MTG Arena Formats

Posted in Magic Digital on October 18, 2019

By Wizards of the Coast

Formats

Standard

Standard is a dynamic format where you build decks and play using cards in your collection from recently released Magic sets. Evolving gameplay and fresh strategies make it one of the most fun and popular ways to play Magic.

Historic

Historic is a non-rotating format where you build decks and play using cards in your collection from all sets currently available on Magic: The Gathering Arena as well as curated cards from across Magic's history. 

Brawl

Build a deck around a specific legendary creature or planeswalker from the Standard card pool, and battle against other players in one-on-one games.

Events

Constructed

Artisan

In this Magic: The Gathering Arena format, all cards must be either common or uncommon rarity. Artisan events may use either Standard or Historic format legality for cards.

Banned Cards:

Other than that, the usual rules for Constructed decks apply:

  • Minimum of 60 cards in the main deck
    (Maximum 250 cards for main decks)
  • Up to 15 cards in your sideboard, if used
  • Include no more than 4 copies of any individual card in your main deck and sideboard combined (except basic lands)

A card must be available at common or uncommon rarity on Magic: The Gathering Arena for it to be legal in this format. If a version of a particular card is only available as a rare/mythic rare on Magic: The Gathering Arena, it is not considered legal for this format (e.g., Narcomoeba).

Standard Cascade

In this Magic: The Gathering Arena event, each player begins the game with a Maelstrom Nexus emblem that has the following ability:

  • When you cast your first spell each turn, exile cards from the top of your library until you exile a nonland card that costs less. You may cast it without paying its mana cost. Put the exiled cards on the bottom of your library in a random order.

Banned Cards: 

Other than that, the usual rules for Standard Constructed decks apply:

  • Minimum of 60 cards in the main deck
    (Maximum 250 cards for main decks)
  • Up to 15 cards in your sideboard, if used
  • Include no more than 4 copies of any individual card in your main deck and sideboard combined (except basic lands)

Limited

Omniscience Draft

In this Magic: The Gathering Arena event, each player drafts a 40-card deck and begins the game with an Omniscience emblem that has the following abilities:

  • You may cast spells from your hand without paying their mana costs.
  • 0: Add WUBRG. Activate this ability only once each turn.

Additionally, each player's starting hand size is three (instead of seven). Other than that, the usual rules for Booster Draft apply:

  • Minimum of 40 cards in the main deck
    (There is no maximum size for main decks)
  • All cards from your Limited pool that are not in your main deck are considered part of your sideboard
  • A Limited deck may contain as many duplicates of a card as were included with the draft

Preconstructed

Oko's Madness

In this Magic: The Gathering Arena event, each player begins the game with a 60-card deck containing only basic lands and an Oko's Whims emblem that has the following abilities:

  • Creatures you control have base power and toughness 3/3 and are Elks in addition to their other types.
  • Pay 1, Discard a card: Create a token that's a copy of a random creature with converted mana cost 8 or less. Activate this ability only any time you could cast a sorcery.

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