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Deck-building restrictions[edit | edit source]
Standard decks must contain a minimum of sixty cards. There is no maximum deck size; however, one must be able to shuffle one's deck without assistance.
Sideboards are optional and may contain up to fifteen cards. With the exception of basic land cards, a player's combined deck and sideboard may not contain more than four copies of any individual card, counted by the card's English title equivalent.
Standard-legal sets[edit | edit source]
Cards from the following sets are currently legal in Standard, with the exception of banned cards:
Rotation[edit | edit source]
Once a year, with the release of the new fall set, the two oldest blocks still legal in Standard rotate out of the format. Because of this, no set is Standard-legal for more than two years. When Ixalan set releases in fall 2017, Battle for Zendikar, Oath of the Gatewatch, Shadows over Innistrad, Eldritch Moon, and Welcome Deck 2016 will rotate out of Standard.
With the introduction of Three-and-One Model, Since 2019 (or effectively in 2018), the four oldest sets in Standard will rotate out of Standard instead in each rotation. For example, fall 2019 rotation will cause Ixalan, Rivals of Ixalan, Dominaria, and Core 2019 to rotate out.
Banned list[edit | edit source]
These following cards are banned in Standard tournaments.
Previously banned cards in Standard[edit | edit source]
- See also: Timeline of DCI bans and restrictions.
The following is a list of cards that have been banned at one point during their stay in the Standard environment.
Should a banned card was rotated out in standard, but reintroduced in later standard set, the ban will not carry over to that set. (The only example up to date is Darksteel Citadel, which was banned in Mirrodin Standard, but later reprinted in Magic 2015).
- Aetherworks Marvel
- Amulet of Quoz
- Ancient Den
- Arcbound Ravager
- Black Vise
- Darksteel Citadel
- Disciple of the Vault
- Dream Halls
- Emrakul, the Promised End
- Felidar Guardian
- Great Furnace
- Ivory Tower
- Jace, the Mind Sculptor
- Jeweled Bird
- Land Tax
- Lotus Petal
- Memory Jar
- Mind Over Matter
- Mind Twist
- Recurring Nightmare
- Reflector Mage
- Seat of the Synod
- Smuggler's Copter
- Stoneforge Mystic
- Strip Mine
- Tempest Efreet
- Time Spiral
- Timmerian Fiends
- Tolarian Academy
- Tree of Tales
- Vault of Whispers
- Zuran Orb
History[edit | edit source]
The current Standard allows all cards in the newest three to four story-based blocks (including the Welcome Deck and all exclusive cards Planeswalkers Decks/Deck Builder's Kit released in this period), save for cards on the Standard banned list. The release of first expansion of Autumn set will trigger a rotation, rotating out the oldest two blocks.
The original Standard format allowed the recent two blocks, plus the most recent core set (two core sets between the last release and and the actual rotation). After Magic Origins, core sets were discontinued and blocks only contained two sets, usually one large and one small. A Standard with three blocks and two rotations (Spring and Autumn) was adopted between 2015 and 2016 (Khans of Tarkir and Fate Reforged, Dragons of Tarkir and Magic Origins counted as separated blocks in a transitional period). In this system the number of legal sets would vary less (always five or six, compared to the current five to eight).. As the system received heavy criticism among players, Spring rotation was dropped in 2017, and a three to four block Standard (two blocks will be rotated out at the same time in new rotation) would be used instead.
To celebrate each rotation, the Standard Showdown was introduced.
Former popular standard decks[edit | edit source]
- Black Swarm
- Jaba Sligh
- Mind over Monolith
- Standard Boros Deck Wins
- Standard Doran Rock deck
- Standard Elves deck
- Standard Mana Ramp deck
- Standard Red Deck Wins deck
- Standard Zoo Deck (RGW Aggro)
- Abzan Aggro
- Hardened Scales
References[edit | edit source]
- Mark Rosewater. (August 6, 2012.) “Setting The Standard”, magicthegathering.com, Wizards of the Coast.
- Mark Rosewater. (August 5, 2013.) “Twenty Things That Were Going To Kill Magic”, magicthegathering.com, Wizards of the Coast.
- Reid Duke. (April 27, 2015.) “An Introduction to the Popular Constructed Formats”, magicthegathering.com, Wizards of the Coast.
- Standard Format, MTG.com
- Aaron Forsythe. (October 19, 2016.) “Revisiting Standard Rotation”, magicthegathering.com, Wizards of the Coast.
- Mark Rosewater. (August 25, 2014.) “Metamorphosis”, magicthegathering.com, Wizards of the Coast.
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- Sam Stoddard. (October 16, 2015.) “Puzzling Environments”, magicthegathering.com, Wizards of the Coast.
- Sam Stoddard. ( February 5, 2016.) “A Standard Power Level”, magicthegathering.com, Wizards of the Coast.
- Diego Fumagalli. (May 12, 2016.) “How to Standard—in Graphics”, magicthegathering.com, Wizards of the Coast.
- Gavin Verhey. (December 1, 2016.) “Standard Operating Procedure”, magicthegathering.com, Wizards of the Coast.