Historic Pauper – Midweek Magic Event Guide and Decklists

Ninja of the Deep Hours Art by Dan Scott
Ninja of the Deep Hours Art by Dan Scott

This week’s Midweek Magic gives you another opportunity to play Historic Pauper! Remember, you can only use commons from any of the sets on Arena so you’ll have to get very creative!

As usual, players can enter the event for free, win some free Rare Individual Card Rewards (ICRs) and send a proof of your participation to your local game store (LGS) to obtain a Midweek Magic Promo Pack containing two cosmetic items. Below is everything you need to know about the event as well as the list of decks you can use for this event.

Check out the full schedule of the Midweek Magic events as well as other MTG Arena events on our event calendar.

Event Details

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

This week: Bring a 60-card Historic deck using only common cards and basic lands!

You can receive a code for a Midweek Magic Promo Pack containing two cosmetic items when you share your results with your local game store. Find out how HERE.

*Note: While supplies last. Not all stores are participating.

  • Duration: August 31, 2021 @ 8:00 AM PST to September 2, 2021 @ 8:00 AM PST
  • FormatHistoric 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

  • 1 Win: Rare Individual Card Reward (ICR)
  • 2 Wins: Rare Individual Card Reward (ICR)

Midweek Magic Promo Pack

In addition, you can contact your favorite local game store for a Midweek Magic code, either online or (where safe) in person, that can be redeemed for extra in-game rewards. You’ll be able to redeem up to one code every week, and each code redemption will reward you two in-game cosmetic items.

HOW TO GET A REWARD CODE FROM YOUR STORE

Some stores have robust online communities, and others may be forming them for the first time. If you’re already part of such a community, great! Check with them and get connected.

If you aren’t part of a local game store’s online community, or if they don’t have one set up, there are a couple ways you can get connected. One is to simply reach out to your store and ask. Another is to head to locator.wizards.com to find your local game store’s website. Many of them have set up online communities through DiscordWhatsApp, and Facebook, so you may have to join or download one of those applications.

Here’s how it works:

  1. Play in the event (win or lose as much as you want)
  2. Take a screenshot of your event page
  3. Go to locator.wizards.com to find your local game store’s website
  4. Join their social media channel
  5. Share your screenshot with a nice message on their channel
  6. Your store will message you a code* through that social media channel

*Note: While supplies last. Not all stores are participating. Limit one code per account. Sharing a screenshot with your local game store does not guarantee you will receive a code.

If you cannot find an appropriate store or just don’t want to bother with the whole process, you can buy the codes directly from trusted MTG Arena code vendors such as Gray Viking Games. For a few dollars, you can instantly obtain the code to the MTG Arena Promo Pack as well as codes from other products such as Prerelease, Planeswalker decks, Secret Lair sleeves, and more. For more information of MTG Arena codes, consult our full guide. Be sure to check them out!

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Historic Pauper Decklists (August 2021)

We have 10 brand new Historic Pauper decks for you, brewed up by DoggertQBones, to try for this event. Want more options? Check out more Historic Pauper decks in our deck database!


Historic Pauper Monowhite Aggro 

Creatures (29)
4
Faerie Guidemother
4
Healer's Hawk
4
Law-Rune Enforcer
4
Thraben Inspector
2
Cavalry Drillmaster
4
Gust Walker
3
Pegasus Courser
4
Trusted Pegasus
Spells (8)
4
Dauntless Unity
4
Raise the Alarm
Artifacts (3)
3
Bonesplitter
Lands (20)
20
Plains
Cards (60)

Where other players may go clunky, we’re going lean. Our curve is as low as any deck could reasonably play and can easily kill the opponent starting turn 4!

Historic Pauper Monoblue Tempo 

Creatures (24)
4
Faerie Miscreant
4
Faerie Seer
4
Cloudkin Seer
4
Man-o'-War
4
Ninja of the Deep Hours
4
Mulldrifter
Spells (6)
3
Spell Pierce
3
Into the Roil
Enchantments (6)
4
Bind the Monster
2
Bubble Snare
Lands (24)
22
Island
2
Lonely Sandbar
Cards (60)

A blend between aggression and interaction, Monoblue doesn’t have the best interaction for creatures, but it’s creatures are second to none. If you like tempo decks, this is the deck for you.

Historic Pauper Monoblack Aggro 

Creatures (22)
2
Grasping Scoundrel
4
Night Market Lookout
4
Serrated Scorpion
4
Shambling Ghast
4
Audacious Thief
4
Phyrexian Rager
Spells (4)
4
Grasp of Darkness
Artifacts (12)
4
Bonesplitter
4
Sky Skiff
4
Vault Skirge
Enchantments (2)
2
Dead Weight
Lands (20)
20
Swamp
Cards (60)

Similarly to Monowhite, we’re looking to go lean, but Monoblack gets access to nice removal on top of a solid curve. Furthermore, this deck has a lot of grindy capabilities with Audacious Thief and Phyrexian Rager at the top of the curve.

Historic Pauper Monoblack Control 

Creatures (18)
4
Shambling Ghast
2
Burglar Rat
4
Dusk Legion Zealot
4
Elderfang Disciple
4
Phyrexian Rager
Spells (10)
2
Deadly Dispute
4
Grasp of Darkness
4
Murder
Enchantments (8)
4
Dogged Pursuit
4
Ill-Gotten Inheritance
Lands (24)
4
Barren Moor
20
Swamp
Cards (60)

On the opposite end of the spectrum, this is one of my favorite Historic Pauper decks ever and it has only gotten better since I first brewed this a year or so ago. All your creatures accrue value at some point and you have the 8 life draining enchantments to grind out any opponent!

Historic Pauper Monored Aggro 

Creatures (28)
4
Fanatical Firebrand
4
Foundry Street Denizen
4
Goblin Javelineer
4
Scorch Spitter
4
Rimrock Knight
4
Thermo-Alchemist
4
Viashino Pyromancer
Spells (12)
4
Pillar of Flame
4
Shock
4
Skewer the Critics
Lands (20)
20
Mountain
Cards (60)

The final and perhaps best aggro deck on this list, Monored has always been a force to be reckoned with in Pauper as you have access to a lot of powerful and efficient spells even at the Common rarity.

Historic Pauper Monogreen Ramp 

Creatures (24)
4
Llanowar Elves
4
Llanowar Visionary
4
Sarulf's Packmate
4
Owlbear
4
Silverback Shaman
4
Greater Sandwurm
Spells (13)
4
Explore
4
Into the North
4
Field Trip
1
Leyline Invocation
Lands (23)
4
Desert of the Indomitable
19
Snow-Covered Forest
Cards (60)
Sideboard (7)
1
Environmental Sciences
2
Fractal Summoning
1
Expanded Anatomy
1
Introduction to Prophecy
1
Pest Summoning
1
Introduction to Annihilation

Green is great at ramping, so why deny what it clearly wants to do? This deck is perfectly straight forward and proactive: play some ramp then play huge threats.

Historic Pauper Simic Ramp 

Creatures (28)
4
Llanowar Elves
4
Llanowar Visionary
2
Man-o'-War
4
Sarulf's Packmate
4
Mulldrifter
4
Owlbear
2
Wavesifter
4
Striped Riverwinder
Spells (8)
4
Explore
4
Growth Spiral
Lands (24)
11
Forest
7
Island
2
Quandrix Campus
4
Thornwood Falls
Cards (60)

Similar to Monogreen, this deck is looking to ramp and then play some big threats, but getting access to Blue gives us a lot of excellent threats as well as Growth Spiral!

Historic Pauper Dimir Control 

Creatures (10)
4
Sea Gate Oracle
4
Mulldrifter
2
Reaper of Night
Spells (24)
4
Essence Scatter
2
Negate
4
Think Twice
4
Didn't Say Please
2
Murder
4
Ob Nixilis's Cruelty
4
Behold the Multiverse
Lands (26)
2
Barren Moor
4
Dismal Backwater
10
Island
2
Lonely Sandbar
2
Submerged Boneyard
6
Swamp
Cards (60)

If you like traditional Control decks, Dimir is here for you. You have a great suite of interaction and solid value creatures to keep your foot on the gas.

Historic Pauper Rakdos Sacrifice 

Creatures (22)
4
Grim Initiate
4
Shambling Ghast
4
Doomed Dissenter
4
Putrid Goblin
2
Sepulcher Ghoul
4
Defiant Salvager
Spells (16)
2
Bone Shards
4
Village Rites
2
Deadly Dispute
4
Goatnap
4
Price of Loyalty
Lands (22)
4
Bloodfell Caves
6
Mountain
2
Rakdos Guildgate
10
Swamp
Cards (60)

Now we’re delving into spicy territory! Historic Pauper tends to be pretty creature focused, so why not steal them from the opponents and use them better than they could!

Historic Pauper Orzhov Reanimator 

Creatures (20)
4
Dusk Legion Zealot
4
Miasmic Mummy
4
First-Sphere Gargantua
4
Soul of Migration
4
Yoked Plowbeast
Spells (16)
4
Bone Shards
4
Murder
4
Late to Dinner
4
Rise Again
Lands (24)
8
Plains
4
Scoured Barrens
1
Silverquill Campus
11
Swamp
Cards (60)

The final and perhaps coolest deck on the list, this deck is looking to get a big threat in the graveyard through one of our early plays and bring it back with one of our 8 reanimation spells! Turn 4 Evoked Soul of Migration into turn 5 bring it back is a pretty absurd play in Pauper!

Terence

Korean gamer in Australia. Proud owner of the DotGG and its network of websites. I especially enjoy fantasy worlds, role-playing games, and collecting things! Favorite games include World of Warcraft, Magic: The Gathering, and League of Legends.

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. ­čÖé