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Challenger Decks
Challenger Decks
Q01 logo.png
Set Information
Set symbol This set has no own expansion symbol.
Symbol description Cards used the symbol of their original expansion.
Design Donald Smith, Jr.
Allen Wu
Development Same as design
Release date April 6, 2018
Set size Four 75-card constructed decks, 81 unique cards
Expansion code Q01[1]
Challenger Deck series
Challenger Decks Challenger Decks 2019 Challenger Decks 2019 Japan
Magic: The Gathering Chronology
Duel Decks: Elves vs. Inventors Challenger Decks Dominaria
For a general overview, see Challenger Deck series

Challenger Decks is a set of four individual preconstructed 75-card challenger decks that became available April 6, 2018, with an MSRP of $29.99.[2][3]


Like event decks before, challenger decks are built with more tournament-play competitive players in mind. The 75-card decks are geared toward Standard play for the Friday Night Magic player. They are intended to be playable and competitive at a local level right out of the box. All cards will have been previously printed in Standard and are Standard-legal. The cards are chosen almost entirely from the Kaladesh block and Amonkhet block, which means they are legal until about 6 months after the decks release, when they will rotate out.

These decks are intended to be very strong and feature many rares, as well as at least two mythic rares. For Challenger Decks, Magic R&D changed its design process so that they could build them close to release.

The decks are available worldwide in English, with Japanese available in Japan.


For the first three releases of Challenger Decks, each package contained:

The 2020 Challenger Decks exclude the spindown life counter and replace it with five double-sided tokens.


deck name
Colors Included
{W} {U} {B} {R} {G}
Hazoret Aggro R
Vehicle Rush W B R
Second Sun Control W U
Counter Surge B G