Welcome to the home of Old School Magic: the Gathering. Old School Magic typically refers to any type of “throwback” casual Magic format, using an older or limited card pool, or older rule sets perhaps. There are many different variations, often with different rules set regionally by a play group or a local tournament organizer. If you don’t see one that suits your fancy, try to make your own to play with your friends! The different formats you can create of your own volition help the replayability factor as you and your friends experiment.
Old School 93-94
Take for example, Old School 93-94. In this classic format only cards that were printed in 1993 and 1994 (the first 2 years of Magic) are allowed (as are reprints of those cards, typically). You can find our recommended deck construction rules of Old School 93-94 here.
Old School 95
Similarly, Old School 95 encapsulates all of the sets printed through the end of 1995, including Ice Age. This features standout cards like Stormbind and Necropotence. You can find our recommended deck construction rules of Old School 95 here.
Old School 96
Fast forward yet another year, and Old School 96 saw the printing of Alliances and Mirage, add tons of impactful cards, most notably Force of Will, Dwarven Miner, and Hammer of Bogardan, among many other whoppers. You can find our recommended deck construction rules of Old School 96 here.
Remember when Magic was Magic, and Morphling ruled the skies? Classic Magic embodies the feeling of the first 10+ years of Magic, from Alpha through Scourge, before the printing of the newer 8th Edition borders (and beyond). You can find our recommended deck construction rules of Classic Magic here.