Pauper Format Panel: Interview with Alexandre Weber
An interview with Alexandre Weber, member of the Pauper Format Panel, which will discuss with Wizards the format's health and give some advice on future bans and card designs.
Pauper Format Pannel, which will give the publisher some advice regarding bans and other contents.
The Challenges of the Pauper Format Panel
- How were the first conversations to be part of the committee?Gavin called me on Twitter saying he had an idea about Pauper, so he set up a meeting to explain the idea further and asked if I wanted to be a part of it, I accepted without thinking twice.
- For us, it was very natural to choose your name, it makes sense for all the history you have with the format and with the community. And to you? How did it feel to be picked to represent Brazil on the committee?It was indescribable, really very difficult to say what I felt, I always dreamed of opportunities like this, so it was the feeling of a dream come true.
- Some committee members are content creators and have already shared opinions about bans they believed were necessary in the format. For example, bans on Tron, Monarch, Cantrips, Snuff out, etc. Were there any recommendations from Wizards about sharing this type of opinion? Does anything change for you going forward?Yes, it changes a lot, actually. Before, we often expressed our opinion, and now we will stick to giving our opinion directly in the FPF regarding changes to the banlist. Despite that, something I want to do more going forward is to hear what the community has to say about bans, so I can somehow convey that general sentiment to the committee.
- Recently, Pauper went through some necessary bans. What is your view on the health of the format today?I believe that the format is not good and needs bans, going a little further, one thing that, I think, is critical is that with the PFP we will always be able to monitor and analyze changes closely, constantly trying to achieve a healthy format.
- In the article published by Wizards, they mentioned greater agility in the banning of cards after their release. What will this process look like? Will the Committee have some kind of early access to have an opinion?I still don't know how the process will be for new sets, but possibly yes, we will have information on future products, if necessary.
- The Pauper community usually collects and disseminates information from tournaments such as the MTGO Challenges, usually this information serves as a basis for analyzing the need for bans. Will the Committee have access to more accurate information? As official MTGO data?We will use all the information and data we have to make our decisions in the best possible way.
- Could you comment on the relationship between committee members? It's all very recent, but how is your interaction going at the beginning? Is there already a frequency in the discussions?We're getting to know each other early on, and we're talking a lot about bans.
- The community has always asked for more attention to Pauper, Wizards could have done it differently, for example, hiring people to take care of the format. Do you think that creating a committee with more contact with the community will bear fruit?The creation of the PFP is something new for Wizards, and it is experimental in nature, but yes, I believe it has a good chance of working, and I really hope that it is the case.