May 1-2 Pauper Weekend in Review

Last week I talked about the threat of a “Combo Spring” and this week I wish I was clever enough to come up with a good Groundhog Day joke because it seems like my prediction came six weeks too early. The May 1 and May 2 had their fair share of combo decks but theContinue reading “May 1-2 Pauper Weekend in Review”

April 17-18 Pauper Weekend in Review

Strixhaven is here! The latest set has hit Magic Online and we already have seen some of its impact in the April 17 and April 18 Challenges. While it is still far too early to draw conclusions about what this season might look like, we can infer some things about next weekend. First I thinkContinue reading “April 17-18 Pauper Weekend in Review”

March 6-7 Pauper Weekend in Review

The March 6 and March 7 Pauper Challenges are perfect examples of how the format’s metagame has changed in the wake of Commander Legends and Kaldheim. The shift is seismic as it has upset Tron as the undisputed number one deck in Pauper. The repercussions are still being felt and will likely take another fewContinue reading “March 6-7 Pauper Weekend in Review”

February 27-28 Pauper Weekend in Review

We are in the second month of Kaldheim season. At the end of the first four weeks Boros Bully and Dimir Faeries had taken over the top two spots, knocking Flicker Tron down to third. The metagame seemed to be realigning, with Flicker Tron, Spellstutter Sprite/Blue Monarch, and Cascade/Ramp as the main pillars. The FebruaryContinue reading “February 27-28 Pauper Weekend in Review”

January 16-17 Pauper Weekend in Review

The January 16 and January 17 Pauper Challenges were the first major Pauper events to take place after Fall from Favor was banned. With Kaldheim only a few days away normally we would be in a lame duck format. Thanks to a Super PTQ this weekend, that is not the case. Taking place on MagicContinue reading “January 16-17 Pauper Weekend in Review”

January 2-3 Pauper Weekend in Review

January 2 and January 3 saw the first two Pauper Challenges of 2021. The combined Top 8s broke down like so: 4 Dimir Faeries 3 Faeries 3 Flicker Tron (1 Win) 3 WonderWalls 2 Izzet Faeries (1 Win) 1 Elves Before I dive deeper I want to talk a little bit about my threshold forContinue reading “January 2-3 Pauper Weekend in Review”

December 26-27 Pauper Weekend in Review

After taking most of the week off from Pauper and instead focusing on Vintage Cube, I’m back to look at the results from the last weekend of 2020. The December 27 and December 28 Challenges show off a format that in some ways is more dynamic than it was before Commander Legends, but it otherContinue reading “December 26-27 Pauper Weekend in Review”

The First Four Weeks of Commander Legends

December 12-13 Pauper Weekend in Review The December 12 and December 13 Challenges close out the first four weeks of Commander Legends season. Won by WonderWalls and Dimir Delver, these two events put a cap on an interesting month of Pauper. The big story of the last month is Fall from Favor and its massiveContinue reading “The First Four Weeks of Commander Legends”

November 21-23 Pauper Weekend In Review: Enter Commander Legends

Commander Legends has finally made its way to Magic Online. And the bugs that plagued the latest set’s release have (hopefully) been put out to pasture. While there were a few notable bugs that could have potentially impacted Pauper last weekend, the results of the November 21 and November 22 Challenges are no less informative.Continue reading “November 21-23 Pauper Weekend In Review: Enter Commander Legends”

October 24-25 Pauper Weekend in Review

The October 24 and October 25 were nothing new. The best decks rose to the top of the metagame and Tron was a dominant force. This week a new crop of hyper linear decks came to battle, headlined by Bogles, Elves, and Turbo Fog. These decks had a solid Saturday and poor Sunday. I don’tContinue reading “October 24-25 Pauper Weekend in Review”