Magic Tournament Rules

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The DCI is a worldwide organization dedicated to organized play. It promotes, enforces, and develops rules and policies using the goals and philosophies defined in this document and the Magic: The Gathering Infraction Procedure Guide (IPG). It constantly reviews these rules and policies to ensure its goals are met.

The purpose of the Magic Tournament Rules (MTR) is to provide the infrastructure used to run Magic: The Gathering (“Magic”) tournaments by defining appropriate rules, responsibilities, and procedures to be followed in all DCI-sanctioned, competitive-level Magic tournaments. DCI-sanctioned tournaments are to be run consistently regardless of their location. This ensures equal treatment of players in different regions and also enables their smooth transition to international tournaments.

All players are treated equally and share responsibilities according to the Rules Enforcement Level (REL) of the tournament. For more information about Rules Enforcement Levels, see the IPG. Both players and officials should cooperate to achieve their common goal of running a proper DCI-sanctioned tournament. Players and officials must treat each other in a fair and respectful manner, following both the rules and the spirit in which those rules were created. They are responsible for following the most current version of the MTR and any other applicable regulatory documents, including the Comprehensive Rules and the Infraction Procedure Guide. Spectators have their own set of responsibilities. Individuals violating DCI rules are subject to the appropriate provisions of the Infraction Procedure Guide.

Information in the MTR may contradict (or have information not contained in) the Comprehensive Rules. In such cases, the MTR takes precedence.

Tournament fact sheets for specific tournaments may define alternative or additional policies or procedures. If a contradiction exists between the MTR and a fact sheet, the information in the fact sheet takes precedence.

Wizards of the Coast reserves the right to alter the MTR, as well as the right to interpret, modify, clarify, or otherwise issue official changes to the MTR without prior notice.

Future updates to the MTR are scheduled to be announced on the Monday 5 days prior to the release date of an expansion or core set. Each update will become effective on the release date of that expansion or core set.


The latest version of the MTR is available at

The latest version of the IPG is available at