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”

February 2nd Pauper Challenge Breakdown

On February 2nd, Izzet Faeries and Elves split the finals of the Pauper Challenge. Affinity took down two slots in the Top 8 and Flicker Tron took down three slots in the elimination rounds. Stop me if you’ve heard this one before. I’m not going to dive to deep into these results as there isContinue reading “February 2nd Pauper Challenge Breakdown”

January 26th Pauper Showcase Breakdown

The Problem with the Challenge Metagame Sunday, January 26th was the first Pauper Showcase of 2020. Format Showcases are replacing Format Playoffs. This means that if a player has enough Qualifier Points, regardless of format on Magic Online, they could conceivably participate in the Pauper Showcase. And they participate they did. While there were plentyContinue reading “January 26th Pauper Showcase Breakdown”

January 5th Pauper Challenge Breakdown

Theros Beyond Death is right around the corner; the Throne of Eldraine season is over. Next week the Pauper Format Championship will determine which player makes it to the MOCS and then a bevy of new options will enter the card pool. But on January 5th it was more of the same. Flicker Tron tookContinue reading “January 5th Pauper Challenge Breakdown”

December 29th Pauper Challenge Breakdown

The final Pauper Challenge of 2019 was also the 10th event since the Arcum’s Astrolabe ban that reported the Top 32 decks – the December 1st Playoff only provided Top 16 data. While Flicker Tron decks had been on the decline as of late, they came back in force. Four of these decks placed inContinue reading “December 29th Pauper Challenge Breakdown”

December 22 Pauper Challenge Breakdown

The December 22 Pauper Challenge was a return to form in that it was 7 rounds rather than 6. Flicker Tron continued its downward trend in popularity while two old favorites cemented themselves as players to start 2020. Boros Bully, Boros Monarch, and Izzet Faeries each took home two slots in the Top 8. TheContinue reading “December 22 Pauper Challenge Breakdown”

December 9th Pauper Challenge Breakdown

We had to wait a few days for the December 9th Challenge results to be made available. Once they were, it was the second time in the past three weeks that Tron was underrepresented. The week when Tron was present was for the Playoff. So what’s the story? Tron made a total of four appearancesContinue reading “December 9th Pauper Challenge Breakdown”