MTG Wiki
Advertisement
This page is about the format. For the game term, see Historic.
Historic
DCI Sanctioned
Paper {Cross}
Magic Online {Cross}
Magic Arena {Tick}
Rules
Type Constructed
Multiplayer {Cross}
Add. rules Best-of-one and Best-of-three

Historic is a constructed non-rotating format for Magic: The Gathering Arena that was officially announced by Wizards of the Coast on June 27, 2019.[1][2]

Description[]

Historic was implemented in November 2019, as a format that allows Arena players to make use of cards that are no longer legal in Standard after rotation.[3] The format is exclusive to Arena, and is intended "to be a fun and casual way [that players] can continue to play with all the cards in [their] collection".[1] On the other hand, paper Magic and Magic Online use the Pioneer, Modern, Legacy, and Vintage non-rotating formats. Historic-legal paper sets are those from Ixalan onward, with many cards from earlier sets added at Wizards of the Coast's discretion.

As of December 2021, Historic uses rebalanced Alchemy cards instead of original similar-to-paper versions of cards.[4] The format is now considered a living format that can have balance changes when Wizards of the Coast sees fit.

The format includes a Historic Play queue (both best-of-one and best-of-three), Direct Challenge, practice matches with Sparky, as well as some rotating events that are not beholden to Standard (such as Pauper, Singleton, etc.).[1]

History[]

The introduction of Historic coincided with the first rotation for MTG Arena, and the release of the fall set of that year, Throne of Eldraine.[1] Before R&D settled on Historic the name used for the rumored format was "Standard Plus".[5] The format was inducted as tournament-sanctioned in Mythic Invitational 2020, and Historic replaced Draft as the second format for major competitive events for 2020-2021. Initially, Historic was merely another time-partitioned format that started at Ixalan, but as time went on a large selection of powerful other cards were added through supplemental sets, such as Jumpstart, Historic Anthology and the Strixhaven: Mystical Archive cards.

In December 2021, the release of Alchemy: Innistrad paired Historic with it in terms of card changes. While the extra set itself was treated as another influx of cards, the ten cards rebalanced for the Alchemy format carried over their changes into Historic. This had the side effect of unbanning Omnath, Locus of Creation.

Although Alchemy as such was received favorably by users, its impact on Historic was less popular. 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, the negative feedback forced Wizards of the Coast to quickly announce that they would be searching for an alternative.[6] This came to be Explorer.

Set Legality[]

The following paper releases were captured in Arena and are hence legal in Historic. Further supplemental sets are listed below.

The following digital-only releases are legal in Historic.

Historic Anthologies[]

Main article: Historic Anthology

Historic Anthologies are added to the game to supplement the Historic format. Wizards added "new" old cards to MTG Arena "from across Magic's history" for use in the format. 15-20 new cards were added in November for the beginning of the new format ("Historic Anthology 1"), with the goal of adding more cards every quarter of the year.[7] That said, only five releases were completed over 18 months, with the next scheduled drop being in the summer of 2022.

Upon announcement of the format, both the "new" cards and the cards rotating out of Standard (thus becoming Historic cards themselves) were announced to require two Wildcards each to craft—rather than the usual one.[8][9] After feedback from the player's base, the decision to change Wildcard redemption rates for rotated cards was revoked. It was decided that redemption for all rotated cards would remain 1:1.[10]

Mystical Archive[]

While not categorized as an Anthology, the Mystical Archive resembles one, as it brings in reprints of famous instants and sorceries from across time and the history of Magic and was not legal in Standard. These cards range from common reprints from this year to cards restricted in Vintage. It was released on April 23, 2021. Seven cards from this set were preemptively banned.

Remastered sets[]

In 2020, Wizards of the Coast planned to add "remastered" versions of older sets to Magic: The Gathering Arena.[11] The MTG Arena team, in conjunction with Magic R&D, looked at blocks and condensed them into a single larger set that only includes the most relevant cards. This was to allow them to focus on what made these sets fun and exciting for players while delivering the content much more quickly.

The long-term commitment would eventually lead to additional support to formats beyond Standard and Historic, and was supposed to be working towards Pioneer. However, only the two blocks that were already digitalized in the closed beta were remastered, whereas a large number of non-Pioneer cards in Strixhaven: Mystical Archive and Modern Horizons 2 were implemented instead of cards from sets legal in Pioneer. As such, Historic developed its own identity with digital designs, while the expansion of Explorer into Pioneer will be done through Anthology drops rather than curated blocks.

Amonkhet Remastered[]

Main article: Amonkhet Remastered

Contains cards from Amonkhet and Hour of Devastation, alongside some extra Rares and Mythics to shape Historic. It was released on 13th August 2020,[12] putting into the format for Mythic Invitational 2020.[13]

Kaladesh Remastered[]

Main article: Kaladesh Remastered

Contains cards from Kaladesh and Aether Revolt. It was released on November 12th, 2020.

Historic Brawl[]

Historic Brawl is a variant of Brawl format that is played with a deck of 60 cards. Basically, Historic Brawl is just what you would expect; the Brawl format (which otherwise uses only Standard-legal sets) with the added Historic card pool. It was introduced to MTG Arena in December 2020.[14]

100-card Historic Brawl[]

100-card Historic Brawl was introduced in June, 2021.[15][16] This is the closest to the Commander format that can be played on MTG Arena.

Jumpstart: Historic Horizons[]

Jumpstart: Historic Horizons is an MTG Arena exclusive card set, released in August 2021. It contains hundreds of cards from Modern Horizons, Modern Horizons 2, and more — including 31 new-to-Magic cards you'll only find in this digital release.

Alchemy[]

Alchemy is a digital-only play mode that was introduced in December, 2021 as a fast and ever-evolving experience.[17][18] It intentionally diverges from the metagame of Standard and other formats to provide an alternative experience to play.[19] Alchemy cards are legal in Historic, and Alchemy-focused rebalances are upheld.

Main article: Alchemy

Suspensions[]

To support the Historic format, Wizards introduced suspensions to control the balance that works well with Magic's history of using bans and restrictions while allowing more flexibility to adjust as Historic changes.[20] For gameplay purposes, a suspension works like a ban, in that the card will not be legal to use in the format while it is suspended. Unlike how banning cards is handled, R&D plans to use the flexibility that the digital format provides to move cards onto and off of the suspension list more commonly than otherwise just banning them. Suspension isn't a final verdict, it's an indication that R&D thinks a card may be causing issues and likes to see what the meta looks like without that influence.

Suspension is also a temporary measure. All the cards that are suspended will be removed from the suspension list by or before the next event. Some may be returned to the playable pool (likely because R&D believes the new environment provides the appropriate answers or countermeasures), and the rest will move to be fully banned.

Suspended cards[]

Currently none.

Banned list[]

As of January 25, 2022, the following cards are banned in Historic.

Preemptively banned[]

The following Mystical Archive cards were preemptively banned and thus never entered the format.

^† Excluding Historic Brawl

Historic Brawl[]

As of December 8, 2021, the following cards are additionally banned in Historic Brawl.

Preemptively banned[]

The following Mystical Archive cards were preemptively banned and thus never entered the format.

Previously banned cards[]

The following is a list of cards that have been banned at one point during their stay in the Historic or Historic Brawl environment.

Historic[]

Historic Brawl[]

Special events[]

Historic Shakeup[]

Historic Shakeup is an MTG Arena event with a changing banned card list, you'll have to stay on your toes and think fast to find the right deck each week. Week 1 of Historic Shakeup started March 19, 2021.[42]

Mirror, Mirror[]

Mirror, Mirror was a short MTG Arena event in July, 2021 featuring rebalanced versions of some of Historic's iconic banned cards.[43] The twelve cards banned prior to the release of Strixhaven all received "errata" that weakened them to a potentially balanced form.

References[]

  1. a b c d Wizards of the Coast (June 27, 2019). "MTG Arena: State of the Beta — June 2019". magicthegathering.com. Wizards of the Coast.
  2. Rotation Guide - Intro to Rotation, Upcoming Changes, and Historic Play (MTG Arena Admin) June 27, 2019, MTGarena.com
  3. Brett Teran (June 27, 2019). "MTG Arena update: Introducing the Historic format". Magic Esports.
  4. Wizards of the Coast (December 2, 2021). "MTG Arena: State - Alchemy". magicthegathering.com. Wizards of the Coast.
  5. Cody Gravelle (December 06, 2018). "Magic Arena Will Eventually Have A "Standard Plus" Format". Screenrant.com.
  6. Wizards of the Coast (February 8, 2022). "MTG Arena: State of the Game - Kamigawa: Neon Dynasty". magicthegathering.com. Wizards of the Coast.
  7. David McCoy (August 29, 2019). "Historic Comes to MTG Arena in November with "New" Old Cards From Magic's History". Hipsters of the Coast.
  8. Wizards of the Coast (August 29, 2019). "MTG Arena: State of the Beta – August 2019". magicthegathering.com. Wizards of the Coast.
  9. David McCoy (August 29, 2019). "Historic Cards Will Cost 2 Wildcards to Craft on MTG Arena for the "Health of the Game"". Hipsters of the Coast.
  10. Wizards of the Coast (September 13, 2019). "MTG Arena Update on Historic". magicthegathering.com. Wizards of the Coast.
  11. Wizards of the Coast (November 13, 2019). "State of the Beta - November 2019". magicthegathering.com. Wizards of the Coast.
  12. Wizards of the Coast (August 4, 2020). "MTG Arena: State of the Game – August 2020". magicthegathering.com. Wizards of the Coast.
  13. Wizards of the Coast (July 13, 2020). "Esports Update:2020 Mythic Invitational, Upcoming Announcements and More". Magic.gg.
  14. a b Blake Rasmussen (December 20, 2020). "Historic Brawl". magicthegathering.com. Wizards of the Coast.
  15. a b Wizards of the Coast (June 16, 2021). "MTG Arena Announcements, June 16, 2021". magicthegathering.com. Wizards of the Coast.
  16. Jay Parker (July 29, 2021). "MTG Arena: State of the Game — Jumpstart: Historic Horizons". magicthegathering.com. Wizards of the Coast.
  17. Wizards of the Coast (December 2, 2021). "Introducing Alchemy: A New Way To Play MTG Arena". magicthegathering.com. Wizards of the Coast.
  18. Wizards of the Coast (December 2, 2021). "MTG Arena: State - Alchemy". magicthegathering.com. Wizards of the Coast.
  19. David Humpherys (December 8, 2021). "Designing for Alchemy". magicthegathering.com. Wizards of the Coast.
  20. Wizards of the Coast (December 10, 2019). "Historic Suspension Announcement". magicthegathering.com. Wizards of the Coast.
  21. a b c d Ian Duke (July 13, 2020). "July 13, 2020 Banned and Restricted Announcement". magicthegathering.com. Wizards of the Coast.
  22. a b Ian Duke (June 1, 2020). "June 1, 2020 Banned and Restricted Announcement". magicthegathering.com. Wizards of the Coast.
  23. a b Wizards of the Coast (December 8, 2021). "MTG Arena Announcements, December 8, 2021". magicthegathering.com. Wizards of the Coast.
  24. a b Wizards of the Coast (October 13, 2021). "October 13, 2021 Banned and Restricted Announcement". magicthegathering.com. Wizards of the Coast.
  25. Jay Parker (August 24, 2020). "August 24, 2020 Banned and Restricted Announcement". magicthegathering.com. Wizards of the Coast.
  26. Gavin Verhey (January 20, 2022). "January 20, 2022 Banned and Restricted Announcement". magicthegathering.com. Wizards of the Coast.
  27. Wizards of the Coast (February 14, 2020). "MTG Banned and Restricted Announcement". magicthegathering.com. Wizards of the Coast.
  28. a b c Ian Duke (March 9, 2020). "March 9, 2020 Banned and Restricted Announcement". magicthegathering.com. Wizards of the Coast.
  29. Jay Parker (May 19, 2021). "May 19, 2021 Banned and Restricted Announcement". magicthegathering.com. Wizards of the Coast.
  30. Jay Parker (June 9, 2021). "June 9, 2021 Banned and Restricted Announcement". magicthegathering.com. Wizards of the Coast.
  31. Ian Duke (February 15, 2021). "February 15, 2021 Banned and Restricted Announcement". magicthegathering.com. Wizards of the Coast.
  32. Ian Duke (August 3, 2020). "August 3, 2020 Banned and Restricted Announcement". magicthegathering.com. Wizards of the Coast.
  33. Ian Duke (October 12, 2020). "October 12, 2020 Banned and Restricted Announcement". magicthegathering.com. Wizards of the Coast.
  34. Wizards of the Coast (June 8, 2020). "June 8, 2020 Suspension Update for Historic Digital Format". magicthegathering.com. Wizards of the Coast.
  35. a b c d e f g Lee Sharpe (March 26, 2021). "mtg_lee". Twitter.
  36. a b Wizards of the Coast (August 4th, 2020). "MTG Arena State of the Game August 2020". magicthegathering.com. Wizards of the Coast.
  37. Wizards Customer Support (October 1, 2021). "With the release of Innistrad: Midnight Hunt, the card Pithing Needle is banned in both Brawl and Historic Brawl.". Twitter.
  38. Wizards of the Coast (December 8,2021). "MTG Arena Announcements, December 8, 2021". magicthegathering.com. Wizards of the Coast.
  39. a b c d Wizards of the Coast (April 14, 2021). "MTG Arena Announcements, April 14, 2021". magicthegathering.com. Wizards of the Coast.
  40. Ian Duke and Jay Parker (January 25, 2022). "January 25, 2022 Banned and Restricted Announcement". magicthegathering.com. Wizards of the Coast.
  41. Wizards of the Coast (February 23, 2022). "Alchemy Rebalancing for February 24, 2022". magicthegathering.com. Wizards of the Coast.
  42. Wizards of the Coast (March 17, 2021). "MTG Arena Announcements, March 17, 2021". magicthegathering.com. Wizards of the Coast.
  43. Adam Styborski (May 6, 2021). "Welcome to the Summer of Legend". magicthegathering.com. Wizards of the Coast.

External links[]

Advertisement