Boreal banlist

Most Canadian Old School communities use the Boreal banlist, originally proposed by the Montreal Tundra Wolves. Generally, it allows 4 copies of some contentious cards to give a slightly larger deckbuilding space.

Legal sets

  • Alpha, Beta, Unlimited Editions
  • Arabian Nights
  • Antiquities
  • Legends
  • The Dark
  • Fallen Empires

Restricted cards

Restricted cards (20)
Ancestral Recall
Black Lotus
Chaos Orb
Demonic Tutor
Library of Alexandria
Mana Drain
Mind Twist
Mox Emerald
Mox Jet
Mox Pearl
Mox Ruby
Mox Sapphire
Sol Ring
Time Walk
Wheel of Fortune

Noteworthy 4-ofs

These cards see restrictions in some other Old School formats. You can play up to 4 in Boreal.

Noteworthy 4-ofs (6)
Maze of Ith
Mishra’s Workshop
Strip Mine
Time Vault

Banned cards

Only ante cards are banned.

Banned cards (7)
Bronze Tablet
Contract from Below
Demonic Attorney
Jeweled Bird
Tempest Efreet

Rules differences and erratas

Mana burn: Like other North American formats, you lose life equal to the unused mana at the end of each step or phase.

Chaos Orb: Text is changed to:
1, Tap: Choose a nontoken permanent on the battlefield. If Chaos Orb is on the battlefield, flip Chaos Orb onto the battlefield from a height of at least one foot. If Chaos Orb turns over completely at least 360 degrees during the flip, and lands resting on the chosen permanent, destroy that permanent. Then destroy Chaos Orb.

Falling Star: Text is changed to:
Choose any number of non-overlapping creatures on the battlefield. Flip Falling Star from a height of at least one foot. If Falling Star turns over completely at least 360 degrees during the flip, it deals 3 damage to each chosen creature it lands resting on. Any creatures damaged by Falling Star that are not destroyed become tapped.

For Chaos Orb and Falling Star, you can move the card(s) you’re choosing before you flip. Be reasonable. If the sleeves overlap, the cards are considered touching.