There are countless different formats for playing Magic, all of which dictate what cards you can play in a given game. In Constructed Formats, for instance, you bring a deck made of carefully selected cards you already own. By contrast, limited formats require everyone to start out with a certain number of unopened packs from which they build their decks on the spot.

CONSTRUCTED

BLOCK

Each block of expansions has its own constructed format which only allows cards released in that block’s expansions. Additionally, each deck must contain at least sixty cards.

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STANDARD

The Standard format uses the most recently released Magic sets. The following card sets are currently permitted in the Standard format:

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MODERN

Cards from Core Set Eighth Edition and Mirrodin through today are legal in this format. Again, decks require a minimum of sixty cards and may have a sideboard of up to fifteen cards.

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COMMANDER

Each player chooses a legendary creature to be their “commander” and makes a 99-card deck around that creature.

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ETERNAL

Eternal formats are unique in that they contain every black-bordered card set Wizards has ever printed, each new card set is added to these formats.

LEGACY

Allows cards from all legal sets, but bans certain cards for power level reasons.

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VINTAGE

The most powerful of constructed formats, this format allows the “Power Nine” to be played.

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LIMITED FORMATS

BOOSTER DRAFT

Players open booster packs and take turns picking cards from boosters to then build into 40-card decks.

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SEALED DECK

Each player opens six booster packs and competes with a 40-card deck made from those cards.

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TEAM FORMATS

Team formats let you and one or two friends work together to achieve victory.


 

TEAM UNIFIED CONSTRUCTED

Build three 60-card decks with a four-of limit across all three decks in this fun and challenging format.

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Team Limited

Team Booster Draft

Draft your 40-card deck with an eye not just the strength of your own deck, but also your teammates’ and opponents’ decks.

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Team Sealed Deck

Team Sealed combines the fun of Sealed Deck with two of your friends, letting you build powerful 40-card decks to be used in an exciting team format!

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MAGIC ONLINE-SPECIFIC FORMATS

The following formats are only sanctioned for play on Magic: The Gathering Online.

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FREEFORM

All sets and cards are allowed in this 40-card minimum format.

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KALEIDOSCOPE

Every non-land in your deck must be a multicolor card.

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MOMIR BASIC

Decks must have exactly 60 basic lands and one “Momir Vig” Vanguard card.

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PAUPER

Restricts decks to only cards with the common rarity.

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PLANESWALKER

Limited to gold-bordered cards, available in Magic Online Planeswalker deck packs.

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STANDARD SINGLETON

Each deck may not contain more than one of any individual card.

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