MTG Formats

Music City mainly focuses on Eternal Central rules for Old School MTG (four Strip Mines forever). But we branch out beyond that too. Below are some links to the formats we’re invested in:

Eternal Central Rules 93/94:

We commonly use the Eternal Central rules (with liberal allowances for reprint and proxy usage). The LOTP site linked above has the full rules on sets allowed and card-specific errata. For ease of reference, the Banned and Restricted List for 93/94 is reproduced here:

The following cards are restricted by EC in 93-94 tournaments (maximum of 1 of each card per deck):
• Ancestral Recall
• Balance
• Black Lotus
• Braingeyser
• Chaos Orb
• Channel
• Demonic Tutor
• Library of Alexandria
• Mana Drain
• Mind Twist
• Mox Emerald
• Mox Jet
• Mox Pearl
• Mox Ruby
• Mox Sapphire
• Recall
• Regrowth
• Sol Ring
• Time Vault
• Time Walk
• Timetwister
• Wheel of Fortune

All Ante cards are banned.

Eternal Central Rules Middle School MTG (1995-2003):

Middle School includes every card from 1995 to 2003. All sets from Fourth Edition to Scourge are legal. Mana burn is legal, combat damage goes on the stack, and Wish cards can get cards from sideboards as well as from exile. The LOTP site linked above goes into more detail. Middle School includes a ban list which is shown below:

The following cards are banned by EC in Middle School tournaments:
• Amulet of Quoz
• Balance
• Brainstorm
• Bronze Tablet
• Channel
• Dark Ritual
• Demonic Consultation
• Flash
• Goblin Recruiter
• Imperial Seal
• Jeweled Bird
• Lion’s Eye Diamond
• Mana Crypt
• Mana Vault
• Memory Jar
• Mind’s Desire
• Mind Twist
• Rebirth
• Strip Mine
• Tempest Efreet
• Timmerian Fiends
• Tolarian Academy
• Vampiric Tutor
• Windfall
• Yawgmoth’s Bargain
• Yawgmoth’s Will

Alpha to Alliances (A2A):
This one is our hometown brew that builds on EC 1995 rules, adding the Alliances set. We believe that Alliances adds a vast amount to the brew-space and it fits thematically with Ice Age. Read more about the format here:

After extensive playtesting, we do not believe any card in Alliances warrant restriction or banning. The EC 1995 rules we use as a base are here on the LOTP site:

The following cards are restricted in Alpha to Alliances tournaments (maximum of 1 of each card per deck):
• All cards in the 93/94 Restricted List
• Demonic Consultation
• Mana Crypt

All Ante cards are banned.

We do have a minor change, however. Taking a cue from other clubs, and in keeping with the flavor of Ice Age, Homelands, and Alliances, we are allowing decks to contain any number of the card Aurochs. Your 20-land, 40 Aurochs deck is legal in MCOS Alpha to Alliances.

Bring your moxen to cast these oxen.