In this format, all cards must have been printed at common rarity in a Magic Online set or product. Common promo cards are only legal if the card meets that qualification. If a common version of a particular card was ever released on Magic Online, any version of that card is legal in this format.

Example: Counterspell was a common card in Seventh Edition core set online. Counterspell was reprinted in Masters Edition II with an uncommon expansion symbol. Both versions of the card can now be used in Pauper.

Other than that, the usual rules for Constructed decks apply:

  • Minimum of 60 cards in the main deck (there is no maximum size for main decks).
  • Up to 15 cards in your sideboard, if used.
  • No more than 4 of any individual card in the main deck and sideboard combined (with the exception of basic lands).
  • Here is our current list of Legal Pauper Magic cards. Cards not on this list are not legal for play in Pauper tournaments run by ChannelFireball.

This list is intended to match the legality of cards in the MTGO Pauper format. If you notice a discrepancy between this list and MTGO legality in Pauper, please email us at