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Historic Pauper – Midweek Magic Event Guide and Decklists

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. Fully updated for the July 2022 event.


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: July 19, 2021 @ 8:00 AM PST to July 21, 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

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

Historic Pauper Decklists (July 2022)

We have 20 Historic Pauper decks (and more from the community) that feature some the most powerful common cards for use to choose from! Since the format never rotates, you can find other Historic Pauper decks as well as ones sourced from the community 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
$15.4

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 Mono Blue Tempo
by DoggertQBones
Artisan
best of 1
0 mythic
5 rare
0 uncommon
55 common
0
1
2
3
4
5
6+
Creatures (28)
4
Faerie Seer
$5.16
4
Wretched Throng
$1.00
4
Cloudkin Seer
$1.00
4
Man-o’-War
$1.00
4
Mulldrifter
$1.40
Instants (5)
1
Spell Pierce
$0.25
4
Make Disappear
$1.00
Enchantments (4)
Lands (23)
22
Island
$5.50
1
Lonely Sandbar
$0.25
60 Cards
$27.72

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 Mono Blue Ninjas
by DoggertQBones
Artisan
best of 1
0 mythic
2 rare
0 uncommon
58 common
0
1
2
3
4
5
6+
Instants (10)
4
Unsummon
$1.00
2
Spell Pierce
$0.50
4
Make Disappear
$1.00
Enchantments (4)
Lands (22)
18
Island
$4.50
4
Lonely Sandbar
$1.00
60 Cards
$27.32

In a similar vein to Mono Blue Tempo, Mono Blue Ninjas has similar stylings, but with the added layer of Ninjas to get more value!

Historic Pauper Mono Black Aggro
by DoggertQBones
Historic Artisan
best of 1
0 mythic
0 rare
0 uncommon
60 common
0
1
2
3
4
5
6+
Creatures (23)
4
Audacious Thief
$1.00
4
Blade Juggler
$1.00
Instants (4)
Artifacts (5)
3
Bonesplitter
$0.75
Enchantments (6)
2
Dead Weight
$0.50
Lands (22)
20
Swamp
$5.00
2
Barren Moor
$0.50
60 Cards
$14

With cheap aggressive creatures and solid removal, Mono Black aggro has a solid game plan against the other strategies of Pauper.

Historic Pauper Monoblack Midrange
by DoggertQBones
Historic Artisan
best of 1
0 mythic
0 rare
0 uncommon
60 common
0
1
2
3
4
5
6+
Creatures (18)
4
Shambling Ghast
$3.16
4
Phyrexian Rager
$1.00
Instants (8)
4
Murder
$1.00
Artifacts (1)
1
Blood Fountain
$0.49
Enchantments (8)
4
Dogged Pursuit
$1.00
Lands (25)
21
Swamp
$5.25
4
Barren Moor
$1.00
60 Cards
$17.4

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 Mono Black Zombies
by DoggertQBones
Artisan
best of 1
0 mythic
0 rare
0 uncommon
60 common
0
1
2
3
4
5
6+
Creatures (28)
4
Festering Mummy
$1.00
4
Shambling Ghast
$3.16
2
Lazotep Reaver
$0.50
4
Putrid Goblin
$1.40
4
Ghoulraiser
$1.00
2
Diregraf Horde
$0.50
Instants (3)
Sorceries (2)
Enchantments (3)
3
Dead Weight
$0.75
Lands (24)
22
Swamp
$5.50
2
Barren Moor
$0.50
60 Cards
$16.56

Easily one of the most synergistic decks in this format, Mono Black Zombies can grind into the late game and then quickly burst the opponent down with Gempalm Polluter.

Historic Pauper Mono Red Spells
by DoggertQBones
Historic Artisan
best of 1
0 mythic
4 rare
4 uncommon
52 common
0
1
2
3
4
5
6+
Creatures (16)
4
Kiln Fiend
$1.16
Instants (4)
4
Shock
$1.00
Sorceries (20)
4
Pillar of Flame
$1.00
4
Crash Through
$1.00
4
Ancestral Anger
$1.96
Lands (20)
20
Mountain
$5.00
60 Cards
$19.48

If you like playing Prowess style decks, Mono Red has plenty of spells matters creatures and a lot of spells that cantrip to accelerate through your deck and the opponent’s life total!

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
$1.00
Sorceries (12)
4
Pillar of Flame
$1.00
Lands (20)
20
Mountain
$5.00
60 Cards
$22.92

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 Mono Green Aggro
by DoggertQBones
Artisan
best of 1
0 mythic
0 rare
0 uncommon
60 common
0
1
2
3
4
5
6+
Creatures (30)
4
Llanowar Elves
$1.40
4
Jewel Thief
$1.00
2
Hooded Brawler
$0.50
4
Thriving Rhino
$1.00
Instants (8)
4
Snakeskin Veil
$1.00
4
Ram Through
$1.16
Lands (22)
20
Forest
$5.00
60 Cards
$15.56

Looking to curve out as fast as possible, Mono Green Aggro has cheap, high powered creatures to kill the opponent ASAP.

Historic Pauper Mono Green Ramp
by DoggertQBones
Artisan
best of 1
0 mythic
4 rare
0 uncommon
56 common
0
1
2
3
4
5
6+
Creatures (25)
4
Llanowar Elves
$1.40
2
Jewel Thief
$0.50
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
$45.92
7 Cards
$1.75

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

Historic Pauper Orzhov Reanimator
by DoggertQBones
Historic
best of 1
0 mythic
0 rare
0 uncommon
60 common
0
1
2
3
4
5
6+
Creatures (20)
4
Miasmic Mummy
$1.00
2
Yoked Plowbeast
$0.50
2
Guardian Naga
$0.50
Instants (4)
4
Sewer Plague
$0.00
Sorceries (12)
4
Bone Shards
$1.00
4
Late to Dinner
$1.00
4
Summon Undead
$1.00
Lands (24)
9
Plains
$2.25
11
Swamp
$2.75
4
Scoured Barrens
$1.00
60 Cards
$14

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 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
$1.96
4
Chrome Courier
$1.00
4
Steelfin Whale
$1.00
4
Myr Enforcer
$1.16
Artifacts (6)
2
Bonesplitter
$0.50
Lands (22)
9
Island
$2.25
9
Plains
$2.25
4
Tranquil Cove
$1.00
60 Cards
$16.12

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 Azorius Blink
by DoggertQBones
Historic
best of 1
0 mythic
4 rare
0 uncommon
56 common
0
1
2
3
4
5
6+
Creatures (24)
4
Cloudkin Seer
$1.00
4
Man-o’-War
$1.00
4
Mulldrifter
$1.40
Instants (8)
4
Cloudshift
$1.40
2
Momentary Blink
$0.50
2
Blur
$0.50
Enchantments (4)
4
Candletrap
$1.00
Lands (24)
9
Island
$2.25
11
Plains
$2.75
4
Tranquil Cove
$1.00
60 Cards
$16.2

Want every card in your deck to replace itself? Then you have to play Blink! Every creature provides value so you’ll never run out of things to do!

Historic Pauper Dimir Control
by DoggertQBones
Historic Artisan
best of 1
0 mythic
4 rare
0 uncommon
56 common
0
1
2
3
4
5
6+
Creatures (12)
4
Wretched Throng
$1.00
4
Sea Gate Oracle
$1.00
4
Mulldrifter
$1.40
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
$0.49
Lands (26)
10
Island
$2.50
6
Swamp
$1.50
2
Barren Moor
$0.50
2
Lonely Sandbar
$0.50
60 Cards
$15.64

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 Gruul Aggro
by DoggertQBones
Artisan
best of 1
0 mythic
0 rare
0 uncommon
60 common
0
1
2
3
4
5
6+
Creatures (32)
4
Llanowar Elves
$1.40
4
Rimrock Knight
$1.00
4
Aether Chaser
$1.00
4
Jewel Thief
$1.00
4
Thriving Rhino
$1.00
4
Frenzied Arynx
$1.00
Instants (4)
4
Shock
$1.00
Sorceries (2)
2
Strangle
$0.50
Lands (22)
9
Forest
$2.25
9
Mountain
$2.25
60 Cards
$15.4

Another powerful aggressive option, Gruul uses the best of Red and Green to have the highest creature quality as well as solid removal.

Historic Pauper Izzet Tempo
by DoggertQBones
Artisan
best of 1
0 mythic
3 rare
0 uncommon
57 common
0
1
2
3
4
5
6+
Creatures (15)
4
Faerie Seer
$5.16
3
Mulldrifter
$1.05
Instants (19)
4
Consider
$11.96
4
Frost Bite
$1.00
4
Lofty Denial
$1.00
Sorceries (4)
4
Strangle
$1.00
Lands (22)
4
Volatile Fjord
$3.96
60 Cards
$71.38

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

Historic Pauper Rakdos Madness
by DoggertQBones
Historic
best of 1
0 mythic
0 rare
0 uncommon
60 common
0
1
2
3
4
5
6+
Creatures (16)
4
Cabal Initiate
$1.00
4
Kitchen Imp
$1.00
Instants (4)
4
Fiery Temper
$1.00
Sorceries (16)
4
Bone Shards
$1.00
4
Terminal Agony
$1.00
Artifacts (2)
2
Blood Fountain
$0.98
Lands (22)
9
Mountain
$2.25
9
Swamp
$2.25
4
Tramway Station
$1.00
60 Cards
$20.44

Looking to leverage every Madness card available, Rakdos Madness is a weird blend of value and aggro that is surely a blast to play!

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
$3.16
4
Grim Initiate
$1.00
4
Body Dropper
$1.00
4
Putrid Goblin
$1.40
Instants (4)
4
Deadly Dispute
$9.96
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
$26.52

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
$1.96
Instants (4)
4
Snakeskin Veil
$1.00
Enchantments (21)
4
Angelic Gift
$1.00
4
Ancestral Mask
$13.96
Lands (20)
9
Forest
$2.25
11
Plains
$2.75
60 Cards
$28.92

Selesnya Auras is yet another weird aggressive strategy you can try if you like going tall rather than going wide.

Historic Pauper Simic Ramp
by DoggertQBones
Historic Artisan
best of 1
0 mythic
6 rare
0 uncommon
54 common
0
1
2
3
4
5
6+
Creatures (26)
4
Llanowar Elves
$1.40
4
Owlbear
$1.00
4
Mulldrifter
$1.40
Instants (4)
4
Growth Spiral
$2.76
Sorceries (6)
2
Explore
$0.50
4
Into the North
$7.96
Lands (24)
4
Thornwood Falls
$1.00
4
Rimewood Falls
$5.96
60 Cards
$57.4

Having access to both ramp and interaction, Simic can quickly churn out huge threats and has plenty of card advantage to always give you something to do.


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