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DCI Sanctioned
Paper {Cross}
Magic Online {Cross}
Magic Arena {Tick}
Type Constructed
Multiplayer {Cross}
Add. rules Best-of-three, no sideboard

Gladiator is a Magic Arena-specific constructed format for Magic: The Gathering.[1] It is not an on-demand format, but instead exclusive to events.

Description[ | ]

The decks are 100-card, singleton, and 20-life, with a card pool of the Historic format (aka the Arena card pool). While digital-only cards are permitted, rebalanced cards are usually not played. The format is "best of 3, no sideboards".

It differs from the Commander format - and the Arena equivalent of Historic Brawl - in that there is no commander, no extra life, no free mulligan, best of three and 1v1.

History[ | ]

Gladiator was developed by Canadian Highlander players in mid-2020 so they could continue to play singleton during the COVID-19 pandemic. One of the chief developers of the format is Ben Wheeler of LoadingReadyRun, who was also one of the architects of Canadian Highlander.[2]

In August 2020, MTG Arena featured an event known as "Super-Singleton", which was similar to the community-created custom format. Gladiator was first featured under its name as a Community Spotlight in August 2022.[1]

Banlist[ | ]

As of May 2024, the ban list for Gladiator consists of seven cards:[1]

External links[ | ]

References[ | ]

  1. a b c Wizards of the Coast (August 3, 2022). "MTG Arena Community Spotlight: Gladiator". Wizards of the Coast.
  2. Gladiator: A New Arena Format (TTC 316) (Video). LLRMTG. YouTube (May 12, 2020).
  3. a b Justin Koehler (May 6, 2024). "May 2024 Banned List Update". GladiatorMTGA.