November 27-28 Pauper Weekend Recap

This past weekend there were three major Pauper events. In addition to the Saturday and Sunday Challenges, there was also a Championship Qualifier. While the Qualifier won’t be added to my season end spreadsheet (it only posted the Top 16 as opposed to the Top 32), the format trends continued – Affinity accounted for 10Continue reading “November 27-28 Pauper Weekend Recap”

November 20-21 Pauper Weekend Wrap Up

After four Crimson Vow challenges Pauper is in an unenviable spot. Grixis Affinity took home six Top 8 slots on Saturday and another six on Sunday. Over the course of the weekend 22 players took Grixis Affinity to a Top 32 finish – 11 on each day. The next most popular deck was Dimir FaeriesContinue reading “November 20-21 Pauper Weekend Wrap Up”

Yes, Gush Needed to be Banned

Whenever the subject of bans come up in the Pauper Discourse, Blue Monday enters the conversation. On May 20, 2019 Daze, Gitaxian Probe, and Gush were all banned in Pauper. At the time I had long advocated for a Gush ban as the card fostered a format imbalance that heavily favored blue decks. At theContinue reading “Yes, Gush Needed to be Banned”

November 13-14 Pauper Weekend in Review

A new season has hit Pauper. After eight weeks of Midnight Hunt, November 13 and November 14 heralded the start of Crimson Vow season. The early returns show a few cards making waves, headlined Blood Fountain and Reckless Impulse. While we are still early in the season and can’t draw too many conclusions, we canContinue reading “November 13-14 Pauper Weekend in Review”

Hermetic Study: Selesnya “Scales”

Ever since the Hardened Scales deck burst on to the scene in Modern I have been trying to see if it could be ported over to Pauper. The format has a ton of +1/+1 counter synergies and access to Vault Skirge. It does lack some key elements – namely the persistent advantage provided by aContinue reading “Hermetic Study: Selesnya “Scales””

Midnight Hunt Season Wrap

Well, Crimson Vow is right around the corner. After two months, 20 major events, and one nefarious bug, Midnight Hunt season is at an end. It was a season where the prevailing story was that of the dominance of Affinity and Dimir. Today I want to take a look at three different charts – oneContinue reading “Midnight Hunt Season Wrap”

Pauper Under Pressure

Normally I would be using this space to write about what happened over the weekend in the Pauper Challenges. I won’t be doing that today since there was a pall cast over the format due to a bug that impacted Faerie Miscreant. Instead of requiring a copy already on the battlefield, Miscreant simply drew youContinue reading “Pauper Under Pressure”

October 23-24 Pauper Weekend in Review

I don’t want to go into depth about the October 23 and October 24 Pauper Challenges since they took place under the auspices of the Faerie Miscreant bug. That is, instead of needing a copy on the battlefield to draw a card, Miscreant was (and remains currently) bugged so that it draws a card allContinue reading “October 23-24 Pauper Weekend in Review”