Magic: The Gathering Formats

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Commander is a casual, multiplayer format that allows players to express their creativity
with 100-card singleton decks helmed by a legendary creature.


Modern allows cards from the last 20 years to create a powerful but accessible format for players.


Pioneer allows players to use cards from Return to Ravnica forward, finding a balance between the rotating Standard format and the more powerful Modern and Legacy.


Limited formats—including draft and sealed—restrict the pool of cards players have to build their 40-card decks. Often this means cracking packs as part of the gaming experience.


Standard is a dynamic format, using cards from recent Magic sets. Players get to experiment with new mechanics and strategies as older sets rotate out.


Legacy allows players to use cards from Magic‘s entire history (with some exceptions) to create powerful 60-card decks for a head-to-head battle.