Layouts and Faces

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

Example Cards

split

A split-faced card

Example Cards

flip

Cards that invert vertically with the flip keyword

Example Cards

transform

Double-sided cards that transform

Example Cards

modal_dfc

Double-sided cards that can be played either-side

Example Cards

meld

Cards with meld parts printed on the back

Example Cards

leveler

Cards with Level Up

Example Cards

class

Class-type enchantment cards

Example Cards

saga

Saga-type cards

Example Cards

adventure

Cards with an Adventure spell part

Example Cards

planar

Plane and Phenomenon-type cards

Example Cards

scheme

Scheme-type cards

Example Cards

vanguard

Vanguard-type cards

Example Cards

token

Token cards

Example Cards

double_faced_token

Tokens with another token printed on the back

Example Cards

emblem

Emblem cards

Example Cards

augment

Cards with Augment

Example Cards

host

Host-type cards

Example Cards

art_series

Art Series collectable double-faced cards

Example Cards

reversible_card

A Magic card with two sides that are unrelated

Example Cards

Card Faces

Magic cards can include multiple faces on a single piece of card stock. Scryfall includes information about each of these card faces using the card_faces property on API objects. Please note the following types of multi-face cards and how Scryfall will describe them:

Split cards (Comp. rules term) · Example split cards
Split cards are sorceries or instant cards that include two faces and the caster can choose which face to cast. The back of a split card is the normal Magic back.

GET https://api.scryfall.com/cards/0f279560-7e9f-4a6d-9fd6-6c8c6bd94a1b

Flip cards (Comp. rules term) · Example flip cards
Flip cards have two parts of a permanent printed vertically on one side of the card. During play, an ability on the card causes the permanent to flip (rotate 180°) to the other side. The back of a flip card is the normal Magic back.

GET https://api.scryfall.com/cards/0b61d772-2d8b-4acf-9dd2-b2e8b03538c8

Double-faced cards (Comp. rules term)
These cards have two faces on different sides of the cardstock that are related to each other. The whole card is a single legal or deckbuilding object. Double-faced cards can either be transforming or modal.

Transforming double-faced cards (Comp. rules term) · Example transforming DFCs
These cards can either transform after entering the battlefield, or can be put onto the battlefield already transformed. Scryfall will use the card_faces object to describe the two different transformed modes of the card, while the root object will contain data that applies to both sides. These cards have their layout field set to "transform".

GET https://api.scryfall.com/cards/b37aa12c-a6b3-4cf8-b5a4-0a999ff12d02

Modal double-faced cards (Comp. rules term) · Example modal DFCs
Modal DFCs be cast or played as either half of the card. Scryfall will use the card_faces object to describe the two different modes of the card, while the root object will contain data that applies to both sides (such as the color_identity). These cards have their layout field set to "modal_dfc".

GET https://api.scryfall.com/cards/ba09360a-067e-48a5-bdc5-a19fd066a785

Reversible cards (casual term) · Example reversible cards
This term is used by both Scryfall and WotC to describe a piece of cardstock with two distinct Magic cards or tokens printed on opposite sides. The two halves of the card are not related to each other in any way and are treated as two separate objects for gameplay or deckbuilding. The overall Card object will have its layout field set to "reversible_card", while the individual card_face objects will have their own layout fields describing the distinct printings on both sides. Many other fields for a reversible card move into the card_face objects to describe the distinct face.

GET https://api.scryfall.com/cards/3e3f0bcd-0796-494d-bf51-94b33c1671e9

Multi-faced cards (casual term)
This term has no rules meaning and is used by Scryfall to describe any object with the nested card_faces property.

Double-sided cards (casual term)
This term has no rules meaning and is used only casually to refer to any cards with gameplay information on both sides.