Magic: The Gathering/Standard Format

Standard (also known as Type 2) is a Constructed format where the total card pool is restricted by sets. Normally, this standard format pool consists of cards from the most recent core set and the two most recent expansion blocks.

The core set is currently comprised of the Magic 2011 core set(m11), the Magic 2012 Core set (m12), the Zendikar block and the Scars of Mirrodin block.

Players must have at least a 60-card deck (and optional sideboard containing exactly 15 cards) consisting of cards of any printings that are legal in the current standard format. Players must be able to shuffle their decks without assistance. Decks (including the sideboard) may contain no more than 4 copies of any card other than basic lands. In addition, certain cards may be "banned" (the card may not be used). There are currently two banned cards in the Standard Format. Jace, The Mind Sculpter and Stoneforge Mystic.

As of July 15th, 2011, the sets legal in Standard are:

ZENDIKAR BLOCK
Zendikar
Worldwake
Rise of the Eldrazi
Scars of Mirrodin BLOCK
Scars of Mirrodin
Mirrodin Besieged
New Phyrexia
CORE SET
2011 (M11)
2012 (M12)

After September 30th Standard Legal Sets will consist of

Scars of Mirrodin BLOCK
Scars of Mirrodin
Mirrodin Besieged
New Phyrexia
Innistrad Block
Innistrad
Dark Ascension
CORE SET
2012 (M12)


Since the format rotates with each new block set release, decks have a maximum shelf life of two years, meaning that the format is quick to change and easily impacted. There are deck archetypes that have waxed and waned through the years, but maintain their existence in some form or another (White Weenie, Ponza, blue-based control, red aggro), while others (usually combo decks) are spawned from the centerpiece card (Tooth and Nail, Enduring Ideal), and are thus usually subject to their key card leaving Standard.

Last modified on 26 April 2012, at 14:46