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 19th Pauper Challenge Breakdown

Theros Beyond Death is here and with it a new season! January 19th marked the first Pauper Challenge where the new set was legal. Still, Pauper is a non-rotating format and the inertia was on full display in Sunday’s six round affair. Let’s start at the top: Flicker Tron won the first challenge of theContinue reading “January 19th Pauper Challenge Breakdown”

Sunday January 12th Wrap

Sunday, January 12th was a big day in the world of Magic Online Pauper. The final Challenge of the Throne of Eldraine season took place almost concurrently with the Pauper Champs, the latter of which qualified the winner for the Magic Online Championship Series and a shot at the Players Tour. While Flicker Tron didContinue reading “Sunday January 12th Wrap”

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 15th Pauper Challenge Breakdown

The year is winding down and Theros Beyond Death spoilers have started appear. But there is still Magic to be played in 2019. The December 15th Pauper Challenge may go down as the event that got me to change my tune about Tron. It is not that the deck underperformed but rather the metagame, finally,Continue reading “December 15th 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”