Magic: the Gathering
A short overview around the history of Pauper bans
Have you ever had the curiosity to learn a little more about the context regarding Pauper bans throughout its history? If the answer is yes, let's have a look into it!
Frantic Searchhad its end since it would draw cards and untap lands, something that the notorious Storm decks would abuse to achieve combo easier.
Temporal Fissurebecause, some decks were also presenting risky numbers, however, this card wasn't as oppressive as the others, so they tried to leave it alone. It didn't last much. After the release of Ghostly Flicker, decks that relied on ETB effects became even stronger since, besides being more efficient in its strategy and having a way to defend its creatures and artifacts they could also target a land they own to produce more mana. Decks such as
UR Tron Postunhealthily stood out in victories. Temporal Wall abused flicking some of its permanents, mainly
Mnemonic Wall, returning cards with storm and reusing them to almost clear the opponent's field in a single turn.
Treasure Cruisemay be considered one of the cards that should never have been printed as common.
Cloud of Faeriesand
Ghostly Flicker, then he easily searches for or has a win con.
Peregrine Drakealongside the previous ban, although its winrate wasn't out of the curve yet, so Wizards decided to leave it be for the time hoping for Pauper to adapt to it. Clearly, that wasn't the case, the winrate rose quickly side by side to the number of the decks in online tournaments, getting to the point where they represented one forth of the field. Inevitably there had to be another announcement in November of 2016, leaving behind another bully deck, Izzet Drake:
Foiladded to the deck was way too strong. Now the player could be tapped out, cast gush, draw two cards, discard 2 cards and counter a spell with
Foilwhile filling its graveyard, enabling
Gurmang Anglerdelve ability earlier in the game. It is important to say that opponents also had cold feet to make actions without extra mana since
Dazecould also counter them. The deck had high synergy, "fetches" would fill the grave along side lots low cost instant and sorcerys. The can trips made easy finding another threats such as
Delver of Secretsand flipping it. The whole format had to have lots of answers to try to win against it, sometimes the easier path was just playing with it. Seeing that, Wizards decided to weaken the Blue color banning the cards bellow:
Modern Horizonswas released and showed pauper some new cards like Ephemerate and
Jeskai Ephemerate. It could generate infinite resources and, due to this, its winrate rose to the point were it would be in 5 spots of top 8 in tournaments.
Mono Bluedue to the interaction between (Tragic Lesson), Deprive and the recent banned card:
Expedition Mapalso said goodbye to Pauper. Lots of players had been asking for a hit on Tron decks as they were always strong.
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