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30 Life Points
16 Commander Damage
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Pauper Commander, like Commander, is a multiplayer format typically played in pods of 3-4 players (though 1v1 is also fairly popular). It has been around since the early 2000's with varying rulesets. The most universally accepted rules are that each player starts with 30 life and plays a deck of 99 unique common cards (excluding basic lands) headed by an uncommon creature that is the deck's commander. Another difference is that a player may only sustain 16 damage from a single commander. Otherwise, the rules follow those of Commander.
There is often confusion over what constitutes a common or uncommon card. Pauper Commander does not follow the same legalities as Pauper, if a card has ever been printed at common or uncommon it is legal to play. This means cards that have only appeared at the common or uncommon rarity in online sets such as Chainer's Edict and Bastion Protector are legal to play. You can use the Scryfall search engine to find a card's rarity from any set.
There is currently no ban list for Pauper Commander.
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