Layouts and Frames

Scryfall tracks the appearance of cards programmatically using two properties: layout and frame.

Layout

The layout property categorizes the arrangement of card parts, faces, and other bounded regions on cards. The layout can be used to programmatically determine which other properties on a card you can expect.

Specifically:

  • Cards with the layouts split, flip, transform, and double_faced_token will always have a card_faces property describing the distinct faces.
  • Cards with the layout meld will always have a related_cards property pointing to the other meld parts.
Layout Description Examples

normal

A standard Magic card with one face

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split

A split-faced card

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flip

Cards that invert vertically with the flip keyword

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transform

Double-sided cards that transform

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meld

Cards with meld parts printed on the back

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leveler

Cards with Level Up

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saga

Saga-type cards

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planar

Plane and Phenomenon-type cards

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scheme

Scheme-type cards

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vanguard

Vanguard-type cards

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token

Token cards

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double_faced_token

Tokens with another token printed on the back

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emblem

Emblem cards

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augment

Cards with Augment

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host

Host-type cards

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Frames

The frame field tracks the major edition of the card frame of used for the re/print in question. The frame has gone though several major revisions in Magic’s lifetime.

Frame Description Examples

1993

The original Magic card frame, starting from Limited Edition Alpha.

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1997

The updated classic frame starting from Mirage block

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2003

The “modern” Magic card frame, introduced in Eighth Edition and Mirrodin block.

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2015

The holofoil-stamp Magic card frame, introduced in Magic 2015.

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future

The frame used on cards from the future

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