Originally posted for UPDC 1.05 in early July:
Welcome to Time Spiral
week! This week, our content will be focused on the upcoming Time Spiral
block format for Sunday’s UPDC
tournament. To a large degree, Paupers will be delving into the unknown with this brand new format, discovering the ‘decks to beat’ and defining a whole new metagame. Time Spiral
block is a very rich environment and is poised to lend itself to a very diverse and dynamic metagame. It benefits from the lack of snow lands even at it suffers from the lack of bounce lands, making it accessible to even the most impecunious of Paupers. And, to a degree that largely remains to be seen, today’s Time Spiral
block is tomorrow’s Standard!
Starting on Sept 9th and running for at least four consecutive Sundays, UPDC will be switching from the tried-and-true Standard format to the smallest legal cardpool in PDC history — Time Spiral
block. Registration for these block UPDC events will begin at 2:00pm EST on Sundays. Play will begin at 2:30pm EST, and the tourney will consist of 3 rounds of Swiss pairings (best 2 of 3) with the top 8 players from Swiss advancing to a single-elimination playoff. For more information, please visit the UPDC event thread
. I hope to see everyone out on Sept. 9 for the kickoff event!
One of the most intriguing and potentially brutal mechanics in Time Spiral
block is Madness, a trick which allows you to play a spell even as it’s being discarded. Obviously, the best way to exploit this mechanic is to find abilities that allow you to discard cards for some effect, and then play the discarded spell for its Madness cost, a 2 for 1 situation.
In all of Classic Pauper, the task of coupling Madness cards with discard outlets is a bit more involved and complex. (Luckily for those interested in Classic, many before you have done the legwork.) In Time Spiral
block, on the other hand, there is a much smaller pool of cards with Madness and discard outlets (mostly ‘spellshapers’) which makes the job easier. So let’s get to work!