Which MTG Expansions Are Legal in Standard?

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Recently, Magic: The Gathering announced several significant changes to Standard, its rotating format. In Standard, only the cards from the last few years are playable. Every year, MTG releases four expansions that join the Standard rotation — then every Fall, the four oldest sets in Standard rotate out, leaving ample room for upcoming cards.

Since 2019, Standard has consisted of MTG‘s eight most recent sets, but WotC decided to take a new approach by increasing the number of sets in the rotation. Instead of rotating out every two years, allowing room for eight Standard sets, expansions will instead rotate out every three years. MTG has recently struggled with overpowered Standard cards, and fans hope the change will help alleviate the problem — but it could also make things worse.


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Wizards of the Coast Delayed MTG’s Next Standard Format Rotation to 2024

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MTG‘s most recent Standard rotation happened in September 2022 with the release of Dominaria United. Until Wizards of the Coast’s most recent announcement, MTG‘s upcoming expansion set Wilds of Eldraine would have been the start of a new Standard cycle, with older sets released before Dominaria United rotating out.

With the new changes, these expansions will all rotate out in Fall 2024 instead. Both Innistrad sets, Kamigawa: Neon Dynasty and Streets of New Capenna are all here to stay for another year, and fans are understandably concerned about how this will affect Wilds of Eldraine. All the sets that rotated out in Fall 2022 are below, alongside those now rotating out in Fall 2024.

Rotated out Fall 2022

Rotates out Fall 2024

Zendikar Rising

Innistrad: Midnight Hunt


Innistrad: Crimson Vow

Strixhaven: School of Mages

Kamigawa: Neon Dynasty

D&D: Adventures in the Forgotten Realms

Streets of New Capenna

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MTG’s Standard Format Will Look Significantly Different in the Coming Years

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Wizards of the Coast’s changes will allow Standard players to build decks from a much larger card pool than ever before. One of Standard’s biggest criticisms is that players needed to replace their cards every two years, and now players can enjoy their favorite Standard decks for at least another 12 months.

Rotates out Fall 2024

Rotates out Fall 2025

Rotates out Fall 2026

Innistrad: Midnight Hunt

Wilds of Eldraine

Rugby,” early Fall 2024

Innistrad: Crimson Vow

The Lost Caverns of Ixalan

Swimming,” late Fall 2024

Kamigawa: Neon Dynasty

Polo,” Winter 2024

Tennis,” Winter 2025

Streets of New Capenna

Quilting,” Spring 2024

Ultimate,” Spring 2025

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MTG‘s upcoming sets for 2024 and beyond haven’t yet been publicly named by Wizards of the Coast. They currently follow the designers’ internal alphabetical naming convention, where they give future expansions code names inspired by sports. Players are unsure what to expect from these sets, but fans are speculating that MTG‘s story may return to Ikoria, Tarkir or Ravnica.

While the outcomes of the change to Standard are yet to be seen, the larger card pool will give players lots of cards to choose from, and MTG‘s meta could end up being more diverse than ever. Additionally, the expanded time frame should allow MTG card designers to incorporate feedback from current Standard sets into the development and balancing of newer cards, allowing them to iterate on card mechanics in a much more effective manner. Players should be excited about the changes to come, even if they may result in some more radical balancing and changes to the card pool.


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