August 21-22 Pauper Weekend in Review

There is not a ton to say at this point. After three weekends in the second block of Forgotten Realms season, only 8 archetypes clear the 2% threshold for Top 32 volume.

I’m trying to think of other things to say – of other ways to talk about this format. But words are failing me. The top three decks account for almost 68% of the Top 32 volume and almost 75% of the Wins above X-3. Not only are these decks the most popular by a wide margin, but they are also performing a little above expectation overall. Combined these three archetypes have 34 of the possible 48 Top 8s in the past three weeks (almost 71%).

And yet Pauper soldiers on. Over time these three will continue to chew up more metagame share and push other strategies to the fringes. Pauper can be salvaged, action just needs to be taken.

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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