Change to Standard Rotation

October 19, 2016 | 1 min to read

After consideration of player and WPN member feedback, we will be changing Standard rotation from twice-yearly to once-yearly, effective immediately.

A Return to a Once-Yearly Rotation Cycle

When we introduced the new Two-Block Paradigm two years ago, we also introduced the twice-yearly rotation. This was done in order to sync up rotations with each new block.

We now believe that the twice-yearly rotation has resulted in a barrier to new or casual players, and, as such, we will be returning to a once-yearly rotation.

This was the rotation schedule before we moved to the two-block paradigm, and we believe players will appreciate the return to a familiar, yearly rotation.

When Will This Rotation Be Implemented?

This rotation will be implemented immediately with Kaladesh and going forward.

What This Means for Kaladesh and Beyond

Kaladesh will be Standard legal for two years instead of eighteen months, and will rotate out of Standard with the release of the second large set in 2018.

Aether Revolt will rotate out of Standard with Kaladesh in 2018.

There will be no rotation when Amonkhet releases in April 2017.

What’s in Standard now:

Battle for Zendikar, Oath of the Gatewatch, Shadows over Innistrad, Eldritch Moon, Kaladesh

When Amonkhet is released, Standard will include:

Battle for Zendikar, Oath of the Gatewatch, Shadows over Innistrad, Eldritch Moon, Kaladesh, Aether Revolt, and Amonkhet.

When the next rotation happens:

Battle for Zendikar, Oath of the Gatewatch, Shadows over Innistrad, and Eldritch Moon will rotate out of Standard together.

Get more information about this change on the Magic website.

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