Looking at Lists: Gruul Madness and Mutant Zombies

We’re barely a month into this and I’m already breaking my rules. I can’t help it; there were two incredibly sweet decklists that went 5-0 in the Pauper League this week. Let’s get right to them. I have a soft spot for Zombies as a deck While I’m not a huge fan of the aggressiveContinue reading “Looking at Lists: Gruul Madness and Mutant Zombies”

July 25-26 Pauper Weekend in Review

Another weekend, another two Challenges. The metagame continues to take shape in the wake of the Expedition Map and Mystic Sanctuary bans. A significant portion of the community believes that these bans did noting to hinder Tron and in some ways, made the deck better. We are only four Challenges deep, so let’s take aContinue reading “July 25-26 Pauper Weekend in Review”

July 18-19 Pauper Weekend in Review

There are no Winners in Pauper The weekend of July 18th and 19th showcased the first Pauper Challenges since Expedition Map and Mystic Sanctuary were banned. It’s far too soon to make sweeping declarations of the state of Pauper, but initial impressions seem to indicate the format is trending in a healthy direction. Stompy wasContinue reading “July 18-19 Pauper Weekend in Review”

Looking at Lists: New Tron

I want to try some new things with this here blog. My plan is to look at a decklist that catches my interest once a week. The deck can be from either Challenge or the League results. Today’s deck is from the 5-0 deck dump. I wanted to talk about Oscar_Franco’s deck for a fewContinue reading “Looking at Lists: New Tron”

July 11th and 12th Pauper Weekend in Review

The two Pauper Challenges this weekend took place under a dangling sword. A Banned List update was announced for July 13th and the prevailing wisdom was that some part of the Tron deck was going to be excised from the format and that Mystic Sanctuary was a goner. The announcement came and went. Expedition MapContinue reading “July 11th and 12th Pauper Weekend in Review”

July 4th and 5th Pauper Weekend in Review

I was all set to write about the most recent Challenges, and I suppose I’ll say a few words about them. But the real story is this announcement: Yeah. Big news. We’ll get to it in a bit. July 4th saw Slivers take down the challenge. It beat Boros Monarch and Burn on its wayContinue reading “July 4th and 5th Pauper Weekend in Review”

June 27-28 Pauper Weekend in Review

Core Set 2021 has made its way to Magic Online, as has Jumpstart. Some of the new cards – notably the Thriving Lands – are still challenging to acquire. Still, none of the cards released last week should have such a huge impact that they completely upset Pauper’s apple cart. Last week I took aContinue reading “June 27-28 Pauper Weekend in Review”

June 13-14 Pauper Weekend in Review

We are in the home stretch of Ikoria: Lair of Behemoths season as there is only one more weekend of Challenges before Core Set 2021 hits the scene. The results from this past weekend are nothing out of the ordinary and largely make sense given the trends in Pauper. My latest Power Rankings had IzzetContinue reading “June 13-14 Pauper Weekend in Review”

May 30-31 Pauper Weekend In Review

Burn and WonderWalls won the weekend challenges. But that’s only part of the story. Izzet Mystic Sanctuary decks took a back seat to Dimir Delver and Stompy. Let’s get into the numbers. Burn won the tournament, which itself is notable. Burn is an often maligned deck and has a tendency to be played often whileContinue reading “May 30-31 Pauper Weekend In Review”

May 23-24 Pauper Weekend in Review

Historically, it’s really hard to keep Delver decks down. When mono-blue Delver rose to prominence, it did so in no small part thanks to the interaction of Cloud of Faeries and Spellstutter Sprite. Then came the era of Augur of Bolas and Gush; once Delver decks were at the top of the metagame. Today itContinue reading “May 23-24 Pauper Weekend in Review”