Have you ever wondered how the size of Magic: the Gathering's Standard changed over time? The amount of cards legal in the Standard format hasn't always been the same, so how is it different now compared to when the trading card game launched in 1995?
Thankfully, an Level 3 MTG judge, who goes by the name SaviaWanderer on Reddit, has created a detailed chart that shows the size of Standard over time.
Check it out below:
The Redditor breaks classified the sizes in four distinct phases:
The recent increase may also be due to the Planeswalker deck exlusive cards being Standard legal and the increase of other supplemental sets like the Throne of Eldraine preconstructed Brawl decks. Many of those cards may be underpowered and unplayable in competitive Standard but they still increase the number of cards legal in the format. It may also be due to the move from large and small sets to all large sets since they Wizards of the Coast got rid of the set block structures. The last small set they released was Rivals of Ixalan in January 2018.