Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Pauper as a GP Format

Recently over at ChannelFireball, their weekly show Magic TV tackled the question, "Should Pauper Be a Grand Prix Format?" The final week of the Community Super League featured the format, and that was enough to get a lot of players and content creators talking more about the format and examining whether or not it was a good enough format to support premiere play. If you haven't watched the video, it's worth a few minutes of your time (the specific discussion starts at about the 8:40 mark):

Essentially, they lay out four positive reasons why Pauper could be a good Grand Prix format:
  1. The format has a healthy amount of diversity, with a wide variety of decks.
  2. The format is cheap, making it accessible to just about anyone.
  3. The format is tons of fun to play.
  4. The format has the potential to sell what are otherwise undesirable cards.
On the other hand, they do note that the format is almost exclusively online only, and even there doesn't enjoy widespread popularity. They also question whether or not this would be good or bad for stores and/or players if previously unplayable cards suddenly came into higher demand.

Interestingly enough, these are the exact SAME reasons myself and others have used to argue that Standard Pauper should be an official, sanctioned format on Magic Online. Granted, it is certainly less diverse than Classic Pauper, but makes up for that by being a rotating format. But otherwise, I would argue these arguments apply just as well to Standard Pauper as they do to Classic Pauper.

I wonder what it would take to make Wizards reevaluate the viability of Standard Pauper as a supported format?

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