March 8th Pauper Challenge Breakdown

A lot has happened since the March 8th Pauper Challenge. Boros Monarch won the tournament and no one deck stood head and shoulders above the rest in performance.

If I am a little more somber than usual, well, you just need to look at what’s going on in the world around us. The Coronavirus Pandemic has affected the way we live our lives. Professional Magic is taking a hiatus, as are other distractions like professional sports. All of this is aimed at flattening the curve – putting distance between people to slow the rate of infection and allow the health care system to absorb critical patients of both Coronavirus and other health needs.

Personally, this is tough. I am immunocompromised – although not as severely as others – and I have had to cancel plans. I worry every cough is evidence of something more. I worry I bought enough of the correct supplies, that my toddler son will be able to get the activity and socializing he needs; that at some point I’ll be able to yell at my screen about the bad decisions the Mets are making.

It’s times like these that I am happy to have Magic Online in my life. I’ve not been on the platform as much as of late – real life Commander has taken precedence. But despite the sun being out as I write this, I am looking forward to hopping back in the queues with gusto. I am excited to draft a Pauper Cube online for a change.

I’m lucky. I have a full time job. Writing about Magic is something I do to help with the bills but it is by no means my only source of income. Other content creators are not that lucky. So here’s what I am going to do: any money I make on my Patreon for March and April (at least), I will disperse to content creatores who are more heavily impacted by the reduction in Magic events. What I want you to do is tell me who you think deserves the money.

I’ll keep the content coming, but think of the casters, cosplayers, judges, vendors, artists, and more. Let me know who needs help and I’ll do what I can.

Published by Alex Ullman

Alex Ullman has been playing Magic since 1994 (he thinks). Since 2005, he's spent most of his time playing and exploring Pauper. One of his proudest accomplishments was being on the winnings side of the 2009 Community Cup. He makes his home in Brooklyn, New York, where he was born and raised.

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