RULES & FORMATS

GET YOUR QUESTIONS ANSWERED

If you're not sure how something works, there’s help. If you haven’t already, take a look at the basic rules of the game. Once you get those under your belt, play a game or two to experience them in action firsthand. Then check out the Magic glossary for any game terms you might have missed.

DOWNLOAD THE BASIC RULES PDF

FORMATS

There are lots of ways to play Magic, and each one is known as a format. Each play format has rules telling you which sets are okay to use in your decks, and if there are any special rules for the format, so be sure to consult them before playing.

GET TO KNOW THE DIFFERENT FORMATS

BANNED AND RESTRICTED CARDS

Depending on the format you’re playing, certain cards might be banned or restricted in order to ensure a healthy play environment. We do this because a healthy environment has lots of viable and competitive deck styles, with no one deck (or card) completely dominating.

CHECK OUT THE BANNED AND RESTRICTED LISTS

COMPREHENSIVE RULES

A comprehensive document outlining each facet of the rules became necessary. This document is known as Magic’s Comprehensive Rulebook. It’s meant to be consulted when specific rules questions come into play and neither the tournament’s organizers nor judges have the answer.

SEE THE RULES