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Standard, formerly known as Type 2, is a rotating constructed format.[1][2] It is the most widely sanctioned constructed format at all levels of organized play.[3]

Description[edit | edit source]

Constructed decks must contain a minimum of sixty cards. There is no maximum deck size; however, you must be able to shuffle your deck with no assistance. If a player wishes to use a sideboard, it may contain up to fifteen cards.

With the exception of basic land cards, a player's combined deck and sideboard may not contain more than four of any individual card, counted by its English card title equivalent.[4]

Rotation[edit | edit source]

The current Standard allows all cards in the newest three to four story-based blocks (including the Welcome Deck and als Planeswalkers Decks released in this period), save for cards on the Standard banned list. The release of first expansion of Autumn set will trigger a rotation, rotating out the oldest two blocks.[5]

The original Standard format allowed the recent two blocks, plus the most recent core set (two core sets between the last release and and the actual rotation). After Magic Origins, core sets were discontinued and blocks only contained two sets, usually one large and one small. A Standard with three blocks and two rotations (Spring and Autumn) was adopted between 2015 and 2016 (Khans of Tarkir and Fate Reforged, Dragons of Tarkir and Magic Origins counted as separated blocks in a transitional period). In this system the number of legal sets would vary less (always five or six, compared to the current five to eight).[6]. As the system received heavy criticism among players, Spring rotation was dropped in 2017, and a three to four block Standard (two blocks will be rotated out at the same time in new rotation) would be used instead.[5]

Current rotation[edit | edit source]

These are the sets that are legal in the Standard format as of 2016-09-30:[4]

Banned list[edit | edit source]

As of September 2016, there are no banned cards in Standard tournaments.[7]

Previously banned cards in Standard[edit | edit source]

See also: Timeline of DCI bans and restrictions.

The following is a list of cards that have been banned at one point during their stay in the Standard environment. Banned cards, by default, are unbanned when the respective set is no longer legal in respective standard format. For example Darksteel Citadel was banned in Mirrodin Standard, but not when reprinted in Magic 2015.

Popular standard decks[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. Mark Rosewater. (August 6, 2012.) “Setting The Standard”,, Wizards of the Coast.
  2. Mark Rosewater. (August 5, 2013.) “Twenty Things That Were Going To Kill Magic”,, Wizards of the Coast.
  3. Reid Duke. (April 27, 2015.) “An Introduction to the Popular Constructed Formats”,, Wizards of the Coast.
  4. 4.0 4.1 Standard Format,
  5. 5.0 5.1 Aaron Forsythe. (October 19, 2016.) “Revisiting Standard Rotation”,, Wizards of the Coast.
  6. Mark Rosewater. (August 25, 2014.) “Metamorphosis”,, Wizards of the Coast.
  7. Banned and Restricted lists

External links[edit | edit source]