Paper Pauper vs Pauper Online

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Posted on Nov. 26, 2017, 1:41 a.m. by Profet93

Why is it that people like pauper online much more than paper pauper? Paper pauper barely costs anything in general (and compared to 1k-4k EDH decks). Is it that pauper online is so much more accessible (easier to find opponents) or is the price difference so great?

I've been making paper pauper decks in hopes of finding players who engage in the format but so far I am out of luck.

What are your thoughts on this?

golffore297 says... #2

Honestly it's WoTC's fault if anything. They refuse to sanction Pauper tournaments in paper, like Pauper GPs, PPTQs, etc. Which honestly makes no sense, as having a cheap, competitive format would be a great way to get new players into the game.

You could always try to run a Pauper league of your own at your LGS.

November 26, 2017 3:19 p.m.

Mcabe says... #3

Yeah, paper pauper isn't supported very much but the price difference between the paper and online is actually more expensive, particularly staples like hydroblast and pyroblast

January 4, 2018 2:02 a.m.

malfeischylde says... #4

Now that paper pauper is getting GP side event support, I look forward to it going somewhere. I hope this doesn't super spike some of the prices, but I suppose these kinds of growing pains happen all the time. I just got my LGS on Long Island to begin supporting paper pauper tourneys. It felt good to play my fully foiled deck again. It felt like a paperweight for far too long. Since I have played since 1993, I had a whole boatload of commons, and own like 12 decks. I foiled mbc, as it was already an absurdly expensive deck, and minus the Barren Moors and Crypt Rats, the rest of the deck was relatively cheap to foil, anyway when I did.

January 8, 2018 10:11 p.m.

Profet93 says... #5


Is the GP side event you refer to only on the east coast or is there one in the west coast as well?

Is there a link/website in which Wizards states this?

January 9, 2018 2:03 a.m.

malfeischylde says... #6

It was at gp santa clara. There is a link to it and a tourney report on reddit

January 9, 2018 10:28 p.m.

Lostsorrow says... #7

Is there an official Ban/Restricted list for paper? It seems like its always LGS rules or MTGO list. It leads to confusion as there is no easy access to what is common in MTGO vs. Paper. Paper has so many broken cards for commons that are not on the MTGO list because it never exsisted in MTGO. Perfect example being Dark Ritual and Sinkhole. Only using this example because lots of people are salty about Sinkhole.

Dont get me wrong, I love having access to use broken cards like Lightning Bolt Sinkhole Dark Ritual Priest of Titania but there really needs to be an official Ban/Restricted list for the format. My only fear is that the format doesnt crash and burn like Tiny Leaders did (Yes there was a lot of drama and politics around TL which is a topic of its own)

EDH had its own website that was used for Gospel before Wizards decided to claim the format.

January 15, 2018 10:10 a.m.

Boza says... #8

There isnt one, and you are free to make up anything. There are over 300 cards that are commons offline that aren't online. Few of them actually matter though - Goblin Grenade, High Tide, Hymn to Tourach are the worst of those 300.

Additionally, Pauper's banlist is issued officially by wizards and is for MTGO use only. It does not consider paper, since it makes no sense to issue a banlist for a non-sanctioned format.

EDH Committee still has their website and are actually the ones that manage the banlist. They very recently allowed to play every single silver-bordered card in EDH for a month.

January 15, 2018 10:21 a.m.

Gattison says... #9

There are 407 paper-only commons (not on MTGO). There are 125 online-only commons (not in paper).

The Professor, at Tolarian Community College "officially" supports expanding the banlist for paper pauper to include Merchant Scroll, High Tide, Goblin Grenade, Hymn to Tourach and of course, Sinkhole. In addition to the ten cards banned on MTGO pauper.

I'll be posting an article on this topic in a couple weeks.

Also, pauper side events were held at GP Santa Clara, Houston, London and Indy. So there were actually four legit pauper events in January. We're getting closer!

As for a solution to your problems, I recommend going by the If there are any black (meaning common) set symbols on the card's page, then you can use it in paper. (Even if the card is only available as a common online. If Wizards said it was a common then it was a common, meaning pauper-legal, imho.) I find that easiest to go by.

And as for finding paper pauper players, I suggest spreading the word at your LGS. Maybe make a sign up sheet until you get about 8 people total who are interested in playing. Most LGSs will host any event players want if there are enough of them willing to pay the entry fee.

Good luck. Live long and Pauper!

January 27, 2018 4:03 p.m.

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