Repost: Innistrad Double-Faced Cards FAQ

[This disappeared off the internet for various reasons. It’s all still correct (with one exception that I’ve noted below), so I figure it’s worth giving a home somewhere.] They’re here! Hopefully by now everyone is aware that Innistrad contains double-faced cards. These cards have another card where there would normally be a traditional Magic back, […]

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SOI Policy Changes

With such large changes in the Oath of the Gatewatch IPG, the goal of the Shadows over Innistrad update was to refine and clarify those sections, and, indeed, that’s what we get. With the exception of a couple of small additions that I’ll get to later, all the updates here are in/related to Hidden Card […]

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The Hidden Corners of HCE

The new IPG has been out for a week now, and people seem really happy with the new Hidden Card Error (HCE) infraction. We’ve gotten lots of kudos on how intuitive the infraction is and how easy it’s been to explain to judges. In particular, by being philosophy-driven, it means that most situations in which […]

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OGW Policy Changes

Let’s start with a history lesson. Everyone loves history lessons, right? Back in the mists of 2006, the IPG had an infraction named Failure to Reveal. It existed to deal with situations where a player failed to reveal a card, like with, say, (who didn’t exist in 2006, but run with it…) It also happened […]

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Tweaking the new DEC Rules

With the Battle for Zendikar update, we made some changes to the Drawing Extra Cards infraction, and having seen it in action for a couple weeks, it’s clear that the change isn’t as clear as we’d hoped it would be, and that lack of clarity is causing confusion. More problematically, that confusion is getting in […]

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The Forbidden Look

We have a new mulligan rule. It’s sweet! There does come with it one downside, though. Historically, some players take a mulligan by pulling cards off the top of their library to “see what they would have drawn,” and that’s not compatible with the new mulligan system. I used to joke with players “Don’t take […]

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BFZ Policy Changes

The Battle for Zendikar has been unleashed on us, and that means it’s time for an Eldrazi-sized policy update! Just kidding; it’s not as big as the last one, but there are still a few things to… process. Ahem. When we released the Origins update, we had the big change to Drawing Extra Cards policy. […]

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Magic Origins Policy Changes

There’s a lot of changes in this IPG. It’s not as scary as it looks. Heck, if we can survive Vegas/Utrecht/Chiba, this should be cake. There’s one major policy change, a reflowing of the whole guide to focus on infraction identification, and then the usual miscellaneous tweaks and clarifications. Don’t panic! Rethinking Drawing Extra Cards […]

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