A playmat is a playing surface. Playmats can be made of different materials, like paper or rubberized, cloth covered, foam.
Khalsa[edit | edit source]
Khalsa Brain Games was a very early producer of popular playmats made from an "imitation impala skin" material. The 1994 SpellGround gaming cloth came in two sizes: the standard 26 inch square for two players and the "Classic" 21 by 14 inch for one player.
Worlds[edit | edit source]
Red Zone[edit | edit source]
When Magic was being aired on ESPN2 (1998-2000), the people in charge wanted a playmat that would make the card layout easy to understand on television. The solution came to be known as the 'Red Zone, a mat that marks off where each players' lands and non-lands should go, as well as a large red central area for spells on the stack, and - more importantly - for combat. The 'Red Zone' has become synonymous with attacking. 
Ultra Pro[edit | edit source]
The main license to make Magic playmats is now owned by Ultra Pro. Official Ultra Pro playmats come in two typical sizes 19 3/8" x 15" and 24" x 14". They come in plain colors and in many different designs, they may even have space (circles) on them for keeping track of life.
Wyrmwood[edit | edit source]
In june 2017, a license a for Magic leather playmats and themed wooden deck boxes was acquired by Wyrmwood, a small customer-focused company founded by three friends, whose mission is to deliver exceptional craftsmanship and high quality materials to the tabletop gaming community. The Wyrmwood Magic: The Gathering playmat is crafted from doe tan leather and feature the iconic Magic: The Gathering logo. It includes a stone-oiled water buffalo leather strap to help keep the playmat stored for transit. The playmat was strictly limited to 100 units.
Gallery[edit | edit source]
Standard Ultra Pro playmat
Starter 1999 playmat
Ninth Edition playmat
Battle the Horde playmat
Duel Decks: Elspeth vs. Kiora two-person playmat
References[edit | edit source]
- Magic Arcana. (February 03, 2010.) “Worlds Playmats”, magicthegathering.com, Wizards of the Coast.
- Magic Arcana. (October 24, 2002.) “The Red Zone”, magicthegathering.com, Wizards of the Coast.
- Mike Linnemann (February 24, 2016). MTG Arists Gain Playmats. GatheringMagic.com
- Mike Rosenberg. (September 21, 2017.) “All the Ixalan Grand Prix Playmats”, magicthegathering.com, Wizards of the Coast.
- Eric Dupuis (June 13, 2017) "Magic: The Gathering – Official License Unlocked!". Wyrmwoodgaming.com