THE LONDON MULLIGAN
For Mythic Championship II in London, we're going to be trying out a new mulligan rule that we have been playtesting internally for some time. We believe the new rule smooths out opening hand decisions even more, though it certainly has some implications for formats like Modern.
The rule we'll be testing in London is as such: When you mulligan for the Nth time, you draw seven cards, then put N cards on the bottom of your library in any order.
So, for example, let's say you're taking your second mulligan of a game, what we often call a mulligan to five. You would draw seven cards, select two, and place those two on the bottom of your library in any order. Then you would decide whether to keep or mulligan again.
While we have been testing this mulligan rule internally for a while, we are treating this tournament as a test. Once our game designers have reviewed the tournament, spoken to players, and looked at the data, we'll decide whether to implement the mulligan rule wider.
Quote from Yandere Sliver »I wouldn't mind to see surveil instead of scry from time to time. With a mulligan not tied to scry I think that might happen from time to time in graveyard heavy sets.
Quote from JWK »This sounds like a terrible option for Commander, on every level.
Quote from Sheldon »You're the reason we can't have nice things.
Quote from cryogen »Quote from JWK »This sounds like a terrible option for Commander, on every level.
I think the target audience for Commander, the ones who don't play tuned decks and focus more on the experience of the game over winning it, will like this mulligan better because it makes it more likely that they get an opening hand they can keep and not necessarily because they are trying to sculpt a nut draw.
Quote from JWK »
I expect it will encourage people to build decks poorly (not enough lands) and make it take longer to start games. Though not having to shuffle is an advantage in the second case, I suppose.
Quote from cryogen »Turn one Sol Ring probably probably went up a bit.
Quote from JWK »
Again, not seeing the upside here.
Quote from Dechs KaisonWhat the Griselbrand, Xen. Just when I thought your stuff couldn't get any better, you churn out that Jeleva banner. It's gorgeous.
Quote from cryogen »Agreed. I won't build differently should this become the new mulligan rule, but it may influence how aggressively I mulligan.
Quote from WizardMN »I'm in the same boat but I do think that is a good thing. I think it is tough in this format to go to 5 when everyone else is still at 7 so I have, and I have seen others, keep somewhat poor 6 card hands and then just get blown out because we didn't draw lands and we were stuck on 2 lands for an extended period of time.
The new rule, if implemented, is certainly going to change things but I think the positives outweigh the negatives. I am hoping their experiment is successful though I do feel that 1v1 formats would have a bigger concern over this change than EDH.