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PIONEER FORMAT

Deck Size
60+
Number of Players
2
Game Duration
20 Minutes

Why Play This Format?

  • Express yourself with innovative deck building!
  • Make your own new strategies for gameplay.
  • Cards do not rotate as new Standard sets are released.

Different Ways to Play

Tabletop
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SpellTable
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MTGO
Celebrating twenty years strong! Magic: The Gathering Online allows you to collect cards, build decks, and duel other players with the widest array of cards and formats available.

Play Rules/Modifiers

This nonrotating format features sets from Return to Ravnica, forward. It aims to be more powerful than Standard but less powerful than Modern or Legacy. Constructed decks can have up to four of any card in their combined deck and sideboard. Basic lands are not included in this restriction.

- Minimum deck size of 60 cards
- Up to 15 cards in your sideboard (if used)

What Sets Are Legal in Pioneer?
  • The Brothers' War
    
  • Dominaria United
    
  • Streets of New Capenna
    
  • Kamigawa: Neon Dynasty
    
  • Innistrad: Crimson Vow
    
  • Innistrad: Midnight Hunt
    
  • Adventures in the Forgotten Realms
    
  • Strixhaven
    
  • Kaldheim
    
  • Zendikar Rising
    
  • Core 2021
    
  • Ikoria Lair of Behemoths
    
  • Theros Beyond Death
    
  • Throne of Eldraine
    
  • Core Set 2020
    
  • War of the Spark
    
  • Ravnica Allegiance
    
  • Guilds of Ravnica
    
  • Core Set 2019
    
  • Dominaria
    
  • Rivals of Ixalan
    
  • Ixalan
    
  • Hour of Devastation
    
  • Amonkhet
    
  • Aether Revolt
    
  • Kaladesh
    
  • Eldritch Moon
    
  • Shadows over Innistrad
    
  • Oath of the Gatewatch
    
  • Battle for Zendikar
    
  • Magic Origins
    
  • Dragons of Tarkir
    
  • Fate Reforged
    
  • Khans of Tarkir
    
  • Magic 2015
    
  • Journey into Nyx
    
  • Born of the Gods
    
  • Theros
    
  • Magic 2014
    
  • Dragon's Maze
    
  • Gatecrash
    
  • Return to Ravnica
    

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