Thursday, February 14, 2013

Standard Pauper Info Part 2: Other Sources

In my previous post, I wrote about my frustration with the lack of good information about the Standard Pauper format and set out to set out all of the various sources of information that are available to players of this great format. I spent some time discussing the value of the Gatherling tool from and how it can be used to gather a host of very useful information about the metagame.

Today, I will link to the other sources of information that I am aware of and give a brief overview of each one.


As far as I am aware, this is the only digital Magic the Gathering 'magazine' of note that publishes articles on Standard Pauper. Two of the best writers of the past in the format were known by PiDave and Copperfield, both of whom used to write regular articles on the metagame of Standard Pauper. While neither are currently submitting new articles, their previous work is well worth checking out.

It is also worth mentioning that PureMTGO is always open for new submissions, and a new writer wishing to follow in the footsteps of these fantastic writers would be a welcome addition to the Standard Pauper community.

2. PauperKrew

PauperKrew is one of the most active Pauper clans on Magic Online. If you're looking for a clan dedicated to Pauper play, where you can find clan-mates interested in Standard Pauper, PauperKrew would be the first place I would look into. While you will need to register on their forums in order to access all of their resources, you can do so without actually joining the clan. In the past, PauperKrew has even hosted their own Standard Pauper events, although I do not believe these events are currently active. In any case, their forums contain an excellent section for Standard Pauper under Deckbuilding. PauperKrew puts lots of great information right at your fingertips. Definitely recommended.


A newer site that I am much less familiar with, MTGOStrat covers a wide variety of information on the Pauper format, including a subsection for Standard Pauper. This section, while fairly small, contains both decklists and some video commentary. If you haven't checked it out before, it's probably worth your time.

4. Pauper to the People Podcast

Although the Pauper to the People podcast is mostly focused on Classic Pauper, now that Standard Pauper is an official format on Magic Online, the hosts regularly discuss deck and changes within the metagame. As far as I know they are not very active in the regular Player Run Events for Standard Pauper, so your mileage with their advice may vary. But if you enjoy information about the wider world of Pauper, there is certainly good information to be found there.

5. Standard Pauper Weekly

Regular player zoomzilla has recently started a new blog dedicated to Standard Pauper. While there is currently only a single entry, the information presented is worth checking out. Hopefully this will grow to be a regular and timely source of detailed analysis on the Standard Pauper metagame. If you get a chance, drop zoomzilla a PM on the boards and let him know if you like what you see.

And that, as they say, is that. Are there other sources of information on the format that I missed? What have you found to be most helpful? Are there opportunities for you to make your voice heard and contribute to this fledgling but growing community around Standard Pauper? As always, I'd love to hear your thoughts.


  1. Thanks for the wrap-up, this is very useful, and thanks the for the shout-out on my old Copperfield work. Damn that was a while ago!

    I was unaware that Pauper to the People podcast occasionally mentioned Standard Pauper,that's a good find. I'll give it a listen!

    I'd also say that just after the first post that zoomzilla's off to a great start. I hope he can keep up with the weekly deadline!

    Only one problem with this blog post itself: Not noting that your own articles form the bulk of everything ever written about the format is a glaring omission. Don't be afraid to toot your own horn, man! People, check out the "My Published Articles" link in the sidebar of this blog :-)

  2. Great resource here Gwyned. It's good to see a collection of known info about standard pauper, and thanks for the plug!