Quote from WarMachinePrime »Pauper really got some treatment this set!
There is some interesting stuff for sure. I just don't see much of it making much of an impact outside of maybe 3 or 4 cards.
Skewer the Critics
Clear the Mind
Is about all that may make some inroads. Everything else seems like SB tech or fringe stuff. And notice what color 3 of these 4 are. Blue as always.
RE: "Blue as always"...I think Skewer the Critics is going to be the one card to truly impact competitive Pauper, and it's totally un-blue.
Clear the Mind is interesting, but I think Devious Cover-Up is probably better. Persistent Petitioners and Growth Spiral are interesting and might go into fringe rogue decks, but even though they're blue, they're not gonna go anywhere near the dominant Delver strategy. So even if they're blue I see them as pro-diversity, not anti-diversity.
Sagittar's Volley is interesting compared to Aerial Volley. Unlike the latter, it's still a good SB card vs. Boros Monarch. You can kill one Kor Skyfisher or Glint Hawk, as well as all their Battle Screech tokens.
Two other cards I haven't seen mentioned:
Rubble Reading is probably the best new land destruction spell WotC has printed in ~13 years. I used to play Implode in UR LD deck during Invasion-Odyssey block Standard, and wished that effect were in Pauper for grindy LD decks. Scry 2 is often comparable to draw 1, so maybe this might make RG Ponza more of a thing in addition to Mono-G Ponza.
Ill-Gotten Inheritance is a unique effect that might find a home. It's comparable to Pristine Talisman in UB Teachings decks, although this is also a win-con. Maybe this could go in GWB Enchantress decks, cutting the U they use for Curse of the Bloody Tome as a win-con?