Frequent Questions, Answered
What is the difference between “banned” and “not legal”?
A card that is marked as “not legal” in a format is excluded because the format does not permit any sets that the card was printed in. For example, the card may be too old for Modern format while legal in Legacy.
A card that is “banned” from a format would have been legal, but Wizards has specifically forbidden it because it is too powerful or disruptive. See the Wizards banned and restricted page for more information.
Where are the Vanguard cards and Magic Online avatars?
They’re on the site, but hidden from search results by default. Find them with t:vanguard.
Where are planes, schemes, and phenomena?
What’s the deal with Pauper legality?
Scryfall follows the Pauper legality as prescribed by Magic Online, which is the only officially sanctioned version of the Pauper format. There are many, many casual variants of the Pauper format and we cannot support all of them. Before reporting an issue with Pauper legality, please check to see if the card is legal or banned from Pauper format on Magic Online. See the Wizards page about MTGO Pauper legality for more information.
What’s the deal with the card images?
Magic has had a very long and involved history, as far as tabletop games go. Finding a high-quality scan of each Magic card is an ongoing task for the Scryfall team.
Often, in order to have any image, we upload a low-quality or cropped version of the card first. We are slowly working through each set, updating them with better imagery.
Why is a promotional card missing or missing imagery?
Many Magic promotional cards have received very limited print runs, especially if the card was printed before 2001. Getting information about each promotional card and obtaining a good image of the card is an ongoing task for the Scryfall team. If the promo card was released recently, please give us time to add it to the correct set before reporting an issue.
Where are the cards from Unglued, Unhinged, and the holidays?
They’re on the site, but because these cards are printed for fun and have a lot of strange text, they are excluded from search results by default. You must specifically search for them by adding is:funny to your terms, or searching for the set codes e:ugl, e:unh, and e:hho
Where is 1996 World Champion, Splendid Genesis, and the other celebratory cards?
They’re on the site, but hidden from search results by default. You can see them all in the Celebration Cards set. Nostalgia!
What about printing proxies?
We’ve decided not to include any printing and/or proxy features on Scryfall. Workflows that encourage people to print out cards are a legal gray area. We choose to omit these features in an effort to stay on WOTC’s good side.