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MTG Formats

Overview

When you're playing Magic you'll notice there are a few different formats (ways to play)! Formats include rules for the number of players, cards you're allowed to use, and how you build your decks. Each format is designed to let you enjoy Magic in different ways!

Most Popular Formats

Commander

Have what it takes to be the last one standing? Choose a legendary creature and get ready to face off against multiple opponents at once!

100
3 - 5
120 Minutes
Standard

Your cards, your deck, your victory! Build the ultimate deck with cards from the latest sets, then duel your competition and reign victorious.

60+
2
20 Minutes
Booster Draft

Plan your strategy as you open packs on the spot! Build unique decks and battle with the cards you find in each pack.

40+
2 - 8
120 Minutes

Learn to Play

Learn the world's greatest trading card game! Whether you play in-person, on MTG Arena, or with SpellTable there’s a place for you.

Learn The Basics
Ready to gear up for battle? Here are the basics you'll need to know to find your first victory.
Play In Person
Find your crew with upcoming events at local game stores near you!
Learn Digitally
Play anywhere! Take  Magic  with you on the go with digital games.

Different Ways to Play

Tabletop
Gather with friends and play in person! Tabletop is your chance to see physical card treatments like exclusive art, foils, and thematic frames up close.
MTG Arena
Try your hand at  Magic: The Gathering  through tutorials and a digital game you can take on the go.  MTG Arena  is free and available on mobile or desktop.  
SpellTable
Use your webcam to play  Magic  with friends in a private game, or match against players around the world! Now available with state-of-the-art card scanning technology.

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