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Since May 2005, Vanguard avatars have also been used in casual games for Magic Online. You would add one of them to your deck before playing, and at the start of the game, the avatar card from your deck would start in play for you and applied the modifications listed on it. Starting with Zendikar, rules text and starting hand size/life total modifiers for Vanguard avatars have been discontinued. Nowadays, you may continue to play the vanguard format with previously released avatars. Both old and new avatars can still be used to represent you in game.

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