The Comprehensive Rules is designed to be the end-all, be-all documentation of Magic: The Gathering rules.
In the Comprehensive Rules, everything from banding to the layering of continuous effects is described and explained. As Wizards of the Coast warns, it is not for the faint of heart. While all the rules for Magic are in the Comprehensive Rules, it's not meant for everyday use; rather, it's reserved for specific cases during competitive games. In most ordinary situations, the basic rulebook is sufficient.
History[edit | edit source]
The Fourth Edition card set, released in mid-1995, marked the first attempt to formalize Magic rules into a coherent system. Major overhauls were executed for Fifth Edition, Classic Sixth Edition, and Magic 2010.
Referencing the rules[edit | edit source]
When making a reference to a specific rule, the clearest way to do it is as follows [CR <rule>]. As an example, if someone explains mana abilities and ends their explanation with [CR 605.1], then they make a reference to rule 605.1 which states:
The Comprehensive Rules are available from Wizards of the Coast in TXT, PDF, and DOCX formats, and are 226 pages long as of August 2017.
Rules are numbered, and many are divided into subrules. Subrules skip the lower-case letters "l" and "o", to avoid confusion with the numbers "1" and "0". So, for example, 704.5k is followed by 704.5m, then 704.5n and 704.5p.
Current version[edit | edit source]
The Comprehensive Rules ends with a glossary of terms used in the document and on cards throughout the game.
References[edit | edit source]
- Dan Gray. (June 01, 2009.) “Simple Rules are the Holy Grail of Magic”, magicthegathering.com, Wizards of the Coast.
- Tom Wylie, Leaner and Meaner. The Duelist, "Murk Dwellers", October 1996, p. 51
- Bill Rose (January, 1999) Letter to the Magic Player Community
- Aaron Forsythe and Mark L. Gottlieb. (June 10, 2009.) “Magic 2010 Rules Changes”, magicthegathering.com, Wizards of the Coast.
- Mark Rosewater. (August 05, 2013.) “Twenty Things That Were Going To Kill Magic”, magicthegathering.com, Wizards of the Coast.