What Blocks Are Standard Legal for Magic: The Gathering?


Quick Answer

As of May 2014, the following four card blocks are legal in Standard tournament decks: Core Set 2014, Core Set 2015, Return to Ravnica and Theros. Return to Ravnica includes the individual card sets of Return to Ravnica, Gatecrash and Dragon's Maze. The Theros block includes the sets Theros, Born of the Gods and Journey into Nyx. Currently, there are no banned cards in the Standard format.

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The structure of Standard decks allows cards from the current core set to be played in addition to the two most recent expansion blocks, with an annual exception. Each year, two core sets are legal during the time between the early summer release of the new core set and the fall release of the newest block.

In Magic: The Gathering, a Standard tournament is an officially sanctioned, constructed play format. The Standard format is one of the most common formats in the game and is particularly common at Friday night Magic tournaments. As a constructed format, players build decks composed of any legal cards in advance of tournament play. Each deck must have a minimum of 60 cards, with no more than four of any individual card other than basic lands. There is no maximum deck size. Players may also have a sideboard of up to 15 cards.

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