Best Magic The Gathering Decks – Broken Down By Format
Gathering Wizards is dedicated to providing you with the Best Magic The Gathering Decks from across the world. Not only are we going to show you these Top MTG Decks, but we are also going to discuss each one in-depth. In each article we conduct a card-by-card analysis of these decks and the winning strategies behind them. If your really interested in improving your magic game then your in the right place. These master decks will provide you with new ideas and crushing strategies that will shock your friends and win you tournaments.
Best Magic The Gathering Decks – Tournament Formats
There are many different Magic The Gathering Formats which you can play. Each format provides specific rules for deck construction and gameplay. Casual players who choose not to play in sanctioned tournaments can abide by whatever format rules they want. There are several Casual Formats which have been created for these players. Competitive players on the other hand need to know the specific rules for the formats they decide to play in. Magic The Gathering Formats can be broken down into two categories, Constructed and Limited. Constructed Formats are those in which players may build their deck from all the available cards in the format and construct their deck prior to playing in the tournament. Limited formats, on the other hand, involve a restricted and unknown pool of cards, usually created by opening Magic products. Below is a brief description of the major Constructed Tournament Formats and links for the Best Magic The Gathering Decks in each one.
Standard – The Most Popular Constructed Format
The Standard Format always consists of the most recent Core Set release and the two most recent Block releases, with one exception. Rotation occurs every fall when the first set of the new Block releases and becomes Standard Legal. From the time the new Core Set is released in early summer, until rotation occurs in October, the two most recent core sets are legal. The current Standard set includes Innistrad, Dark Ascension, Avacyn Restored, Return to Ravnica, Gatecrash, and the Magic 2013 core set. Click the link below to see the Top MTG Decks for Standard.
Extended – Four Years Worth Of Choices
The Extended Format consists of the last four years of blocks and core sets. With each fall set release, one year’s worth of sets rotate out of the format. All additional sets released between rotations are automatically added to the format’s card pool.The Extended format previously contained seven years of blocks and core sets. But in July 2010, Wizards of the Coast decided to reduce the format’s card pool, with the intention that this would make the format more understandable and attractive to play. Click the link below to see the Top MTG Decks for the Extended Format.
Modern – The Newest Constructed Format
Modern Format is the newest addition to Constructed. Created by Wizards of the Coast in the Spring of 2011 as a response to the increasing popularity of the Legacy format. Although Legacy was very popular, it was difficult for many players to stay competitive due to the high prices of some of the format’s best cards. Many of Legacy’s cards are on the Reserved List, a list of cards Wizards promised never to reprint in order to protect card prices. Therefore, Modern was designed as a new format that would exclude all cards on the Reserved List, allowing the format to be cheaper than Legacy. Modern allows cards from the 8th Edition core set and all expansions printed afterwards. Click the link below to see the Top MTG Decks for Modern.
Legacy and Vintage – The Eternal Formats
Both of these formats are known as the Eternal Formats for good reason. They both allow cards from all legal sets. Vintage Format maintains a small banned list and a larger restricted list. Vintage is the only format where cards are not banned for power level reasons. Instead these power cards are restricted to one per deck. Vintage is currently the only format in which cards are restricted. Legacy Format on the other hand only maintains a banned list. Legacy’s banned list does ban cards for power level reasons in order to better maintain competitive gameplay and lower the overall power level of the format. Click below to see the Top MTG Decks for the Legacy Format.
So pick the format that you wish to play and begin by researching some of these top decks. Learning from these masters will help teach you how to build the Best Magic The Gathering Decks that are ready for competition.