In a Constructed format, you build your deck in advance, using the cards in your collection. A Constructed deck must have a minimum of 60 cards, with no more than four copies of any card (excluding basic lands). With so many different Magic cards in existence, one of the main variations in Constructed play is what cards are legal to have in your deck in a given format.
The Standard format uses only the newest sets the game has to offer. The current block, the block right before it, and the most recent core set are all legal to play in a Standard deck. As you can tell from the name, Standard is the most commonly played format.
Your opponent is chosen using swiss pairings, which means you will play against someone who has the same number of wins as you. It also means that players are not dropped from the tournament when they can no longer win prizes.
Each round has a 50 minute time limit. After 50 minutes, your game will have a limit placed on the number of turns before the game ends in a tie. The current turn after 50 minutes is given the name turn zero, and the next players turn is turn one. When turn five ends, the game is over. If a player wins during the numbered turns, that player wins as normal. If no player has more wins after turn 5, the match is a tie, which counts as partial win for both players when making pairings for the next round.
We give prizes out based on record instead of rank. If you beat 3 people, your record would be 3-0. If you win 2 rounds and tie the other, your record would be 2-0-1(for 2 wins, 0 losses, 1 tie).
$20 store credit for 3-0
$15 store credit for 2-0-1
$10 store credit for 2-1
$5 store credit for 1-1-1
$5 for our weekly events or $15 for special events