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DCI Sanctioned
Paper {Cross}
Magic Online {Cross}
Magic Arena {Tick}
Type Constructed
Multiplayer {Cross}
Add. rules Best-of-one and Best-of-three

Timeless is a constructed non-rotating format for Magic: The Gathering Arena that was officially announced by Wizards of the Coast on December 4, 2023 and went live on December 12, 2023.[1] The timeless format encompasses all cards that have been released on Magic: The Gathering Arena with the exception of cards that are programmed but cannot be crafted (e.g. the Power Nine).

Description[ | ]

Timeless description

Timeless is a non-rotating, constructed format played with 60-card decks where every available card on Magic: The Gathering Arena is legal. This includes digital-only cards and any future set releases. Timeless uses the rebalanced versions of all digital-only cards, but the original tabletop printings of all non-digital cards.

Timeless is a competitive format, with ranked (Best-of-One) and traditional (Best-of-Three) ranked queues, and an unranked play queue. Ranked play contributes to a player's Constructed rank in the same way as Magic: The Gathering Arena's other ranked Constructed formats.

Background[ | ]

Originally, Historic was intended to be the Eternal format of Arena, using the small number of sets that were rotating out of Standard. However, the format grew and stabilized with its own identity while paper-based bonus sheets began bringing in more and more undesired gameplay experiences and pre-emptive bans. With the change to Play Boosters in 2024 bringing a new form of The List, more bonus sheets, and more cards programmed in but not playable, Historic could no longer deliver on the mission statement of being the format where one could play their entire collection.

At the 2023 Magic: The Gathering Arena release of Khans of Tarkir and its pre-emptively banned fetch lands, Timeless was introduced with the same base concept, but with the Vintage analog of using a restricted list instead of a banlist. This makes the format a spiritual successor to the Classic format from Magic Online.

Deck construction[ | ]

Constructed decks must contain a minimum of sixty cards and a maximum of 250 cards.[2] Like other constructed formats, a sideboard of exactly fifteen or zero cards can be used in best-of-three matches.

Except for basic lands (land cards that have the "basic" supertype) and cards like Relentless Rats, a player's combined deck and sideboard may not contain more than four of any individual card, counted by its English card title equivalent.[3] Decks may include designed-for-digital cards but unlike Historic they cannot use the rebalanced versions of cards that also exist in paper.

Set legality[ | ]

Cards from all core sets and expansions since Ixalan are legal. In addition, Khans of Tarkir, anthology sets, bonus sheets, and special Arena promos are also legal.[3] With the release of Murders at Karlov Manor, The List cards and Special Guests included in sets are also legal in the format.

Digital-only sets[ | ]

The following digital-only releases are legal in Timeless. These sets use the latest, rebalanced versions of cards.

Banned and Restricted List[ | ]

Banned cards[ | ]

As of December 12th, 2023 there are no cards banned in Timeless.

Restricted cards[ | ]

Timeless is the first format on Magic: The Gathering Arena to have a restricted list. If a card is on the restricted list, only a single copy of that card may be included in your deck and sideboard. Cards will have to earn their place on the banned and restricted list, and only those cards that have proven to be negative fun or far too powerful will be added. With some testing using the Unbanned Historic event, the Arena team came to a initial Restricted list of three cards.[4]

When a card is added to the restricted list and is no longer legal in any other format, players will receive wildcards for each copy of the card in their collection greater than one.

Current restricted list[ | ]

References[ | ]

  1. Dave Finseth (December 4, 2023). "Introducing Timeless, a new MTG Arena format". Wizards of the Coast.
  2. Alex Barker (May 20, 2022). "Here’s How Many Cards You Should Have in Every Magic Deck". Draftsim.
  3. a b Timeless Format. Wizards of the Coast.
  4. Dave Finseth (October 30, 2023). "Dev Diaries: What We Mean by "Basically No Bans"". Wizards of the Coast.