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Magic: The Gathering (Magic and MTG are common nicknames) is a card game originally created by Richard Garfield, but is now owned released by Wizards of the Coast since 1993. Players use decks of illustrated playing cards to play. Games of MTG typically have two players, but any number of players may play.



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Card sets

There are three types of sets, starter, advanced and expert. Expert sets starting with Ice Age have one core set and two expansion sets.

Starter sets

Advanced sets

Expert sets

Joke sets

Miscellaneous

Tournament formats

There are two forms of tournaments, constructed and limited. Constructed lets you build a deck with a minimum of sixty cards of your own. In Limited, you must build a deck with a minimum of forty cards with the cards given to you through boosters (and tournament packs).

Constructed can be divided into Block Constructed, Standard, Extended, Legacy and Vintage.

Limited can be divided into Booster Draft, Rochester Draft, Sealed and Team Sealed.

Popular archetypes

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Uses Goblin Welder.

Control with Wrath of God, Story Circle and Blinding Angel. Millstone for a win condition.

Cheap blue flying creatures and Curiosity to draw and control with free Counterspells.

Tolarian Academy + Mind Over Matter + Stroke of Genius = instant death

Shard Phoenix to kill weenies. Sometimes uses Forbid and Squee for reusable counterspells.

Lin Sivvi and her army of Rebels.

Fear the Slivers.

Fires of Yavimaya combined with Saproling Burst hurts a lot.

Uses Enduring Renewal and Goblin Bombardment.

Goblin Lackey got banned. =(

An Blue-Green deck that makes Quirion Dryad grow.

Revolves around the most powerful black card ever: Necropotence

Uses Opposition and Winter Orb/Static Orb for a lockdown.

Pandemonium and Saproling Burst does exactly 21 damage. Spike Feeder laughes at this.

A variant of Three-Deuce that uses Black instead of White for discard.

Prosperity and Cadaverous Bloom combo

Uses Entomb to dump creatures and Reanimate or Exhume to get resurrect big creatures.

The deck that won Brian Selden the world championship in 1998.

Uses Natural Order to fish out Verdant Force for the win.

Annoying Stasis

A fast deck that uses Dark Ritual as its fuel. Cards like Duress and Hatred help its goal.

A utility Green-White-Red deck with cheap spells from the three colors.

The deck that won Jon Finkel the world championship in 2000.

An aggro deck that uses Plow Under, Tangle Wire and Deranged Hermit.

Also known as Illusions-Donate.

A White deck that uses small creatures and Armageddon or Cataclysm to win.

The deck that won Kai Budde the world championship in 1999.

Banned and Resticted list

(Maybe we should have a separate page for this. It's pretty huge.)


The following cards are banned in the Standard format as of March 1, 2005.

  • Ancient Den
  • Arcbound Ravager
  • Darksteel Citadel
  • Disciple of the Vault
  • Great Furnace
  • Seat of the Synod
  • Skullclamp
  • Tree of Tales
  • Vault of Whispers


The following cards are banned in the Extended format as of March 1, 2005.

  • Ancient Tomb
  • Dark Ritual
  • Dream Halls
  • Earthcraft
  • Entomb
  • Frantic Search
  • Goblin Lackey
  • Goblin Recruiter
  • Grim Monolith
  • Hermit Druid
  • Lotus Petal
  • Memory Jar
  • Metalworker
  • Mind Over Matter
  • Oath of Druids
  • Replenish
  • Survival of the Fittest
  • Skullclamp
  • Time Spiral
  • Tinker
  • Tolarian Academy
  • Windfall
  • Yawgmoth's Bargain
  • Yawgmoth's Will


The following cards are banned in the Legacy format as of March 1, 2005.

  • Amulet of Quoz
  • Ancestral Recall
  • Balance
  • Bazaar of Baghdad
  • Black Lotus
  • Black Vise
  • Bronze Tablet
  • Channel
  • Chaos Orb
  • Contract from Below
  • Darkpact
  • Demonic Attorney
  • Demonic Consultation
  • Demonic Tutor
  • Dream Halls
  • Earthcraft
  • Entomb Falling Star
  • Fastbond
  • Frantic Search
  • Goblin Recruiter
  • Grim Monolith
  • Gush
  • Hermit Druid
  • Illusionary Mask
  • Jeweled Bird
  • Land Tax
  • Library of Alexandria
  • Mana Crypt
  • Mana Drain
  • Mana Vault
  • Memory Jar
  • Metalworker
  • Mind Over Matter
  • Mind Twist
  • Mind's Desire
  • Mishra's Workshop
  • Mox Emerald
  • Mox Jet
  • Mox Pearl
  • Mox Ruby
  • Mox Sapphire
  • Necropotence
  • Oath of Druids
  • Rebirth
  • Replenish
  • Skullclamp
  • Sol Ring
  • Strip Mine
  • Tempest Efreet
  • Time Spiral
  • Time Walk
  • Timetwister
  • Timmerian Fiends
  • Tinker
  • Tolarian Academy
  • Vampiric Tutor
  • Wheel of Fortune
  • Windfall
  • Worldgorger Dragon
  • Yawgmoth's Bargain
  • Yawgmoth's Will

The following cards are banned in the Vintage format as of March 1, 2005.

  • Any ante card
  • Chaos Orb
  • Falling Star

The following cards are restricted in the Vintage format as of March 1, 2005.

  • Ancestral Recall
  • Balance
  • Black Lotus
  • Black Vise
  • Burning Wish
  • Channel
  • Chrome Mox
  • Crop Rotation
  • Demonic Consultation
  • Demonic Tutor
  • Dream Halls
  • Enlightened Tutor
  • Entomb
  • Fact or Fiction
  • Fastbond
  • Frantic Search
  • Grim Monolith
  • Gush
  • Library of Alexandria
  • Lion's Eye Diamond
  • Lotus Petal
  • Mana Crypt
  • Mana Vault
  • Memory Jar
  • Mind Over Matter
  • Mind Twist
  • Mind's Desire
  • Mox Diamond
  • Mox Emerald
  • Mox Jet
  • Mox Pearl
  • Mox Ruby
  • Mox Sapphire
  • Mystical Tutor
  • Necropotence
  • Regrowth
  • Sol Ring
  • Strip Mine
  • Time Spiral
  • Time Walk
  • Timetwister
  • Tinker
  • Tolarian Academy
  • Trinisphere—effective March 20, 2005
  • Vampiric Tutor
  • Voltaic Key
  • Wheel of Fortune
  • Windfall
  • Yawgmoth's Bargain
  • Yawgmoth's Will

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