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Title. Sakashima the Impostor returns no search result on the gatherer site for some reason. Autocarding Sakashima or Impostor alone at least takes me to the search function that includes the wanted card, but any combination of 2 or all 3 words fails to deliver any result, e.g.

Sakashima the

the Impostor

Sakashima Impostor

Other multi-word autocards function just fine. "Sakashima the Impostor" doesn't even contain special characters or any of the other common autocard failure modes, my language is also set to English.

I noted that there is a Sakashima the Impostor Avatar card, a Vanguard card that is not typically included in search results. Is that the problem? However, that must be a recent change of the search algorithm, because both the regular Sakashima and the Vanguard card are old entries, and in my answer of How to clone a Legendary card legally? I linked Sakashima and it used to work back then.

Test for other Vanguard duplicate names:

Akroma, Angel of Wrath

Arcbound Overseer

Arcanis, the Omnipotent (this goes straight to the avatar page instead of the regular card)

Ashling the Pilgrim

Birds of Paradise

Bosh, Iron Golem

Braids, Conjurer Adept

Chronatog

Dakkon Blackblade

Dauntless Escort

Diamond Faerie

Eight-and-a-Half-Tails

Eladamri, Lord of Leaves

Elvish Champion

Enigma Sphinx

Erhnam Djinn

Etched Oracle

Fallen Angel

Figure of Destiny

Flametongue Kavu

Frenetic Efreet

Goblin Warchief

Grinning Demon

Haakon, Stromgald Scourge

I don't feel like typing all of them out, but you get the idea.

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    Possible duplicate of Some autocard names don't execute correctly – Joe W Nov 5 '18 at 12:39
  • Arcanis is different because the corresponding creature card doesn't have a comma in its name. – murgatroid99 Nov 5 '18 at 17:08
  • @murgatroid99 How many different posts do we need stating that the autocard feature is broken? – Joe W Nov 10 '18 at 18:27
  • The previous post was escalated to the development team a while ago. The rest is up to them. – murgatroid99 Nov 10 '18 at 18:32
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I noted that there is a Sakashima the Impostor Avatar card, a Vanguard card that is not typically included in search results. Is that the problem?

Yep, that's the problem exactly.

When a card name is two or more words, and there is another card that contains that card's name, the search will return no results at all. This is true for "Sakashima the Impostor" because of "Sakashima the Impostor Avatar", and just about every other avatar as you've discovered.

(If it's just one word, e.g. "Island" or "Recall" or the "Chronatog" you found, we're given a search page that includes the card, but not the card's page directly. This is also undesirable.)

There's two current requests to improve our Gatherer search:

The new Gatherer formula resolves our current major problems such as this one. (There are some test cases where it doesn't work quite perfectly in either English or foreign languages.) Scryfall passes all test cases but isn't the official source.

  • Ok, I thought that change was already implemented. Why was it not yet? – Hackworth Nov 5 '18 at 12:43
  • We implemented a different change for our current autocard. There was a change, just not this one. – doppelgreener Nov 5 '18 at 12:55

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