Magic: the Gathering
Brace yourselves, the Squirrels are coming!
After eight years, Storm is back at Pauper. And that doesn't seem like good news.
So why should we believe it's going to be different now?
We shouldn't.As a content creator, I often emphasize that we shouldn't press the panic button or overreact to what comes out in the Spoiler Season before we test and play with the card and see how its deck works and see if the format can adapt to the archetype before calling the card broken or asking for a ban. But Storm has compelling precedents at Pauper, it has only lost Gitaxian Probe over the past eight years, earned new toys and its base remains entirely intact while the other decks don't really have enough to stop it. Recently, we saw Storm cards going into Historic like Grapeshot and Mind's Desire through Mystical Archives, and players thought they were going to break the format, but the archetype is not even among Tier 2 decks because the format lacks the elements needed to make Storm work. Pauper, on the other hand, has plenty of it:
And how exactly can we deal with the threat that lies ahead?
Remove the Tokens
Discard and Disruption
Punish your opponents for filling the board
Prevent the Damage
If we can deal with it, so what's the problem?
Which decks might stand a chance against Storm?
June 18th. Particularly, I fear that Storm will continue to be too efficient for the format and, even though it has more answers now, the combination of Chatterstorm with First Day of Class is powerful and could cause the format to totally change its way of building decks, needing to consider the rebirth of a threat that had been buried for the past eight years: Storm decks. I would like to be more optimistic about the inclusion of this card, and I even believe that the options available to answer it mean that some archetypes can compete with the combo fairly. However, I believe that it will take much more than just a few slots to deal with the archetype, which would make the format polarized and played around a strategy, which are clear signs of an unhealthy format. Because of that, my personal bet is that Chatterstorm does not last more than 45 days at Pauper after the release of Modern Horizons II. I hope to be wrong, after all new combos are always welcome to the format. Until then, I will be playing with this deck from Day 1 until the day of its fateful ban. (... Or if, by some force of chance, we are all wrong and realize that the card did not break the format.) Thanks for reading!