Old School “Paladin Magic” 93-94 Rules Update Announcement


On June 12 we announced a ban of the card “Invoke Prejudice” from use in our Paladin Magic format. We also mentioned in that announcement our intention to consider the other 6 cards and determine their future within our Paladin Magic format which you can read about here.

After spending time researching (inside and out of the OS community) and discussing the fate of these 6 cards, we have decided to move forward with a clever workaround that should leave all stakeholders and communities served.

We recognize that the name or artwork was the focus of the decision from WOTC and we wish to preserve the game mechanics of the cards as they were not the problem. What this means is we will allow the cards effects (including Invoke Prejudice) to be played in Paladin Magic as long as the art/name has been edited or altered in some fashion or even proxied. There are many options for proxies or alters, even non-permanent alters like using a perfect fit sleeve modifying the art & name. See below for additional clarity.

Effective 9/1/2020 The following cards are Depiction-banned in Paladin Magic 93-94 for both online and live play:

• Invoke Prejudice

• Cleanse
• Stone-Throwing Devils
• Pradesh Gypsies
• Jihad
• Imprison
• Crusade

You can read about the original full banning of these cards by Wizards of the Coast from the entire game of magic here

We respect there are a number of different feelings on the topic and a number of Old School clubs have handled this differently. Nearly all 93/94 formats follow modern magic card rulings. WotC has banned these specific cards outright entirely from the game. Using some discretion we have devised a functional work around that should make our spaces open to everyone and focuses on positive play. We’ve enacted a ‘depiction’ ban of the cards which will allow ‘Old School’ to be in sync with the entire magic community standards and with absolutely no loss in our card pool. Much like Chaos Orb has been given an errata so we can use it and we play with Mana Burn to allow for a better play experience for how the cards were designed this also aims to solve for a throwback format to fit into today’s modernized playscape. 

A depiction ban in practical terms means the functionality of the cards will be allowed – but not their original presentation. They may be substituted with either an original altered card or an alternative proxy. The elements of these cards which should be modified is their ‘Name’ & ‘Art’. Nothing about their game play mechanics is in question. You may not run more than 4 copies of any of these cards regardless of the alternative name you utilize. You could use a perfect fit sleeve to paint or sharpie on if you do not want to modify your original card or you can print/make a new one.

Below is an example of what a depiction alternative looks like. You can easily print these off yourself at home by saving the image. If you are handy with a computer you can find better source files in the links below. Thanks to MTGCuriousities for the shared art!

Ultimately any alternative that meets community standards (think if it would be good to show in public) and doesn’t give you an unfair advantage is welcome! Just try to use some common sense and be kind please.