Legacy Format Deck Construction

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Constructed decks must contain a minimum of sixty cards. There is no maximum deck size; however, you must be able to shuffle your deck with no assistance. If a player wishes to use a sideboard, it must contain exactly fifteen cards.

With the exception of basic land cards, a player’s combined deck and sideboard may not contain more than four of any individual card, counted by its English card title equivalent. All cards named Plains, Island, Swamp, Mountain, and Forest are basic. (The five Ice Age snow-covered lands -- Snow-Covered Plains, Snow-Covered Island, Snow-Covered Swamp, Snow-Covered Mountain, and Snow-Covered Forest -- are also basic lands. Note that snow-covered lands are permitted only in formats that allow the Ice Age set to be used.)

This format was previously named Type 1.5. As of September 20, 2004, the Banned List for Legacy tournaments is maintained separately from the Vintage Banned & Restricted List.

Until October 20, 2005, cards from the following sets are not allowed in Legacy tournaments, or any DCI-sanctioned tournament, unless the card has been reprinted in a Magic core set or expansion:

  • Portal
  • Portal: Second Age
  • Portal: Three Kingdoms
  • Starter

The following cards are banned in Legacy tournaments:

  • Amulet of Quoz
  • Ancestral Recall
  • Balance
  • Bazaar of Baghdad
  • Black Lotus
  • Black Vise
  • Bronze Tablet
  • Channel
  • Chaos Orb
  • Contract from Below
  • Darkpact
  • Demonic Attorney
  • Demonic Consultation
  • Demonic Tutor
  • Dream Halls
  • Earthcraft
  • Entomb
  • Falling Star
  • Fastbond
  • Frantic Search
  • Goblin Recruiter
  • Grim Monolith
  • Gush
  • Hermit Druid
  • Illusionary Mask
  • Imperial Seal (effective October 20, 2005)
  • Jeweled Bird
  • Land Tax
  • Library of Alexandria
  • Mana Crypt
  • Mana Drain
  • Mana Vault
  • Memory Jar
  • Metalworker
  • Mind Over Matter
  • Mind Twist
  • Mind's Desire
  • Mishra's Workshop
  • Mox Emerald
  • Mox Jet
  • Mox Pearl
  • Mox Ruby
  • Mox Sapphire
  • Necropotence
  • Oath of Druids
  • Rebirth
  • Replenish
  • Skullclamp
  • Sol Ring
  • Strip Mine
  • Tempest Efreet
  • Time Spiral
  • Time Walk
  • Timetwister
  • Timmerian Fiends
  • Tinker
  • Tolarian Academy
  • Vampiric Tutor
  • Wheel of Fortune
  • Windfall
  • Worldgorger Dragon
  • Yawgmoth's Bargain
  • Yawgmoth's Will

Official information about Constructed formats and the Standard format can be found in the Magic: The Gathering Floor Rules.

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