May 8-9 Pauper Weekend in Review

Strixhaven Midyear Break We are four weeks into Strixhaven season and thanks to the May 8 and May 9 Pauper Challenges we have the results of eight different events. To that end I want to do a slightly deeper dive on the winner’s metagame. But before we get to that, here’s a TL; DR quickContinue reading “May 8-9 Pauper Weekend in Review”

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”

April 10-11 Pauper Weekend in Review

Well, Kaldheim season has finally ended. With the Strixhaven Prerelease starting on Magic Online this Wednesday we can expect the new cards to be available for next weekend’s Challenges. As a result, the April 10 and 11 Challenges put a cap on one of the most interesting and dynamic Pauper seasons to date. At theContinue reading “April 10-11 Pauper Weekend in Review”

April 3-4 Pauper Weekend in Review

Sometimes these updates write themselves. It helps when there’s a 9 round Super Qualifier to bolster the results. Add to that a six round Saturday Challenge and a seven round Sunday Challenge and you end up with a pretty good look at the top of the Pauper metagame. I normally divide each season into fourContinue reading “April 3-4 Pauper Weekend in Review”

March 27-28 Pauper Weekend in Review

After an unintended vacation due to some gremlins in Renton (or wherever Magic Online‘s servers are housed), we are back with the breakdown of the March 27 and March 28 Pauper Challenges. These challenges represent the start of the third 4 week chunk of Kaldheim season. I prefer longer seasons as they provide more opportunitiesContinue reading “March 27-28 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”

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”

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”