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”

February 13-14 Pauper Weekend in Review

The February 13 and February 14 Pauper Challenges took place in the shadow of a potential format shake up. A banned and restricted list update was scheduled for February 15. While the update was known to be targeting Uro, Titan of Nature’s Wrath, the assumption was that other formats would also see changes. Given languageContinue reading “February 13-14 Pauper Weekend in Review”

February 6-7 Pauper Weekend in Review

We are now four challenges into the Kaldheim era and the new metagame is starting to take shape. Taking into account the February 6 and February 7 Challenges, here is every deck that has either a Top 8 appearance or has at least three appearances in the Top 32. Saturday was won by Dimir FaeriesContinue reading “February 6-7 Pauper Weekend in Review”

January 30-31 Pauper Weekend in Review

Kaldheim season is here and the new cards have already started to make an impact. While the early winners are the new Snow Duals, Behold the Multiverse and Jaspera Sentinel both made waves this past weekend. Behold the Multiverse is a potent card draw spell and had enough obvious power to make an impression. JasperaContinue reading “January 30-31 Pauper Weekend in Review”

Thoughts from the January 23 Super Qualifier

Commander Legends season is done and my post-Fall from Favor Power Rankings are available here. Rather than do a deep dive on the Super Qualifier, I am going to give some quick hits and snippets of my thoughts on the event. 1. The Pauper Meta vs The Actual Meta Every time there’s an event largerContinue reading “Thoughts from the January 23 Super Qualifier”

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”

December 19-20 Pauper Weekend in Review

In my most recent Power Rankings, I put Tron in the top spot but wrote that it’s hold on Number 1 is the most tenuous it has been in quite some time. While Tron remains one of the most powerful decks in Pauper, the following circumstances have threatened its position: One of the best waysContinue reading “December 19-20 Pauper Weekend in Review”