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”]
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
3 Annul
2 Narcolepsy
3 Stormbound Geist [/d]

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

#2: Stompy

Sample list by slizzard

[d title=”Legal cards”]
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
3 Epic Confrontation
2 Feed the Clan
4 Gleeful Sabotage
3 Scattershot Archer [/d]

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

#3: Goblins

Sample list by Pjotrek666

[d title=”Legal cards”]
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
3 Forge Devil
2 Immolating Souleater[/d]

[d title=”NOT legal cards”]
1 Chain Lightning
3 Goblin Sledder
4 Mogg Conscripts
4 Mogg Raider
3 Sparksmith
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”]
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
4 Ancient Grudge
2 Electrickery
2 Ray of Revelation [/d]

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

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

Community League #9: Modern Pauper

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Community League #9: Format and Rules

Modern Pauper uses commons only from Modern-legal sets. To be legal a card must have been printed as a common in a set that is legal in Modern. Cards that were commons in earlier sets and reprinted as uncommons in a Modern-legal set are not allowed. We will use the Modern filter on MTGO. Cards from both the Pauper banned list and Modern banned lists are NOT allowed for this format..

First pairings go up on April 8.

I will post the first pairings on April 8 and will also send out an email with contact information. I try very hard NOT to send people lots of emails. It is up to you to keep track on the site and get in touch with your opponents promptly. After that, you will have to check the site for your next pairings, which will go up on Friday each week. It will be up to each participant to contact their opponent by email to set up their match for the week. Don’t wait for your opponents contact you; be proactive!

For this event I am going to be very strict concerning players that don’t communicate well. If your opponent says they are having a hard time getting in touch with you, and you don’t respond to my follow-up email in a timely fashion, your opponent will get the win for that week and you may be removed from the event. Check your email, respond to your email, email your opponents, email me. Short notes are fine, but KEEP IN TOUCH!

We will play 4-6 weeks of Swiss and then cut to top 8 with the goal to finish the league by the end of May.

League Rules

1. Modern Pauper uses common-rarity cards from the Modern card pool. We will play one match per week and you can change lists as often as you like.

2. Duels will be 1v1 and fought in matches best 2 out of 3. You get 3 points for a match win, 1 point for a draw, and 0 points for a loss. A BYE counts as a win. Match timers should be set to the default of 25 minutes.

3. We will use Challonge to track this event. It is the responsibility of the winner to report their win. Report by the end of Thursday each week.

4. Communicate early and often. I will only send out the one email with all your contact information. Don’t lose it! Get in touch by email (it is much more effective than waiting around on MTGO). If no one communicates with each other or with me, that week’s pairing will be considered a draw and one or both players may be removed from the league. If one person is attempting to communicate and the other person is not, they should let me know. I will attempt to solve issues when I can, but when that doesn’t work out, the person who is trying to communicate will always get the win. Don’t wait until the last minute.

5. After the initial email all official league announcements will happen here on the site. You can always stay up to date with the link on the home page or by keeping tabs on the Events page. You can also get updates by liking us on Facebook or following me on Twitter @bava_mtg.

6. We’ll play 4-6 weeks of Swiss and then cut to Top 8. The league will end by May 30.

7. You can drop at any time. Please let me know if you’d like to drop before the next week’s pairings go up. You will always be welcomed back into subsequent league events.

8. Contact me if you have any questions.

Banned Lists

We are banned cards from BOTH the Modern and Pauper banned lists for this event. That means these common-rarity cards are banned.

Cards banned via Pauper banned list:

  • Cloudpost
  • Cranial Plating
  • Empty the Warrens
  • Grapeshot
  • Treasure Cruise

Cards banned via Modern banned list:

  • Ancient Den
  • Cloudpost
  • Great Furnace
  • Ponder
  • Preordain
  • Seat of the Synod
  • Seething Song
  • Treasure Cruise
  • Tree of Tales
  • Vault of Whispers

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