One of Magic’s biggest first-world problems is the overabundance of ways that people have cooked up to play it. If you head to your local game store on a Friday night, you’re very likely to be able to play Standard or get in a draft with the latest set. And if you have a larger store in town you can usually play Modern, Commander, and maybe even Legacy throughout the week.
However, that leaves a large handful of formats that are awesome to play but just don’t show up on game stores’ rosters. These are formats that people often play regionally, online, or on their own kitchen table, but just don’t have the presence to become mainstays. Read on for a breakdown of what I consider to be the five sweetest of these niche formats, and why you should be playing (or watching) them whenever you get a chance.