Pauper, the format of only commons, has had quite the storied history over the years. Now over a decade old, we've seen many things change in the format. Decks have come and go, some cards get banned, or else new ones overshadow the old ones. Now more than ever, players love to check out one of Magic's newest formats and all that it has to offer - especially as a great budgetary way to enter the game.
One thing I frequently see players ask for is quite simply a list of staples that might be playable in the format. Things that they can expect to see, use to tune up their decks, or else keep an eye out for with bulk boxes. We haven't had very much, though, as far as resources go in this department. Players can look up set reviews for the format with recent-ish sets or the list of cards that entered the format with the format unification and officialization last year. The only real "staples" list, however, is on MTGGoldfish, and this is usually more of a dynamically shifting list of cards that reflects the decks showing up in the current metagame.
In an effort to give players a better resource that they can use to enhance their deck-building in the Pauper format, I've compiled a list of format playables. These aren't just staples that you might see in top decks, but also cards that may have fallen out of favor or else only show up in lower tier decks. In a few cases - such as cards from the new Theros Beyond Death - I'm adding them in because I think they may have potential that hasn't been fully reached yet.
In order to compile this list, I've scoured through the entire Pauper library on Magic Online, pouring over thousands of commons to find the cream of the crop for you to explore. It's important to remember, however, that in going through so many cards, I've likely missed a small handful of playables. If I missed anything, feel free to make a note of it in the comments at the bottom of the page.
Over the next few weeks I'll be presenting you full image galleries so you can check out every card the format has to offer in all their glorious splendor. This week we're going to be looking over the White and Blue cards. Next week will be Black and Red cards, then Green and Multicolored cards, and finally Artifacts and Lands, with a small section for cards not yet released on Magic Online. For a more detailed look at a lot of the non-online cards, you can check out my Pauper Unification Review which features a full list of the cards added from unification.
With that all having been said, allow me to present to you the full list of Pauper playables in White and in Blue:
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