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ORI
 
Origins
 
Origins
 
Origins
PMA
 
Puzzle Masters
 
Puzzle Masters
 
Puzzle Masters*
BFZ
 
Battle for Zendikar
 
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OGW
 
Oath of the Gatewatch
 
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SOI
 
Shadows over Innistrad
 
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EMN
 
Eldritch Moon
 
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KLD
 
Kaladesh
 
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AER
 
Aether Revolt
 
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AKH
 
Amonkhet
 
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HOU
 
Hour of Devastation
 
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XLN
 
Ixalan
 
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RIX
 
Rivals of Ixalan
 
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DOM
 
Dominaria
 
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M19
 
Core Set 2019
 
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ZVE
 
Zendikar vs Eldrazi
 
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GRN
 
Guilds of Ravnica
 
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RNA
 
Ravnica Allegiance
 
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WAR
 
War of the Spark
 
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M20
 
Core Set 2020
 
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ELD
 
Throne of Eldraine
 
Throne of Eldraine
 
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THB
 
Theros Beyond Death
 
Theros Beyond Death
 
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ODY
 
From the Vault: Odyssey
 
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DvK
 
Daxos vs Kalemne
 
Daxos vs Kalemne
 
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IKO
 
Ikoria: Lair of Behemoths
 
Ikoria: Lair of Behemoths
 
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TOR
 
From the Vault: Torment
 
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M21
 
Core Set 2021
 
Core Set 2021
 
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JUD
 
From the Vault: Judgment
 
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ZNR
 
Zendikar Rising
 
Zendikar Rising
 
Zendikar Rising
KHM
 
Kaldheim
 
Kaldheim
 
Kaldheim
STX
 
Strixhaven
 
Strixhaven
 
Strixhaven
AFR
 
Adventures in the Forgotten Realms
 
Adventures in the Forgotten Realms
 
Adventures in the Forgotten Realms
MID
 
Innistrad: Midnight Hunt
 
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Innistrad: Midnight Hunt
*Doesn't count towards when Standard rotates

Overview

Standard is a card set format which includes Origins, plus between four and eight of the newest main-line card sets.

Standard format is often contrasted to Legacy format, a format including all card sets, or Block format, which includes selected card sets only.

When Innistrad: Midnight Hunt was released in October 2021, Standard format rotated, and the previously Standard sets Throne of Eldraine, Theros Beyond Death, Daxos vs Kalemne, Ikoria: Lair of Behemoths and Core Set 2021 became Legacy sets.


How Standard changes

The card sets in Standard format match the Standard format of tabletop MtG, with the single difference of Origins always being in Standard. The Standard format changes according to the following rules:

  • New sets are added to Standard until Standard contains Origins plus 8 main-line non-Origins card sets. (Note that Daxos vs Kalemne, although in Standard, is not considered a main-line card set.)
  • When the 9th non-Origins set (10 main-line Standard sets including Origins) is added, the oldest group (three or four) of non-Origins Sets are removed from Standard.

Rotations

In the fourth quarter of 2020, after the release of Ikoria: Lair of Behemoths, Core Set 2021, and Zendikar Rising, the following card sets rotated out of Standard: Zendikar vs Eldrazi, Guilds of Ravnica, Ravnica Allegiance, War of the Spark and M20.

When Throne of Eldraine was added to MtGPQ in November 2019 XLN, RIX, DOM, and M19 rotated out.

In events

In a Standard Format event, decks must include only cards from Standard card sets. Standard events were introduced as a way of combating power creep, and lowering the barrier of entry for new players.

List of Standard format events

In decks

Any deck containing only Standard cards is a Standard deck, and may be played in Standard or Legacy events.

  • A Standard format Deck shows no ribbon in the deck editor.
  • A Legacy format Deck shows the Legacy Ribbon (Legacy) with the deck.

In card sets

The following card sets are Standard card sets.

Origins Origins (ORI)

Dec 2015 (version 1.2)

Cards: 246  (Common84 · Uncommon89 · Rare49 · Mythic24)

New mechanics:   RenownRenown

Zendikar Rising Zendikar Rising (ZNR)

Oct 2020 (version 4.5)

Cards: 261  (Common65 · Uncommon60 · Rare77 · Mythic44 · Masterpiece15)

New mechanics:   EquipEquip · LandformingLandforming · PartyParty · Wizardry

Puzzle Masters Puzzle Masters (PMA)

Jan 2021 (version 4.7)

Cards: 18  (Common0 · Uncommon0 · Rare10 · Mythic6 · Masterpiece2)

New mechanics:   Corrupt · Improved Gem · IgniteIgnite · Mana FieldMana Field · Unearth

Kaldheim Kaldheim (KHM)

Feb 2021 (version 4.8)

Cards: 231  (Common65 · Uncommon60 · Rare54 · Mythic37 · Masterpiece15)

New mechanics:   BoastBoast · ForetellForetell · ForetoldForetold · ChangelingChangeling · SnowSnow · HeraldHerald

Strixhaven Strixhaven (STX)

May 2021 (version 4.9)

Cards: 239  (Common74 · Uncommon58 · Rare57 · Mythic35 · Masterpiece15)

New mechanics:   EnhanceEnhance · EnhancedEnhanced · InvokeInvoke · InvokedInvoked · LearnLearn · LessonLesson · LevelLevel · MagecraftMagecraft · WardWard

Adventures in the Forgotten Realms Adventures in the Forgotten Realms (AFR)

Aug 2021 (version 5.1)

Cards: 200  (Common54 · Uncommon49 · Rare46 · Mythic36 · Masterpiece15)

New mechanics:   DungeonDungeon · Dungeon SpoilsDungeon Spoils · HiredHired · Pack Tactics · Roll a D20Roll a D20 · VentureVenture

Innistrad: Midnight Hunt Innistrad: Midnight Hunt (MID)

Oct 2021 (version 5.2)

Cards: ???  (Commonc? · Uncommonu? · Rarer? · Mythicm? · Masterpiecemp?)

New mechanics:   Bloodletting · Casting a Spell · Coven · Daybound · Dayshift · Decayed · Disturb · Imminent Death · Nightbound