Top 10 Best Magic the Gathering Playmats [2021]

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Customizable Card Games are popular because they can be played just about anywhere at any time. A good high-quality playmat can really elevate the experience.

Featuring card art, custom designs, or a basic black all-business look, a playmat can set the tone for your epic strategy battles.

The Best MTG Play Mats

Ultra PRO Magic: The Gathering – Modern Horizons Urza, Lord High Artificer Playmat

Ultra Pro has a variety of MTG-designed playmats, several of which make this top 10 list. This is in part thanks to a partnership with Wizards of the Coast, the company behind Magic the Gathering, and Dungeons and Dragons.

The Modern Horizons set of MTG features Planeswalker Urza, who takes center stage in this high-quality playmat. This playmat boasts the art of Urza: High Artificer with an “officially licensed” title.

It comes in a 24” x 13.5” size with a non-slip rubber backing. The premium fabric top helps prevent damage to cards during play.

Ultra PRO Magic: The Gathering – Modern Horizons – Answered Prayers Gaming Playmat

Another playmat by Ultra PRO that features “officially licensed” artwork, the Answered Prayers playmat, is visually impressive. It comes with standard features, a rubber backing, a high-quality fabric top, and a 24″ x 13.5″ size.

The artwork is pulled straight off the card with this piece and makes the Modern Horizon card Answered Prayers the backdrop for your epic battle.

Godzilla, King of The Monsters Playmat for Magic the Gathering

This stitched edge playmat comes with a tube. The Godzilla King of the Monsters playmat features a design based on Godzilla Doom Inevitable from the Ikoria Lair of the Behemoths Magic set.

It features a rubber backing to prevent shifting during play. Checking in at 24″ x 13.5″, the playmat could also double as an oversized mouse pad. The premium fabric top helps prevent accidental damage to cards during play.

Magic: The Gathering – War of The Spark Nissa, Who Shakes the World Alternate Art Playmat

The War of the Spark Nissa playmat for MTG features a soft fabric top and comes in the standard 24” x 13.5” size. It is complete with a rubber backing that prevents slipping during use.

It boasts alternate art of Nissa from the Japanese War of the Spark set. This mat is also large enough to work as a mouse pad or laptop station.

Magic the Gathering Playmat Ultra Pro Play Mat: Gatecrash – Breeding Pool

Another Ultra Pro design, the Gatecrash Breeding Pool playmat, is appealing visually and creates an immersive backdrop for your MTG game. The artwork is inspired by the Gatecrash card set.

The mat is 24″ x 13.5″ and features the standard no-slip rubber backing to grip tight to smooth tables and prevent slipping during gameplay. The durable fabric top protects cards and is perfect for dice rolling. The mat would also make an interesting conversation piece as a mouse pad or laptop station.

GMC Deluxe Extra-Large Magic the Gathering Commander TCG Playmat with Exile Zone

In stark contrast to other MTG playmats’ visuals, GMC gives players an “all business” style mat designed for Commander MTG formats. This mat is extra large, measuring 28”x28.5”. The printing techniques are used to protect against image fade.

The GMC playmat features a waterproof coating and can be machine washed. This mat also sports environmentally friendly, non-toxic materials. The deep solid background makes sure that your hard-to-find foils take center stage.

Artists of Magic Premium Playmat for Magic the Gathering and Other Collectible Card Games

Possibly as collectible as some of the cards themselves, this Magic the Gathering playmat is signed by the artist DAARKEN. Only 99 of these playmats were made. They feature the standard 24″x14″ size, rubber backing, and soft protective layer.

The Artists of Magic mention that other art signed by other artists is available but sold separately. The limited-edition design almost ensures it to be the only one at your arena of choice.

Grand Prix Magicfest Vintage Champions North America 2017 Sol Ring Printed Art

Magic TCG made available the officially licensed playmat for the Grand Prix Magicfest Champions of North America 2017. This is another potentially collectible playmat that can impress as much as the cards in your deck.

It features a 24″ x 13.5″ area, rubber backing, and soft polyester fabric top as standard. Another one on the list from Ultra Pro.

Grand Prix Magicfest Las Vegas 2017 Beta Ancestral Recall Printed Art Playmat

Another official release, the Magic the Gathering from Las Vegas 2017 Beta Ancestral Recall playmat, is available from Magic TCG. The playmats generally have all the same features at 24” x 13.5”, rubber bottom, and soft fabric top. The significant difference is the artwork for many of these pieces.

Similar to the cards themselves, the playmat can make a statement depending on the venue or just create a fun backdrop to gaming with friends. The official content-based mats might be just what you need to show off your hobbies at work when used as a mouse pad or laptop station.

Artists of Magic Premium Playmat for Magic the Gathering and Other Collectible Card Games

Artists of Magic hit the list again with a limited production playmat featuring signed art by Tyler Walpole. Only 99 of the playmats were said to be produced featuring Dragonlord Sinn and the artist’s signature. The playmat is stunning visually and would be a great backdrop for a game of MTG.

The specs are pretty standard 24”x14″, a non-slip rubber backing, and a soft top. Other designs are available from Artists of Magic for purchase separately.

Final Thoughts

Magic the Gathering has been around for years. One of the best parts about CCGs is the hunt for the perfect cards to build the ultimate deck. The addition of a special playmat enhances the game by adding a backdrop to the epic battles.

They come in a variety of designs at a range of prices. There are companies out there that will make a custom printed mat. No matter which one you choose, the playmat has become another way to put more of “you” on display.

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