October 1-2 Pauper Weekend Recap

This past weekend, three Magic Online Pauper events took place. There were the normal Saturday and Sunday Challenges, but there was also a Pauper Super Qualifier on Saturday. This is our first real look at the metagame in the wake of the Initiative bans and this weekend was rather instructive in sorting out the wheatContinue reading “October 1-2 Pauper Weekend Recap”

September 24-25 Pauper Weekend Recap

This past weekend was the first set of challenges since the Initiative was taken down a notch. The resulting metagame has some familiar features but is hardly the same old Pauper. As anticipated, Affinity came out in numbers but was it a force to be reckoned with? Affinity was almost certainly the best deck onContinue reading “September 24-25 Pauper Weekend Recap”

September 17-18 Pauper Weekend Recap

Okay to get things out of the way, the Dominaria United season as we knew it is over thanks to a few bans. If you want the full run down, please check out this highly detailed video from Gavin Verhey (and the other members of the Pauper Format Panel [of which I am a member]).Continue reading “September 17-18 Pauper Weekend Recap”

The First Two Weeks of Dominaria United

But let’s be real – this is all about the Initiative. Dominaria United and Initiative came to Magic Online at almost the exact same time and since then there have been four Challenges, with the Initiative taking down two of them. Given that these cards are still somewhat scarce on MTGO I do not wantContinue reading “The First Two Weeks of Dominaria United”

August 27-28 Pauper Weekend Recap

Last week I went into some detail on some of the stories of Double Masters 2022 Season. The final weekend challenges of the season were won by established decks Gate Blade and Red Blitz but Grixis Affinity, and more importantly the Affinity shell, put up good numbers. There are a lot of interesting threads wovenContinue reading “August 27-28 Pauper Weekend Recap”

August 20-21 Pauper Weekend Recap

Today’s entry is going to lean heavily on this post, so please read that first. After eight weeks of Double Masters 2022 season, I want to take a look at three of the top decks but to do that we need to establish some parameters. First, let’s talk about the fact that I only examineContinue reading “August 20-21 Pauper Weekend Recap”

August 13-14 Pauper Weekend Recap

Dominaria United previews are about to get underway but for now Pauper is still living in the world of Double Masters 2022. The August 13 and August 14 Challenges, as well as the Showcase Qualifier, were dominated by Affinity. For much of the past year this has been a common refrain and critique of Pauper:Continue reading “August 13-14 Pauper Weekend Recap”

July 30-31 Pauper Weekend Recap

Pauper has turned a proverbial page and we are now in the second four week stretch of Double Masters 2022 Season. The first month ended with Faeries, Boros, and Monastery Swiftspear at the top of the metagame with Affinity remaining a major contender. Last weekend saw a Challenge on Saturday and Sunday in addition toContinue reading “July 30-31 Pauper Weekend Recap”