what is mtg vintage

Vintage, originally known as Type I, is an eternal format that allows for the use of all cards, save cards with silver border(like Un-sets) and/or having a non-Standard Magic back (other than Double-Faced Card/Meld Card) , as well as certain cards banned for causing problems in sanctioned tournaments.Additionally, a number of cards are restricted to a maximum of one copy between a player’s deck and sideboard due to their power. These include the Power Nine, which are not allowed in any other tournament format. The deck-building rules common to all Constructed formats apply in Vintage.


Vintage dates its existence to the 1995 separation of sanctioned constructed tournaments into “Type I” and “Type II” (the latter is now called Standard). It was sometimes called ‘Classic’ (a name later used for the Sixth Edition Core Set in 1999  and a similar constructed format in Magic Online) from 1997 until 2000, when the name Vintage was formally endorsed at the Magic Invitational. Vintage’s restricted list was used as the banned list for a format called “Type 1.5” or “Classic-Restricted”. In September 2004, the two lists were uncoupled, and Type 1.5’s new banned list became the basis of the renamed format of Legacy. Vintage debuted in Magic Online concurrent with the release of the Vintage Masters digital compilation set in 2014, replacing Classic.

Banned cards

The following cards are banned in Vintage tournaments:

Any card referencing ante
Any card with Conspiracy card type
Chaos Orb
Falling Star

Restricted cards

Ancestral Recall
Black Lotus
Chalice of the Void
Demonic Consultation
Demonic Tutor
Dig Through Time
Gitaxian Probe
Imperial Seal
Library of Alexandria
Lion’s Eye Diamond
Lodestone Golem
Lotus Petal
Mana Crypt
Mana Vault
Memory Jar
Merchant Scroll
Mind’s Desire
Monastery Mentor
Mox Emerald
Mox Jet
Mox Pearl
Mox Ruby
Mox Sapphire
Mystical Tutor
Sol Ring
Strip Mine
Thorn of Amethyst
Time Vault
Time Walk
Tolarian Academy
Treasure Cruise
Vampiric Tutor
Wheel of Fortune
Yawgmoth’s Wil