The Pauper Week in Review – March 29-April 3

Is anyone else feeling the effects of cabin fever? I know I am. I’m having these incredibly vivid dreams that are directly influence by the current events. Not to share too much, but I had a dream that someone came to my apartment to let me know my mother’s mother had died of COVID-19 andContinue reading “The Pauper Week in Review – March 29-April 3”

March 22nd Pauper Challenge Breakdown

As America joins many other countries to practice social distancing, the online options for Magic are booming. There were over 90 players in the March 22nd Pauper Challenge. While plenty of regulars showed up on Sunday there was also an influx of new blood. As has been the case many times this season, new bloodContinue reading “March 22nd Pauper Challenge Breakdown”

March 15th Pauper Challenge Breakdown

The March 15th Pauper Challenge continued to showcase the slow decline of Flicker Tron. The titan of the format has been in a controlled fall for the past few weeks and while it is still a major player in the format it isn’t the behemoth that it was during Throne of Eldraine season. There isContinue reading “March 15th Pauper Challenge Breakdown”

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 PandemicContinue reading “March 8th Pauper Challenge Breakdown”

The March 1st Pauper Showcase

What happens when something broken gets fixed? We’re starting to see the answer. The March 1st Pauper Showcase put Pauper on a larger stage. Showcases are intended to attract a larger segment of the Magic Online player pool. March 1st saw Hall of Famer Paul Rietzl make Top 8 and Players Tour Top 8 competitorContinue reading “The March 1st Pauper Showcase”

Two Weeks of Pauper Data

It’s good to be back. I want to start this off with an apology to you, the reader, and especially to my Patrons. I try to put this recap out every week but sometimes life takes precedence. Last week was one of those weeks. We had a health scare in my family that involved aContinue reading “Two Weeks of Pauper Data”

February 9th Pauper Challenge Breakdown

How do you discuss a boulder? Do you talk about its exterior? Its composition? How much of this depends on where you encounter the mass? Are you intimately familiar with the surroundings or is this boulder entirely new? What is your perspective? Are you experiencing this boulder as a passing moment in time – racingContinue reading “February 9th Pauper Challenge Breakdown”

February 2nd Pauper Challenge Breakdown

On February 2nd, Izzet Faeries and Elves split the finals of the Pauper Challenge. Affinity took down two slots in the Top 8 and Flicker Tron took down three slots in the elimination rounds. Stop me if you’ve heard this one before. I’m not going to dive to deep into these results as there isContinue reading “February 2nd Pauper Challenge Breakdown”

January 26th Pauper Showcase Breakdown

The Problem with the Challenge Metagame Sunday, January 26th was the first Pauper Showcase of 2020. Format Showcases are replacing Format Playoffs. This means that if a player has enough Qualifier Points, regardless of format on Magic Online, they could conceivably participate in the Pauper Showcase. And they participate they did. While there were plentyContinue reading “January 26th Pauper Showcase Breakdown”

January 19th Pauper Challenge Breakdown

Theros Beyond Death is here and with it a new season! January 19th marked the first Pauper Challenge where the new set was legal. Still, Pauper is a non-rotating format and the inertia was on full display in Sunday’s six round affair. Let’s start at the top: Flicker Tron won the first challenge of theContinue reading “January 19th Pauper Challenge Breakdown”