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Vintage, originally known as Type 1 or Type I, is an eternal format that allows for the use of almost all printed cards, save Acorn cards and/or having a non-Standard Magic back (other than Double-Faced Card/Meld Card), as well as certain cards banned for causing problems in sanctioned tournaments.[1] Additionally, several cards are restricted to a maximum of one copy between a player's deck and sideboard due to their power. These include the Power Nine, which are not allowed in any other tournament format. The deck-building rules common to all Constructed formats apply in Vintage.

History[ | ]

Vintage dates its existence to the 1995 separation of sanctioned constructed tournaments into "Type I" and "Type II" (the latter is now called Standard). It was sometimes called 'Classic' (a name later used for the Sixth Edition Core Set in 1999 [2] and a similar constructed format in Magic Online) from 1997 until 2000, when the name Vintage was formally endorsed at the Magic Invitational. Vintage's restricted list was used as the banned list for a format called "Type 1.5" or "Classic-Restricted". In September 2004, the two lists were uncoupled, and Type 1.5's new banned list became the basis of the renamed format of Legacy. Vintage debuted in Magic Online concurrent with the release of the Vintage Masters digital compilation set in 2014, replacing Classic.

Deck construction[ | ]

Constructed decks must contain a minimum of sixty cards. There is no maximum deck size; however, you must be able to shuffle your deck with no assistance. If a player wishes to use a sideboard, it must contain no more than fifteen cards.

Except for basic land cards, a player's combined deck and sideboard may not contain more than four of any individual card, counted by its English card title equivalent.

Banned cards[ | ]

The following cards are banned in Vintage tournaments:

Restricted cards[ | ]

The following cards are restricted in Vintage tournaments as of March 11, 2024[6]:

Formerly Banned cards[ | ]

Formerly Restricted cards[ | ]

The following is a list of cards that are currently not restricted in the format but have been restricted at one point previously. This list only concerns cards unrestricted after September 2004, when Vintage and Legacy restrictions were separated. For reasons behind the restrictions and a list of previously restricted cards see: Restricted cards.

Archetypes[ | ]

Major archetypes include:

Vintage Championship[ | ]

Since 2003, the winner of the yearly Vintage championship receives an oversized alternate art version of a well-known card from the format.[7][8] The Championships used to be played at Gen Con, but are now part of the Eternal Weekend.

See: Magic Rarities.

Championship promos[ | ]

Year Card Notes
2023 Mental Misstep Retro frame[8]

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