To use the LotusVault search engine, there are two easy methods.
1. For the cards you want by name, simply start typing the name of the card in the search field at the top of the page. As you type the name of the card, the search engine will autocomplete a list of cards as you type. Either finish typing out the full name of the card and press ENTER or click SEARCH. If you pressed ENTER or clicked SEARCH, all of the cards that contain the words you typed will appear in a list. Alternately, you can select one of the cards from the drop down list in the search field, taking you to a page with all versions of the card you selected.
2. You can choose to search for cards by filters. This is useful for searching for all of a type of card, or cards from specific sets. This is a little more complicated of a search method, but yields much greater flexibilty in finding the cards you want. Here are the steps:
1. Select a set from the Magic: The Gathering home page. This is the only way to access the filter. (Don't worry, you can remove the set later.)
2. On the left, a sidebar will appear, giving you a ton of options. At the very top, the first selection you will see is Normal or Foil. Check which version of cards you would like to look for, and the page will automatically reload. You cannot search for foils and non-foils at the same time!
3. Next, choose NM (Near Mint) or VF (Very Fine). NM is selected by default, and very few of the cards on LotusVault are in less than Near Mint condition.
4. Under that, you will see a checkbox that allows you to see cards that we currently do not have in inventory if you want.
5. Finally, you will see a filter of the set you selected. By clicking on the "x" of a filter, you will remove that filter from your search. Be careful! If there are no filters in your search, you will have to start over again!
6. Now from the side menu, you will see a whole series of criteria that you can add or remove to your search. Each filter has many options, so be sure to press "View All" if you do not see what you need.
Special note: You cannot search for keywords in the search box, so typing in "goblin" will only yield results with "goblin" in the name.