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Old School 93/94 Constructed

All Old School tournaments at our Grand Prix will use the following rule set.

 Updated as of July 24, 2019

Old School events will not be sanctioned events.

Card Legality

Decks must contain cards that were printed in the following sets:

  • Limited Edition Alpha
  • Limited Edition Beta
  • Unlimited
  • Arabian Nights
  • Antiquities
  • Legends
  • The Dark
  • Fallen Empires
  • 1994 Book Promos (Arena, Sewers of Estark)
  • CE/IE

You may play with reprints of cards from these sets (including foils)

Proxies cannot be used.

Deck Construction

Decklist construction rules follow modern rules:

  • A maindeck of 60+ cards.
  • A sideboard of 0-15 cards.
  • A maximum of 4 copies of any card that is not a basic land.

Format and Card Rulings

Old School uses the current Magic rules, with two exceptions.

Mana Burn

Old School continues to use the concept of Mana Burn. The following rule applies to all games:

When a step or phase ends, any unused mana left in a player’s mana pool is lost. That player loses 1 life for each 1 mana lost this way. This is called mana burn. Mana burn is loss of life, not damage, so it can’t be prevented or altered by effects that affect damage. This game action doesn’t use the stack.

Chaos Orb

Chaos Orb is legal in Old School, with specific errata:

Chaos Orb {2}
{1}, {T}: Choose a nontoken permanent on the battlefield. If Chaos Orb is on the battlefield, flip Chaos Orb onto the battlefield from a height of at least one foot. If Chaos Orb turns over completely at least once during the flip and rests touching the chosen permanent, destroy that permanent. Then destroy Chaos Orb.

Additional Ruling: Once a permanent has been chosen, it may be physically moved in order for the controller of Chaos Orb to have an unobstructed attempt on the permanent.

Banned Cards
The following cards are banned at Old School tournaments at Grand Prix events:

Bronze Tablet
Contract from Below
Demonic Attorney
Jeweled Bird
Tempest Efreet

Restricted Cards
The following cards are restricted at Old School tournaments at Grand Prix events:

Ancestral Recall
Black Lotus
Chaos Orb
Demonic Tutor
Library of Alexandria
Mana Drain
Maze of Ith
Mind Twist
Mox Emerald
Mox Jet
Mox Pearl
Mox Ruby
Mox Sapphire
Sol Ring
Time Vault
Time Walk
Wheel of Fortune

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