Historic Format Guide and Information

Ulamog, the Ceaseless Hunger - Historic

Historic is a non-rotating (“eternal”) format introduced to MTG Arena as a digital-only constructed format that allows you to use all the cards available from all the available expansions and additional curated sets. It was first officially implemented on November 21, 2019 as a way for players to use cards that have rotated out of Standard with Throne of Eldraine. It now supports a variety of competitive play queues, events and tournaments and has its own list of suspended and banned cards.

Deck Building Rules

  • Your deck must be at least 60 cards and there is no maximum deck size.
  • Up to fifteen cards may be included in your sideboard, if you use one.
  • Include no more than four copies of any individual card in your main deck and sideboard combined (except basic lands and unless specified on the card).

Constructed Legal Sets

Rivals of Ixalan
Core Set 2019
Historic Anthology 1
Historic Anthology 2
Historic Anthology 3
Guilds of Ravnica
Ravnica Allegiance
War of the Spark
Core Set 2020
Release date: July 16, 2020
Throne of Eldraine
Theros: Beyond Death
Ikoria: Lair of Behemoths
Core Set 2021
Amonkhet Remastered
Release date: August 13, 2020
Zendikar Rising
Release date: September 17, 2020

The following cards are also legal for Historic and Brawl, introduced via the Brawlidays and Brawler’s Guildhall events:

Suspended Cards

Suspensions are cards that are not legal for Historic play, but may be removed from the list or moved to the banned list after review as new cards are introduced in Historic via expansions and supplementary sets. Wildcards are not refunded when cards are suspended.

Below is a list of cards that are currently suspended in Historic and previously removed from the suspension list:

Card NameSuspension DateUnsuspension Date
Field of the DeadDecember 10, 2020March 9, 2020
Burning-Tree EmissaryJuly 13, 2020
Wilderness ReclamationAugust 3, 2020
Teferi, Time RavelerAugust 3, 2020

Banned Cards

When cards are fully banned in Historic you will receive Wildcard reimbursement as normal, with the caveat that you won’t receive multiple reimbursements for the same, individual card. The following cards are banned in Historic, after being initially suspended:

Card NameSuspension DateBan Date
Nexus of FateJuly 13, 2020
Oko, Thief of CrownsDecember 10, 2020March 9, 2020
Once Upon a TimeDecember 10, 2020March 9, 2020
Veil of SummerDecember 10, 2020March 9, 2020
Fires of InventionJune 1, 2020July 13, 2020
Agent of TreacheryJune 1, 2020July 13, 2020
Winota, Joiner of ForcesJune 8, 2020July 13, 2020

Evergreen Historic Play Queues

You can find other players to play Historic with in the following ways, at all times.

  • Play: Casual queue that also counts towards wins and quest objectives. Select a Historic deck to be matched up with other players also using Historic decks.
  • Historic Ranked: Best-of-one (BO1) competitive.
  • Traditional Historic Ranked: Best-of-three (BO3) competitive.
  • Historic Event: Best-of-one (BO1) event that costs 500 gold or 75 gems to enter. It ends after 7 wins or 3 losses, with rewards scaling depending on the number of wins.
  • Traditional Historic Event: Best-of-three (BO3) event that costs 1000 gold or 190 gems to enter. It ends after 5 wins or 2 losses, with rewards scaling depending on the number of wins.

Premier Events

The following are the official tournaments endorsed and supported by Wizards of the Coast.

Event NameEvent Date
The Arena OpenAugust 1, 2020 – August 2, 2020
Mythic Invitational 2020September 10, 2020 – September 13, 2020
Zendikar Rising Qualifier WeekendSeptember 12, 2020 – September 13, 2020

Other Historic Formats

There are a subset of casual formats that can be played during special promotional events on MTG Arena. They share the Historic card pool and usually the same banlist:


Learn more about the Historic format in our dedicated sections below:



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