Early next week, I will have an article published over at PureMTGO concerning the current state of Standard Pauper. Today I want to bring you a sneak peek of the content from that article by discussing the current Standard Pauper metagame.
The current metagame is in an interesting place. Typically, aggro
strategies dominate a new format, then are slowly pushed out by control
builds as the metagame matures. More recently, White Weenie has stayed
at the top of the heap, generally having good matchups against just
about anything in the format. Right now, the metagame is divided almost
straight down the middle between aggro and control, with three major
archetypes dominating the Top 4 of these events. However, even though these three decks represent the bulk of the metagame,
that's not to say that there are no other viable choices. In fact, over
the past couple months, fifteen different archetypes have made at least
one Top 4 finish in either MPDC or SPDC. Here's a snapshot of how these
different decks have been represented in the Top 4:
Considering that the Standard Pauper set is at its smallest possible
size right now (with only four expansion sets and one core set), this is
an impressive amount of variety! Additionally, even the top
performing decks are seeing quite a bit of variation in their actual lists, so
there is still plenty of room for innovation and experimentation in the
metagame right now.
So what's your favorite deck in the metagame right now? Let me know in the comments below.