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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.


The decks are 100-card, singleton, 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.


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.

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


As of August 2022, the ban list for Gladiator is of five cards:[1]