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”

The Pauper Week in Review – March 29-April 3

Is anyone else feeling the effects of cabin fever? I know I am. I’m having these incredibly vivid dreams that are directly influence by the current events. Not to share too much, but I had a dream that someone came to my apartment to let me know my mother’s mother had died of COVID-19 andContinue reading “The Pauper Week in Review – March 29-April 3”

March 22nd Pauper Challenge Breakdown

As America joins many other countries to practice social distancing, the online options for Magic are booming. There were over 90 players in the March 22nd Pauper Challenge. While plenty of regulars showed up on Sunday there was also an influx of new blood. As has been the case many times this season, new bloodContinue reading “March 22nd Pauper Challenge Breakdown”

March 15th Pauper Challenge Breakdown

The March 15th Pauper Challenge continued to showcase the slow decline of Flicker Tron. The titan of the format has been in a controlled fall for the past few weeks and while it is still a major player in the format it isn’t the behemoth that it was during Throne of Eldraine season. There isContinue reading “March 15th Pauper Challenge Breakdown”

The March 1st Pauper Showcase

What happens when something broken gets fixed? We’re starting to see the answer. The March 1st Pauper Showcase put Pauper on a larger stage. Showcases are intended to attract a larger segment of the Magic Online player pool. March 1st saw Hall of Famer Paul Rietzl make Top 8 and Players Tour Top 8 competitorContinue reading “The March 1st Pauper Showcase”

February 9th Pauper Challenge Breakdown

How do you discuss a boulder? Do you talk about its exterior? Its composition? How much of this depends on where you encounter the mass? Are you intimately familiar with the surroundings or is this boulder entirely new? What is your perspective? Are you experiencing this boulder as a passing moment in time – racingContinue reading “February 9th Pauper Challenge Breakdown”