Development has stopped on cockatrice and you can no longer update it with new cards, and Oracle, the program that use to update for you, no longer works. It is possible to update the card database manually however, and its really easy too!
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How To Update Cockatrice MTG Card Lists Database by Stuart Whyte
Most players should know what Cockatrice is by now, but for those who don’t, Cockatrice is a program that lets you play card games online for free. It is mostly used for Magic, though its possible to play other games on it too. For more information on how to use Cockatrice, please read this article – What is Cockatrice MTG and how do I use it to play Magic online? by Jonathan Randle
Unfortunately, Cockatrice had to take its official servers down a few months ago leaving many players unable to get their Magic fix. Luckily, a few people have started to host servers since then to give us a place to play. (For more details and to find players, please join the UK & Irish MTG Players on Cockatrice)
Sadly, due to legal reasons, development has stopped on Cockatrice and you can no longer update it with new cards, and Oracle, the program that use to update for you, no longer works. It is however, possible to update the card database manually, and its really easy too! To simply update your card database is simple. The card database is a file called cards.xml. You can download cards.xml here, then go to where ever you installed Cockatrice, normally C:/Program Files/Cockatrice, and copy and paste cards.xml there, replacing the old one.
You may want to back up the old one first. Then open cockatrice and make sure Cockatrice is using the right file by going to Cockatrice -> Settings, navigate to the General Tab, find the Path to Card Database option and make sure that is set to the file you just downloaded (e.g. c:/Program Files/Cockatrice/cards.xml)
If you want every card that has been printer, including the planes from Planechase and the Un-sets, then you can download cards_all.xml. To use this, do exactly the same as you would for the previous file, but make sure the Path to Card Database set to cards_all.xml instead.
If you don’t want to replace your old cards.xml file, such as if you have your own custom sets in your cards.xml, you can download dgm_only.xml here. Then, open your cards.xml file and add:
to the sets, then copy and paste the contents of dgm_only.xml at the very end, just before:
And thats it, start up Cockatrice and you’ll have all the new cards! I will be updating this file daily when new spoilers get in, so keep checking back if you are eager to use cards now, or just wait until the full spoiler is out.
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Updated as of April 22nd, full set now available.