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The Prints & The Paper: Pauper-Legal "Non-Commons"

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This is a list of Paper Pauper-legal cards that have, at one time or another, been printed at a rarity other than Common.

Cards like Lightning Bolt and Rancor were printed as Commons and as Uncommons. That means they belong on this list. If you know of any cards like this that aren't already here, please suggest them, and thanks in advance for your help, support and +1s.

And for those of you who are curious about the "murky" rarities of older (aka, vintage) cards, check out this link. It has a lot of information about Pauper cards from older sets.

And finally, for a complete list of my Magic: The Gathering resources, check out the Obscure List of Obscure Lists, and the Encyclopaedia Magicka.



Boza says... #1

Lightning Bolt has exactly one non-promo printing that is uncommon and 11 printings as a common. Should probably not be on this list. Chromatic Lantern has one printing and it is a rare.

Pauper Staples list should be added to the list of lists.

Finally, rarity in the days of Fallen Empires and what not was muddy to say the least, check this thread for some more things to add to the list:


June 28, 2016 5:12 a.m.

Gattison says... #2

@ Boza: first of all, thanks for taking the time to comment, it is much appreciated. Secondly, maybe I'll change the wording in my description, because what I want to make is a list of EVERY card that was printed at common-rarity and any other rarity level. In the off chance that somebody is new to Magic in general and Pauper in specific, I want this list to be able to help them understand which "non-commons" are Pauper-legal.

My bad on Chromatic Lantern, thanks for the heads up.

"Murky-rarities" from Vintage days are little much for me to go through right now, but I will keep that in mind, and also post the link you gave me in the description, so people can research stuff themselves if they so wish.

Thanks again for your time and comment. =]

July 2, 2016 7:21 p.m.

piki10 says... #3

There's Rolling Thunder that as also been common

August 11, 2016 11:57 a.m.

CrimsonRum says... #4

Great list ty for the good work.

August 11, 2016 3:37 p.m.

Deruvid says... #5

I don't now if it's used in pauper, but Scion of the Wild has been down-scaled to common in MM2.

August 27, 2016 9:49 p.m.

Gattison says... #6

piki10: tyvm. added

CrimsonRum: my pleasure. thanks for the support.

Deruvid: I'll take any card, thanks. I don't care if it's a staple or not, I want this list to comprehensive in the end so suggest whatever.

September 25, 2016 7:22 p.m.

eunuch789 says... #7

Rukh Egg

October 1, 2016 1:12 a.m.

Gattison says... #8

thank-you for the help, eunuch789. ...and sorry to hear about your testicles. =P

October 1, 2016 5:35 p.m.

Atony1400 says... #9

Consume Spirit has a Mirrodin printing at common, and core set printings at uncommon.

October 5, 2016 9:23 p.m.

Gattison says... #10

Atony1400: added it a while ago. thanking you for it now.

October 14, 2016 12:15 p.m.

Atony1400 says... #11

No worries! Glad to help!

October 14, 2016 12:37 p.m.

Slurpeee says... #12

Propaganda too right? Propaganda

October 18, 2016 12:59 a.m.

Gattison says... #13

thank-you Slurpeee. added =)

October 18, 2016 6:14 p.m.

Greetings, good idea, I appreciate that you do this :)+1, and also: Sinkhole

October 19, 2016 9:50 a.m.

Gattison says... #15

DGMasterChief117: I appreciate your appreciation, as well as your participation! =) tyvm

October 19, 2016 5:58 p.m.

Gattison says... #16

Updated with a bunch of new cards.

Also, added a list of resources.

Thanks again to everybody who has helped, and don't be afraid to suggest more rarity-shifted commons whenever you come across them!

October 20, 2016 4:47 p.m.

Propaganda is actually uncommon only. But Gaea's Touch is common.

October 29, 2016 1:09 a.m.

Gattison says... #18

@ KillerKorpse99: not sure how I missed that. I usually double-check with the Gatherer before I add to the list, but thank you for the heads up! Greatly appreciated. =)

For future reference, if you click the appropriate box beneath your text when posting, you can add a card as a "suggestion." You get TO points whenever people accept your suggestion, so if you're into that, y'know... "suggest" stuff. I could have totally given you a point, bro. =) (...and still will, if you suggest the card.)

October 29, 2016 2:06 a.m.

Thanks, and np.

October 29, 2016 3 a.m.

PanVoid says... #20

Gravedigger has been both uncommon and common.

November 2, 2016 2:27 a.m.

Gattison says... #21

thank-you PanVoid. added. =)

November 2, 2016 6:09 p.m.

PanVoid says... #22

Thought I'd help out a ton with a list I found online that should help out a ton XD


November 2, 2016 11 p.m.

Gattison says... #23

PanVoid: Awesome find! You just helped out a ton with that list that helps out a ton. =P lol

I'll post the link in the descrip, and start filling in cards here soon. Thanks a ton. =D

November 3, 2016 1:59 a.m.

Atony1400 says... #24

The dreaded Sigiled Starfish is missing!

December 4, 2016 9:28 p.m.

Gattison says... #25

Atony1400: thanks again. added... in addition to...

A Massive Update! =D

Thanks to PanVoid and the fact that I finally remembered about it, this list got a huge amount additions tonight.

Now, the list should be pretty close to complete, so stay vigilant, fellow pauper people.

December 5, 2016 8:02 p.m.

KoriAne says... #26

Maybe would be better to specify that this list is valid just for paper Pauper. :)

December 12, 2016 4:46 a.m.

Gattison says... #27

KoriAne: probably a good idea, thanks. Though if I could, I'd like to make this legit for both paper and MTGO.

I actually have absolutely No experience with MTGO pauper at all, I've only ever played paper. If you don't mind me asking, what makes you say this list is for paper only?

Is it because of what I put in the sideboard? because those are banned cards, but I don't think I actually specified that anywhere.

Also, thanks for the view & comment! =)

December 12, 2016 6:12 p.m.

KoriAne says... #28

It's for some cards that are actually common in real, but were never published as such (or at all) in MTGO. Cards like Arenson's Aura (ice age was not published on line), Dark Heart of the Wood (same for The Dark) or like Pirate Ship (regarding this one: it actually never been common, and timeshifted cards are not legal in pauper...).

To make sure about the legality, I suggest search for the card in Cardhoarder, a site to buy magic cards for the on-line.

December 13, 2016 4:23 a.m.

cPOP says... #29

Hymn to Tourach is a Fallen Empires common.

January 15, 2017 9:58 p.m.

KoriAne says... #30

cPOP hymn to tourach is uncommon online, so is not legal in pauper.

January 16, 2017 9:16 a.m.

Gattison says... #31

Well... after much deliberation (and a whole lot of procrastination) I finally decided to make this a paper-specific list, as KoriAne suggested. Since I don't play MTGO and only play paper, I figure I should just focus on what I know.

Thus, I am adding Hymn to Tourach to this list, and thanking cPOP for suggesting it.

Thanks to everybody for your interest and support! =)

March 1, 2017 6:34 p.m.

Technomagus says... #32

The cycle of uncommon ETBT lands from OGW and SOI have all been downshifted to Common as of Amonkhet. Meandering River, Submerged Boneyard, Cinder Barrens, Timber Gorge, Tranquil Expanse, Forsaken Sanctuary, Highland Lake, Foul Orchard, Stone Quarry, and Woodland Stream.

September 10, 2017 1:37 a.m.

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