The First Four Weeks of Commander Legends

December 12-13 Pauper Weekend in Review The December 12 and December 13 Challenges close out the first four weeks of Commander Legends season. Won by WonderWalls and Dimir Delver, these two events put a cap on an interesting month of Pauper. The big story of the last month is Fall from Favor and its massiveContinue reading “The First Four Weeks of Commander Legends”

December 5-6 Pauper Weekend In Review

Fall from Favor tempo decks went undefeated in the Swiss on both days before sweeping the Top 8 on Saturday and Sunday. Twitter is awash with discussion about how the format is dominated by the Monarch. I wish there was more to say about Pauper at this time…and there is…sorta. This chart tracks every archetypeContinue reading “December 5-6 Pauper Weekend In Review”

November 28-29 Pauper Weekend in Review

What makes up a healthy metagame in a non-rotating Magic format? I think that depends on a number of factors. One of the big critiques of Modern, from a professional player standpoint, was that it was so wide open that it was difficult to feel prepared for a major event. This was a boon toContinue reading “November 28-29 Pauper Weekend in Review”

November 21-23 Pauper Weekend In Review: Enter Commander Legends

Commander Legends has finally made its way to Magic Online. And the bugs that plagued the latest set’s release have (hopefully) been put out to pasture. While there were a few notable bugs that could have potentially impacted Pauper last weekend, the results of the November 21 and November 22 Challenges are no less informative.Continue reading “November 21-23 Pauper Weekend In Review: Enter Commander Legends”

Svogthir’s Study: Savra, Queen of the Golgari

Hello and welcome to Svogthir’s Study: a place to appreciate Golgari in Commander. When I saw which Commander was up next in my own arbitrary order I felt a pit of dread rise in my gut. It wasn’t that I was worried about writing about this card. Rather I was concerned with confronting my ownContinue reading “Svogthir’s Study: Savra, Queen of the Golgari”

Zendikar Rising Season – The Second Check In

There were two Challenges this past weekend, bringing the grand total of results in Zendikar Rising season to 9. In order to examine trends I divide long seasons into four week chunks and wouldn’t you know it, we just hit the end of the eight week. Normally this would give a strong indication of whereContinue reading “Zendikar Rising Season – The Second Check In”

A Chat with Gavin Verhey

A few weeks ago in the midst of Commander Legends preview season Senior Magic Designer and the mind behind the set Gavin Verhey Tweeted that he’d love to come into the MTGPauper Discord to chat about the set. After some back and forth with Gavin we settled upon a date and time. On Wednesday, NovemberContinue reading “A Chat with Gavin Verhey”

October 31-November 1 Pauper Weekend in Review

I’m going to skip my regular summary this week. Instead I implore all of you who live in the United States, who have not done so, to vote. And while I’m not one to tell you how to live your life, I am going to encourage you to vote for the Democratic party because they,Continue reading “October 31-November 1 Pauper Weekend in Review”

Svogthir’s Study: Belbe, Corrupted Observer

Hello and welcome to Svogthir’s Study: a place to appreciate Golgari in Commander. When I first conceived of this series I had intended to go in chronological order. It made sense to follow the progression of a color pair as the game itself evolved. For whatever reason I forgot that we are almost always inContinue reading “Svogthir’s Study: Belbe, Corrupted Observer”

October 24-25 Pauper Weekend in Review

The October 24 and October 25 were nothing new. The best decks rose to the top of the metagame and Tron was a dominant force. This week a new crop of hyper linear decks came to battle, headlined by Bogles, Elves, and Turbo Fog. These decks had a solid Saturday and poor Sunday. I don’tContinue reading “October 24-25 Pauper Weekend in Review”