MTG Standard Rotation Guide – June 2020

What is Standard Rotation?

With the advent of Arena, Standard is the most accessible and widely played constructed format in Magic: The Gathering. Four Magic sets are released (one approximately every three months) and added to Standard each year, and subsequently the four oldest sets in Standard rotate out along with the release of the Fall set on September. This happens as soon as the patch is released on MTG Arena on the fourth Thursday of the month. Tabletop Magic follows the official release schedule, which happens on a Friday a week later.

No sets will rotate with the release of Core Set 2021 on June, 25, 2020.

What Sets are Currently in Standard?

The most recent Standard rotation occurred on September 26, 2019 with the release of Throne of Eldraine. The sets Ixalan, Rivals of Ixalan, Dominaria, and Core Set 2019 rotated out and, since then, have only been legal in other non-rotating formats such as Historic and Pioneer.

Rotates out September, 2020Rotates out September, 2021
Guilds of Ravnica (GRN) Throne of Eldraine (ELD)
Ravnica Allegiance (RNA) Theros Beyond Death (THB)
War of the Spark (WAR) Ikoria: Lair of Behemoths (IKO)
Core Set 2020 (M20) Core Set 2021 (M21)

What Sets will be Rotating Out of Standard in 2020?

The next rotation will happen on September 24, 2020 when the set Zendikar Rising is released. Guilds of Ravnica, Ravnica Allegiance, War of the Spark, and Core Set 2020 will be rotated out of Standard on the same day. The table below shows the new Standard format after rotation.

Rotates out September, 2021Rotates out September, 2022
Throne of Eldraine Zendikar Rising
Release date: September 24, 2020
Theros: Beyond DeathTBA
Ikoria: Lair of Behemoths TBA
Core Set 2021TBA

Banned Cards

The following cards are in current Standard sets, but are banned and is not legal for play in Standard. The link will take you to the ban announcement and explain the reasons behind their bans.

Card NameSetBan Date
Field of the Dead Core Set 2020 (M20)October 21, 2019
Oko, Thief of Crowns Throne of EldraineNovember 18, 2019
Once Upon a Time Throne of EldraineNovember 18, 2019
Veil of Summer Throne of EldraineNovember 18, 2019
Fires of Invention Throne of EldraineJune 1, 2020
Agent of Treachery Core Set 2020 (M20)June 1, 2020

What Happens to my Rotated Cards?

Cards that rotate out of Standard remain in your collection, and MTG Arena supports events and play queues that allow players to use cards from rotated sets in non-rotating formats such as Historic, and in certain events.

They may be used in Standard again later, if they are re-released in future sets (as “reprints”). For example, currently you can use the Dominaria or Ixalan versions of Opt in Standard because it was also released in Throne of Eldraine.

Rotation Preparation

Closer to the time of rotation in 2020, MTG Arena may hold special events and rewards to help “renew” players’ collections for the new Standard environment. If there are events and rewards, they’ll be from the last 4 sets only – Throne of Eldraine, Theros: Beyond Death, Ikoria: Lair of Behemoths, and Core Set 2021.

  • Events: There will be not be any scheduled Limited events (Draft or Sealed) for sets rotating out of Standard. Quick Draft and Sealed events will use sets starting from Throne of Eldraine and going forward.
  • Individual Card Rewards (ICRs): Players will no longer receive ICRs from sets that will be rotating out of Standard from daily wins or Standard events. Cards from rotating sets will be added to Historic ICRs.
  • Booster Packs and Wildcard Crafting: You can still redeem Wildcards and purchase packs from the rotating sets, but there will be an in-game reminder and confirmation message to let players know that the card is due to be rotated out soon.
  • New Player Decks: The decks that players receive as part of the tutorial and new player experience will be updated in August. For existing players, the intention is to recreate these updated decklists for existing players so everyone will have access to decks that are Standard-legal. If these decks contain cards that are not currently a part of your collection, you will be granted them.
  • Brawl: Brawl allows cards from Standard only, and the same rotation rules apply. Commanders that were added to Brawl as part of the Brawlers’ Guildhall will no longer be legal in Standard Brawl.
  • Renewal: Players may receive bonus gifts and rewards that consist of cards only from the new Standard format, to kick-start their post-rotation collection.


Having your hard earned collection rotated out isn’t always a pleasant experience, especially since your cards cannot be exchanged for any other kind of currency. The impacts on each player will differ based on their situation, based on factors such as:

  • Collection status, such as amount of Wildcards and set completion
  • Amount of time and money spent on the game
  • Preference in what type of decks to play
  • Players who join the game later on may have a harder time catching up (be sure to check out our Budget Deck collection)

In general, being able to play with the cards you purchase and obtain for as long as possible will be in your best interest. Let’s take a look a few examples from current Standard decks, as it best illustrates how players should navigate through this:

Temur Adventures (Example Deck)

This deck archetype consists of cards primarily from Throne of Eldraine (its feature mechanic), which rotate out in 2021. The Adventure cards are powerful in their own right since they represent both a spell and a creature on one card. This means that they are also likely to be played in other decks, such as Bonecrusher Giant and Brazen Borrower. On the other hand, it also requires more shocklands” – Breeding Pool, Stomping Grounds and Steam Vents – since it is a three color deck. Those cards are from Guilds of Ravnica and Ravnica Allegiance, which all rotate out in September 2020. However, these lands are staples in Historic anyway and are essential if you plan to play non-rotating formats.

Mono Red Aggro (Example Deck)

Mono Red Aggro is always a great entry-level deck that’s great for beginners, and sometimes is even one of the better decks in the format! It only consists of one color, which means there is no need to use rare lands here, other than Castle Embereth, which is a nice bonus but by no means absolutely essential. In the current version of the deck, the majority of the cards are from sets that will remain in Standard after rotation. This is the sorts of deck that will help you earn in-game rewards quickly so you can complete quests and events and build your collection, so you can best prepare for the new Standard.



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Waltteri Valo
Waltteri Valo
1 year ago

If only they gave us commander and bring back amonkhet and kaladesh blocks, i’d be game!

1 year ago
Reply to  Waltteri Valo

We can only dream! Though I think their concern is the sets may be too powerful or unhealthy compared to the other sets 🙁

Dane Hutson
Dane Hutson
11 months ago

They just need two headed giant

johann eichinger
johann eichinger
10 months ago

if i have reached level 100 in main set mastery and i get no reward after set rotation is this truth
or the mainset mastery will be also start new level zero???would be nice to get again rewards!!

1 month ago

Typos on this page. It says, “There will not be any rotation happening with the release of Core Set 2021 on September, 24, 2020.” And it also says, “The next rotation will happen on September 24, 2020”. Core Set 2021 releases in June, doesn’t it? (There are 2 places that list it releasing in September, but that should be Zendikar.) Also it says Zendikar is releasing in 2021. Isn’t it releasing in September 2020?

13 days ago

Where does the September 24 release date for Zendikar Rising come from? I can’t find it mentioned anywhere else.

7 days ago

Excuse me, but isn’t Veil of Summer a M20 card?