Historic Pauper

Historic Pauper is an unofficial MTG Arena constructed format which can be encountered during special events. It uses the same rules as Historic format, but only common cards are allowed. Thus this format is suitable for beginners who can easily create decks with their wildcards. Due to actual limitations of MTG Arena extensions (starting with Ixalan), Historic Pauper hasn't the whole cards list of the official MTG Pauper format. There's no way to play online Historic Pauper games and there's no ladder for this format. However, nothing stops you from playing Historic Pauper games with a friend by choosing "Historic" and restricting yourself to non-banned common cards.


Rules detailed here are specific to MTG Arena specific event. For official Pauper rules, see on MTG Wiki.

  • Your deck must be composed of at least 60 cards, and a maximum of 250 (MTG Arena limitation).
  • You must only use common cards. If a card exists in a set as a common on Arena, then this card is legal even if it's possible to find it in a higher rarity in another set.
  • Cards are limited to 4 copies except basic lands.
  • There's no sideboard in MTG Arena Pauper events, but you can have a 15-card sideboard if you want to play BO3 Historic Pauper in direct play.

Banned cards

As of 04/12/2023, the following cards are banned in Historic Pauper on MTG Arena:

Chatterstorm Galvanic Relay Mystic Sanctuary Persistent Petitioners Prophetic Prism Treasure Cruise
Banned cards in Historic Pauper


I don't see "Grapheshot" and "Monastery Swiftspear" in Historic Pauper ban list! Why?

"Grapheshot" and "Monastery Swiftspear" are banned in MTG Pauper and should also be banned on MTG Arena, but for now they only exist in their rare or uncommon version in MTG Arena, so they're automatically banned.