June 5-6 Pauper Weekend in Review

It is impossible to talk about the June 5 and June 6 Pauper Challenges without discussing the format’s current sciurophobia. Yes, I’m going to make you look it up. It is extremely early in the Modern Horizons 2 season but there have been a number of developments that will have a profound impact. The firstContinue reading “June 5-6 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”

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”

December 5-6 Pauper Weekend In Review

Fall from Favor tempo decks went undefeated in the Swiss on both days before sweeping the Top 8 on Saturday and Sunday. Twitter is awash with discussion about how the format is dominated by the Monarch. I wish there was more to say about Pauper at this time…and there is…sorta. This chart tracks every archetypeContinue reading “December 5-6 Pauper Weekend In Review”

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”

October 17-18 Pauper Weekend in Review

I am not going to dive too deep on the October 17 and October 18 Pauper Challenges. Taking into account what I wrote about last week, not a lot has changed. Goblins and Bogles both put up some solid results but the top of the metagame remains Flicker Tron and Dimir Faeries. I’ve been doingContinue reading “October 17-18 Pauper Weekend in Review”

One Month of Zendikar Rising

I am not going to waste words discussing the October 10 and October 11 Challenges. Flicker Tron took down 10 of the 16 Top 8 slots. I want to take a look at the first four weeks of this season: 8 Challenges and one PTQ. What does the winner’s metagame look like and why didContinue reading “One Month of Zendikar Rising”

September 26-27 Pauper Weekend in Review

It feels weird to write about Magic today without talking about the Elemental in the room but I’m going to give it a shot. This past weekend there were two more Pauper Challenges (no PTQs this time) and, well, not a lot has changed. Zendikar Rising has yet to make a massive impact, instead offeringContinue reading “September 26-27 Pauper Weekend in Review”

Breaking Down the Break Downs

Hello again everyone. I’m back after a week to recuperate and reflect. Seeing as my Double Masters Power Rankings will be live today on ChannelFireball, I wanted to do something a little different today. I want to talk about the metrics I use to examine Pauper metagame health. My metagame analysis focuses on the TopContinue reading “Breaking Down the Break Downs”