November 26-27 Pauper Weekend Recap

Biggest Winner: Grixis Affinity Biggest Surprise: Naya Wildfire What I’d Play Next Week: A Thraben Inspector deck with a solid late game plan. Win +: Measures all wins better than X-3 in Swiss (X-2 is 1, X-1 is 2, etc). Measures a deck’s relative strength against the field in that event K-Wins: Measures all winsContinue reading “November 26-27 Pauper Weekend Recap”

Deck Spotlight: Orzhov Blink

In The Brothers’ War metagame, I am bullish on Thraben Inspector. This is less about the card itself and more the surrounding architecture. Inspector can chump block exceptionally well and tends to find itself in decks that have game against Affinity. Clues are powerful pieces of material that can keep cards flowing and, as seenContinue reading “Deck Spotlight: Orzhov Blink”

November 19-20 Pauper Weekend Recap

Biggest Winner: CawGate Biggest Surprise: FlickerTron What I’d Play Next Week: Elves with a plan for CawGate Win +: Measures all wins better than X-3 in Swiss (X-2 is 1, X-1 is 2, etc). Measures a deck’s relative strength against the field in that event K-Wins: Measures all wins less all losses, Top 8 inclusive.Continue reading “November 19-20 Pauper Weekend Recap”

November 5-6 Pauper Weekend Recap

Biggest Winner: CawGate Biggest Surprise: Stream Fog What I’d Play Next Week: Base White Gates Win +: Measures all wins better than X-3 in Swiss (X-2 is 1, X-1 is 2, etc). Measures a deck’s relative strength against the field in that event K-Wins: Measures all wins less all losses, Top 8 inclusive. Measures aContinue reading “November 5-6 Pauper Weekend Recap”

October 22-23 Pauper Weekend Recap

Biggest Winner: Kuldotha Red Biggest Surprise: Dimir Faeries What I’d Play Next Week: Soul Sisters Win +: Measures all wins better than X-3 in Swiss (X-2 is 1, X-1 is 2, etc). Measures a deck’s relative strength against the field in that event K-Wins: Measures all wins less all losses, Top 8 inclusive. Measures aContinue reading “October 22-23 Pauper Weekend Recap”

October 15-16 Pauper Weekend Recap

Biggest Winner: Dimir Terror Biggest Surprise: Bant Ramp What I’d Play Next Week: Bant Ramp Win +: Measures all wins better than X-3 in Swiss (X-2 is 1, X-1 is 2, etc). Measures a deck’s relative strength against the field in that event K-Wins: Measures all wins less all losses, Top 8 inclusive. Measures aContinue reading “October 15-16 Pauper Weekend Recap”

October 8-9 Pauper Challenge Recap

Biggest Winner: CawGate Biggest Surprise: Grixis Affinity What I’d Play Next Week: Mardu Synthesizer Wondering where my long-form breakdown went? You can find it here, on my Patreon! Looking to buy any of the decks listed above? Click here for my TCGPlayer affiliate link. Any purchases through the link let the folks there know youContinue reading “October 8-9 Pauper Challenge Recap”

October 1-2 Pauper Weekend Recap

This past weekend, three Magic Online Pauper events took place. There were the normal Saturday and Sunday Challenges, but there was also a Pauper Super Qualifier on Saturday. This is our first real look at the metagame in the wake of the Initiative bans and this weekend was rather instructive in sorting out the wheatContinue reading “October 1-2 Pauper Weekend Recap”

September 24-25 Pauper Weekend Recap

This past weekend was the first set of challenges since the Initiative was taken down a notch. The resulting metagame has some familiar features but is hardly the same old Pauper. As anticipated, Affinity came out in numbers but was it a force to be reckoned with? Affinity was almost certainly the best deck onContinue reading “September 24-25 Pauper Weekend Recap”