Magic: The Gathering Rules, Tournament Rules, Floor Rules and Penalty Guidelines Archive

Previously, the rules for casting a spell were complicated.

Previously, the rules for casting a spell were complicated.

On this page, I have links to all version of all rules documents pertaining to the card game Magic: The Gathering that I could locate on the internet. Many of these files were hard to find. I will have this page harvested by the Wayback machine so, hopefully, it will be possible to preserve this list forever.

It was quite easy to find old versions of Comprehensive Rules and some such lists (even though incomplete) could already be found on the internet.

However, finding old versions of the Magic Tournament Rules and Infraction Procedure Guide proved far more difficult. These documents changed name multiple times. For example, the IPG was previously called DCI Penalty Guideliens and the Magic Tournament Rules were created by joining together the DCI Universal Tournament Rules (or DCI Standard Floor Rules) and the DCI Magic Floor Rules. I scraped together most of these documents by googling for PDF files in Wizards archives and by using a crawler bot to try to get documents based on URL’s.

Wizards of the Coast holds copyright to most documents linked to from this page.

I suggest that the reader look at the first edition rulebook and, even better, the first Magic Tournament Rules. I found those very amusing.

Also, for simplicity, I did not distinguish between the various names of the Tournament Rules and Infractinon Procedure Guide. Even documents named DCI Penalty Guidelines are referred to as Infraction Procedure Guide in this list.

Well, here go the documents:

    Comprehensive Rules & pre-Sixth Edition Rulebooks

    Non-Magic Games

    Judging at Regular REL


    Infraction Procedure Guide

    Magic Tournament Rules

    DCI Universal Tournament Rules


    Handbooks for Tournament Officials


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