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

Legal cards

Maindeck (41)
16 Island
Snow-Covered Island
Delver of Secrets
Faerie Miscreant
Ninja of the Deep Hours
Bonesplitter
Spire Golem
Vapor Snag
Relic of Progenitus
Spellstutter Sprite
Sideboard (8)
Annul
Narcolepsy
Stormbound Geist

NOT legal cards

Mainboard (19)
Counterspell
Daze
Gush
Ponder
Preordain
Snap
Sideboard (7)
Coral Net
Hydroblast
Serrated Arrows

#2: Stompy

Sample list by slizzard

Legal cards

Mainboard (50)
Epic Confrontation
16 Forest
Groundswell
Hunger of the Howlpack
Mutagenic Growth
Nest Invader
Nettle Sentinel
Bonesplitter
Skarrgan Pit-Skulk
Vault Skirge
Vines of Vastwood
Young Wolf
Sideboard (12)
Epic Confrontation
Feed the Clan
Gleeful Sabotage
Scattershot Archer

NOT legal cards

Maindeck (10)
Brindle Shoat
Quirion Ranger
Rancor
River Boa
Sideboard (3)
Brindle Shoat
Tangle

#3: Goblins

Sample list by Pjotrek666

Legal cards

Maindeck (45)
Foundry Street Denizen
Goblin Bushwhacker
Goblin Cohort
Hammerhand
Jackal Familiar
Lavastep Raider
Lightning Bolt
Mogg War Marshal
17 Mountain
Sideboard (5)
Forge Devil
Immolating Souleater

NOT legal cards

Mainboard (15)
Chain Lightning
Goblin Sledder
Mogg Conscripts
Mogg Raider
Sparksmith
Sideboard (10)
Death Spark
Goblin Vandal
Gorilla Shaman
Pyroblast
Sparksmith

#4: RUG “Don’t call me Temur” Tron

Sample list by DavidTron

Legal cards

Maindeck (41)
Ancient Stirrings
Chromatic Sphere
Expedition Map
Fangren Marauder
Haunted Fengraf
Prismatic Lens
Prophetic Prism
Sea Gate Oracle
Ulamog’s Crusher
Unknown Shores
Mulldrifter
Chromatic Star
Sideboard (8)
Ancient Grudge
Electrickery
Ray of Revelation

NOT legal cards

Maindeck (19)
Chainer’s Edict
Firebolt
Rolling Thunder
Urza’s Mine
Urza’s Power Plant
Urza’s Tower
Sideboard (7)
Circle of Protection: Red
Pyroblast
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