Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Penny Dreadful - a new super cheap format on Magic Online

What would you say if I told you there is a format where you can play some super powerful rares and a deck costs less than 75 cents? Well, now there are.

Penny Dreadful is a new player run format on Magic Online where every card in the format costs 1 cent or less. That's the rule. There is - to my knowledge - no ban list. Every card on Magic Online that costs 0.01 or less is legal in your deck.

The format self-regulates, as a deck that dominates the format will increase in price slightly and become illegal by the next rotation. There is a rotation upon each new set release on Magic Online.

In a format where the staples will cycle with every set release, brewers take center stage in a race to define the next meta. At less than 1 Tix per deck, no card is out of your budget!
Mechanics that weren't quite powerful enough to compete in Modern and Standard are now king in Penny Dreadful.
Now I just have to figure out how to find someone to play with without joining the clan. 

Yes, its the ship! Treasure Cruise is legal in Penny Dreadful!

Best way to find matches is probably to join the Penny Dreadful clan on MTGO.
The Penny Dreadful web page: 
The Penny Dreadful Reddit: runs a weekly tournament on US-friendly hours:


  1. I played a few matches on MTGO. I don't like the amount of combos being played, but matches were generally fun. Treasure Cruise, Frantic Search and Fact or Fiction can be played in the same deck. Scary!

    1. That does sound like an invitation to break the format with combos

    2. Also makes it sound like there should be some sort of ban list

    3. Can you make a good tempo-control deck? Delver or Merfolk style?

    4. Sorry about the late reply. I don't really know because I haven't looked enough into the format. There is a Heroic deck around (mono white) which is kinda tempo oriented (with protection spells) but not really. These kind of decks need efficient spells but in this price tags you will find more raw power than efficiency.