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Magic: The Gathering Floor Rules Changes

2007-09-20 to 2007-12-20

General changes

Old rule (2007-09-20) New rule (2007-12-20)

104. New Releases

The following card sets are scheduled for release during 2007-2008. They become tournament legal for DCI-sanctioned tournaments on the dates listed:

* Lorwyn(tm) Limited formats: October 12, 2007

Constructed formats: October 20, 2007

* Morningtide(tm) Limited formats: February 1, 2008

Constructed formats: February 20, 2008

For certain Limited tournaments, such as official Prereleases and Sneak Preview tournaments (including their side events), new sets are legal for use before the official Limited format legal date.

These dates are subject to change. Any changes will be announced at thedci.com.

104. New Releases

The following card sets are scheduled for release during 2008. They become tournament legal for DCI-sanctioned tournaments on the dates listed:

* Morningtide(tm) Limited and constructed formats: February 1, 2008

* Shadowmoor(tm) Limited and constructed formats: May 2, 2008

For certain Limited tournaments, such as official Prereleases and Sneak Preview tournaments (including their side events), new sets are legal for use before the official Limited format legal date.

These dates are subject to change. Any changes will be announced at thedci.com.

125. Standard Format Deck Construction

Card sets are allowed in Standard tournaments as described in section 104.

The following card sets are permitted in Standard tournaments:

* Tenth Edition

* Ravnica: City of Guilds(tm)

* Guildpact(tm)

* Dissension(tm)

* Coldsnap(tm)

* Time Spiral(tm)

* Planar Chaos(tm)

* Future Sight(tm)

* Lorwyn(tm) (Effective October 20, 2007)

* Morningtide(tm) (Effective February 20, 2008)

There are currently no cards are banned in Standard tournaments. (Effective October 20, 2007 the following sets will be leaving the Standard Format: Ravnica: City of Guilds, Guildpact, and Dissension.

125. Standard Format Deck Construction

Card sets are allowed in Standard tournaments as described in section 104.

The following card sets are permitted in Standard tournaments:

* Tenth Edition

* Coldsnap(tm)

* Time Spiral(tm)

* Planar Chaos(tm)

* Future Sight(tm)

* Lorwyn(tm)

* Morningtide(tm) (Effective February 1, 2008)

* Shadowmoor (Effective May 2, 2008)

There are currently no cards are banned in Standard tournaments.

126. Extended Format Deck Construction

Card sets are allowed in Extended tournaments as described in section 104.

The following card sets are permitted in Extended tournaments:

* Seventh Edition

* Eighth Edition

* Ninth Edition

* Tenth Edition

* Invasion(tm)

* Planeshift(tm)

* Apocalypse(tm)

* Odyssey(tm)

* Torment(R)

* Judgment(tm)

* Onslaught(tm)

* Legions(R)

* Scourge(tm)

* Mirrodin(R)

* Darksteel(R)

* Fifth Dawn(tm)

* Champions of Kamigawa(tm)

* Betrayers of Kamigawa(tm)

* Saviors of Kamigawa(tm)

* Ravnica: City of Guilds(tm)

* Guildpact(tm)

* Dissension(tm)

* Coldsnap(tm)

* Time Spiral(tm)

* Planar Chaos(tm)

* Future Sight(tm)

* Lorwyn(tm) (Effective October 20, 2007)

* Morningtide (tm) (Effective Feb. 20, 2008)

The following cards are banned in Extended tournaments:

* AEther Vial

* Entomb

* Disciple of the Vault

* Skullclamp

(Effective October 20, 2008, following the release of the set codenamed "Rock" the following sets will be leaving the Extended Format: Invasion, Planeshift, Apocalypse, Odyssey, Torment, Judgment, Onslaught, Legions(tm), Scourge, and Seventh Edition.)

126. Extended Format Deck Construction

Card sets are allowed in Extended tournaments as described in section 104.

The following card sets are permitted in Extended tournaments:

* Seventh Edition

* Eighth Edition

* Ninth Edition

* Tenth Edition

* Invasion(tm)

* Planeshift(tm)

* Apocalypse(tm)

* Odyssey(tm)

* Torment(R)

* Judgment(tm)

* Onslaught(tm)

* Legions(R)

* Scourge(tm)

* Mirrodin(R)

* Darksteel(R)

* Fifth Dawn(tm)

* Champions of Kamigawa(tm)

* Betrayers of Kamigawa(tm)

* Saviors of Kamigawa(tm)

* Ravnica: City of Guilds(tm)

* Guildpact(tm)

* Dissension(tm)

* Coldsnap(tm)

* Time Spiral(tm)

* Planar Chaos(tm)

* Future Sight(tm)

* Lorwyn(tm)

* Morningtide(tm) (Effective Feb. 1, 2008)

* Shadowmoor (tm) (Effective May 2, 2008)

The following cards are banned in Extended tournaments:

* AEther Vial

* Entomb

* Disciple of the Vault

* Skullclamp

(In the fall of 2008, following the release of the set codenamed "Rock", the following sets will be leaving the Extended Format: Invasion, Planeshift, Apocalypse, Odyssey, Torment, Judgment, Onslaught, Legions(tm), Scourge, and Seventh Edition.)

127. Vintage Format Deck Construction

Vintage decks may consist of cards from all Magic card sets, any extension of the core set, and all promotional cards released by Wizards of the Coast, with exceptions listed below. Card sets are allowed in Vintage tournaments as described in section 104.

The following cards are banned in Vintage tournaments:

* Any ante card

* Chaos Orb

* Falling Star

* Shahrazad (Effective September 20, 2007)

The following cards are restricted in Vintage tournaments (only one copy of a restricted card may be used in a Vintage deck, including sideboard):

* Ancestral Recall

* Balance

* Black Lotus

* Burning Wish

* Channel

* Chrome Mox

* Crop Rotation

* Demonic Consultation

* Demonic Tutor

* Dream Halls

* Enlightened Tutor

* Entomb

* Fact or Fiction

* Fastbond

* Frantic Search

* Gifts Ungiven

* Grim Monolith

* Imperial Seal

* Library of Alexandria

* Lion's Eye Diamond

* Lotus Petal

* Mana Crypt

* Mana Vault

* Memory Jar

* Mind's Desire

* Mox Diamond

* Mox Emerald

* Mox Jet

* Mox Pearl

* Mox Ruby

* Mox Sapphire

* Mystical Tutor

* Necropotence

* Personal Tutor

* Regrowth

* Sol Ring

* Strip Mine

* Time Spiral

* Time Walk

* Timetwister

* Tinker

* Tolarian Academy

* Trinisphere

* Vampiric Tutor

* Wheel of Fortune

* Windfall

* Yawgmoth's Bargain

* Yawgmoth's Will

127. Vintage Format Deck Construction

Vintage decks may consist of cards from all Magic card sets, any extension of the core set, and all promotional cards released by Wizards of the Coast, with exceptions listed below. Card sets are allowed in Vintage tournaments as described in section 104.

The following cards are banned in Vintage tournaments:

* Any ante card

* Chaos Orb

* Falling Star

* Shahrazad

The following cards are restricted in Vintage tournaments (only one copy of a restricted card may be used in a Vintage deck, including sideboard):

* Ancestral Recall

* Balance

* Black Lotus

* Burning Wish

* Channel

* Chrome Mox

* Crop Rotation

* Demonic Consultation

* Demonic Tutor

* Dream Halls

* Enlightened Tutor

* Entomb

* Fact or Fiction

* Fastbond

* Frantic Search

* Gifts Ungiven

* Grim Monolith

* Imperial Seal

* Library of Alexandria

* Lion's Eye Diamond

* Lotus Petal

* Mana Crypt

* Mana Vault

* Memory Jar

* Mind's Desire

* Mox Diamond

* Mox Emerald

* Mox Jet

* Mox Pearl

* Mox Ruby

* Mox Sapphire

* Mystical Tutor

* Necropotence

* Personal Tutor

* Regrowth

* Sol Ring

* Strip Mine

* Time Spiral

* Time Walk

* Timetwister

* Tinker

* Tolarian Academy

* Trinisphere

* Vampiric Tutor

* Wheel of Fortune

* Windfall

* Yawgmoth's Bargain

* Yawgmoth's Will

128. Legacy Format Deck Construction

Legacy decks may consist of cards from all Magic card sets, any extension of the core set, and all promotional cards released by Wizards of the Coast. Card sets are allowed in Legacy tournaments as described in Section 104.

The following cards are banned in Legacy tournaments:

* Amulet of Quoz

* Ancestral Recall

* Balance

* Bazaar of Baghdad

* Black Lotus

* Black Vise

* Bronze Tablet

* Channel

* Chaos Orb

* Contract from Below

* Darkpact

* Demonic Attorney

* Demonic Consultation

* Demonic Tutor

* Dream Halls

* Earthcraft

* Entomb

* Falling Star

* Fastbond

* Flash (Effective June 20, 2007)

* Frantic Search

* Goblin Recruiter

* Grim Monolith

* Gush

* Hermit Druid

* Illusionary Mask

* Imperial Seal

* Jeweled Bird

* Land Tax

* Library of Alexandria

* Mana Crypt

* Mana Drain

* Mana Vault

* Memory Jar

* Metalworker

* Mind Twist

* Mind's Desire

* Mishra's Workshop

* Mox Emerald

* Mox Jet

* Mox Pearl

* Mox Ruby

* Mox Sapphire

* Necropotence

* Oath of Druids

* Rebirth

* Shahrazad (Effective Sept. 20, 2007)

* Skullclamp

* Sol Ring

* Strip Mine

* Tempest Efreet

* Time Spiral

* Time Walk

* Timetwister

* Timmerian Fiends

* Tinker

* Tolarian Academy

* Vampiric Tutor

* Wheel of Fortune

* Windfall

* Worldgorger Dragon

* Yawgmoth's Bargain

* Yawgmoth's Will

128. Legacy Format Deck Construction

Legacy decks may consist of cards from all Magic card sets, any extension of the core set, and all promotional cards released by Wizards of the Coast. Card sets are allowed in Legacy tournaments as described in Section 104.

The following cards are banned in Legacy tournaments:

* Amulet of Quoz

* Ancestral Recall

* Balance

* Bazaar of Baghdad

* Black Lotus

* Black Vise

* Bronze Tablet

* Channel

* Chaos Orb

* Contract from Below

* Darkpact

* Demonic Attorney

* Demonic Consultation

* Demonic Tutor

* Dream Halls

* Earthcraft

* Entomb

* Falling Star

* Fastbond

* Flash

* Frantic Search

* Goblin Recruiter

* Grim Monolith

* Gush

* Hermit Druid

* Illusionary Mask

* Imperial Seal

* Jeweled Bird

* Land Tax

* Library of Alexandria

* Mana Crypt

* Mana Drain

* Mana Vault

* Memory Jar

* Metalworker

* Mind Twist

* Mind's Desire

* Mishra's Workshop

* Mox Emerald

* Mox Jet

* Mox Pearl

* Mox Ruby

* Mox Sapphire

* Necropotence

* Oath of Druids

* Rebirth

* Shahrazad

* Skullclamp

* Sol Ring

* Strip Mine

* Tempest Efreet

* Time Spiral

* Time Walk

* Timetwister

* Timmerian Fiends

* Tinker

* Tolarian Academy

* Vampiric Tutor

* Wheel of Fortune

* Windfall

* Worldgorger Dragon

* Yawgmoth's Bargain

* Yawgmoth's Will

129. Block Format Deck Construction

The DCI sanctions a series of Constructed formats called Block formats. Each Block format consists of a maximum of three expansions (one large expansion and the two small expansions associated with it). New card sets are allowed in Block format tournaments as described in Section 104.

The DCI sanctions the following Block formats:

* Time Spiral Block (Time Spiral, Planar Chaos, Future Sight)

* Ravnica(R) Block (Ravnica: City of Guilds, Guildpact, Dissension)

* Kamigawa(tm) Block (Champions of Kamigawa, Betrayers of Kamigawa, Saviors of Kamigawa)

* Mirrodin Block (Mirrodin, Darksteel, Fifth Dawn)

* Onslaught Block (Onslaught, Legions, Scourge)

* Odyssey Block (Odyssey, Torment, Judgment)

* Invasion Block (Invasion, Planeshift, Apocalypse(tm))

* Masques Block (Mercadian Masques(tm), Nemesis(R), Prophecy(tm))

* Urza Block (Urza's Saga(tm), Urza's Legacy(tm), Urza's Destiny(tm))

* Tempest(tm) Block (Tempest, Stronghold(tm), Exodus(tm))

* Mirage(tm) Block (Mirage, Visions(tm), Weatherlight(tm))

* Ice Age Block (Ice Age, Alliances, Coldsnap)

The following cards are banned in Block Constructed Tournaments:

* AEther Vial (Mirrodin Block)

* Ancient Den (Mirrodin Block)

* Arcbound Ravager (Mirrodin Block)

* Darksteel Citadel (Mirrodin Block)

* Disciple of the Vault (Mirrodin Block)

* Great Furnace (Mirrodin Block)

* Seat of the Synod (Mirrodin Block)

* Tree of Tales (Mirrodin Block)

* Vault of Whispers (Mirrodin Block)

* Skullclamp (Mirrodin Block)

* Lin Sivvi, Defiant Hero (Masques Block)

* Rishadan Port (Masques Block)

* Gaea's Cradle (Urza Block)

* Memory Jar (Urza Block)

* Serra's Sanctum (Urza Block)

* Time Spiral (Urza Block)

* Tolarian Academy (Urza Block)

* Voltaic Key (Urza Block)

* Windfall (Urza Block)

* Cursed Scroll (Tempest Block)

* Squandered Resources (Mirage Block)

* Amulet of Quoz (Ice Age Block)

* Thawing Glaciers (Ice Age Block)

* Zuran Orb (Ice Age Block)

129. Block Format Deck Construction

The DCI sanctions a series of Constructed formats called Block formats. Each Block format consists of a maximum of three expansions (one large expansion and the two small expansions associated with it). New card sets are allowed in Block format tournaments as described in Section 104.

The DCI sanctions the following Block formats:

* Lorwyn(tm) Block* (Lorwyn, Morningtide— effective Feb 2, 2008)

* Effective May 2, 2008, the Shadowmoor set will become legal in this Block format, and the format name will change to the Lorwyn-Shadowmoor Block format.

* Time Spiral Block (Time Spiral, Planar Chaos, Future Sight)

* Ravnica(R) Block (Ravnica: City of Guilds, Guildpact, Dissension)

* Kamigawa(tm) Block (Champions of Kamigawa, Betrayers of Kamigawa, Saviors of Kamigawa)

* Mirrodin Block (Mirrodin, Darksteel, Fifth Dawn)

* Onslaught Block (Onslaught, Legions, Scourge)

* Odyssey Block (Odyssey, Torment, Judgment)

* Invasion Block (Invasion, Planeshift, Apocalypse(tm))

* Masques Block (Mercadian Masques(tm), Nemesis(R), Prophecy(tm))

* Urza Block (Urza's Saga(tm), Urza's Legacy(tm), Urza's Destiny(tm))

* Tempest(tm) Block (Tempest, Stronghold(tm), Exodus(tm))

* Mirage(tm) Block (Mirage, Visions(tm), Weatherlight(tm))

* Ice Age Block (Ice Age, Alliances, Coldsnap)

The following cards are banned in Block Constructed Tournaments:

* AEther Vial (Mirrodin Block)

* Ancient Den (Mirrodin Block)

* Arcbound Ravager (Mirrodin Block)

* Darksteel Citadel (Mirrodin Block)

* Disciple of the Vault (Mirrodin Block)

* Great Furnace (Mirrodin Block)

* Seat of the Synod (Mirrodin Block)

* Tree of Tales (Mirrodin Block)

* Vault of Whispers (Mirrodin Block)

* Skullclamp (Mirrodin Block)

* Lin Sivvi, Defiant Hero (Masques Block)

* Rishadan Port (Masques Block)

* Gaea's Cradle (Urza Block)

* Memory Jar (Urza Block)

* Serra's Sanctum (Urza Block)

* Time Spiral (Urza Block)

* Tolarian Academy (Urza Block)

* Voltaic Key (Urza Block)

* Windfall (Urza Block)

* Cursed Scroll (Tempest Block)

* Squandered Resources (Mirage Block)

* Amulet of Quoz (Ice Age Block)

* Thawing Glaciers (Ice Age Block)

* Zuran Orb (Ice Age Block)

132. Sideboard Use

Any drafted or opened cards not used in a player's Limited deck function as his or her sideboard. Players may not look at their sideboards during a game (Exception: if a player is resolving a spell or effect that refers to "choosing a card from outside the game," the player may look at his or her sideboard; see section 103.)

Before the beginning of the second or subsequent game in a match, players may change the composition of their decks by exchanging cards from their decks for cards in their sideboards. Players can also request additional basic land at this time. There are no restrictions on the number of cards a player may exchange this way as long as the main deck contains at least forty cards. Cards do not need to be exchanged on a one-for-one basis. The deck must be returned to its original composition before the first game of each match.

(Exception: Players participating in Prerelease or Release events may be allowed to freely change the composition of their decks between games by exchanging cards from their decks for cards in their sideboards without being required to return their deck to its original composition before their next match. The tournament organizer or judge will announce if this option is available. This option in not available at any other type of event except Prerelease and Release events.)

132. Sideboard Use

Any drafted or opened cards not used in a player's Limited deck function as his or her sideboard. Players may look at their sideboards during a game only if the sideboard remains distinguishable from other cards. If a player is resolving a spell or effect that refers to "choosing a card from outside the game," the player may look at his or her sideboard. (See section 103). The sideboard must be clearly identified and separated from all other cards in the play area. The sideboard may not be kept where it could be confused or switched with other cards.

Before the beginning of the second or subsequent game in a match, players may change the composition of their decks by exchanging cards from their decks for cards in their sideboards. Players can also request additional basic land at this time. There are no restrictions on the number of cards a player may exchange this way as long as the main deck contains at least forty cards. Cards do not need to be exchanged on a one-for-one basis. The deck must be returned to its original composition before the first game of each match.

(Exception: Players participating in Prerelease or Release events may be allowed to freely change the composition of their decks between games by exchanging cards from their decks for cards in their sideboards without being required to return their deck to its original composition before their next match. The tournament organizer or judge will announce if this option is available. This option in not available at any other type of event except Prerelease and Release events.)

172. Sideboard Use

For the purpose of cards that allow you to choose cards from "outside the game," all cards not assigned to the players' main decks are considered a shared sideboard by the two players that both players can access.

172. Sideboard Use

For the purpose of cards that allow you to choose cards from "outside the game," all cards not assigned to the players' main decks are considered a shared sideboard by the two players that both players can access. Players may look at their sideboards during a game only if the sideboard remains distinguishable from other cards. If a player is resolving a spell or effect that refers to "choosing a card from outside the game," the player may look at his or her sideboard. (See section 103). The sideboard must be clearly identified and separated from all other cards in the play area. The sideboard may not be kept where it could be confused or switched with other cards.