Magic: The Gathering/5-Color Format

5-Color Format exists in slightly different variations in the online and offline Magic communities. 5-Color was initially a fan-created format, not supported by the DCI. The basic rules could be summarized as follows:

  • Decks must contain a minimum of 250 cards
  • Decks must have no less than 20 cards of each color
  • No more than four of each non basic land card
  • The game is played for ante, and ante cards, including Contract from Below, are legal

A full list of rules, including banned and restricted cards, is maintained at:

Due to the popularity of this non-sanctioned format, WotC created a similar format in the Magic online game.