January 2-3 Pauper Weekend in Review

January 2 and January 3 saw the first two Pauper Challenges of 2021. The combined Top 8s broke down like so: 4 Dimir Faeries 3 Faeries 3 Flicker Tron (1 Win) 3 WonderWalls 2 Izzet Faeries (1 Win) 1 Elves Before I dive deeper I want to talk a little bit about my threshold forContinue reading “January 2-3 Pauper Weekend in Review”

December 26-27 Pauper Weekend in Review

After taking most of the week off from Pauper and instead focusing on Vintage Cube, I’m back to look at the results from the last weekend of 2020. The December 27 and December 28 Challenges show off a format that in some ways is more dynamic than it was before Commander Legends, but it otherContinue reading “December 26-27 Pauper Weekend in Review”

December 19-20 Pauper Weekend in Review

In my most recent Power Rankings, I put Tron in the top spot but wrote that it’s hold on Number 1 is the most tenuous it has been in quite some time. While Tron remains one of the most powerful decks in Pauper, the following circumstances have threatened its position: One of the best waysContinue reading “December 19-20 Pauper Weekend in Review”

The First Four Weeks of Commander Legends

December 12-13 Pauper Weekend in Review The December 12 and December 13 Challenges close out the first four weeks of Commander Legends season. Won by WonderWalls and Dimir Delver, these two events put a cap on an interesting month of Pauper. The big story of the last month is Fall from Favor and its massiveContinue reading “The First Four Weeks of Commander Legends”

December 5-6 Pauper Weekend In Review

Fall from Favor tempo decks went undefeated in the Swiss on both days before sweeping the Top 8 on Saturday and Sunday. Twitter is awash with discussion about how the format is dominated by the Monarch. I wish there was more to say about Pauper at this time…and there is…sorta. This chart tracks every archetypeContinue reading “December 5-6 Pauper Weekend In Review”

November 28-29 Pauper Weekend in Review

What makes up a healthy metagame in a non-rotating Magic format? I think that depends on a number of factors. One of the big critiques of Modern, from a professional player standpoint, was that it was so wide open that it was difficult to feel prepared for a major event. This was a boon toContinue reading “November 28-29 Pauper Weekend in Review”

November 21-23 Pauper Weekend In Review: Enter Commander Legends

Commander Legends has finally made its way to Magic Online. And the bugs that plagued the latest set’s release have (hopefully) been put out to pasture. While there were a few notable bugs that could have potentially impacted Pauper last weekend, the results of the November 21 and November 22 Challenges are no less informative.Continue reading “November 21-23 Pauper Weekend In Review: Enter Commander Legends”

Zendikar Rising Season – The Second Check In

There were two Challenges this past weekend, bringing the grand total of results in Zendikar Rising season to 9. In order to examine trends I divide long seasons into four week chunks and wouldn’t you know it, we just hit the end of the eight week. Normally this would give a strong indication of whereContinue reading “Zendikar Rising Season – The Second Check In”

October 31-November 1 Pauper Weekend in Review

I’m going to skip my regular summary this week. Instead I implore all of you who live in the United States, who have not done so, to vote. And while I’m not one to tell you how to live your life, I am going to encourage you to vote for the Democratic party because they,Continue reading “October 31-November 1 Pauper Weekend in Review”

October 24-25 Pauper Weekend in Review

The October 24 and October 25 were nothing new. The best decks rose to the top of the metagame and Tron was a dominant force. This week a new crop of hyper linear decks came to battle, headlined by Bogles, Elves, and Turbo Fog. These decks had a solid Saturday and poor Sunday. I don’tContinue reading “October 24-25 Pauper Weekend in Review”