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Modern is a constructed format that allows expansion sets, core sets, and Modern Horizons; from Eighth Edition forward, save for the Modern ban list.[1] The modern format thus encompasses all cards that have been printed in a core or expansion set using the modern card frame (plus some others from Time Spiral).

Description[edit | edit source]

The format was introduced as a non-sanctioned Magic Online format in May 19, 2011 and subsequently officially codified on August 12, 2011, when the format of Pro Tour Philadelphia was changed from Extended to Modern.[2][3][4][5][6][7]

Deck construction[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. Like other constructed formats, a sideboard of exactly fifteen or zero cards can be used.

With the exception of basic lands (land cards that have the "basic" supertype) and cards like Relentless Rats, a player's combined deck and sideboard may not contain more than four of any individual card, counted by its English card title equivalent.[8]

Set legality[edit | edit source]

Cards from all regular core sets and expansions since Eighth Edition are legal.[8]

Timeshifted cards in Time Spiral (even never reprinted in the modern frame), cards from Planeswalker decks, and Buy-a-Box promos are considered legal in this format. However, cards reprinted as Masterpiece Series are not considered as a part of the respective expansion, and can only be used if they are already legal in Modern.

Modern Horizons[edit | edit source]

Modern Horizons (2019) introduced new cards directly into Modern without them ever being legal in Standard. It contains brand new cards and reprints not previously legal in Modern.

Modern Masters[edit | edit source]

The Modern Masters series contains reprints of Modern-legal cards from Eighth Edition onward. The sets include many cards with new art as well as new, never-before-printed tokens.

Banned List[edit | edit source]

See also: Timeline of DCI bans and restrictions.

As of July 13, 2020 the following cards are banned in Modern tournaments:[8][9][10]

Popular archetypes[edit | edit source]

Aggro[edit | edit source]

  • Modern Five-Color Humans
  • Modern Zoo
  • Modern Merfolk
  • Modern Burn
  • Modern Bogles

Midrange[edit | edit source]

  • Modern Death's Shadow
  • Modern Bant Eldrazi
  • Modern Eldrazi Tron
  • Modern Red-Green Eldrazi
  • Modern Death and Taxes
  • Modern Collected Company
  • Modern Jund
  • Modern Abzan
  • Modern Mardu Pyromancer
  • Modern Soul Sisters

Combo[edit | edit source]

  • Modern Aristocrats. Uses Cartel Aristocrat for creature sacrifice synergies to create highly synergistic draws.
  • Modern Living End
  • Modern Storm
  • Modern Infect
  • Modern Scapeshift
  • Modern Breach Titan
  • Modern Amulet Titan
  • Modern Grishoalbrand
  • Modern Elves
  • Modern Dredge
  • Modern Ad Nauseam
  • Modern Counters Company
  • Modern Whirza

Control[edit | edit source]

  • Modern Pox/8-Rack
  • Modern Jeskai Control
  • Modern Blue-White Control
  • Modern G/x Tron
  • Modern Ponza

Previous popular archetypes[edit | edit source]

Archetypes which were popular, but had key cards banned or fell out of favor.

References[edit | edit source]

  1. Reid Duke (April 27, 2015). "An Introduction to the Popular Constructed Formats". Wizards of the Coast.
  2. Wizards of the Coast (August 12, 2011). "Pro Tour Philadelphia Format Change". Wizards of the Coast.
  3. Tom LaPille (May 27, 2011). "A Modern Proposal". Wizards of the Coast.
  4. Tom LaPille (August 12, 2011). "Welcome to the Modern World". Wizards of the Coast.
  5. Tom LaPille (November 04, 2011). "The Modern Future". Wizards of the Coast.
  6. Sam Stoddard (June 21, 2013). "Developing Modern". Wizards of the Coast.
  7. Sam Stoddard (February 21, 2014). "Modern Living". Wizards of the Coast.
  8. a b c Modern Format. Wizards of the Coast.
  9. Blake Rasmussen (February 3, 2015). "A Brief History of the Modern Banned List". Wizards of the Coast.
  10. Ian Duke (July 13, 2020). "July 13, 2020 Banned and Restricted Announcement". Wizards of the Coast.

External links[edit | edit source]