Historic Format Guide

History of Benalia Art by Noah Bradley
History of Benalia Art by Noah Bradley

Historic is a non-rotating MTG Arena, digital-only constructed format that allows you to use all the cards available from the Ixalan set onwards with additional curated cards called Historic Anthology. It will be officially supported on MTG Arena beginning with the game update on November 21, 2019. In this guide, we will go into detail on the rules of Historic, how to play Historic, where to find Historic cards and building Historic decks.

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This guide is in the process of being updated for the new patch. Stay tuned!

What is Historic?

Historic will be a new way to play MTG Arena, as an alternative to the Standard format. It is a non-rotating format, or otherwise known as an “eternal” format, similar to Modern and Legacy in tabletop Magic: The Gathering. You will be able to play with all available cards released on MTG Arena.

  • Historic will adhere to the same basic constructed rules – minimum of 60 cards and up to 15 card sideboard and no more than 4 copies of any individual non-basic land cards.
  • Historic will have its own banned or “suspended” (discussed below) card list – independent of Standard.
  • Cards from sets Ixalan onward will be permitted in Historic decks, as well as other introduced Historic-specific cards (more on this below).

Historic Card Sets

Rivals of Ixalan
Core Set 2019
Guilds of Ravnica
Ravnica Allegiance
War of the Spark
Core Set 2020
Throne of Eldraine
History Anthology 1


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