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Magic: The Gathering formats are different modes in which the Magic: The Gathering collectible card game can be played. [1] [2] Each format provides rules for deck construction and gameplay. The tournament formats officially sanctioned by the DCI fall into two categories:

  • Constructed formats, in which players may build their deck from all the available cards in the format and construct their deck prior to playing in the tournament.
  • Limited formats, which involve a restricted and unknown pool of cards, usually created by opening Magic: The Gathering products. These formats require players to build their decks as part of the tournament, with time allotted for deck building.

List of Magic formats[edit]


  1. Mark Rosewater. (June 02, 2003.) "Format Matters", Daily MTG,, Wizards of the Coast.
  2. Jeff Cunningham. (January 20, 2007.) "What Are The Formats?", Daily MTG,, Wizards of the Coast.