Back in April 2013, a petition was started asking Wizards of the Coast to support Standard Pauper. It ended up with just under 350 signatures on it. Around that same time, Chris Baker, who is affiliated with ChannelFireball, also wrote a blog post talking about what a great format Standard Pauper is. I myself have written several different articles discussing why Standard Pauper is good both for the community and for Wizards of the Coast. So what's so special about it?
- It's cheap to play.
- It uses the most popular and relevant format.
- It has an interesting and varied metagame
- A more 'flat' power-level rewards better skill over time
- It is supported by multiple Player Run Events
- It has a Magic Online clan devoted to it
A couple postscripts for this week:
- I wrote an article on Common Design and its implications for Standard Pauper. Check it out here.
- I am working on a new league format called Standard Pauper Sealed. You can find out more about what this means and how it's possible here. More about that next week.