Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Introducing Standard Pauper Sealed

Today, I am happy to officially introduce the next 'league-style' event sponsored by this blog: Standard Pauper Sealed. All this week I've been teasing videos and hints via Twitter, and today I introduced the format over at PureMTGO.com. But if you've somehow missed all that, here's the quick concept: a 90 card Sealed pool consisting of all Commons, generated from 9 packs in any combination of sets that are currently legal in Standard. You generate your pool, create a decklist, and battle it out over a several week Swiss-style Player Run Event. And like the old Sealed Leagues, you can even add additional packs as the event goes on!

Now I am not quite ready to reveal all the exact parameters for this event. But I wanted to get this information out early, both to reach as many people as possible and to give the community time to test out the format and start experimenting with Sealed Pools. Here's what you need to know:
  • The event will start in early January, probably the week of January 4th.
  • Your initial pool of cards will consist of 9 packs in any combination of sets that are Standard legal (Khans of Tarkir, Magic 2015, Theros, Born of the Gods, and Journey Into Nyx). These pools will be generated by the host to guarantee that there is no cheating.
  • Decks are 40 card minimum, with any card in your pool available during Sideboarding.
  • The event will be free to play, with prizes sponsored by this blog. Additional donations from the community would be welcome! The exact payout will be determined by the number of players - the more participants, the better the prizes!
  • The matches will play out 'league-style,' which means you play one match against your assigned opponent each week. There may also be the option of playing additional matches that would count towards tiebreakers.
  • The number of Swiss rounds will be determined by the number of players. After week one, each player can choose an additional pack each week to add to their pool.
I am very excited about this format! What about you? Let me know in the comments below.


  1. If we were given the choice to any combination I would like choose 9x Theros. To avoid this I think everyone should start out with the exact same distribution of packs. Like:

    3 Theros
    1 Born
    1 Journey
    1 M15
    3 Khans

    or 2 2 2 1 2 or something spread out like that. Something to showcase a true spread of what is available in standard pauper.

    Then after each week when we add one pack we get to choose the pack - since once we have information about what our pool looks like we might have more insight into what cards from certain sets would be best to gain. That creates some minor variance between each players' pool.

    What do you think the pack distribution should be?


  2. Sounds awesome! I do agree with first post, pack distribution should be same for all participants. Either as described above or maybe 2 THS, 1 BTG, 1 JTN, 2 M15, 3 KTK

  3. Looks great....dutch group gonna try this out on paper....and when its up i would love to join...;)