Welcome to Pen ‘N Pauper, where we will cover all things Pauper, from Classic Pauper to Standard Pauper to any odd and interesting things that pop-up. We have a podcast by the same name, and I’m trying to schedule recording episode 1 this week, we hope you’ll give it a listen when it’s set. So, first things first, who are we and what is pauper.
I’m Dan, I’ve been playing MtG on and off for nearly twenty years. Yep, I started playing shortly after that fateful GenCon. I’m not a competitive player, real-life has kept me from doing the GP/PTQ/PT thing. I’ve recently discovered the pauper format (by recently, I mean a few months ago) and I’m in love with it. Why, you may ask? Well, it has the feel of classic or legacy without the crippling cost to acquire the cards. WoTC’s Reserve List has ensured that Legacy as a format will be dead within a few years as the cards themselves will become unplayable or unacquirable. Pauper lets you play with the old cards, lets you play with a vast card pool and do it all in a format that is relatively inexpensive. With Pauper and Pauper Standard supported on MTGO, it’s now easier than ever to play, and I think it’s an awesome format for anyone who wants to play without spending a fortune.
The metagame seems to be in a pretty good place with 3 solid tier one decks and 3 to 4 strong contenders. I’ll break down each archetype and cover them in the article to support Episode 1 of the podcast. In the meantime, feel free to comment and share your thoughts, suggestions or ideas.
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