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”

January 22-23 Pauper Weekend Recap

The bans are in the books and we have a new format. The January 22 and January 23 Challenges were the first major events to take place since the ban of Atog, Bonder’s Ornament, and Prophetic Prism. Affinity won Saturday’s tournament while Cycling Songs took down Sunday. Here is a breakdown of the Top 32:Continue reading “January 22-23 Pauper Weekend Recap”

Eight Weeks of Crimson Vow

Happy New Year everyone! After a brief hiatus, I am back to talk about – what else? – Pauper! The second four weeks of Crimson Vow season have wrapped up which gives us another huge set of data to examine. For reference, these images include every deck that either finished with at least one TopContinue reading “Eight Weeks of Crimson Vow”

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”

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”

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”