Category Archives: mtgo

Pauper Daily Events 2/7-2/13

Reid Duke’s Extended Metagame article on StarCityGames last week made me want to do the same thing for fringier online formats. I’m starting with Pauper, and if there’s some combination of interest on your side and time on mine, I’ll do something similar for Block or Legacy.

I’ve completely followed Reid’s methods, except that I didn’t like the term Popularity for what is really the fraction of a given deck among other winning decks, not in the field as a whole. In the future, I’ll probably go look at some events as they happen to see what the breakdown of the field is.

Here’s the stats:


One interesting thing is that while Goblins is technically the most winning deck, it’s not racking up a lot of 4-0s. I’m not sure what the reason is- maybe people are more likely to pick it up and play it, since it’s a well-known beatdown deck. Or maybe it’s such a big part of the meta that you’re guaranteed to run into some dedicated hate decks. If you’ve got an explanation, I’d love to hear it in the comments.

If I can copy Kibler (premium) for a second, I think it’s fair to say that Goblins is the Level One of this format.

Familiar Storm

This deck has the opposite record- it actually has more 4-0s than 3-1s. This column has some text about the deck.

Mono Black Control

Not much to add here except that some lists run Befoul, and some don’t. Very open to suggestions as to which archetypes deserve subdivision.



UR Cloudpost

Gerry T said that the UR version had fallen out of favor, but
I’m still seeing lots of it. This is another one that could be subdivided, I think- there are also versions with Teachings.

Mono Green Aggro

Wow is Rancor unfair at common. Geeeez.

Mono Blue Control

Mono Green Ramp

Another one that Gerry T wrote about, and here’s an article about the deck from PureMTGO.


White Weenie


UWR Blink

This deck (and the ones following) had just one appearance. I thought I might as well include the lists, though, for those who are either curious or want to check out something rogue-y.

RUG Blender

Jacob Van Lunen wrote about a very similar list in his Building on a Budget column. I’ve played this list a little, and liked it, but it seems extremely vulnerable to LD.


I don’t know if this is good, but I do love Blighting.


MTGO Cube Draft, 1/6/11

Kind of like the others, except this one is in the future.

I’d like this one to be west coast-accessible, so I’m looking at 11 pm EST.

Let me know if you’re interested!

So far we have:
@metaknightmare / meta_knightmare
@xLittleLeiahx / xLeiahx
@norbert88 / norbert88
@mrfridays / mrfridays
@davidscotton / Kaxon
@zturchan / zturchan
@kujotfmp / kujo
crooked_rain / crooked_rain

Pairings – Round 1

1. xLeiahx vs. meta_knightmare (2-1)
2. mrfridays vs. zturchan (1-2)
3. crooked_rain vs. kujotfmp (2-1)
4. kaxon vs. norbert88 (1-2)

Pairings – Round 2

1. norbert88 vs. zturchan
2. xLeiahx vs. crooked_rain
3. Kaxon vs. meta_knightmare
4. mrfridays vs. kujo (0-2)

Pairings – Round 3

1. norbert88 vs. crooked_rain
2. Kaxon vs. Kujo
3. xLeiahx vs. zturchan

MTGO Cube Draft, New Years Edition

I’m planning on doing a cube draft tomorrow (1/1/11!) around 6pm EST. Who’s in? Let me know here/twitter/facebook/etc. and I will save you a spot. If you haven’t done this before, you need an MTGO account, and to sign up at to draft. After we draft, I give you the cards you need on MTGO, and then we play three rounds.

The cube is here.


For those of you in the draft- I’m going to be posting pairings here, but we can also have a group chat
in MTGO. Just type “/join Cube” in a chat window to join.

For those of you drafting for the first time- the general process is that we will draft on, then you will save your decklists in MTGO format and use those to get the cards that you need from me. I believe there is a quick link to export your list now, but there’s chat in as well if you have any trouble.

Once you are done deckbuilding, just coordinate with the person you are paired with and play to best of three (or more if you are waiting!). You can start a game by challenging your opponent to a constructed freeform match.

Just so you know- I’m going to be recording the draft and games, possibly to use on SCG or here. metaknightmare is recording as well.

Everyone’s MTGO username:

Twitter MTGO Username
@norbert88 norbert88
@dayee13999 dayee418
@wmap (me!) DarkSteeleCube
@Kengy5 Kengy
@metaknightmare meta_knightmare
@Pistaf pistaf
crooked_rain crooked_rain
@thefringthing thefringthing

Pairings for Round 1:
1. Kengy5 vs. metaknightmare
2. DarkSteeleCube vs. crooked_rain
3. norbert88 vs. thefringthing
4. dayee418 vs. Pistaf

Pairings for Round 2:
1. norbert88 vs. crooked_rain
2. pistaf vs. meta_knightmare
3. DarkSteeleCube vs. thefringthing
4. dayee418 vs. Kengy

Pairings for Round 2:
1. norbert88 vs. pistaf
2. crooked_rain vs. meta_knightmare
3. DarkSteeleCube vs. Kengy
4. dayee418 vs. thefringthing