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”

May 16-17 Pauper Weekend in Review

The weekend of May 16-17 took place on the fifth week of Ikoria season. After one month, Flicker Tron proved itself to be the top deck but not by a massive margin. At the end of the first four weeks of Ikoria season we saw a resurgence of Mono Black Control and saw Izzet FaeriesContinue reading “May 16-17 Pauper Weekend in Review”

May 9-10 Pauper Weekend in Review

Color me surprised. On the heels of last weekend some speculated that Mono Black Control would be on the rise. Some others – myself included – felt that this would not be the case. Despite containing some powerful cards it just seems like Mono Black Control is never a perfectly positioned deck. A win andContinue reading “May 9-10 Pauper Weekend in Review”

What’s the [Pauper] Play?

I encountered this situation today in the Pauper League and in examining the game, this decision had a huge impact on how the game played out. It is game three and you’re on the play. You are on BG Aristocrats and your opponent is on Flicker Tron. You won game one where your opponent wentContinue reading “What’s the [Pauper] Play?”

May 2-3 Pauper Weekend in Review

I’m going to start by saying this: don’t put too much stock in the Showcase Qualifier results. Shortly after the event finished, Top 8 competitor Simon Nielsen tweeted that none of the Flicker Tron decks in the 25 person field made Top 8. In fact, only one such deck finished with a winning record. PauperContinue reading “May 2-3 Pauper Weekend in Review”

April 25-26 Weekend in Review

I was not optimistic about the potential impact of Ikoria: Lair of Behemoths in Pauper. After last weekend I was proven rather wrong as already 11 cards from the set have posted a Top 32 Challenge finish or gone 5-0 in the Pauper League. Considering the prevailing popular talking point about new sets is thatContinue reading “April 25-26 Weekend in Review”

Quarantine Commander: Tolsimir, Friend to Wolves

Commander has been a social outlet for me for quite some time. It was a way to take a night out and just jam some games. The last social thing I did was play a few games after weighing the options of going out in the final days before the New York City lock down.Continue reading “Quarantine Commander: Tolsimir, Friend to Wolves”

April 18-19 Pauper Weekend in Review

The weekend of April 18-19 was the first weekend under the new Magic Online model where each format receives two Challenges per weekend. I wrote about what the format looked like before the release of Ikoria: Lair of Behemoths on ChannelFireball and last weekend gave me a chance to see if my predictions were anywhereContinue reading “April 18-19 Pauper Weekend in Review”

April 7 Pauper Super Qualifier Breakdown

Due to a parsing error we do not have the results of the April 5th Pauper Challenge. That’s fine because there was a Super Qualifier on April 7th. And while the format will not be getting a Showcase Weekend during the next Magic Online premier play season, there will be twice as many Challenges takingContinue reading “April 7 Pauper Super Qualifier Breakdown”