July 16-17 Pauper Weekend Recap

The July 16 and July 17 Pauper Challenges continue to story of Double Masters 2022 and Battle for Baldurs Gate. Monastery Swiftspear is currently defining the format even if the decks it houses are not tearing up the metagame. Monastery Swiftspear powered red decks are far and away the most popular discrete archetype. However, whenContinue reading “July 16-17 Pauper Weekend Recap”

March 12-13 Pauper Weekend Recap

Pauper just had its first set of Challenges after the most recent bans and things turned out close to expectations with Dimir Faeries having an excellent weekend (including a win on Saturday) while Grixis Affinity (winning on Sunday), Bogles, and Boros all putting up solid results. It is far too early to read too muchContinue reading “March 12-13 Pauper Weekend Recap”

One Engine Just Won’t Do

The March 5-6 Pauper Weekend Recap There were Challenges on Saturday and Sunday this weekend, but the results are now a relic thanks to Monday’s bans that will take Galvanic Relay Storm out of the format and require Affinity to reconfigure itself. The chart below represents every deck that had at least 5 Top 32Continue reading “One Engine Just Won’t Do”

The Shifting Nature of Pauper’s Card Advantage

Pauper is undergoing a radical change in the way card advantage flows and for the first time it is not clear what color is number one. In order to understand what is going on it is important to first know that for the vast majority of Pauper’s history the best way to gain card advantageContinue reading “The Shifting Nature of Pauper’s Card Advantage”

February 26-27 Pauper Weekend Recap

The February 26 and February 27 Pauper Challenges helped to clarify the current state of the format. While there is valid concern about the current Galvanic Relay Storm deck running around the format, the results are telling another cautionary tale. Rakdos decks – both Affinity and Storm – are helping to shape the format threeContinue reading “February 26-27 Pauper Weekend Recap”

February 19-20 Pauper Weekend Recap

The post-Neon Dynasty metagame is starting to take shape and would you believe a one mana artifact is once again setting the Pauper world ablaze? Saturday’s Challenge saw Rakdos Affinity split the finals with Stompy while Sunday’s Challenge was taken down by Rakdos Storm. But when we look at the top of the metagame weContinue reading “February 19-20 Pauper Weekend Recap”

February 12-13 Pauper Weekend Recap

This past weekend saw the first Pauper Challenges where Neon Dynasty was legal. The set is jam packed with power and over the Saturday and Sunday Challenges seven new cards made the Top 32 cut. In a surprise to almost no one, Moon-Circuit Hacker was the most popular Neon Dynasty card last weekend. Various FaerieContinue reading “February 12-13 Pauper Weekend Recap”

Wrapping Up Crimson Vow Season

Let’s cut right to the chase. The following chart tracks the top decks from the post-ban Challenges except for one from late January that did not post. Decks in blue met the 2% threshold of at least 4 Top 32 appearances in that span. Decks in red have a Top 8 finish but failed toContinue reading “Wrapping Up Crimson Vow Season”