Rules

Banlist

Valid until May 15th, 2021.
History

Ancestral Recall
Balance
Birthing Pod
Black Lotus
Chaos Orb
Cleanse
Crusade
Falling Star
Flash
Gifts Ungiven
Imprison
Invoke Prejudice
Jihad
Library of Alexandria
Mana Crypt
Mana Vault
Mind Twist
Mox Emerald
Mox Jet
Mox Pearl
Mox Ruby
Mox Sapphire
Mystical Tutor
Natural Order
Pradesh Gypsies
Sensei’s Divining Top
Shahrazad
Skullclamp
Sol Ring
Strip Mine
Stone-Throwing Devils
Survival of the Fittest
Time Vault
Time Walk
Tinker
Tolarian Academy
Treasure Cruise
True-Name Nemesis
Umezawa’s Jitte
Vampiric Tutor

All cards from Secret Lair x The Walking Dead

All cards referring ante
(e.g. Contract from Below)

All cards with card type Conspiracy
(e.g. Brago’s Favor)

Ban watchlist

Cards on this list are candidates for banning on May 15th, 2021.

Demonic Tutor
Dig Through Time
Oath of Druids
Oko, Thief of Crowns
Opposition Agent
Tainted Pact
Thassa’s Oracle
Uro, Titan of Nature’s Wrath
Underworld Breach
Unban watchlist

Cards on this list are candidates for unbanning on May 15th, 2021.

Skullclamp
Umezawa’s Jitte

Deck Construction

Each card is allowed only once

One of the defining features of a Highlander deck is that each card is allowed only once, except basic lands and cards that override restrictions, e.g. Persistent Petitioners.

100 card minimum

A Highlander deck has a minimum of 100 cards.

Card pool

Essentially tournament legal Magic cards can be used.
Cards listed in the Highlander banlist are not permitted.

New editions

All new Magic expansions become legal on the release date of the edition.

Sideboard

No sideboard.

Mulligan

The official “London Mulligan” is followed.

103.4. Each player draws a number of cards equal to their starting hand size, which is normally seven. (Some effects can modify a player’s starting hand size.) A player who is dissatisfied with their initial hand may take a mulligan. First, the starting player declares whether they will take a mulligan. Then each other player in turn order does the same. Once each player has made a declaration, all players who decided to take mulligans do so at the same time. To take a mulligan, a player shuffles the cards in their hand back into their library, draws a new hand of cards equal to their starting hand size, then puts a number of those cards equal to the number of times that player has taken a mulligan on the bottom of their library in any order. Once a player chooses not to take a mulligan, the remaining cards become that player’s opening hand, and that player may not take any further mulligans. This process is then repeated until no player takes a mulligan. A player can take mulligans until their opening hand would be zero cards, after which they may not take further mulligans.

There can be only one.