Pauper

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Pauper
DCI Sanctioned
Paper {Cross}
Magic Online {Tick}
Rules
Type Constructed
Multiplayer {Cross}

Pauper is a Magic Online-specific constructed format of Magic: The Gathering, in which only common cards are allowed.

Description[edit | edit source]

The restriction to common cards found in Pauper format can easily be combined with other formats, such as Standard, Modern, or Block Constructed. Pauper Standard is also a Magic Online sanctioned format.

Pauper Magic is often confused with Peasant Magic, which allows up to five cards of uncommon rarity to be included in each player's library.

Banned & Restricted[edit | edit source]

As of November 16, 2016, ten cards are banned in Pauper tournaments: [1][2]

Community[edit | edit source]

On MTGO, one active community of players of Pauper Magic comprise the Pauper Deck Challenge or PDC. Their combined chat room is PDC, and is a central meeting spot for the format.

Paper Pauper[edit | edit source]

Since Pauper is a Magic Online specific format, it does not extend to physical cards. Therefore the term Paper Pauper is used to distinguish it from its MTGO counterpart.

Paper Pauper also has no official banlist. However due to the active community, many Magic players started to play Pauper with their physical cards, applying the Online Banlist to their deck construction.

Early commons issue[edit | edit source]

The restriction that only common cards are allowed is surprisingly difficult to apply to earlier sets, because the so called C1 commons are effectively as rare as uncommons, but are printed on the common sheet. Gatherer lists these cards as common, while MagicCards.info lists them as uncommon. [3]

Tolarian approach[edit | edit source]

Tolarian Community College advises to go with the Gatherer legality and extend the online banlist by the following cards: [4]

Scryfall[edit | edit source]

Scryfall tracks the pauper legality of each card according to MTGO. Another way it simply to check it the card is Pauper legal and play only with the card that are.

List of all Pauper legal cards

Current Pauper Events[edit | edit source]

At the beginning of 2017 Magic Online Championship Series, WotC dropped Pauper as one of the formats the eligible to score QPs accompanied with the introduction of League System, Pauper was exclusively played in casual league which Treasure Chests are rewarded to good finishes. On the revision of event structure in 2017 May, Pauper Leagues was reintroduced as one of the QP scoring events in MOCS.

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