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Explorer
DCI Sanctioned
Paper {Cross}
Magic Online {Cross}
Magic Arena {Tick}
Rules
Type Constructed
Multiplayer {Cross}
Add. rules Best-of-one and Best-of-three

Explorer is a constructed format that is Magic: The Gathering Arena's on-ramp to eventually support Pioneer on the client. The format was introduced on April 21, 2022, to help Arena transition into supporting Pioneer and "true-to-tabletop" gameplay.[1]

Background[]

The Historic format was implemented in November 2019, as a format that would allow Arena players to make use of cards that were no longer legal in Standard after rotation.[2] In July 2020, the Pioneer Masters set was announced, which would bring Historic nearer to the Pioneer format.[3]

In December 2021, the release of Alchemy: Innistrad paired Historic with it in terms of card changes. By including Alchemy cards in Historic, MTG Arena lost its only "true to tabletop" non-rotating format. As the introduction of Pioneer also had been put on hold, negative feedback forced Wizards of the Coast to quickly announce that they would be searching for an alternative.[4] Although people asked for the return of Pioneer or Pioneer light, Wizards seemed to search for another format.

However, when Explorer was introduced as a format in April 2022, it turned out to be exactly what the people had been asking for: a Constructed, non-rotating, "true-to-tabletop" format using all the Pioneer-legal cards available on MTG Arena, with a path towards becoming true Pioneer.[5]

Deck construction[]

All the regular rules for constructed formats apply. Decks must contain a minimum of sixty cards. There is no maximum deck size; however, decks in Arena can not have more than 250 cards. Like other constructed formats, a sideboard of at most fifteen cards can be used. With the exception of basic lands and cards like Rat Colony, a player's combined deck and sideboard may not contain more than four of any individual card.

Set legality[]

Cards from all regular core sets and expansions since Return to Ravnica (including exclusives that only appeared in Welcome Deck 2016 and Welcome Deck 2017) are legal.

Banned List[]

Explorer will follow the Pioneer banned list at first. Any cards that cause problems in Explorer specifically (such as because the format hasn't yet added answers found in Pioneer) will be banned rather than be rebalanced or suspended, just as with other paper formats, but this type of ban is likely to be reversed as Explorer grows toward parity with Pioneer.[1]

As of May 12th, 2022, there are two Explorer-specific bans

In addition, cards banned in Pioneer are banned in Explorer:

References[]

  1. a b Wizards of the Coast (April 21, 2022). "MTG Arena: State of the Game – Streets of New Capenna". magicthegathering.com. Wizards of the Coast.
  2. Brett Teran (June 27, 2019). "MTG Arena update: Introducing the Historic format". Magic Esports.
  3. MTG Arena: State of the Game – July 2020. magicthegathering.com. Wizards of the Coast (July 15, 2020]).
  4. Wizards of the Coast (February 8, 2022). "MTG Arena: State of the Game - Kamigawa: Neon Dynasty". magicthegathering.com. Wizards of the Coast.
  5. Monthly Announcement Day (Video). Weekly MTG. YouTube (April 22, 2022).
  6. a b Wizards of the Coast (May 11, 2022). "May 11, 2022 Banned and Restricted Announcement". magicthegathering.com. Wizards of the Coast.
  7. a b c d e Ian Duke (February 15, 2021). "February 15, 2021 Banned and Restricted Announcement". magicthegathering.com. Wizards of the Coast.
  8. a b c d e Blake Rasmussen (October 21, 2019). "Announcing the Pioneer Format". magicthegathering.com. Wizards of the Coast.
  9. a b Ian Duke (November 04, 2019). "November 4, 2019 Pioneer Banned Announcement". magicthegathering.com. Wizards of the Coast.
  10. a b c Ian Duke (December 02, 2019). "December 2, 2019 Pioneer Banned Announcement". magicthegathering.com. Wizards of the Coast.
  11. a b c d Ian Duke (August 3, 2020). "August 3, 2020 Banned and Restricted Announcement". magicthegathering.com. Wizards of the Coast.
  12. Wizards of the Coast (March 7, 2022). "March 7, 2022 Banned and Restricted Announcement". magicthegathering.com. Wizards of the Coast.
  13. a b Ian Duke (December 16, 2019). "December 16, 2019 Pioneer Banned Announcement". magicthegathering.com. Wizards of the Coast.
  14. Ian Duke (November 11, 2019). "November 11, 2019 Pioneer Banned Announcement". magicthegathering.com. Wizards of the Coast.

See also[]

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