Old Frame Commander

Deck Construction Rules

  • Cards per deck: 100 including your commander (any legendary creature). No sideboards are used. Except for basic lands, your deck cannot contain more than one copy of the same card.
  • Every card in your deck must only use mana symbols that appear on your commander. Colorless cards are allowed as well.
  • Allowed sets: Alpha, Beta, Arabian Nights, Antiquities, Legends, The Dark, Fallen Empires, Harper Prism Book Promos, Ice Age, Homelands, Alliances, Mirage, Visions, Weatherlight, Portal, Tempest, Stronghold, Exodus, Portal Second Age, Urza’s Saga, Urza’s Legacy, Urza’s Destiny, Portal Three Kingdoms, Starter 1999, Mercadian Masques, Nemesis, Prophecy, Invasion, Planeshift, Apocalypse, Odyssey, Torment, Judgment, Onslaught, Legions, and Scourge (every Old Frame set except Unglued).
  • Reprint rules: All regular-sized reprints done by Wizards of the Coast with art that existed by Scourge and that use the Old Frame (Alpha to Scourge) are allowed, including those that were not originally tournament-legal (Collectors’ Edition, International Edition, 30th Anniversary Edition, and gold-bordered Pro Tour and World Championship cards). Organizers may at their discretion also allow the use of Modern frame cards and Old Frame reprints with art that did not exist by Scourge.


Contemporary rules and errata are followed.

Banned and Restricted Cards

  • Banned: Amulet of Quoz, Bronze Tablet, Chaos Orb, Contract from Below, Darkpact, Demonic Attorney, Falling Star, Jeweled Bird, Rebirth, Tempest Efreet, Timmerian Fiends.
  • Restricted: All cards are restricted except for basic lands.

Vedast Sanxis’ winning deck at the XI Online Old Frame League.


Read our XI Online Old Frame League article, in which we played this format.

Next Events

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