Experience the original Magic: The Gathering with a dash of modern day sensibilities.
The card pool is the original Alpha/Beta/Unlimited base set, plus the first five expansions: Arabian Nights, Antiquities, Legends, The Dark, and Fallen Empires. There is a not-so-typical banned and restricted list plus a few card balancing replacements (Brainstorm in place of Ancestral Recall for example). The end result is an old school format that’s both fun and playable without sacrificing original intent.
You may play any printing of cards originally printed in these sets (including foils)
Restricted (to one per deck):
Candelabra of Tawnos
Maze of Ith
Wheel of Fortune
Replacements (left side is banned / right side is allowed four of each):
(Ex: you can’t play Ancestral Recall but you can play up to four copies of Brainstorm)
Ancestral Recall / Brainstorm
Black Lotus / Lotus Petal
Mox Emerald / Talisman of Unity
Mox Jet / Talisman of Indulgence
Mox Pearl / Talisman of Progress
Mox Ruby / Talisman of Impulse
Mox Sapphire / Talisman of Dominance
Shocklands are added as optional replacements for the Dual Lands. A player may run up to four in any combination of a Dual Land and it’s corresponding Shockland in their deck. (A deck may contain one Tundra and three Hallowed Fountains for example.)
(Tropical Island/Breeding Pool)
(Underground Sea/Watery Grave)
(Volcanic Island/Steam Vents)
Circle of Protection: Black
Circle of Protection: Blue
Circle of Protection: Green
Circle of Protection: Red
Circle of Protection: White
City in a Bottle
Library of Alexandria
All “ante” cards
Additional Cards Allowed:
Arena (1994 book promo)
Nalathni Dragon (1994 promo)
Sewers of Estark (1994 book promo)
2/1/19 – The “Tribal support” cards (Elvish Champion, Goblin Raider, Gravedigger, Swarm of Rats, and Tidal Warrior) are no longer included as additional cards allowed in the format.
5/31/18 – Library of Alexandria is banned.
3/3/18 – City in a Bottle is banned.
2/5/18 – Mind Twist is no longer replaced by Mind Shatter. Mind Twist is added to the Restricted list.
We might regret this change… Turn 1 “Swamp, Dark Ritual, Sol Ring, Mana Vault, Dark Ritual, Mind Twist for 7. Go.”