Commander Corner: Hakim Lore Weaver

These days when I play paper Magic it tends to be Commander. It’s not that I don’t love draft or Pauper or whatever else you throw my way. It’s just that, given the realities of my existence – work, family, all of this I mean seriously if you’re not worried you’re not paying attention voteContinue reading “Commander Corner: Hakim Lore Weaver”

January 5th Pauper Challenge Breakdown

Theros Beyond Death is right around the corner; the Throne of Eldraine season is over. Next week the Pauper Format Championship will determine which player makes it to the MOCS and then a bevy of new options will enter the card pool. But on January 5th it was more of the same. Flicker Tron tookContinue reading “January 5th Pauper Challenge Breakdown”

December 29th Pauper Challenge Breakdown

The final Pauper Challenge of 2019 was also the 10th event since the Arcum’s Astrolabe ban that reported the Top 32 decks – the December 1st Playoff only provided Top 16 data. While Flicker Tron decks had been on the decline as of late, they came back in force. Four of these decks placed inContinue reading “December 29th Pauper Challenge Breakdown”

December 22 Pauper Challenge Breakdown

The December 22 Pauper Challenge was a return to form in that it was 7 rounds rather than 6. Flicker Tron continued its downward trend in popularity while two old favorites cemented themselves as players to start 2020. Boros Bully, Boros Monarch, and Izzet Faeries each took home two slots in the Top 8. TheContinue reading “December 22 Pauper Challenge Breakdown”

December 15th Pauper Challenge Breakdown

The year is winding down and Theros Beyond Death spoilers have started appear. But there is still Magic to be played in 2019. The December 15th Pauper Challenge may go down as the event that got me to change my tune about Tron. It is not that the deck underperformed but rather the metagame, finally,Continue reading “December 15th Pauper Challenge Breakdown”

December 9th Pauper Challenge Breakdown

We had to wait a few days for the December 9th Challenge results to be made available. Once they were, it was the second time in the past three weeks that Tron was underrepresented. The week when Tron was present was for the Playoff. So what’s the story? Tron made a total of four appearancesContinue reading “December 9th Pauper Challenge Breakdown”

Explorations in Ramp

Growth Spiral was a card I initially wrote off. I figured that if the effect was good enough that Explore would see more play. Combine this with the lack of powerful utility lands in Pauper, the prevalence of Tron, and the lack of anything good to do at the top end and I set theContinue reading “Explorations in Ramp”

December 1st Pauper Playoff

The final Pauper Playoff for 2019 took place on December 1st and Elves won the day. C_is_fore_cookie is a master of the archetype and went through Izzet Faeries, Azorius Familairs, and Flicker Tron on their way to the winner’s circle. There are some notable omissions in this list – Nettle Sentinel for one – asContinue reading “December 1st Pauper Playoff”