Have you heard about Magic: The Gathering’s newest sanctioned format? That’s right folks, Pauper, is finally getting recognized as a real format. Not only is it fun and budget friendly, it’s exciting, fast paced and competitive as well!
But what is Pauper, you might ask?
Pauper is a 60 card Magic format made popular by MTGO, Magic’s online counterpart, and only allows cards that were printed at common rarity at some point in the history of Magic! Dust off your lightning bolts and your counter spells, this format digs deep into the rich and diverse history of Magic for all the best cantrips ever printed! Now, because this format is one that’s been popularized by the online community, some of the commons that have never been released as a common online are not considered legal in format. Sounds confusing? Luckily the website www.scryfall.com will tell you after a simple search whether your cards are Pauper playable.
Ok, so we know what Pauper is, but what kind of nonsense can we actually get up to with only commons? The answer? Lots. From burn, to elves, and even turn one combo decks, you can find a strategy to suit you. Believe it or not, pauper is fast! Without disruption or an opposing battlefield, aggressive decks are able to win games on turns 2-5; whereas control decks aim to disrupt their opponents until later turns when they are able to play much more costly spells that command the board.
More recently, the Pauper format has been exploding in popularity, causing top tier Pauper deck prices to rise; but because it uses commons many of you may have full playset in bins and boxes and tucked in the far recesses of your collection. Unlike modern or vintage, there are only a handful of cards in the format that are so broken a reprint would be out of the question (looking at you gush). This means that we can expect to see more Pauper friendly commons packed into new products as the format gains popularity. (fingers crossed).
All that said, depending on availability of the cards, a competitive Pauper deck could be as inexpensive as 20 dollars if you get creative, but most decks will cost between 40-80 dollars. It’s important to keep in mind that this is an eternal format, save from bannings (which haven’t been too prominent…) the deck you build will be complete and unchanging, possibly for years to come.
Well, I hope to see everyone this Friday, March 2nd for our kickoff event! Rumours are there may be decks available for purchase or for rent, so come on out, bring a box of commons for trade and let’s play some Pauper!