April 17-18 Pauper Weekend in Review

Strixhaven is here! The latest set has hit Magic Online and we already have seen some of its impact in the April 17 and April 18 Challenges. While it is still far too early to draw conclusions about what this season might look like, we can infer some things about next weekend.

April 17 and 18 Pauper Challenges

First I think we can all agree that yes, Flicker Tron is the deck to beat early on but that would be the case regardless of any new release. What is interesting is that we are seeing various aggressive decks on the rise. As we saw at the tail end of Kaldheim season, decks like Boros Bully and Stompy were returning to the fold. Now both of these decks have access to some new toys in Thrilling Discovery and Bayou Groff and it would not surprise me to see them continue these trends.

So what would I do next weekend? Currently I would stay away from a dedicated land destruction deck. Between Elves, Stompy, and WonderWalls Quirion Ranger is likely to be everywhere, saving lands like nobody’s business.

I would also anticipate people trying out First Day of Class combo. Using a sacrifice outlet and a creature with Persist, you can generate an unbound loop once First Day of Class resolves. While the Goblin version is the cleanest, I can also see a version leaning on Essence Warden and Marauding-Blight Priest working, as that version can access Mesmeric Fiend in the main.

Here are some lists making use of the new cards from last weekend:

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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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