December 18-19 Pauper Weekend Recap

Another year draws to a close. Just like last the waning weeks of 2020 a specter is lingering over Pauper. The December 18 and December 19 Challenges are telling a similar story to the events from earlier in the season: Affinity is the deck to beat by a wide margin and everything else is fightingContinue reading “December 18-19 Pauper Weekend Recap”

December 11-12 Pauper Weekend Recap

When we last left off, Affinity was at the top of the heap. Moving into the second four week chunk of Crimson Vow season with the December 11 and December 12 Challenges, there has been some movement but not enough to unseat the current top deck. The biggest trends to be continued over this weekendContinue reading “December 11-12 Pauper Weekend Recap”

The First Four Weeks of Crimson Vow

Folks, I’m here to tell you that Affinity is good. Shocker, I know. Here is a chart breaking down the macro-archetypes from the first four weeks of Pauper’s Crimson Vow season. While this does not tell the whole story it does give a pretty good image of what is going on: Affinity is the clearContinue reading “The First Four Weeks of Crimson Vow”

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””