An Introduction to Frontier

This article will guide you in the world of Frontier a newly born Magic the Gathering format.

What is Frontier?

The original format “Frontier” is a constructed format, grouped with cards from the Magic 2015 Core Set and after. Special sets such as Commander 2015 Edition
Eternal Masters and Conspiracy: Take the Crown are not included).

As of October 2016, the following expansions are legal in the format:

  • Magic 2015 Core set
  • Khans of Tarkir
  • Fate Reforged
  • Dragons of Tarkir
  • Magic: Origins
  • Battle for Zendikar
  • Oath of the Gatewatch
  • Shadows over Innistrad
  • Eldritch Moon
  • Kaladesh
  • Aether Revolt (From January 2017)

† Cards appearing in the Magic Origins sample decks, the Welcome Deck 2016 expansion, or Planeswalker Decks are also legal in the Frontier format.
† There are currently no banned and restricted cards in the format.
† Zendikar Expeditions and Masterpiece Series are not legal in this format.

3 Reasons to Play Frontier

  1. The change of standard rotation : In August 2014, Standard rotation changed dramatically, making new cards perform better and changing Standard to an exciting format. On the other hand, usable expansions rotated out once every 6 months, which made a group of players that cannot keep up with this speed of Standard. In October 2016, another change has been made in the Standard format so rotation will occur once every year. Still, there were lots of player that wanted a format between Modern and Standard. So this new Frontier format will be continuously supported.
  2. Rising cost of Modern format cards : When players that cannot keep up with the Standard format, are thinking of starting Modern, cards that represent Modern like Tarmogoyf and Liliana of the Veil are very expensive to buy and and hard to get a hold of. From a card shop perspective, these cards are hard to recommend to customers, and is a risk for shops to have a big inventory of.
  3. A non-rotating format where you can use your recently rotated-out cards : The new Frontier format has no card rotation, just like Modern. You can use cards from
    Magic 2015 Core Set and forward. These cards are from recent sets where cards are easy to get a hold of. So this new format is easy to start and a format that you can use your favorite recent cards forever. Why don’t you start this format before everyone else does, so you can blaze a trail in the new Frontier format!

We recommend “Frontier” for these Players

  • Players who like to play with their older cards like the powerful Siege Rhino.
  • Players who have a full play set of Khans of Tarkir fetch lands, but don’t have any Modern playable cards.
  • Players who want to play with a a full playset of cards such as Treasure Cruise or Dig Through Time.
  • Players who aim to achieve greatness in a brand new format.
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