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Card set formats
 
ORI
 
Origins
 
Origins
 
Origins
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
 
Ixalan
 
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RIX
 
Rivals of Ixalan
 
Rivals of Ixalan
 
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DOM
 
Dominaria
 
Dominaria
 
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M19
 
Core Set 2019
 
Core Set 2019
 
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ZVE
 
Zendikar vs Eldrazi
 
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GRN
 
Guilds of Ravnica
 
Guilds of Ravnica
 
Guilds of Ravnica
RNA
 
Ravnica Allegiance
 
Ravnica Allegiance
 
Ravnica Allegiance
WAR
 
War of the Spark
 
War of the Spark
 
War of the Spark
M20
 
Core Set 2020
 
Core Set 2020
 
Core Set 2020
ELD
 
Throne of Eldraine
 
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Throne of Eldraine
THB
 
Theros Beyond Death
 
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Theros Beyond Death
ODY
 
From the Vault: Odyssey
 
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DvK
 
Daxos vs Kalemne
 
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Daxos vs Kalemne*
IKO
 
Ikoria: Lair of Behemoths
 
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Ikoria: Lair of Behemoths
TOR
 
From the Vault: Torment
 
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*Not a main-line Standard card set

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.

The next rotation of card sets out of Standard is expected to occur in the fourth quarter of 2020, after the release of Ikoria: Lair of Behemoths, Core Set 2021, and Zendikar Rising.

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 four non-Origins Sets are removed from Standard.

When Throne of Eldraine was added to MtGPQ in November 2019, the following card sets rotated out of Standard: XLN, RIX, DOM, and M19.

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:   Renown
Guilds of Ravnica Guilds of Ravnica (GRN)

Nov 2018 (version 3.0)

Cards: 200  (Common60 · Uncommon55 · Rare40 · Mythic35 · Masterpiece10)
New mechanics:   Convoke · Jump-start · Mentor · Surveil · Undergrowth
Ravnica Allegiance Ravnica Allegiance (RNA)

Mar 2019 (version 3.3)

Cards: 200  (Common60 · Uncommon55 · Rare40 · Mythic35 · Masterpiece10)
New mechanics:   Adapt · Addendum · Afterlife · Riot · Spectacle
War of the Spark War of the Spark (WAR)

Jun 2019 (version 3.5)

Cards: 200  (Common60 · Uncommon55 · Rare45 · Mythic30 · Masterpiece10)
New mechanics:   Amass · Partner · Proliferate
Core Set 2020 Core Set 2020 (M20)

Oct 2019 (version 3.8)

Cards: 215  (Common60 · Uncommon60 · Rare50 · Mythic35 · Masterpiece10)
New mechanics:   Fight · Protection from color · Overflow
Throne of Eldraine Throne of Eldraine (ELD)

Nov 2019 (version 3.9)

Cards: 241  (Common65 · Uncommon62 · Rare60 · Mythic39 · Masterpiece15)
New mechanics:   Adamant · Adventure · Mill · Resourceful
Theros Beyond Death Theros Beyond Death (THB)

Feb 2020 (version 4.0)

Cards: 244  (Common65 · Uncommon60 · Rare63 · Mythic41 · Masterpiece15)
New mechanics:   Anticipation · Buried · Constellation · Devotion · Enchanted · Escape · Ferocious · Heroic · Resilient
Daxos vs Kalemne Daxos vs Kalemne (DvK)

Mar 2020 (version 4.1)

Cards: 34  (Common0 · Uncommon0 · Rare22 · Mythic12 · Masterpiece0)
New mechanics:   Experience
Ikoria: Lair of Behemoths Ikoria: Lair of Behemoths (IKO)

May 2020 (version 4.2)

Cards: 233  (Common64 · Uncommon59 · Rare60 · Mythic35 · Masterpiece15)
New mechanics:   Companion · Mutate