Magic: Redux

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.

Allowed Sets:
Arabian Nights
The Dark
Fallen Empires
You may play any printing of cards originally printed in these sets (including foils)

Restricted (to one per deck):
Black Vise
Candelabra of Tawnos
Demonic Tutor
Ivory Tower
Mana Drain
Mana Vault
Maze of Ith
Mind Twist
Mishra’s Workshop
Sol Ring
Strip Mine
Time Vault
Time Walk
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

Optional Replacements:
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.)
(Badlands/Blood Crypt)
(Bayou/Overgrown Tomb)
(Plateau/Sacred Foundry)
(Scrubland/Godless Shrine)
(Savannah/Temple Garden)
(Taiga/Stomping Ground)
(Tropical Island/Breeding Pool)
(Tundra/Hallowed Fountain)
(Underground Sea/Watery Grave)
(Volcanic Island/Steam Vents)

Banned Cards:
Acid Rain
Chaos Orb
Circle of Protection: Black
Circle of Protection: Blue
Circle of Protection: Green
Circle of Protection: Red
Circle of Protection: White
City in a Bottle
Falling Star
Library of Alexandria
Power Artifact
All “ante” cards

Additional Cards Allowed:
Arena (1994 book promo)
Nalathni Dragon (1994 promo)
Sewers of Estark (1994 book promo)

Recent Changes:
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.”

5 thoughts on “Magic: Redux

  1. I spoke with the owner of the store when this format a few months ago and recently had some time to put together a decklist. Is it possible to add some of the various deck concepts to let players know what is the current “meta” or to give an idea of what to expect in regards to power level of the format?

    My rough take on a simple aggro black deck is below:

    21 Swamp
    1 Strip Mine

    4 Erg Raiders
    4 Black Knight
    4 Order of the Ebon Hand
    4 Hypnotic Specter
    2 Sengir Vampire

    4 Hymn to T
    4 Dark Ritual
    4 Sinkhole
    4 Lotus Petal
    2 Howl from Beyond
    2 Terror

  2. Can someone post the number of proxies that are allowed per deck, as well as any restrictions on the proxies themselves?

  3. Redux is meant to be a sanctionable, no-proxy format. However by popular demand we are allowing up to 8 proxies in our upcoming events (so they will be non-sanctioned.) Printed card images will not be allowed as proxies in order to comply with Wizards counterfeiting policies. The complete card name on plain paper is enough.

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