfire

What I’d Play Next Week: A Thraben Inspector deck with a solid late game plan.

Win +: Measures all wins better than X-3 in Swiss (X-2 is 1, X-1 is 2, etc). Measures a deck’s relative strength against the field in that event

K-Wins: Measures all wins less all losses, Top 8 inclusive. Measures a deck’s strength in a winner’s metagame

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Deck Spotlight: Orzhov Blink

3 Swamp
4 Cast Down
1 Custodi Squire
3 Orzhov Basilica
1 Suffocating Fumes
3 Bojuka Bog
3 Diabolic Edict
4 Kor Skyfisher
2 Dawnbringer Cleric
4 Goliath Paladin
2 Spirited Companion
2 Vampire Sovereign
2 Goring Warplow
7 Plains
4 Thraben Inspector
3 Pegasus Guardian
4 Ephemerate
4 Scoured Barrens
4 Inspiring Overseer

Sideboard
3 Duress
2 Prismatic Strands
3 Lone Missionary
1 Suffocating Fumes
1 Chainer's Edict
1 Revoke Existence
2 Unmake
2 Dust to Dust

In The Brothers’ War metagame, I am bullish on Thraben Inspector. This is less about the card itself and more the surrounding architecture. Inspector can chump block exceptionally well and tends to find itself in decks that have game against Affinity. Clues are powerful pieces of material that can keep cards flowing and, as seen above, the card works with Ephemerate.

The above list is a known quality but what excited me about this specific list is the interaction between Ephemerate and Goring Warplow. Deathtouch is an underused mechanic in Pauper because it usually comes stabled to rather anemic creatures that lose their value as the game goes on. Thanks to the interaction between Prototype and flicker effects, the 1/1 can come back into play as a 5/4. Sure it might still die to Galvanic Blast but it can tussle with a Guardian of the Guildpact and win.

While this is not game breaking by any stretch of the means, this is one of the things I love about Pauper. The weight of Magic’s history means that these interactions crop up regularly, giving new life to cards that might otherwise fall flat.

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November 19-20 Pauper Weekend Recap

Compiled Top 32 Data for November 19 and November 20 Challenges.

Biggest Winner: CawGate

Biggest Surprise: FlickerTron

What I’d Play Next Week: Elves with a plan for CawGate

Win +: Measures all wins better than X-3 in Swiss (X-2 is 1, X-1 is 2, etc). Measures a deck’s relative strength against the field in that event

K-Wins: Measures all wins less all losses, Top 8 inclusive. Measures a deck’s strength in a winner’s metagame

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Dominaria United Season Recap

Hi everyone – my Dominaria United season recap is now live on ChannelFireball. Check it out here!

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November 5-6 Pauper Weekend Recap

Biggest Winner: CawGate

Biggest Surprise: Stream Fog

What I’d Play Next Week: Base White Gates

Win +: Measures all wins better than X-3 in Swiss (X-2 is 1, X-1 is 2, etc). Measures a deck’s relative strength against the field in that event

K-Wins: Measures all wins less all losses, Top 8 inclusive. Measures a deck’s strength in a winner’s metagame

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Quick Deck Guide: Kuldotha Red

Check out my quick deck guide to Kuldotha Red, live now on ChannelFireball!

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October 29-30 Pauper Weekend Recap

Biggest Winner: CawGate

Biggest Surprise: Grixis Affinity

What I’d Play Next Week: CawGate

Win +: Measures all wins better than X-3 in Swiss (X-2 is 1, X-1 is 2, etc). Measures a deck’s relative strength against the field in that event

K-Wins: Measures all wins less all losses, Top 8 inclusive. Measures a deck’s strength in a winner’s metagame

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Brothers’ War First Takes

Check out my first take on two new cards from The Brothers’ War right here on ChannelFireball!

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