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French Old-School Rules

Authorized editions

The format authorizes every official Magic the Gathering set released by Wizards of the Coast in 1993 and 1994 :

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

Promotional cards published in 1993/1994 are also authorized: Arena, Sewers of Estark and Nalathni Dragon.

 

Reprint policy :

Reprints of any cards issued in the authorized editions list are accepted, in any language, provided they are not ‘foil’ and have the original frame and artwork.

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

“Test Prints” are not allowed.

 

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
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

 

Rules

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

  • The official mulligan procedure is Paris
    There is no free mulligan for having zero or seven lands ; You do not “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 original Alpha ‘tapped blocker’ rule still exists
    If a creature designated as a blocker in a combat phase becomes tapped, it will not do damage to the attacking creature.
    For exemple, a blocking Mishra’s Factory will become 0/3 if tapped for activating his +1/+1 hability.
  • Continuous effects of artifacts are stopped if the artifact becomes tapped.
    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”.

 

Miscellaneous cards adjustments

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 lands resting on 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.

 

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 lands resting on 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.

 

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).