A playmat is a playing surface. Playmats can be made of different materials, like paper or rubberized, cloth covered, foam.
Khalsa Brain Games was a very early producer of popular playmats made from an "imitation impala skin" material. The 1994 SpellGround gaming cloth came in two sizes: the standard 26 inch square for two players and the "Classic" 21 by 14 inch for one player.
When Magic was being aired on ESPN2 (1998-2000), the people in charge wanted a playmat that would make the card layout easy to understand on television. The solution came to be known as the 'Red Zone, a mat that marks off where each players' lands and non-lands should go, as well as a large red central area for spells on the stack, and - more importantly - for combat. The 'Red Zone' has become synonymous with attacking.
The main license to make Magic playmats is now owned by Ultra Pro. Official Ultra Pro playmats come in two typical sizes 19 3/8" x 15" (49.2 cm x 38.1 cm) and 24" x 14" (61.0 cm x 35.6 cm). They come in plain colors and in many different designs, they may even have space (circles) on them for keeping track of life.
In June 2017, a license a for Magic leather playmats and themed wooden deck boxes was acquired by Wyrmwood, a small customer-focused company. The Wyrmwood Magic: The Gathering playmat is crafted from doe tan leather and feature the iconic Magic: The Gathering logo. It includes a stone-oiled water buffalo leather strap to help keep the playmat stored for transit. The playmat was strictly limited to 100 units.
Standard Ultra Pro playmat
Starter 1999 playmat
Ninth Edition playmat
Battle the Horde playmat
Duel Decks: Elspeth vs. Kiora two-person playmat
2021 Secret Lair playmat
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- Magic Arcana (October 24, 2002). "The Red Zone". magicthegathering.com. Wizards of the Coast.
- Mike Linnemann (February 24, 2016). MTG Arists Gain Playmats. GatheringMagic.com
- Mike Rosenberg (September 21, 2017). "All the Ixalan Grand Prix Playmats". magicthegathering.com. Wizards of the Coast.
- Eric Dupuis (June 13, 2017) "Magic: The Gathering – Official License Unlocked!". Wyrmwoodgaming.com