A new Magic: The Gathering Pauper Format Panel was announced today by senior game designer Gavin Verhey, seeking to improve the format with a team of seven.
The poor are a unique person MTG format that only contains common rarity cards from each set that has been released in Magic. As with most formats, players can have up to four copies of a card in a 60-card deck and up to 15 cards in the reserve, if any. Some cards are banned from the format, with 22 in total having been struck by a to forbid until now.
Due to the lack of expertise of the Wizards of the Coast competitive game design team, according to Verhey, an issue arose where “the people who normally ban cards are not the ones who have the time and expertise to create Pauper the way Pauper players would really like it.” To overcome the challenges surrounding MTG Pauper Format, a team of seven called the Pauper Format Panel (PFP) was revealed today by Verhey.
The panel is made up of Verhey, Mirco Ciavatta, Emma Partlow, Ryuji Saito, Paige Smith, Alex Ullman and Alexandre Weber. From professional Magic from players to strategists and writers, the seven members of the PFP team will make ban suggestions if necessary, followed by Verhey who will forward those suggestions to the WotC teams.
No changes were announced today for the MTG Poor format, but players can “expect to hear more soon”, possibly after previews of the next one Kamigawa: Neon Dynasty together, according to Verhey.