Center Stage: Cleansing Wildfire

Before I go any further I want to give you a heads up: here there be spoilers for Zendikar Rising. If you don’t want to learn any cards in the set ahead of time, just click out of this page and you’ll be none the wiser. Is the coast clear? Good. It’s not a secretContinue reading “Center Stage: Cleansing Wildfire”

Looking at Lists: Retriever Affinity

So maybe I got this one wrong. In the month since I wrote that article, Myr Retriever has done little in the way of Pauper results. It isn’t that players haven’t tried to make it work or that the combo is bad. Rather, the format is hostile to a dedicated combo deck that relies onContinue reading “Looking at Lists: Retriever Affinity”

August 29-30 Pauper Weekend in Review

After a week where Challenge results didn’t populate due to back end error, we are back! Both August 29 and August 30 played host to six around affairs. We also now have 8 challenge results and, well, would you look at that? We’re standing on the precipice of yet another new release. While Zendikar RisingContinue reading “August 29-30 Pauper Weekend in Review”

Responding to Constructed Resources

The seventh episode of Constructed Resources discussed how to beat control decks. I encourage you all to give it a listen as it provides valuable insight and, being real, it’s on a website where I write. In the episode, Luis Scott-Vargas and Andrew Baeckstrom discuss methods for disrupting and defeating control decks. Given that theContinue reading “Responding to Constructed Resources”

Looking at Lists: Bone Picker Dimir

I want to talk a little bit about Delver of Secrets. Delver exerts a unique pressure on Pauper in that when left unanswered it can absolutely take over the game. When a turn one Delver flips it changes to entire texture of battle. Pauper in many ways is a format of Magic‘s fundamentals (taken toContinue reading “Looking at Lists: Bone Picker Dimir”

Looking at Lists: Turbo Fog

If you follow my writing you might find it ironic that, despite my hatred of all things Stonehorn Dignitary, I really love Turbo Fog strategies. I think it comes down to the fact that while both seek to disrupt the combat step, Turbo Fog has far more fail cases than Flicker Tron. This is probablyContinue reading “Looking at Lists: Turbo Fog”

August 15-16 Pauper Weekend in Review

We have hit the third week of Double Masters season and the metagame is rounding into shape. To the shock of almost no one, it looks a lot like the metagame before the bans of Expedition Map and Mystic Sanctuary. The best decks remain Tron, Monarch, and Spellstutter Sprite variants. Let’s take a look. Saturday’sContinue reading “August 15-16 Pauper Weekend in Review”

August 1-2 Pauper Weekend in Review

The results from the August 1 and August 2 Challenges were published this week after a backend issue was resolved. Rather than look back at these events and try to predict what they mean for the format moving forward, I want to use this as an opportunity to take a look at the best decksContinue reading “August 1-2 Pauper Weekend in Review”

Looking at Lists: Azorius Metalcraft

Deluxeicoff is a long time Pauper player and deck brewer. This past weekend they put up a Top 8 and followed it up with a 5-0 league run with one of their builds. Let’s take a gander: There’s a lot going on in this list, all in the service for resolving 3/3s. This deck runsContinue reading “Looking at Lists: Azorius Metalcraft”