You see, with the removal of the Standard Pauper filter from Magic Online, there is a discrepancy with how both the official Gathering database and the online client display cards when you search for both "Standard" and "Common."In both cases, the database returns cards that were printed at Common in prior sets but existed in the current Standard at other rarities, thus giving the impression that they are Standard Pauper legal. Prior to the implementation of the filter, it was the responsibility of the players to watch out for these cards. Often times, this meant that new players would play a match with an Uncommon and be forced to concede and change their deck.
In my opinion, the advantages of now allowing these cards into the format can be summarized like this:
- It erases all question of card legality. If a card is listed when you select "Standard" and "Common" on any official card database, the card is legal in Standard Pauper.
- It widens the format and helps combat the perceived "dumbing-down" of Commons since New World Order philosophy changed the design of Commons.
- In going against Wizards' design decision to move certain Commons to higher rarities, it allows the potential for present or future cards to become unbalancing or unfair.
- It risks having to later remove these cards from the format should Wizards later decide to reimplement the Standard Pauper filter.
And just for reference, here are the current cards that would now be Standard Pauper legal if this change was implemented:
Grasp of Darkness
See you next time!