Pauper Links

This is a collection of useful Pauper links.


Dave Sin (JustSin)’s An Introduction to Competitive Pauper, 2nd Edition at

This is the definitive overview of the Competitive Pauper format and a highly recommended resource for any aspiring player.

Metagame Analysis

Event Results on Magic Online’s What’s Happening Page The original and best statistics website for both live Magic and Magic Online.

Alex Ullman’s MTG Facebook Page (Co-host of the Common Cause Podcast)


Alex Ullman’s column on

Chris Weavers′s Chris’s Plays on

Dave Sin (JustSin)’s Anything But on (on hiatus)


CastingCommons (Our Official Twitch Channel):

Brooks Clark (SpacejAm):

Grant Champion (Pitlord):

Joshua Claytor (JoshuaClaytor):

Jun Hayama (Ministered_by_Angels):

Mathew Stein (Swarm_of_Mats):


Casting Commons (Our Official YouTube Channel):

Sam Miller (saltoftheearth):

What is Pauper?

[Classic] Pauper Deck Construction (from Wizards):

Pauper is a Magic Online format in which all cards used must have been printed at the common rarity in Magic Online set or product. Common promo cards are only legal if the card has been printed at the common rarity in a set or product. Other than that, the usual rules for Constructed decks apply (a minimum deck size of 60 cards in the main deck, an optional 15 card sideboard, and so on). If a common version of a particular card was ever released on Magic Online, any versions of that card printed at other rarities are also legal in this format.

Example: Counterspell was a common card in the Seventh Edition core set, which was released on Magic Online. Counterspell was reprinted in Master’s Edition II with an uncommon expansion symbol. Both versions of the card can be used in the Pauper format.

Example: Hymn to Tourach, another uncommon from Master’s Edition II, is not legal for use in the Magic Online Pauper format. Even though Hymn to Tourach was printed as a common in the Fallen Empires set, that set was never released on Magic Online.

The Classic Pauper banned list is currently as follows:
Cranial Plating
Empty the Warrens
Frantic Search
Temporal Fissure