Magic: the Gathering
Pauper, power level and Commander Legends
Everything was wonderful until Fall From Favor's spoiler release, which caused a huge ammount of comments among Pauper's comunity. Many players are contesting the card's power level for the format.
The players' reaction was a mix between excitment and worryng, due to the fact that we had some examples of recent out of the curve cards, such as Astrolabe and Mystic Sanctuary. I could also mention Bonder’s Ornament, that made the format's dominant deck stronger, but I believe that there is no unanimity from the players about its power level being unbalanced or not. Commander Legends brought many good news for the format. I can even list some of them: - Important reprints for IRL and mostly for MTGO: Thorn of the Black Rose and Palace Sentinels; - Pimped reprints of Preordain and Mulldrifter; - Interesting downgrades, such as Filigree Familiar, Fleshbag Marauder and Makeshift Munitions. Gavin showed up again on social networks to talk about Pauper fans. This time, about Cuombajj Witches's reprint, with Seb McKinnon's art, up until then only available on MTGO.
Pauper players: I had your format in the back of my head with Commander Legends, since a Commander-playable common is a bit different bar. (And told @JulesRobins too when he started final design.) Keep your eyes peeled for a couple potentially impactful cards! :)#wotcstaff— Gavin Verhey (@GavinVerhey) October 26, 2020
Everything was going really well, until Fall from Favor's spoiler:
For ages, I wanted to get this Magic Online-only art into a Magic set. It's both a Pauper request, and @SebMcKinnon CRUSHED it. I added it into #CMRLegends pretty early on, and was the perfect spot: nostalgia PLUS multiplayer politics. Say hello to Cuombaaj Witches!#wotcstaff pic.twitter.com/Upz5jwW180— Gavin Verhey (@GavinVerhey) October 31, 2020
Questioned about the blue Monarch, Fall from Favor, Gavin said that he is aware of the card's power level, but right now Commander's draft level demands this type of card. He proceeded saying that the plan is to quickly evaluate the format after the collection's release. All that is left for us is wait and check the impact of the collection on the format. I consider the monarch mechanic something very sensitive, and I was relieved with Gavin's position. I have no doubt that his is trying to do a good job for Pauper, this is evident on his dialogues with the community. He was even present, more than once, on Pauper Discord servers to listen to the players. But sadly, the big conclusion is that Pauper is not a priority (Really Ari? It's a commander collection, obviously Pauper is not a priority). Yes, I believe that we will have to get used to frequent impacts on the format, making bans (maybe not assertive) constantly used to balance it. I finish the article here, with a mix of information and opinion. But what do you think about all of this? Must Fall from Favor have a chance on the format? What do you think about the way of how Wizards managed the matter? Leave your comment and until next time.
Yep, nailed it. With monarch, we knew it was very strong in Pauper, but ultimately, CMR's draft needs had to win out. There are cards in the set we put there as positives for Pauper, this is not one of them. Plan is to evaluate Pauper meta fairly quick after CMR hits the format.— Gavin Verhey (@GavinVerhey) November 2, 2020