February 27-28 Pauper Weekend in Review

We are in the second month of Kaldheim season. At the end of the first four weeks Boros Bully and Dimir Faeries had taken over the top two spots, knocking Flicker Tron down to third. The metagame seemed to be realigning, with Flicker Tron, Spellstutter Sprite/Blue Monarch, and Cascade/Ramp as the main pillars. The February 27 and February 28 Challenges saw something of a return to form with four copies of Flicker Tron making the Top 8 on Saturday and with Tron being the most played archetype on the weekend.

The above chart takes into account decks that appeared at least twice or made Top 8. And that being said, there are a few things to note.

  • Cascade continues to evolve. 13 decks on the weekend ran some form of Cascade, with five being WonderWalls. On the ramp side of things there was a shift towards Temur Ramp, potentially as a way to outdraw other ramp strategies.
  • Cascade is also finding its way into Tron builds with a Cascade fueled version of Temur Tron making Top 8 in the hands of Paul Rietzl and Cascade Tron with Maelstrom Colossus showing up.
  • Boros Monarch seems to have shifted away from Palace Sentinels and towards Crimson Fleet Commodore.
  • Stompy might as well not exist.

What does this mean for next weekend? Don’t count Tron out. Despite having a down few weeks before, Flicker Tron has seemed to rebound. More than that, with other Tron builds showing up it may encourage folks to diversify the spouts for their mana abundance.

I would also expect Izzet Faeries to be on the upswing. Izzet and Dimir tend to trade off and after a few weeks of Dimir being on top it’s due to see a bit of a dip.

Finally, I would explore running Hindering Touch. Do not get me wrong – this card is not great. However with so many decks leaning on Cascade as a way to come from behind, the opportunity to counter both the spell with Cascade and whatever it Cascades into should not be ignored.

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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