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Historic Pauper – Midweek Magic Event Guide and Best Decklists

This guide will contain everything you need to know about the Midweek Magic: Historic Pauper event, including rewards and our exclusive sample decklists.

Hey everyone! I’m back to drop some of those hot Midweek Magic decks for you to jam your way to some easy victories. This week we are going to be playing the always popular Historic Pauper. That means I don’t have to make any budget decks and people are playing on a way more level playing field than normal. There haven’t been any major additions to the format since the last time we had it, but I did a bit of tinkering anyway.

There aren’t any banned cards so you can play anything you want as long as it’s a common on Arena. That doesn’t include real life commons that were upshifted on Arena. That means no Lightning Bolt or Brainstorm shenanigans.

I’m sure you want to get your deck lists and get your beat on so I’ll stop babbling. You just have to get through some event info and then you can click the buttons.

Event Details

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

Bring a 60-card Historic deck that contains only commons and basic lands. Look for some common ground with all those cards you’ve drafted and build something new!

Find out more details about this and upcoming Midweek Magic events HERE.

  • Duration: January 16th, 2024 @ 2:00 PM PST to January 18th, 2024 @ 2:00 PM 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

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

Decklists

More decks can be found below or in our deck database.

Selesnya Auras

This is one of my favorite historic pauper decks to jam, but that probably says a lot about who I am as a person. You just stack some auras on either an evasive or hexproof creature before piloting that battlecruiser straight towards your opponent’s face. Good times!

MWM HP Selesnya Auras
by j2sjosh
Buy on TCGplayer $54.91
Midweek Magic
best of 3
0 mythic
0 rare
0 uncommon
60 common
0
1
2
3
4
5
6+
Creatures (15)
4
Healer’s Hawk
$1.40
Instants (4)
4
Snakeskin Veil
$1.40
Enchantments (21)
4
Ethereal Armor
$3.96
2
Angelic Gift
$0.70
4
Ancestral Mask
$7.16
Lands (20)
8
Forest
$2.80
9
Plains
$3.15
60 Cards
$29.32

Red Spells

An oldie, but a goodie. Play tons of cheap cantrip spells while reaping the benefits by creating plenty of triggers from your creatures. Toasty!

MWM HP Red Spells
by j2sjosh
Buy on TCGplayer $28.84
Midweek Magic
best of 1
0 mythic
4 rare
4 uncommon
52 common
0
1
2
3
4
5
6+
Creatures (16)
4
Kiln Fiend
$1.40
Instants (8)
4
Shock
$1.40
Sorceries (16)
4
Crash Through
$1.40
4
Ancestral Anger
$1.56
Lands (20)
20
Mountain
$7.00
60 Cards
$28.68

Ninjas

The typical ninja plan of playing a one mana flyer followed by ninjutsuing in a card advantage machine to bury your opponent. It’s kind of ironic because they always see these ninjas coming, there’s just very little they can do about it.

MWM HP Ninjas
by j2sjosh
Buy on TCGplayer $82.62
Midweek Magic
best of 1
0 mythic
0 rare
0 uncommon
60 common
0
1
2
3
4
5
6+
Creatures (27)
4
Faerie Seer
$1.40
3
Cloudkin Seer
$1.05
4
Man-o’-War
$1.40
Instants (10)
4
Unsummon
$1.40
2
Spell Pierce
$0.98
4
Make Disappear
$1.40
Enchantments (3)
Lands (20)
20
Island
$7.00
60 Cards
$25.04

Mono Black Creatures

Cheap beatdown backed up by some removal with just enough card advantage to grind your opponent into dust.

MWM HP Mono Black Creatures
by j2sjosh
Buy on TCGplayer $65.55
Midweek Magic
best of 1
0 mythic
0 rare
0 uncommon
60 common
0
1
2
3
4
5
6+
Instants (8)
2
Disfigure
$0.70
Artifacts (4)
4
Bonesplitter
$1.40
Enchantments (4)
Lands (21)
21
Swamp
$7.35
60 Cards
$19.25

White Aggro

Efficient beatdown that will put your opponent on the backfoot the whole game. Just because we’ve been doing it since Magic started doesn’t mean that it will ever go out of style.

MWM HP White Aggro
by j2sjosh
Buy on TCGplayer $62.08
Midweek Magic
best of 1
0 mythic
0 rare
0 uncommon
60 common
0
1
2
3
4
5
6+
Instants (2)
Artifacts (4)
4
Bonesplitter
$1.40
Lands (20)
20
Plains
$7.00
60 Cards
$22.04

Complete List

Wrap Up

Thanks for reading! I’ll be back next week with MWM Brawl (formerly known as Historic Brawl) and the start of my limited coverage of Murders at Karlov Manor! Until then, stay classy people!

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j2sjosh
j2sjosh

Josh is a member of the elite limited team The Draft Lab as well as the host of The Draft Lab Podcast. He was qualifying for Pro Tours, Nationals, and Worlds literally before some of you were born. After a Magic hiatus to play poker and go to medical school, he has been dominating Arena with over an 80% win percentage in Bo3 as well as making #1 rank in Mythic.

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