Pauper format is a Magic Online-specific constructed format of Magic: The Gathering, in which only common cards are allowed. The restriction to common cards found in Pauper format can easily be combined with other formats, such as Standard, Modern, or Block Constructed.
Pauper Standard is also a Magic Online sanctioned format.
Pauper Magic is often confused with Peasant Magic, which allows up to five cards of uncommon rarity to be included in each player's library.
Banned & Restricted[edit | edit source]
At the moment (18th January 2016) nine cards are banned in Pauper tournaments: 
- Cranial Plating
- Frantic Search
- Empty the Warrens
- Temporal Fissure
- Treasure Cruise
- Cloud of Faeries
No cards are restricted in Pauper tournaments.
Community[edit | edit source]
On MTGO, one active community of players of Pauper Magic comprise the Pauper Deck Challenge or PDC. Their combined chat room is PDC, and is a central meeting spot for the format.
Paper Pauper[edit | edit source]
Since Pauper is a Magic Online specific format, it does not extend to physical cards. Therefore the term Paper Pauper is used to distinguish it from its MTGO counterpart.
Paper Pauper has also no official banlist. However due to the active community many Magic player started play Pauper with their physical cards applying the Online Banlist to their deck construction.
The restriction that only common cards are allowed is surprisingly difficult to apply to earlier sets, because the so called C1 commons are effectively as rare as uncommons, but are printed on the common sheet. Gatherer lists these cards as common, while Magiccards Info lists them as uncommon. 
Current Pauper Events[edit | edit source]
- QPDC, Monday Nights, Classic
- TPDC, Tuesday Nights, Classic
- SPDC, Thursday Nights, Standard
- Mini-PDC, Saturday Mornings, Classic
- Euro-PDC, Saturday Afternoons, Classic
- 4PDC, Saturday Mornings, Standard
References[edit | edit source]
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- Wizards of the Coast. (November 08, 2008.) "Only the Commons, All the Fun", Daily MTG, magicthegathering.com, Wizards of the Coast. [dead link]
- PauperMagic.com — Homepage of the Pauper Deck Challenge.
- PDCMagic.com — A very comprehensive website maintained by the PDC community.