Rotating format is the name given to a tournament format which only allows cards from a selected number of expansions, which changes over time.[1] Rotating formats are used in Standard. Formerly, they were also used in Extended.

History

Set rotation (or rotation for short) used to be based on blocks, rather than individual sets. There were three exceptions however:

After the introduction the Three-and-One Model, the four oldest sets in Standard rotate out when the new fall set releases.[2]

Although two Innistrad sets come out only two months apart in the latter part of 2021, R&D is not changing how many sets are being added to Standard during the rotation window, but just shifted the timing around slightly.[3][4]

Banned lists

A banned list exists for every rotating format (see Block Constructed).

References

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