Pauper's Christmas Wishlist - Red Cards
As we expect what Magic may bring us in 2021, I continue this series with fifteen cards that could be reprinted or that the community would like to be added to Pauper.
1) Cards that have been mentioned on a recurring basis in different communities or that are mentioned and looks like relevant additions.On a average, it represents
75 to 80%of the cards on the list. Some examples are Megrim, Fact or Fiction, Jeskai Elder, Containment Priest, among others.
2) Cards that, in my personal point of view, could be beneficial or interesting additions to the format.It corresponds to
20 to 25%of the cards in the list, and they are: A - Cards that can be beneficial additions and include chronic needs for the metagame today such as Cling to Dust or Withered Wretch, or cards that would enable and make existing decks better in the format like Pawn of Ulamog or Skilled Animator B - Cards that could be interesting in the format, in my opinion, include cards that can generate better interactions in the game such as Cabal Therapy or cards that would create a new dynamic of deckbuilding or archetypes that are abolutely new and that would be fun or interesting to play with, such as adding Soulflayer. And regarding the little probability that some of these cards will one day come out as commons: I tend to ignore the limitations imposed by formats like the draft as this creates a line of cards that are recommended or whose effect or impact could be interesting to watch or even beneficial and I just can't add because I am aware that most likely a card like Triskaidekaphobia or Soulflayer would probably never come out in a booster set as a common. However, Seeker of the Way, Abrade or Fiery Cannonade also seemed impossible additions to the format in 2016/2017. Magic has changed, the power level has gone up and it is obvious that this can be and is already being reflected in Pauper. There is currently a significant discussion, for example, on whether Wizards should move to reprint specific cards as common in supplementary products like Commander precons to add cards to the format that would normally not have space in a Booster Set or even create supplementary products in MTGO , along the lines of Historic Anthology, to add format-specific cards, and that's a story for another article. It's obvious that I can't compare any of those downshifts or additions to the format to a Death's Shadow (which, honestly,
was much more of a joke about Christmas Eve than a realistic suggestion, so much so that it came as a "bonus" suggestion), but there will be cards of greater impact within the next complementary sets that will be present in the format, eventually and I believe that it is up to the community to decide what they want for Pauper: Do we want to maintain the avant-garde position and defend that the format is good enough to not need new additions or impactful mechanics, and even ask for a ban on specific mechanics or decks to decrease the power level? Or are we getting tired of basically facing the same decks in the last two or three years and would like to diversify and enhance the options? We saw a dramatic change happen in all formats in 2020, without exception, and it may be that Pauper will go through or is already going through the same process. I'd usually go with the second choice. I have an almost absolute detachment from traditionalism or avant-garde. And when it comes to a game, I like the risks, I like the innovation, I like it when a format needs to adapt drastically to new inclusions, I like it when some cards change Metagame's behavior and I like it even more when it doesn't mean the format is broken.
What do you want for Pauper?I close the subject here, I leave it to debate about the future of the format to another article and let's go to today's list.
This article belongs to the series Pauper's Christmas reprint wishlist: