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MANY WAYS TO PLAY

Most Popular Formats

 

Standard

The Standard format uses the most recently released Magic sets.

Commander

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

Historic

Historic is Magic: The Gathering Arena’s biggest sandbox, full of unique strategies, wild synergies, and nearly every card available on MTG Arena. Historic never rotates and is curated as a digital-first format.

 

CONSTRUCTED

 

Standard

The Standard format uses the most recently released Magic sets.

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.

Legacy

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

Vintage

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

Brawl

Choose your champion! Brawl is a little like Standard, a little like Commander, and a uniquely exciting deck-brewing challenge.

Team Unified Constructed

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

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.

Two Headed Giant

In Constructed, Two-Headed Giant has unified Constructed rules. This means that across the two decks, only four copies of any non-basic land card are allowed to be shared between them.

Pauper

Restricts decks to only cards with the common rarity.

Pioneer

Nonrotating format featuring cards from Return to Ravnica and forward

 

LIMITED

 

Booster Draft

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

Sealed Deck

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

Conspiracy

Conspiracy is a multiplayer Booster Draft format that's fun to play with friends and easy to run.

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.

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!

 

Digital Formats

 

Freeform

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

Momir Basic

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

Planeswalker

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

Commander 1v1

Optimized for two-player games, Commander 1v1 offers the same deck construction rules as Commander with a unique banned card list.

Historic

Historic is Magic: The Gathering Arena’s biggest sandbox, full of unique strategies, wild synergies, and nearly every card available on MTG Arena. Historic never rotates and is curated as a digital-first format.

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