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For other uses, see Eternal.

Eternal formats are Constructed play formats which allow cards from all Magic: The Gathering sets with the standard card back and non-silver-bordered /acorn-stamped card frames.


The Eternal formats are Vintage, Legacy,[1][2] Commander[3] and Pauper.

Eternal is sometimes confused with the notion of non-rotating formats. All Eternal formats are non-rotating, but Modern, Pioneer, and Historic are non-rotating formats that are not Eternal.

Eternal cards[]

The term "eternal card" was introduced when Unfinity replaced silver-bordered with acorn-stamped cards. Where acorn cards are non-tournament legal, eternal cards are their opposite: they are legal in all eternal formats.[4]

Eternal Weekend[]

Eternal Weekend is a yearly tournament organized by Wizards of the Coast in association with an independent tournament organizer, featuring the Eternal formats. The tabletop tournament was introduced in 2013.[2] Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the 2020 version was played on Magic Online.[5]


  1. Sam Stoddard (October 18, 2013). "Developing for Eternal Formats". Wizards of the Coast.
  2. a b Trick Jarrett (October 30, 2013). "Eternal Weekend!". Wizards of the Coast.
  3. February 20, 2020. "Introducing Jumpstart: A New Way to Play Magic". Wizards of the Coast.
  4. Mark Rosewater (November 29, 2021). "To Unfinity and Beyond". Wizards of the Coast.
  5. Wizards of the Coast (October 7, 2020). "Eternal Weekend 2020 on Magic Online".