Historic Pauper – Midweek Magic Event Guide and Decklists – December 2021

Wretched Throng Art by Filip Burburan
Wretched Throng Art by Filip Burburan

Hello everyone! This week’s Midweek Magic is Historic Pauper! For those who don’t know, Pauper is actually one of my favorite formats on Arena. It forces you to be extremely creative in deck building and you often get rewarded by surprisingly powerful decks and deep game play. If you like trying out something new, but still want something interesting, you can’t do better than Pauper.

Players can enter the event for free, win some free Rare Individual Card Rewards (ICRs) and a random cosmetic item on the third win. Below is everything you need to know about the event as well as the list of decks you can use for this event.


Event Details

Welcome to Midweek Magic! Each week, try out a different way to play MTG Arena!

Build a 60-card Historic deck using only common rarity cards—no uncommons, rares, or mythic rares allowed!

  • Duration: December 21, 2021 @ 8:00 AM PST to December 23, 2021 @ 8:00 AM PST
  • Format: Historic Pauper
  • Entry Fee: Free
  • Ends After: You can play as much as you like for the duration of the event.
  • Match Structure: Best-of-one matches (BO1)

Event Rewards

Please note, starting with Innistrad: Crimson Vow, the Midweek Magic promotion given out by your local game store has now phased out, and now replaced with an additional reward on the third win.

WinsReward
1 WinRare Individual Card Reward (ICR)
2 WinsRare Individual Card Reward (ICR)
3 WinsOne Random Cosmetic Item

Historic Pauper Decklists (December 2021)

We have 11 new and updated Historic Pauper decks that feature some the most powerful common cards for use to choose from! Since the format never rotates, you can find older Historic Pauper decks over at the deck database.

Historic Pauper Monowhite Aggro
by DoggertQBones
Historic Artisan
best of 1
0 mythic
0 rare
0 uncommon
60 common
0
1
2
3
4
5
6+
Creatures (32)
4
Healer’s Hawk
$1.00
4
Gust Walker
$1.00
4
Trusted Pegasus
$1.00
Instants (5)
1
Raise the Alarm
$0.25
4
Dauntless Unity
$1.00
Artifacts (3)
3
Bonesplitter
$0.75
Lands (20)
20
Plains
$5.00
60 Cards
$17.16

If you’re unsure what direction to take, Monowhite is always a great option. With a brutal curve, you can easily get under any opponent.

Historic Pauper Monoblue Tempo
by DoggertQBones
Historic Artisan
best of 1
0 mythic
6 rare
0 uncommon
54 common
0
1
2
3
4
5
6+
Creatures (28)
4
Faerie Seer
$3.96
4
Wretched Throng
$1.00
4
Cloudkin Seer
$1.00
4
Man-o’-War
$1.00
4
Mulldrifter
$2.36
Instants (5)
3
Syncopate
$0.75
2
Spell Pierce
$11.98
Enchantments (4)
Lands (23)
22
Island
$5.50
1
Lonely Sandbar
$0.25
60 Cards
$39.76

It’s weird to think Monoblue creatures would be a good deck in most formats, but it’s very powerful and an absolute blast in Pauper!

Historic Pauper Monoblack Midrange
by DoggertQBones
Historic Artisan
best of 1
0 mythic
0 rare
4 uncommon
56 common
0
1
2
3
4
5
6+
Creatures (18)
4
Shambling Ghast
$2.76
4
Phyrexian Rager
$1.00
Instants (8)
4
Murder
$1.00
Artifacts (1)
1
Blood Fountain
$0.25
Enchantments (8)
4
Dogged Pursuit
$1.00
Lands (25)
21
Swamp
$5.25
4
Barren Moor
$1.00
60 Cards
$16.92

If Pauper is one of my favorite formats, Monoblack Midrange is one of my favorite decks in the format! Slowly grind out the opponent with drain enchantments and card advantage.

Historic Pauper Monored Burn
by DoggertQBones
Historic Artisan
best of 1
0 mythic
0 rare
4 uncommon
56 common
0
1
2
3
4
5
6+
Instants (4)
4
Shock
$7.16
Sorceries (12)
4
Pillar of Flame
$1.00
Lands (20)
20
Mountain
$5.00
60 Cards
$23.48

Some people want to watch the world burn, trust me I get it. Going fast, but also having a lot of reach is the largest advantage of playing this deck.

Historic Pauper Monogreen Ramp
by DoggertQBones
Historic Artisan
best of 1
0 mythic
23 rare
0 uncommon
37 common
0
1
2
3
4
5
6+
Creatures (25)
4
Llanowar Elves
$2.36
4
Owlbear
$1.00
Sorceries (12)
4
Explore
$1.00
4
Into the North
$7.96
4
Field Trip
$1.00
Lands (23)
60 Cards
$56.54
7 Cards
$1.75

While many of these decks look to go low, you can go high as well Monogreen has a litany of ramp options and great mid and late game creatures.

Historic Pauper Orzhov Reanimator
by DoggertQBones
Historic Artisan
best of 1
0 mythic
0 rare
4 uncommon
56 common
0
1
2
3
4
5
6+
Creatures (20)
4
Miasmic Mummy
$1.00
4
Yoked Plowbeast
$1.00
Instants (4)
4
Murder
$1.00
Sorceries (12)
4
Bone Shards
$1.00
4
Late to Dinner
$1.40
4
Rise Again
$1.00
Lands (24)
9
Plains
$2.25
11
Swamp
$2.75
4
Scoured Barrens
$1.00
60 Cards
$15.56

I can’t love a deck more than Monoblack Midrange, but Orzhov Reanimator is definitely creeping up there. It’s so different to your standard Pauper fare and so strong you can’t but love it too!

Historic Pauper Izzet Tempo
by DoggertQBones
Historic Artisan
best of 1
0 mythic
19 rare
0 uncommon
41 common
0
1
2
3
4
5
6+
Creatures (15)
4
Faerie Seer
$3.96
3
Mulldrifter
$1.77
Instants (23)
4
Consider
$9.16
4
Frost Bite
$1.00
4
Lofty Denial
$1.00
4
Fire Prophecy
$1.00
Lands (22)
2
Evolving Wilds
$0.50
4
Volatile Fjord
$2.76
60 Cards
$62.7

Monoblue Tempo is great, but adding Red gives you cheap removal as well which is obviously extremely helpful.

Historic Pauper Azorius Affinity
by DoggertQBones
Historic Artisan
best of 1
0 mythic
0 rare
0 uncommon
60 common
0
1
2
3
4
5
6+
Creatures (32)
4
Arcbound Mouser
$1.00
4
Vault Skirge
$2.76
4
Chrome Courier
$1.00
4
Steelfin Whale
$1.00
4
Myr Enforcer
$2.36
Artifacts (6)
2
Bonesplitter
$0.50
Lands (22)
9
Island
$2.25
9
Plains
$2.25
4
Tranquil Cove
$1.00
60 Cards
$18.12

If you like Aggro decks, but want something more off the beaten path then this deck is for you! Azorius Affinity has the classic curve of an Aggro deck, but can cheat in fatties early in the game!

Historic Pauper Dimir Control
by DoggertQBones
Historic Artisan
best of 1
0 mythic
4 rare
1 uncommon
55 common
0
1
2
3
4
5
6+
Creatures (12)
4
Wretched Throng
$1.00
4
Sea Gate Oracle
$1.00
4
Mulldrifter
$2.36
Instants (21)
4
Syncopate
$1.00
4
Think Twice
$1.00
4
Essence Scatter
$1.00
1
Murder
$0.25
Artifacts (1)
1
Blood Fountain
$0.25
Lands (26)
10
Island
$2.50
6
Swamp
$1.50
2
Barren Moor
$0.50
2
Lonely Sandbar
$0.50
60 Cards
$16.36

Don’t worry Control junkies I have your back. If you like never letting your opponent do their thing, Dimir is the absolute best at making that (not) happen.

Historic Pauper Rakdos Sacrifice
by DoggertQBones
Artisan
best of 1
0 mythic
0 rare
0 uncommon
60 common
0
1
2
3
4
5
6+
Creatures (24)
4
Shambling Ghast
$2.36
4
Grim Initiate
$1.00
4
Sepulcher Ghoul
$1.00
4
Putrid Goblin
$1.00
Instants (4)
4
Deadly Dispute
$11.96
Sorceries (10)
2
Bone Shards
$0.50
4
Bloody Betrayal
$1.00
Lands (22)
7
Mountain
$1.75
11
Swamp
$2.75
4
Bloodfell Caves
$1.00
60 Cards
$27.32

If you like beating up on the many creature decks you’re going to see, there’s no better deck to tackle them with than Rakdos! Steal their creatures and eat them up!

Historic Pauper Selesnya Auras
by DoggertQBones
Historic Artisan
best of 1
0 mythic
0 rare
0 uncommon
60 common
0
1
2
3
4
5
6+
Creatures (15)
4
Vault Skirge
$2.76
Instants (4)
4
Snakeskin Veil
$3.96
Enchantments (21)
4
Angelic Gift
$1.00
4
Ancestral Mask
$9.16
Lands (20)
9
Forest
$3.15
11
Plains
$2.75
60 Cards
$29.18

For the final deck of the list, Selesnya Auras is yet another weird aggressive strategy you can try if you like going tall rather than going wide.

DoggertQBones

Robert "DoggertQBones" Lee is the content manager of MTGAZone and a high ranked Arena player. He has one GP Top 8 and pioneered popular archetypes like UB 8 Shark, UB Yorion, and GW Company in Historic. Beyond Magic, his passions are writing and coaching! Join our community on Twitch and Discord.

2 Responses

  1. Albel says:

    Gotta love your monoblack contol idea in a creature heavy pauper environment. I play it with just 8 discard creatures and fill the rest with removal. Winning has never felt easier. 🙂