MTG Arena Adds A New Format: Timeless

Timeless will feature every card on Arena, including the fetch lands that will be coming with Khans of Tarkir, as a number of more powerful cards have been making their way onto Arena that don’t fit into any of the current Constructed formats. With the number of cards in this category only growing in the future, with things like The List in Play Boosters, additional bonus sheets, and Modern Horizons 3…on the horizon WOTC thought it was the correct time to introduce this new, more powerful format. The success of the No Ban List Historic and No Ban List Historic (Now With Some Bans) events only added to this growing need. Historic, originally begun as the place to play any card on Arena, has evolved into a unique format all its own and WOTC believes it is worthwhile to continue to curate it to maintain the level of diversity and fun it currently enjoys. Due to this The Khans of Tarkir fetch lands have been pre-banned in Historic.

Timeless will be a nonrotating, Constructed, 60-card format where every card on MTG will be legal. Timeless will use the rebalanced versions of digital-only cards, however any card that was printed for tabletop play will use their current Oracle text and not the digitally rebalanced version. Timeless will also be the first format on Arena to have a Restricted list, which means a deck may only have a single copy in the main deck or the sideboard. The initial Restricted list will be limited to Channel, Demonic Tutor, and Tibalt’s Trickery. Timeless will launch with both ranked Best-of-One and Best-Of-Three queues, as well as unranked play.

Timeless will go live on December 12, 2023, with the release of Khans of Tarkir. WOTC has said they have a few promotions and events planned for this new format, that includes a new-to-Arena card, Timeless Dragon, that they will put in player’s inboxes on December 12th. Additionally, the December 12th through 14th Midweek Magic event will feature the Timeless format and have an additional Khans of Tarkir pack reward.

WOTC is currently evaluating whether they want to do something like a Timeless anthology set, and will be keeping a close eye on player feedback as they continue to develop this new format.