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A Comprehensive List of Pauper Playable: Black and Red


Welcome back everyone to another week of Pauper playables! In case you missed it last week, I wrote about and listed all of the White and Blue cards that you're likely to see in the Pauper format. This week continues with the Black and Red cards, with the remaining cards coming in the two weeks thereafter. By popular request, I'll also do an additional piece featuring a full text list of these cards for those who might prefer that over the visual spoiler look of these pieces.

As a reminder, these lists pull cards generally based on at least one of the following criteria:

  • Has shown up in a proven, tier deck.
  • Is a popular favorite among lower tier decks.
  • May have fallen out of favor recently but still good at one point and may be good here or there.
  • Is a newer card from the last few releases that may have not had its time to shine.
  • Is a card that is close to breaking out, but hasn't found a home yet (Ashnod's Altar, for example).

It's important to note as well that while these lists are meant to cover everything as best as possible, it's highly likely that I've missed a few cards along the way. For example, during my initial collection of these lists I almost missed Desert, Ichorclaw Myr, Ichor Wellspring, and the Zuberas. If you don't see something that you feel should be in here, leave a comment at the bottom of the page. I'll make sure to add them to a small section in a recap piece I'll write later in the year to cover cards released in 2020.

With that, let's have a look at some Black and Red Pauper playables!


Ashen-Skin Zubera
Ashes to Ashes
Balustrade Spy
Bleak Coven Vampires
Blood Celebrant
Bloodrite Invoker
Bloodthrone Vampire
Bone Splinters

Burnt Offering
Cabal Ritual
Carrion Feeder
Cartouche of Ambition
Cemetery Gate
Chainer's Edict
Chill to the Bone
Chittering Rats

Choking Sands
Crypt Rats
Cuombajj Witches
Dark Ritual
Dead Weight
Devour Flesh
Diabolic Edict

Disciple of the Vault
Doom Blade
Dusk Legion Zealot
Echoing Decay
Essence Harvest
Evincar's Justice

Faceless Butcher
Faerie Macabre
Falkenrath Noble
Festering Goblin
Festering Mummy
Fume Spitter
Gempalm Polluter
Geth's Verdict
Ghastly Demise

Grave Scrabbler
Gray Merchant of Asphodel
Grim Harvest
Gruesome Fate
Gurmag Angler
Haunting Misery
Horror of the Broken Lands
Innocent Blood

Mesmeric Fiend
Mortician Beetle
Night's Whisper
Nightscape Familiar
Ob Nixilis's Cruelty
Okiba-Gang Shinobi
Olivia's Dragoon
Omen of the Dead

Pharika's Libation
Phyrexian Rager
Rancid Earth
Ravenous Rats
Raven's Crime
Read the Bones
Reaping the Graves

Rend Flesh
Shambling Attendants
Shambling Goblin
Shepherd of Rot
Shred Memory
Sign in Blood
Snuff Out
Songs of the Damned

Spinning Darkness
Stinkweed Imp
Street Wraith
Sultai Scavenger
Tendrils of Corruption
Thorn of the Black Rose
Thoughtpicker Witch
Tortured Existence
Tragic Slip

Vampire Hounds
Vampiric Link
Vault Skirge
Victim of Night
Wrench Mind


Ancient Grudge
Beetleback Chief
Blazing Volley
Brightstone Ritual
Brute Force
Cathartic Reunion
Chain Lightning
Curse of the Pierced Heart

Death Spark
Desperate Ravings
Desperate Ritual
Dragon Breath
Dragon Fodder
Earth Rift
Electrostatic Bolt
Ember-Fist Zubera

Faithless Looting
Firebrand Archer
Flame Rift
Flame Slash
Flaring Pain
Forked Bolt

Foundry Street Denizen
Galvanic Blast
Ghitu Lavarunner
Goblin Arsonist
Goblin Bushwhacker
Goblin Cohort
Goblin Fireslinger
Goblin Grenade
Goblin Heelcutter

Goblin Sledder
Gorilla Shaman
Gut Shot
Harvest Pyre
Heart Sliver
Hordeling Outburst
Hunter Sliver
Ingot Chewer

Jackal Familiar
Kaervek's Torch
Keldon Marauders
Kiln Fiend
Krark-Clan Shaman
Krenko's Command
Kuldotha Rebirth
Lava Dart
Lava Spike

Merchant of the Vale
Lightning Axe
Lightning Bolt
Lightning Strike
Magma Jet
Magmatic Sinkhole
Mana Geyser
Mardu Scout
Martyr of Ashes

Massive Raid
Mob Justice
Mogg Conscripts
Mogg Raider
Mogg War Marshal
Molten Rain
Mudbrawler Cohort
Needle Drop
Omen of the Forge

Orcish Hellraiser
Reckless Abandon
Reckless Fireweaver
Red Elemental Blast
Rift Bolt
Rite of Flame
Rites of Initiation

Rolling Thunder
Seal of Fire
Searing Blaze
Searing Spear
Seething Song
Shard Volley
Shattering Pulse
Simian Spirit Guide

Skewer the Critics
Smash to Smithereens
Stone Rain
Striking Sliver
Swirling Sandstorm
Temur Battle Rage

Thrill of Possibility
Thunderous Wrath
Tormenting Voice
Tribal Flames
Valley Dasher
Vent Sentinel

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