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Ancient is a casual constructed Magic: The Gathering format that only allows cards from the original border sets (Alpha through Onslaught).[1] In contrast to QL Magic, Ancient uses modern rules.

While the card pool is limited, it also allows players to use cards from Magic's past that might be deemed too weak by today's standards - creatures in particular. There are SOME exceptions where cards from a cycle that were printed in a 'Modern' set are allowed, but only when these cards were printed to complete a cycle from an earlier set (most notably, the Zendikar fetch lands that completed the cycle from Onslaught).

Reprints from the Alpha-Onslaught sets with new borders are allowed.[2]

Side note: a group of players in the Netherlands also play a format they call Ancient, which is completely different.[3]


  1. Wizards of the Coast (August 11, 2008). "Casual Formats". Wizards of the Coast.
  2. Decks and format information: Ancient Magic
  3. Information on it can be found at There you can find some pictures, the rules, and also information as to how the format compares to other eternal formats.