Making Pauper Simple and Easy at Your Local Magic Shop
My store has started attempting pauper as a format, whis caused me to do a metric ton of reading about how other shops have done Paper Pauper, these are some helpful options to run your Paper Pauper tournament: use this card pool and ban list and to post it weeks in advance at the physical locations, on your website, and on any social media you use.
All magic the gathering commons printed in paper and/or online except the following ban list:
Hymn to Tourach
Cloud of Faeries
Empty the Warrens
If a common version of a particular card was ever released in Magic paper or online, any version of that card is legal in this format.
Example: Counterspell was a common card in Seventh Edition Core Set. Counterspell was reprinted in Masters Edition II with an uncommon expansion symbol. Both versions of the card can now be used in pauper.
Other than that, the usual rules for constructed decks apply:
Minimum of 60 cards in the main deck
(There is no maximum size for main decks)
Up to 15 cards in your sideboard, if used
No more than 4 of any individual card in the main deck and sideboard combined (with the exception of basic lands)”
The reason for keeping all the commons printed on paper and/or online is so you don’t segregate any of your player base. Examples are below:
When you use only the MTGO common card pool you anger the magic player that has never looked at MTGO or possibly even the internet two ways(unclear). He sees someone using Chainer's Edict, printed only as an uncommon in paper, he is angry because he thinks they are cheating. He is wrong because Chainer's Edict was printed as a common in vintage masters on magic online, but he didn’t know that. The other reason he will be angry is he won’t be able to play some of his commons from his old sets. He will sit down to play a game of magic with his Mon's Goblin Raiders and he will have to replace them with basic lands. This could turn him away from the format forever.
When you use only the MTG paper card pool, you may anger the guy that wants to build the deck he has on MTGO. He comes to play his Chainer’s Edict, which is legal on MTGO pauper, and has to replace it with a basic land.
The reasons the shop wants it this way:
It keeps the most players happy, more players... more fun!
More cards are legal, a more diverse card pool.
It is the easiest card pool and ban list to stay aware of, less confusion... better tournament.
The shop should call the tournament Paper Pauper list the FNM as create your own Paper Pauper so that the judge at the shop will use this card pool and ban list instead of the one for MTGO, which some judges think is correct, or the other one I have seen that doesn’t incorporate the MTGO commons, which other judges think is correct.
I personally don’t like banning cards, especially in a play group that is small enough to hate out something, but after reading many forums I went with this ban list. Your local game store can always add to the ban list. I suggest caution in doing so.
If you have comment or corrections send them here firstname.lastname@example.org
Links that helped me come to these conclusions:
These cards aren’t printed in paper as common but are printed as common on MTGO and are legal:
Anaba Spirit Crafter
Claws of Wirewood
Drift of the Dead
Glasses of Urza
Jerrard of the Closed Fist
Kjeldoran Elite Guard
Knights of Thorn
Library of Leng
Peach Garden Oath
Red Cliffs Armada
Shu Elite Companions
Sir Shandlar of Eberyn
Skirk Drill Sergeant
Spoils of Victory
The Lady of the Mountain