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”

Hermetic Study: Selesnya “Scales”

Ever since the Hardened Scales deck burst on to the scene in Modern I have been trying to see if it could be ported over to Pauper. The format has a ton of +1/+1 counter synergies and access to Vault Skirge. It does lack some key elements – namely the persistent advantage provided by aContinue reading “Hermetic Study: Selesnya “Scales””

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”

Pauper Under Pressure

Normally I would be using this space to write about what happened over the weekend in the Pauper Challenges. I won’t be doing that today since there was a pall cast over the format due to a bug that impacted Faerie Miscreant. Instead of requiring a copy already on the battlefield, Miscreant simply drew youContinue reading “Pauper Under Pressure”

October 23-24 Pauper Weekend in Review

I don’t want to go into depth about the October 23 and October 24 Pauper Challenges since they took place under the auspices of the Faerie Miscreant bug. That is, instead of needing a copy on the battlefield to draw a card, Miscreant was (and remains currently) bugged so that it draws a card allContinue reading “October 23-24 Pauper Weekend in Review”

October 16-17 Pauper Weekend in Review

We are now in the back half of Midnight Hunt season and the meta has, for better or worse, coalesced. Here is the breakdown of the Top 32 finishers in the October 16 and October 17 Challenges: While Grixis Affinity remains the most popular deck, as mentioned last week the raw volume of Spellstutter Sprite/NinjaContinue reading “October 16-17 Pauper Weekend in Review”

The First Four Weeks of Midnight Hunt

It’s been over a month since the most recent bans and Midnight Hunt has been out on Magic Online for four Challenge cycles. In that time there have been 8 Challenges as well as a Showcase Qualifier, a Super Qualifier, and a regular Qualifier. Given the amount of data at my fingertips, I decided toContinue reading “The First Four Weeks of Midnight Hunt”

October 2-3 Pauper Weekend in Review

Another weekend and another three events in the books. October 2 saw a Challenge and a Super Qualifier while October 3 saw a Challenge. This brings the total number of major events in the Midnight Hunt season to 8, so we finally have a decent number of results from which we can infer trends. HereContinue reading “October 2-3 Pauper Weekend in Review”