The Complete List of Banned Cards & Legal Sets in Modern MTG

Maintaining a healthy and well-balanced game is particularly challenging in the Modern format, which includes cards from all the way back in 2003. A Constructed 60-card format, Modern encourages players to invest in a deck for the long-haul. It’s all the more important, then, to know what cards are banned and which sets are legal. 

Understanding the metagame is an essential aspect of playing Modern—but so is expertly piloting your deck. We’ve covered everything a new player needs to know about Modern. Here is our complete list of banned cards in the Modern set, as well as a full list of the legal sets in the format. 

List of Banned Magic Cards in Modern

Most recently, Lurrus of the Dream-Den was banned from the Modern format. This change has major implications to the metagame moving forward. 

The following MTG cards are currently banned in the Modern format:

What Sets are Legal in Modern?

The Modern format allows cards from Eighth Edition forward. This excludes supplementary sets (aside from Modern Horizons and Modern Horizons 2) and commander decks. However, “Timeshifted cards in Time Spiral (even never reprinted in the modern frame), cards from Planeswalker decks, and Buy-a-Box promos are considered legal in this format.”

The following sets are legal in Modern tournaments:

Wizards of the Coast (WotC) monitors the competitive health and balance of every MTG format. As such, this list will inevitably change as more cards are banned and new sets are released. These two factors affect the metagame more than any other. As such, it’s important for competitive and casual players alike to stay updated on their current deck-building options.

Last Updated: March 7, 2022

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