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.
The following cards are banned in Vintage tournaments:
Any card referencing ante
Any card with Conspiracy card type
Chalice of the Void
Dig Through Time
Library of Alexandria
Lion’s Eye Diamond
Thorn of Amethyst
Wheel of Fortune