Common Pauper Cards Legal in Modern

If you are looking to adapt a Pauper list to the Modern Pauper format, here is a look at the top 4 archetypes and which cards carry over from winning lists. I will add more decks to this article when I have a bit more time, but hope this will help get started.

How to test.

  1. Download a Pauper list and import it into MTGO as a Modern list.
  2. Immediately remove any cards flagged as “Not legal for this format.”
  3. In the sets filter, check each set from 8th Edition and up, ignoring “Timeshifted.” If you include SOI this will be 53 sets.
  4. Set the rarity filter to “Common.”
  5. OPTIONAL: Set low slider on quantity to “0” if you want to search cards you may not own.
  6. Using this filter, search for each remaining card in the list.
  7. If your card shows up when you search, this means it is legal. If it does not show up, the card is not legal. You can check your results using the lists below to verify if you are doing it right.

NOTE: Using the “format” filter won’t work, as it will show cards like Rancor that have been printed at common, though not in a Modern legal set. You have to use the “set” filter instead to filter out these cards.

#1: Delver

Sample list by The_zzz

[d title=”Legal cards”]
Maindeck
16 Island
2 Snow-Covered Island
4 Delver of Secrets
4 Faerie Miscreant
4 Ninja of the Deep Hours
1 Bonesplitter
4 Spire Golem
1 Vapor Snag
1 Relic of Progenitus
4 Spellstutter Sprite
Sideboard
3 Annul
2 Narcolepsy
3 Stormbound Geist [/d]

[d title=”NOT legal cards”]
Mainboard
4 Counterspell
1 Daze
3 Gush
4 Ponder
4 Preordain
3 Snap
Sideboard
1 Coral Net
3 Hydroblast
3 Serrated Arrows [/d]

#2: Stompy

Sample list by slizzard

[d title=”Legal cards”]
Mainboard
1 Epic Confrontation
16 Forest
4 Groundswell
2 Hunger of the Howlpack
2 Mutagenic Growth
4 Nest Invader
4 Nettle Sentinel
2 Bonesplitter
4 Skarrgan Pit-Skulk
3 Vault Skirge
4 Vines of Vastwood
4 Young Wolf
Sideboard
3 Epic Confrontation
2 Feed the Clan
4 Gleeful Sabotage
3 Scattershot Archer [/d]

[d title=”NOT legal cards”]
Maindeck
1 Brindle Shoat
4 Quirion Ranger
4 Rancor
1 River Boa
Sideboard
1 Brindle Shoat
2 Tangle [/d]

#3: Goblins

Sample list by Pjotrek666

[d title=”Legal cards”]
Maindeck
4 Foundry Street Denizen
4 Goblin Bushwhacker
4 Goblin Cohort
2 Hammerhand
4 Jackal Familiar
2 Lavastep Raider
4 Lightning Bolt
4 Mogg War Marshal
17 Mountain
Sideboard
3 Forge Devil
2 Immolating Souleater[/d]

[d title=”NOT legal cards”]
Mainboard
1 Chain Lightning
3 Goblin Sledder
4 Mogg Conscripts
4 Mogg Raider
3 Sparksmith
Sideboard
3 Death Spark
2 Goblin Vandal
2 Gorilla Shaman
2 Pyroblast
1 Sparksmith[/d]

#4: RUG “Don’t call me Temur” Tron

Sample list by DavidTron

[d title=”Legal cards”]
Maindeck
4 Ancient Stirrings
4 Chromatic Sphere
4 Expedition Map
4 Fangren Marauder
4 Haunted Fengraf
2 Prismatic Lens
4 Prophetic Prism
4 Sea Gate Oracle
1 Ulamog’s Crusher
2 Unknown Shores
4 Mulldrifter
4 Chromatic Star
Sideboard
4 Ancient Grudge
2 Electrickery
2 Ray of Revelation [/d]

[d title=”NOT legal cards”]
Maindeck
2 Chainer’s Edict
2 Firebolt
3 Rolling Thunder
4 Urza’s Mine
4 Urza’s Power Plant
4 Urza’s Tower

Sideboard
3 Circle of Protection: Red
4 Pyroblast[/d]