August 13-14 Pauper Weekend Recap

Dominaria United previews are about to get underway but for now Pauper is still living in the world of Double Masters 2022. The August 13 and August 14 Challenges, as well as the Showcase Qualifier, were dominated by Affinity. For much of the past year this has been a common refrain and critique of Pauper:Continue reading “August 13-14 Pauper Weekend Recap”

July 30-31 Pauper Weekend Recap

Pauper has turned a proverbial page and we are now in the second four week stretch of Double Masters 2022 Season. The first month ended with Faeries, Boros, and Monastery Swiftspear at the top of the metagame with Affinity remaining a major contender. Last weekend saw a Challenge on Saturday and Sunday in addition toContinue reading “July 30-31 Pauper Weekend Recap”

July 23-24 Pauper Weekend Recap

After July 23 and July 24, Pauper has a full month with the Double Masters 2022 downshifts available and several weeks of some Battle for Baldur’s Gate cards distributed on Magic Online. The resulting format is somehow entirely expected and full of surprises. Let’s start by talking about the elephant in the room – MonasteryContinue reading “July 23-24 Pauper Weekend Recap”

July 9-10 Pauper Weekend Recap

A little push goes a long way, so I want to start by thanking Brian Coval and Phil Gallagher for stumping for me over the weekend. When two people you respect a great deal – as Magic players and as people – give you a shout out, it helps to rekindle a fire. For theContinue reading “July 9-10 Pauper Weekend Recap”

June 18-19 Pauper Weekend in Review

Normally I examine Pauper through the lens of different releases. In my mind it makes sense that, even if a new set does not completely change the format it does provide a new pool of cards. Given the slow and piecemeal roll out of Battle for Baldur’s Gate on Magic Online, and the rapidly approachingContinue reading “June 18-19 Pauper Weekend in Review”

Catching Up with Pauper – May & June 2022 Edition

Every so often I need to step away from Pauper. It is not an indictment of the format but rather sometimes, the world just gets to be too much. Without getting into too many details, the past few weeks were really rough on my as a parent of a school-aged child in the United States.Continue reading “Catching Up with Pauper – May & June 2022 Edition”

May 14-15 Pauper Weekend in Review

We had our normal Saturday and Sunday Challenges, as well as a Showcase Challenge that ran on Saturday. While there were plenty of decks that performed well the story of the weekend was one that has been told time and time again over the past several months: Affinity, Boros, and Faeries are all jockeying forContinue reading “May 14-15 Pauper Weekend in Review”

May 7-8 Pauper Weekend Recap

The May 7 and May 8 are not telling us anything new about the format. Affinity, Boros, and Faeries remain the big players in Pauper and unless there’s a format update that is not likely to change. But instead of digging deep on these early results I instead want to talk about a recurring topicContinue reading “May 7-8 Pauper Weekend Recap”

April 30-May 1 Pauper Weekend Recap

The April 30 and May 1 Pauper Challenges were the first to feature Streets of New Capenna. A grand total of three cards – Tramway Station, Jewel Thief, and Inspiring Overseer- made it into the Top 32 decks on the weekend. It is still too early in the season to draw any conclusions, but onceContinue reading “April 30-May 1 Pauper Weekend Recap”

April 16-17 Pauper Weekend Recap

We are in the home stretch of Neon Dynasty season. There’s one more weekend of events before Streets of New Capenna his Magic Online. While the next set looks to be of a lower power level it still has within it the capacity to impact the metagame. But that’s looking to the future and thisContinue reading “April 16-17 Pauper Weekend Recap”