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On a card, several elements can be distinguished.

Non-planeswalker cards[ | ]

Parts of a Magic card

Planeswalker cards[ | ]

Parts of a Magic card 2
Part Element
1 Name
2 Mana cost
3 Illustration
4 Type line
5 Expansion symbol
6 Text box
7 Starting loyalty
8 Collector number
9 Illustrator
10 Legal text
11 Holofoil stamp


Vanguard cards[ | ]

Parts of a Magic Card 3
Part Element
1 Name
2 Illustration
3 Text box for rules text and flavor text
4 Hand modifier
5 Life modifier
6 Illustrator
7 Legal text


Battle cards[ | ]

Invasion of Zendikar MOM

Mechanically unique card parts[ | ]

Rules[ | ]

From the Comprehensive Rules (June 7, 2024—Modern Horizons 3)

  • 200. General
    • 200.1. The parts of a card are name, mana cost, illustration, color indicator, type line, expansion symbol, text box, power and toughness, loyalty, hand modifier, life modifier, illustration credit, legal text, and collector number. Some cards may have more than one of any or all of these parts.
    • 200.2. Some parts of a card are also characteristics of the object that has them. See rule 109.3.
    • 200.3. Some objects that aren’t cards (tokens, copies of cards, and copies of spells) have some of the parts of a card, but only the ones that are also characteristics. See rule 111 and rule 707.
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