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”

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”

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”

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 28-29 Pauper Weekend in Review

What makes up a healthy metagame in a non-rotating Magic format? I think that depends on a number of factors. One of the big critiques of Modern, from a professional player standpoint, was that it was so wide open that it was difficult to feel prepared for a major event. This was a boon toContinue reading “November 28-29 Pauper Weekend in Review”

Zendikar Rising Season – The Second Check In

There were two Challenges this past weekend, bringing the grand total of results in Zendikar Rising season to 9. In order to examine trends I divide long seasons into four week chunks and wouldn’t you know it, we just hit the end of the eight week. Normally this would give a strong indication of whereContinue reading “Zendikar Rising Season – The Second Check In”

October 31-November 1 Pauper Weekend in Review

I’m going to skip my regular summary this week. Instead I implore all of you who live in the United States, who have not done so, to vote. And while I’m not one to tell you how to live your life, I am going to encourage you to vote for the Democratic party because they,Continue reading “October 31-November 1 Pauper Weekend in Review”