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

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

Description[edit | edit source]

Pauper developed as a Magic Online-specific format, but gained official tabletop support in June 2019.[1] 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.

History[edit | edit source]

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

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.

Paper Pauper[edit | edit source]

Since Pauper used to be Magic Online specific format, it didn't extend to physical cards. Therefore the term Paper Pauper was used to distinguish it from its MTGO counterpart. This format included cards which were never printed at common in MTGO such as Sinkhole.

At first, Paper Pauper had no official banlist, . However due to the active community, many Magic players started to play Pauper with their physical cards, and applied the Online Banlist to their deck construction. In June, 2019, digital and paper rules were officially merged, and the definition of Pauper legality was expanded upon in June 2019 to include any card with a common printing in any paper or digital set. If the card is listed as a common on Gatherer from any set, it is legal in Pauper.[1] This added cards to the format that were not previously legal on Magic Online.

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.[2]

Tolarian approach[edit | edit source]

Tolarian Community College advised to extend the online banlist by the following cards when playing Paper Pauper:[3]

Three of these cards would become part of the official banlist when Pauper became an official DCI sanctioned format. Goblin Grenade and Merchant Scroll entered the format.

Scryfall[edit | edit source]

Scryfall tracks the pauper legality of each card according to MTGO. Allowing the player to check if a card is pauper legal or not.

List of all Pauper legal cards

Banned & Restricted[edit | edit source]

As of June 27, 2019, sixteen cards are banned in Pauper tournaments:[4][5][6][1]

Hada Freeblade, Spatial Contortion, and Circle of Flame appeared at common as promotional cards but are not considered part of the Pauper format.[7]

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