DCI Sanctioned Magic: The Gathering Formats

Magic-League supports all paper formats for Magic: The Gathering that the DCI sanctions. For Constructed and Eternal rated formats, decks must be at least 60 cards. Sideboards must contain either 0 or 15 cards. Decks have no maximum number of cards.

As a reference, please refer to the Banned/Restricted Lists for DCI-Sanctioned Magic: The Gathering Tournaments.


Formats


Constructed
Standard
Modern
Block


Eternal
Legacy
Vintage


In addition to DCI sanctioned formats, Magic-League offers a range of variant and casual formats. You can read about these on the Other Formats page.


Note: Magic-League does not hold DCI sanctioned tournaments. Magic-League is an independent body and has no affiliation or working relationship with Wizards of the Coast or the DCI.

Standard is the most popular sanctioned Magic: The Gathering format. As it consists of the most recently printed Magic: The Gathering sets, it appeals to players both new and old because of the availability of cards.


Legal Sets


  • Magic 2015
  • Theros
  • Born of the Gods
  • Journey into Nyx
  • Khans of Tarkir


Banned Cards (you may not include these cards in decks for tournaments)


There are currently no banned cards in Standard.


Recently sanctioned as a tournament format, Modern is an exciting open ground where the metagame has not yet been established.


Legal Sets


Note: As a rule of thumb, most expansion and core set cards with the 'new' card frame are legal for the format.


Blocks

  • Mirrodin
  • Kamigawa
  • Ravnica
  • Time Spiral (including Timeshifted cards)
  • Lorwyn-Shadowmoor
  • Alara
  • Zendikar-Rise of the Eldrazi
  • Scars of Mirrodin
  • Innistrad
  • Return to Ravnica
  • Theros
  • Khans of Tarkir


Core Sets

  • 8th Edition
  • 9th Edition
  • 10th Edition
  • Magic 2010
  • Magic 2011
  • Magic 2012
  • Magic 2013
  • Magic 2014
  • Magic 2015


Individual Sets

  • Coldsnap


Banned Cards (you may not include these cards in decks for tournaments)


  • Ancestral Vision
  • Ancient Den
  • Blazing Shoal
  • Bloodbraid Elf
  • Chrome Mox
  • Cloudpost
  • Dark Depths
  • Deathrite Shaman
  • Dread Return
  • Glimpse of Nature
  • Green Sun's Zenith
  • Golgari Grave-Troll
  • Great Furnace
  • Hypergenesis
  • Jace, the Mind Sculptor
  • Mental Misstep
  • Ponder
  • Preordain
  • Punishing Fire
  • Rite of Flame
  • Seat of the Synod
  • Second Sunrise
  • Seething Song
  • Sensei's Divining Top
  • Stoneforge Mystic
  • Skullclamp
  • Sword of the Meek
  • Tree of Tales
  • Umezawa's Jitte
  • Vault of Whispers

One of the formats on the Pro Tour circuit, Block provides accessibility through its minimalist card pool.


Block Name Block Sets Banned Cards
Ice Age Ice Age, Alliances, Coldsnap Amulet of Quoz
Thawing Glaciers
Zuran Orb
Mirage Mirage, Visions, Weatherlight Squandered Resources
Tempest Tempest, Stronghold, Exodus Cursed Scroll
Urza Urza's Saga, Urza's Legacy, Urza's Destiny Gaea's Cradle
Memory Jar
Serra's Sanctum
Time Spiral
Tolarian Academy
Voltaic Key
Windfall
Masques Mercadian Masques, Nemesis, Prophecy Lin Sivvi, Defiant Hero
Rishadan Port
Invasion Invasion, Planeshift, Apocalypse
Odyssey Odyssey, Torment, Judgement
Onslaught Onslaught, Legions, Scourge
Mirrodin Mirrodin, Darksteel, Fifth Dawn Aether Vial
Ancient Den
Arcbound Ravager
Darksteel Citadel
Disciple of the Vault
Great Furnace
Seat of the Synod
Skullclamp
Tree of Tales
Vault of Whispers
Kamigawa Champions of Kamigawa, Betrayers of Kamigawa, Saviors of Kamigawa
Ravnica Ravnica, Guildpact, Dissension
Time Spiral Time Spiral, Planar Chaos, Future Sight
Lorwyn-Shadowmoor Lorwyn, Morningtide, Shadowmoor, Eventide
Shards of Alara Shards of Alara, Conflux, Alara Reborn
Zendikar-Rise of the Eldrazi Zendikar, Worldwake, Rise of the Eldrazi
Scars of Mirrodin Scars of Mirrodin, Mirrodin Besieged, New Phyrexia
Innistrad Innistrad, Dark Ascension, Avacyn Restored Intangible Virtue
Lingering Souls
Return to Ravnica Return to Ravnica, Gatecrash, Dragon's Maze
Theros Theros, Born of the Gods, Journey into Nyx
Khans Khans of Tarkir

Legacy is a format seeing a rise in popularity. Its appeal lies with players being able to use their favourite cards and decks throughout Magic's history.


Legal Sets

All expansion sets, core sets and promotional sets that have not been printed with a colored border are legal.


Banned Cards (you may not include these cards in decks for tournaments)


  • Amulet of Quoz
  • Ancestral Recall
  • Balance
  • Bazaar of Baghdad
  • Black Lotus
  • Black Vise
  • Bronze Tablet
  • Channel
  • Chaos Orb
  • Contract from Below
  • Darkpact
  • Demonic Attorney
  • Demonic Consultation
  • Demonic Tutor
  • Earthcraft
  • Falling Star
  • Fastbond
  • Flash
  • Frantic Search
  • Goblin Recruiter
  • Gush
  • Hermit Druid
  • Imperial Seal
  • Jeweled Bird
  • Library of Alexandria
  • Mana Crypt
  • Mana Drain
  • Mana Vault
  • Memory Jar
  • Mental Misstep
  • Mind Twist
  • Mind's Desire
  • Mishra's Workshop
  • Mox Emerald
  • Mox Jet
  • Mox Pearl
  • Mox Ruby
  • Mox Sapphire
  • Mystical Tutor
  • Necropotence
  • Oath of Druids
  • Rebirth
  • Shaharazad
  • Skullclamp
  • Sol Ring
  • Strip Mine
  • Survival of the Fittest
  • Tempest Efreet
  • Time Vault
  • Time Walk
  • Timetwister
  • Timmerian Fiends
  • Tinker
  • Tolarian Academy
  • Vampiric Tutor
  • Wheel of Fortune
  • Windfall
  • Worldgorger Dragon
  • Yawgmoth's Bargain
  • Yawgmoth's Will

Vintage is a format characterised by its minimal list of banned cards. By allowing card banned in other formats in Vintage in small quantities, Vintage is very much a format with its own distinctive feel.


Legal Sets

All expansion sets, core sets and promotional sets that have not been printed with a colored border are legal.


Banned Cards (you may not include these cards in decks for tournaments)


  • Amulet of Quoz
  • Bronze Tablet
  • Chaos Orb
  • Contract from Below
  • Darkpact
  • Demonic Attorney
  • Falling Star
  • Jeweled Bird
  • Rebirth
  • Shaharazad
  • Tempest Efreet
  • Timmerian Fiends


Restricted Cards (you may include up to one copy of these cards in decks for tournaments)


  • Ancestral Recall
  • Balance
  • Black Lotus
  • Brainstorm
  • Channel
  • Demonic Consultation
  • Demonic Tutor
  • Fastbond
  • Flash
  • Gifts Ungiven
  • Imperial Seal
  • Library of Alexandria
  • Lion's Eye Diamond
  • Lotus Petal
  • Mana Crypt
  • Mana Vault
  • Memory Jar
  • Merchant Scroll
  • Mind's Desire
  • Mox Emerald
  • Mox Jet
  • Mox Pearl
  • Mox Ruby
  • Mox Sapphire
  • Mystical Tutor
  • Necropotence
  • Ponder
  • Sol Ring
  • Strip Mine
  • Thirst for Knowledge
  • Time Vault
  • Time Walk
  • Timetwister
  • Tinker
  • Tolarian Academy
  • Trinisphere
  • Vampiric Tutor
  • Wheel of Fortune
  • Windfall
  • Yawgmoth's Bargain
  • Yawgmoth's Will

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