We’ve got a lot of new features for you today, let’s get right to it!
Unique/“Rollup” Mode Updates
We’ve added the ability to control how “duplicate” results in your search are elminated (previously this was only available with the
++ search syntax). You can now control this option with the first dropdown on search results. The
++ syntax is still available.
We’ve also added the ability to search by unique artwork. The same card will be returned more than once if it has alternate artworks available.
Other Search Changes
- Your search is now explained in English to you on the results page.
- You can now sort by artist name
- There is now a text-only results layout with no images
- You can now change the direction of your sort.
- Power users can now specify their unique mode, search sort, and search display with new display keywords.
We’ve reverted the
identity: keywords to their previous behavior:
c:wis now equivalent to
c>=w(previously it was strictly
id:rugis now equivalent to
id<=rug(previously it was strictly
The other versions of these keywords that use
>=, etc will still be exactly that comparison.
It’s been a bit over a year since Scryfall launched, and we’re really proud of all of the improvements we’ve made. Here are a few highlights:
- We’ve launched Scryfall accounts so you can now support us directly
- We’re crowdsourcing art and functional card tags on Tagger
- We’re now providing high-resolution card images
- We launched a Slack and Discord bot
- We’re archiving tokens and lots of other supplemental items
- We’re now part of MTGCardFetcher on Reddit
- We’ve done a lot of work to represent split and double-faced cards correctly
In addition, we have some amazing news: Scryfall is now solvent! Our Patrons and our members are covering all of our hosting costs per month. This is a huge milestone for us, it means we no longer have to spend money from our own pocket to keep Scryfall available and fast. Thank you! ❤️❤️❤️
Extra support goes towards helping us tip community members that source images for us, and transitioning Scryfall from a passion project to something that can support a part- or full-time development team.
And now without father ado, here are the answers to year-end questions you submitted:
What do you get asked for help with the most?
What’s your favorite thing you’ve seen someone do with Scryfall?
The whole Scryfall team was surveyed and here are some things they chose:
- Scryfall regular expression golf
- April King made some great collages from our images
- We often get messaged by students asking if they can incorporate Scryfall’s API into their computer science projects. We’re really, really happy that it’s inspiring novice programmers. 🙌
What are your favorite tokens?
- The Reef Worm cycle by Dan Scott
- An octopus! by Craig Spearing
- One of the more Thallid-like Sapprolings by Warren Mahy
- Magali Villeneuve’s Prowess Monk
What are your favorite “Out of Flavor For This Color” cards?
- Unyaro Bees — Combining arbitrarily large green creatures with Time Spiral nostalgia
- Wheel of Fortune — Why is this red!? We’ll take it!
- Prodigal Sorcerer — The poster child of (modern) color pie violation
- Mana Tithe — No one suspects Mana Tithe
(A bunch of questions about site stats and most-popular cards)
Unfortunately (or fortunately), the answer to questions about our most popular pages and what people search for is somewhat boring.
- The majority of people are looking up cards by name (for pricing, or because they’re in the middle of a game, etc)
- The most popular card groups are whatever is new. Essentially if you pick any 90-day timeframe, the most popular cards are the most recent set release.
- The most popular individual cards in a set tend to be ones that make big news on Reddit/Twitter, here are some recent most-popular cards:
This amazing year was all because of you and your contributions! Here’s to many more! 🎉
Hi everyone! Corey here. First off: Thank you so much for becoming sponsors. It means the world to us that we have your support. You’re providing an invaluable safety net that helps ensure that Scryfall always stays accurate and on the move. Scryfall will be turning 1 year old at the end of this month, and there’s lots ahead. So thank you, again. 😊
To show you we were serious about wanting to create great deckbuilding and brewing tools, I have a small sneak peak of some of things we’ve been hacking on for a deck interface. (This information is of course a work in progress, subject to change, not a binding contract, etc etc)
People build decks (and cubes) in different ways. Some of us start off with a handful core cards or a core combo, and then cast a big net looking for what we can do to make that work. Others brew by upgrading a tried-and-true list that became outdated. We want to support both kinds of workflows.
When you’re starting anew, the same kind of blank screen doesn’t work for all kinds of decks, so we’re looking at ways to provide starter templates.
Our current saved-cards feature will be transitioning into this system. While searching, you should be able to add cards to your deck from other pages of the site. If you’re not currently building a deck, adding cards will create a new list-type deck that you can review and share later.
More experienced players will want to fuss with deck entry directly. For that, we’re working on a keyboard-friendly list editor. The editor uses the same name-matching system we’ve built for the Slack/Discord bots and site search. You can be super lazy, type word fragments, omit all punctuation, and make spelling errors and the editor will attempt to correct your lines.
That’s all for now. Let us know what you think! And again, thanks for becoming our patrons and supporting our work. 🔮
We fixed a lot of bugs and small omissions thanks to everyone who reported issues on release day, including:
- Searches for t:assembly-worker now work correctly
- Fixed incorrect Vintage legality results
- Fixed incorrect Clash Pack images
- Repaired a few URL format inconsistencies in API results
- Fixed lots of spelling errors