August 7-8 Pauper Weekend in Review

We have entered the second four week chunk of the Dungeons & Dragons: Adventures in the Forgotten Realms season. This is normally a time to take stock and see where the format is trending. The August 7 and August 8 Challenges gave us an insight into which way the wind is blowing. Spoiler alert: Not much has changed.

Let’s get a few things out of the way. 64% of the Top 32 ran one of the big three decks. They took down over 83% of all wins above an X-3 record. These decks took down 11 out of 16 Top 8 slots.

I really don’t have much else to say at this point. Dimir Faeries was the best deck on the weekend and Squirrel Storm continues to exert its unique pressure. Even when Dust to Dust is the most commonly played card in the format, Affinity put up pretty good numbers overall.

So what can you do if you do not want to play one of these? I’m not entirely sure. I would want to start on running red removal for cards like Electrostatic Bolt and Flame Slash, but you will also need a way to handle Gurmag Angler – Unholy Heat springs to mind. Similarly you will need a way to handle an army of Squirrels as early as turn two. Is it time for Simian Spirit Guide in order to high roll a turn two Fiery Cannonade? I’m not saying no…

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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