Proxy Card Guidelines
When proxy cards are allowed in an event at Eudemonia, the guidelines on this page will apply. To see if (and how many) proxies are allowed in a particular event, and how many, please see the individual event page.
- Proxies must be indistinguishable from real cards when held or viewed from the back.
- Proxies must have the intended card name printed or written legibly on on the front.
- Counterfeit cards may not be used as proxies.
What is a proxy card?
A proxy card is a substitute for a real card. You might use a proxy in place of a card you don’t own, or in place of a very valuable card you do own but would prefer not to damage by using in actual play.
How can I make make proxy cards?
Proxies must be indistinguishable from the real cards in your deck, so under most circumstances the only acceptable type of proxy card is a real Magic card with the proxy card’s info written on its front using a permanent marker.
If your deck is sleeved in toploaders (hard plastic cases), you may print an image of the substitued card’s front on very thin paper, and simply slip it into the sleeve in front of the proxy card, since the difference in thickness cannot be felt through the rigid case. Make sure the original text on the proxy card is blacked out with permanent marker.
What rules do proxy cards need to follow?
A proxy card must be indistinguishable from a real card when held or viewed from the back. If your deck is sleeved, then the proxy must only be indistinguishable from other sleeved cards in your deck. Proxies must match real cards in the following characteristics:
- Size and shape, including the rounded corners
- Total weight and balance
- Feel and relief, including surface texture
- Image printed on the back, including shininess
- Transparency when examined with a light from behind
A proxy card must have unambiugious markings on the front. Once the front of the proxy is revealed to other players, it must be clear to everyone what it is meant to substitute. At a minimum, the proxy must have the name of the card it is meant to substitute printed or written legibly. The following information should also be included if possible:
- Mana cost
- Card type (creature, sorcery, etc.)
- Power and toughness, for creatures
- Starting loyalty, for planeswalkers
- Mana cost and keywords for activated abilities
- Keywords for passive abilities
Counterfeit cards are not allowed as proxies. Proxies must not be indistinguishable from, or very close to, the real card when viewed from the front at any distance.