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Vanguard

The VanguardTM supplements consist of oversized cards that modify the game. A Vanguard card is selected before the game begins, adjusting a player's starting and maximum hand size and starting life total. Any abilities printed on a Vanguard card are played exactly like those of an in-play Magic card; however, these abilities have no color, and damage from them isn't damage from a permanent of any type or a source of any color. A Vanguard card isn't a Magic card, so it can't be affected by spells or abilities.

  • Your starting life may be higher or lower than 20, depending on the card.
  • Your starting and maximum hand size may be higher or lower than seven, depending on the card.
  • Here's the fun part: Each Vanguard card gives you some benefit that might be considered "ba-roken" in normal Magic play. For example, your creatures are unaffected by summoning sickness, or you draw an extra card each turn.
  • Popular variants include each player randomly choosing a Vanguard card to play, or rotating Vanguard cards at determined intervals during a multiplayer game. But, of course, you can use Vanguard cards any way you want.

    These cards were used in several Arena seasons (starting in 1997), and were later available as part of a gift box. If you look around, you can find them at card shops and for sale online today.

    Set 1

    Ertai
    Your creatures can't be the target of your opponents' spells or abilities.
    Starting & Max Hand Size: -1
    Starting Life: +4
    Illus. Randy Gallegos
     
    Gerrard
    During your draw phase, draw an additional card.
    Starting & Max Hand Size: -4
    Starting Life:+0
    Illus. Douglas Shuler
     
    Karn
    Each of your noncreature artifacts is also an artifact creature with power and toughness each equal to its total casting cost.
    Starting & Max Hand Size: +1
    Starting Life: +6
    Illus. Anthony S. Waters
     
    Maraxus
    Your creatures get +1/+0.
    Starting & Max Hand Size: +1
    Starting Life: +2
    Illus. Matthew Wilson
     
    Mirri
    Each of your basic lands may be tapped to produce any color of mana instead of its normal type.
    Starting & Max Hand Size: +0
    Starting Life: +5
    Illus. Richard Kane Ferguson
     
    Sisay
    Whenever you tap a land for mana, it produces one additional mana of the same type.
    Starting & Max Hand Size: -2
    Starting Life: -3
    Illus. Kaja Foglio
     
    Squee
    Your opponents play with their hands face up.
    Starting & Max Hand Size: +3
    Starting Life: -4
    Illus. Daniel Gelon
     
    Tahngarth
    Your creatures are unaffected by summoning sickness.
    Starting & Max Hand Size: -1
    Starting Life: +7
    Illus. Pete Venters
     

    Set 2

    Barrin
    You may sacrifice a permanent to return any creature to its owner's hand. Play this ability as an instant.
    Starting & Max Hand Size: +0
    Starting Life: +6
    Illus. Christopher Rush
     
    Crovax
    Whenever any of your creatures damages any creature or player, gain 1 life.
    Starting & Max Hand Size: +2
    Starting Life: +0
    Illus. Ron Spencer
     
    Greven il-Vec
    Whenever any of your creatures damages any creature, bury the damaged creature.
    Starting & Max Hand Size: -1
    Starting Life: +2
    Illus. Mark Tedin
     
    Hanna
    Your spells cost 1 less to play.
    Starting & Max Hand Size: +1
    Starting Life: -5
    Illus. Liz Danforth
     
    Orim
    Your creatures can block as though they had flying.
    Starting & Max Hand Size: +0
    Starting Life: +12
    Illus. Rebecca Guay
     
    Selenia
    Attacking doesn't cause your creatures to tap.
    Starting & Max Hand Size: +1
    Starting Life: +7
    Illus. Quinton Hoover
     
    Starke
    During your draw phase, you may draw an additional card and then put any card in your hand on the bottom of your library.
    Starting & Max Hand Size: +0
    Starting Life: -2
    Illus. Donato Giancola
     
    Volrath
    Whenever any of your creatures is put into your graveyard from play, you may put that creature on top of your library.
    Starting & Max Hand Size: +2
    Starting Life: -3
    Illus. Anson Maddocks
     

    Set 3

    Eladamri
    You may redirect to yourself any amount of damage dealt to creatures you control.
    Starting & Max Hand Size: -1
    Starting Life: +15
    Illus. Mark Zug
     
    Lyna
    All creatures you control gain shadow.
    Starting & Max Hand Size: +2
    Starting Life: -4
    Illus. Adam Rex
     
    Multani
    All creatures you control get +X/+0, where X is the number of cards in your hand.
    Starting & Max Hand Size: -3
    Starting Life: -2
    Illus. Brom
     
    Oracle
    You may untap any attacking creatures you control and remove them from combat.
    Starting & Max Hand Size: +1
    Starting Life: +9
    Illus. Dan Frazier
     
    Rofellos
    Whenever a creature you control is put into a graveyard from play, draw a card.
    Starting & Max Hand Size: -2
    Starting Life: +4
    Illus. Daren Bader
     
    Sidar Kondo
    3 Mana : Target creature gets +3/+3 until end of turn.
    Starting & Max Hand Size: -1
    Starting Life: +12
    Illus. Kev Walker
     
    Sliver Queen, Brood Mother
    3 Mana : Put a Sliver token into play. Treat this token as a 1/1 colorless creature.
    Starting & Max Hand Size: +0
    Starting Life: +8
    Illus. rk post
     
    Takara
    Sacrifice a creature: Takara deals 1 damage to target creature or player.
    Starting & Max Hand Size: +3
    Starting Life: -8
    Illus. DiTerlizzi
     

    Set 4

    Ashnod
    Whenever a creature successfully damages you, destroy it.
    Starting & Max Hand Size: +1
    Starting Life: -8
    Illus. Ron Spencer
     
    Gix
    3 Mana : Return target creature card from your graveyard to your hand..
    Starting & Max Hand Size: -2
    Starting Life: +18
    Illus. Pete Venters
     
    Mishra
    Double all damage dealt by creatures you control.
    Starting & Max Hand Size: +0
    Starting Life: -3
    Illus. Anson Maddocks
     
    Serra
    All creatures you control get +0/+2.
    Starting & Max Hand Size: +1
    Starting Life: +1
    Illus. Matthew Wilson
     
    Tawnos
    You may play artifact, creature, and enchantment spells any time you could play an instant.
    Starting & Max Hand Size: +3
    Starting Life: -4
    Illus. Donato Giancola
     
    Titania
    You may play an additional land each of your turns.
    Starting & Max Hand Size: +2
    Starting Life: -5
    Illus. Rebecca Guay
     
    Urza
    3 Mana : Urza deals 1 damage to target creature or player.
    Starting & Max Hand Size: -1
    Starting Life: +10
    Illus. Mark Tedin
     
    Xantcha
    Sacrifice a permanent: Regenerate target creature
    Starting & Max Hand Size: +1
    Starting Life: +3
    Illus. Heather Hudson
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