MTR 2.2 Play/Draw Rule

For the first game of a match, a designated player – the winner of a random method (such as a die roll or coin toss) during Swiss rounds, or the player ranked higher at the end of Swiss rounds during playoff matches – chooses either to play first or to play second.

He or she must state this choice before looking at his or her hand. If he or she states no choice, it is assumed that he or she is playing first.

The player who plays first skips the draw step of his or her first turn. This is referred to as the play/draw rule.

After each game in a match, the loser of that game decides whether to play first in the next game. He or she may wait until after sideboarding to make the decision. If the previous game was a draw, the player who decided to play or draw at the beginning of the drawn game chooses.