MTR Appendix B — Time Limits

The required minimum time limit for any match is 40 minutes.

The following time limits are recommended for each round of a tournament:

  • Constructed and Limited tournaments—50 minutes
  • Single-elimination quarterfinal or semifinal matches—90 minutes
  • Single-elimination final matches—no time limit

The following additional time limits are recommended for Limited tournaments:

  • Sealed Deck—20 minutes for deck registration and 30 minutes for deck construction
  • Draft—25 minutes for deck registration and construction
  • Team Sealed Deck—20 minutes for deck registration and 60 minutes for deck construction
  • Team Draft—40 minutes for deck construction and registration
  • Two-Headed Giant Sealed Deck—20 minutes for deck registration and 60 minutes for deck construction
  • Two-Headed Giant Draft—40 minutes for deck construction and registration

The Head Judge of the tournament is the final authority on time limits for a tournament. However, any deviation from these recommendations must be announced prior to and during tournament registration.

Magic Premier Tournaments may have different time limits. These time limits can be found in the tournament or tournament series fact sheet.

In timed rounds, players must wait for the officially tracked time to begin before starting their match.

Booster Draft Timing
Individual booster drafts have the following default time limits for each pick:

Cards remaining in pack Time allotted
15 cards 40 seconds
14 cards 40 seconds
13 cards 35 seconds
12 cards 30 seconds
11 cards 25 seconds
10 cards 25 seconds
9 cards 20 seconds
8 cards 20 seconds
7 cards 15 seconds
6 cards 10 seconds
5 cards 10 seconds
4 cards 5 seconds
3 cards 5 seconds
2 cards 5 seconds
1 card N/A

The time for review after the first booster pack is 60 seconds. Each subsequent review period increases by 30 seconds.

Rochester Draft Timing
The review period for a booster after it has been laid out on the table and before the first card is drafted is 20 seconds. Players have 5 seconds for each pick.

Two-Headed Giant Draft Timing
Two-Headed Giant booster drafts have the following default time limits for each pick:

Cards remaining in pack Time allotted
15-Card Booster 14-Card Booster
15 14 50 seconds
13 12 45 seconds
11 10 40 seconds
9 8 30 seconds
7 6 20 seconds
5 4 10 seconds
3 5 seconds
1 2 N/A

In addition, players receive 60 seconds to review their drafted cards in between booster packs.