IPG 2.4 Game Play Error — Mulligan Procedure Error

Definition

A player makes an error as part of the mulligan process. This infraction does not apply to errors made once pre-game procedures are complete.


“Scrying” for more than one card after taking a mulligan is treated as a Hidden Card Error.

Trivial process errors that provide no advantage, such as declaring an intent to mulligan early, are not an infraction.

Examples

  • A. A player draws eight cards at the start of the game (instead of seven).
  • B. A player draws seven cards at the start of the game (instead of six) after taking a mulligan.
  • C. A player keeps their hand, scries, then mulligans again.
  • D. A player chooses to not take a mulligan then takes a mulligan after seeing their opponent choose to take a mulligan.

Philosophy

Errors prior to the beginning of the game have a less disruptive option—a forced mulligan—that is not available at any other point during the game. However, players should not be incentivized to sit on the infraction until mulligan procedures are completed so that they can ‘discover’ the error at a point where it becomes a Hidden Card Error if they believe that is to their advantage. To encourage the offending player to report their error as early as possible, they are given their choice of remedy before the game begins.

If a player looks at the top card of their library after taking a mulligan, it is assumed that they have chosen to keep their hand unless they make it very clear that they intend to mulligan again, either verbally before looking or by picking up multiple cards from the top of their library.

Additional Remedy

If the player has too many cards in hand, they may choose to reveal his or her hand, and his or her opponent chooses a card from it to be shuffled back into the library. If more than one excess card was drawn (for example, eight cards drawn during a mulligan to 6) their opponent continues removing cards until the correct number has been reached.

If cards are not removed from the hand this way (either due to an error that didn’t lead to too many cards, or by the player choosing not to reveal), that player takes an additional mulligan.

Players may continue taking mulligans after the remedy has been completed.