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French Old-School Rules

[WORK IN PROGRESS]

Authorized editions

The format only authorizes the following editions :

  • Alpha
  • Beta
  • Arabian Nights
  • Antiquities
  • Legends
  • The Dark
  • Fallen Empires

Reprints :

All the reprints are allowed, in any language, as long as the reprint has the same original artwork.

Precisions

Foils are banned.

“Collector’s Edition” and “International Edition” cards aren’t allowed.

“Test Prints” are not allowed.

Rules

The current Magic: The Gathering rules are in use, with the following exceptions:

  • The official mulligan in Paris, and neither the original mulligan nor the Vancouver one.
    There is no free mulligan for having zero or seven lands ; You cannot “Scry 1” after a mulligan.
  • The “mana burn” rule still exists
    Each unused mana at the end of each phase (not step) does 1 damage to his owner as the mana pool is emptied.
  • Players lose the game when they have zero or less life only at the end of each phase. This state based action is the last thing happening before going to the next phase.
    This rule allows playing “Mirror Universe” in its original spirit, so you can go down to zero during your upkeep, trade life totals, then your opponent dies at the end of the phase for being at zero.
  • The “tapped artifact” rules applies: If an artifact becomes tapped, “continuous effects” cease until the artifact becomes untapped.
    Examples:

    If “Winter Orb” is tapped during a player’s untap step, it has no effect and the player will untap all his lands, the “Winter Orb” and all his permanents together.
    If “Howling Mine” is tapped at the begining of the draw step, it has no effect, the player will not draw an additional card this turn.
    If “Forcefield” is tapped, it can nevertheless be activated, it is not a continuous effect.
    If “Dingus Egg” is tapped, whenever a land will go to the graveyard, “Dingus Egg” will nevertheless deal 2 damage to the land’s controller, because it’s a “triggered ability”.

Precisions

  • The original “Ante” Rule is strictly forbidden as it falls under Wagering under the Magic Infraction and Procedure Guide, for which the penalty is a disqualification.
  • There is no difference between “Interrupts” and “Instants”. All “Interrupts” are considered as “Instants”.
  • For Mishra’s Factory : tapping it while blocking make it a 0/3 creature

 

Card texts

Cards have their current Oracle text, as found on http://gatherer.wizards.com/ with the following exceptions :

Chaos Orb

Card text
1, Tap: Choose a non-token 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 (30cm). If Chaos Orb turns over completely at least once during the flip, and touches the chosen permanent, destroy that permanent. Then destroy Chaos Orb.

 

“touches the chosen permanent” indicates that Chaos Orb must touch the permanent “after landing and not moving anymore”

Touching the card while bouncing on it is not sufficient.

Sleeves counts as parts of the cards.

If for any reason, Chaos Orb is over the permanent (vertically), but without touching it, after stabilisation, the action will be considered as successful.

(For exemple a difference of level due to a playmat).

Precisions

You can only flip Chaos Orb if it is on the battlefield when its ability resolves. If Boomerang is cast on the Orb in response, it will have no effect.
If you lose, Chaos Orb is nevertheless destroyed.
Chaos Orb doesn’t target.

After multiples text tests, the “Swedish” version still the closest from the spirit of the card and with the most balanced power.

 

Falling Star

Card text

Choose up to two different creatures.
For each chosen creature, flip Falling Star onto the battlefield from a height of at least one foot. If Falling Star turns over completely at least once during the flip, and touches the chosen creature, Falling Star deals 3 damages to this creature.
Tap each creature that has been dealt damage this way.

“touches the chosen creature” indicates that Falling Star must touch the permanent “after landing and not moving anymore”

Touching the card while bouncing on it is not sufficient.

Sleeves counts as parts of the cards.

If for any reason, Falling Star is over the permanent (vertically), but without touching it, after stabilisation, the action will be considered as successful.

(For exemple a difference of level due to a playmat).

Precisions

If you choose two creatures, you have to do a flip for each of them separately.
If a win a flip, but the creature doesn’t receive damage, protected by a “Healing Salve” for example, this creature will not be tapped.
Falling Star doesn’t target.

Banned cards

Bronze Tablet
Contract from Below
Darkpact
Demonic Attorney
Jeweled Bird
Rebirth
Tempest Efreet

Restricted cards (1 per deck)

Ancestral Recall
Balance
Black Lotus
Black Vise
Braingeyser
Channel
Chaos Orb
Demonic Tutor
Library of Alexandria
Mana Drain
Maze of Ith
Mind Twist
Mishra’s Workshop
Mox Emerald
Mox Jet
Mox Pearl
Mox Ruby
Mox Sapphire
Recall
Regrowth
Shahrazad
Sol Ring
Strip Mine
Time Vault
Time Walk
Timetwister
Wheel of Fortune

Misprinted Card Specifics

Allowed

Alpha Cyclopean Tomb is allowed (mana cost is 4 colorless).
Revised Serendib Efreet (with Ifh-Biff Efreet picture) is allowed as Serendib Efreet (color in play still blue).
Summer Magic Hurricane (blue instead of green) is allowed (color in play still green).
Plateau with the Revised artwork is allowed.
Chinese 5th edition cards with an alternate artwork are allowed.

Banned

German 3rd edition White Border “Drudge Skeletons” with the “Swamp” picture is banned.
German 3rd edition White Border “Manabarbs” with the “Sedge Troll” picture is banned.
German 3rd edition White Border “El-Hajjâj” with the “Warp Artifact” picture is banned.
German 3rd edition Black Border “Forest” with the “Plains” picture is banned.
French 3rd edition Black Border “Aladdin’s Ring” with the “Jandor’s Ring” picture is banned.
Spanish 4th edition Black Border “Serra Angel” with the “Time Elemental” picture is banned.
Spanish 4th edition Black Border “Burrowing” with the “Strip Mine” picture is banned.

Alpha “Orcish Artillery” with the wrong mana cost is banned.
Alpha “Orcish Oriflamme” with the wrong mana cost is banned.
Korean 4th edition Black Border “Sindbad” with the wrong mana cost is banned.
Korean 4th edition Black Border “Animate Wall” with the wrong mana cost is banned.
Spanish 5th edition “Ornithopter” with the wrong mana cost is banned.
French 5th “Glasses of Urza” with the wrong mana cost is banned.
Anthologies “Samite Healer” with the wrong mana cost is banned.
Alpha “Elvish Archers” with wrong power/thoughtness is banned.
German 3rd edition White Border “Nettling Imp” is banned (“Tap” sign is missing).
Spanish 5th edition “Circle of Protection: Artifacts” is banned (wrong activation cost).