JK Old School

The rules

All regular Magic the Gathering rules apply. This especially means “no manaburn” and “regular mulligan rules”.

Legal Sets:

Arabian Nights
Legends (eng/ita)
The Dark (eng/ita)
Fallen Empires

Reprints of the legal sets if they have the original non-premium artwork from the following sets:

4th Edition
5th Edition
6th Edition

International Collector’s Edition
Collector’s Edition
Foreign Unlimited Edition (Usually referred to as FWB)
Foreign Limited Edition (Usually referred to as FBB)
Renaissance (and Rinascimento)
Timespiral Timeshifted


Banned/Restricted cards Update (June 2019):

With the feedback collected at Alpha Castle event, 4 Strip Mines stay legal, but tournament organizers using this ruleset are encouraged to bring incentives to play two or less. The reprint policy is unchanged. Recall is unrestricted. The Falling Star errata is now in line with Eternal Central errata. Foils are now explicitely not allowed.

Banned/Restricted cards:

Restricted (Limited to 1):
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

Banned (All ante-cards):
Bronze Tablet
Contract from Below
Demonic Attorney
Invoke Prejudice
Jeweled Bird
Tempest Efreet

Strip Mine Agreement:

It is encouraged to play at most 2 Strip Mines in decks and should be incentivized by Tournament Organizers in some way.

Dexterity Cards Errata:

Clarification: The player using Chaos Orb or Falling Star may, with permission of their opponent relocate objects on the battlefield.

Chaos Orb (2)
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 once during the flip, and touches the chosen permanent, destroy that permanent. Then destroy Chaos Orb.

Falling Star (2R)
Choose any number of non-overlapping creatures on the battlefield. Flip Falling Star from at least a height of 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.



The reasons:

Allowing several (cheaper) reprints of the legal cards allows more players to participate in the events, it allows the community to grow. While “pimp” is enjoyable for the involved players, JK-Entertainment doesn’t want to make its Old School events an exclusive club. The goal is to enable more players to have fun playing with all those old cards they used when they started to play. The rules from Eternal Central were the basis for this ruleset.

Fallen Empires allows a bigger variety of decks to be played. We recognize the imbalance Hymn to Tourach causes for the classic 93/94 control decks, but that only diversifies the format.




You run an event using JK Rules ? Let me know at philipb@jk-entertainment.de and I post it here.

Future JK Rules Old School events

Oldschool at Castle Frankenstein “Alpha Castle 2020” (Summer 2020)

Oldschool Dankeschoen Turnier (February 16th, 2020)

Coverage of previous JK Rules Old School events

Oldschool near Munich “Neujahrs Old School im Et Cetera” (January 6th, 2020)

Christmas Oldschool “Santa Time Walk” (December 24th, 2019)

Oldschool in Mainz “Sindbad Cup” (September 22nd, 2019)

Old School Ravages of Frankfurt in Maintal near Frankfurt (March 2019)

Organizer’s Report of Alpha Castle

Old School at Castle Frankenstein “Alpha Castle” (February 2019)

Old School Tournament at JK Series Autumn (November 2018)

Old School Tournaments at JK Series Summer (June 2018)

Old School Tournament at JK Series Spring (March 2018)