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Rotating format is the name given to a tournament format which only allows cards from a selected number of expansions, which changes over time.[1] Rotating formats are used in Standard. Formerly, they were also used in Extended.

History

Set rotation (or rotation for short) used to be based on blocks, rather than individual sets. There were three exceptions however:

After the introduction the Three-and-One Model, the four oldest sets in Standard rotate out when the new fall set releases.[2]

Banned lists

A banned list exists for every rotating format (see Block Constructed).

References

  1. Maria Bartholdi (March 4, 2016). "Rotation". magicthegathering.com. Wizards of the Coast.
  2. MTG Arena Admin (June 27, 2019). "Rotation Guide - Intro to Rotation, Upcoming Changes, and Historic Play". Mtgarena.com.