MTR 2.3 Pregame Procedures

The following steps must be performed in a timely manner before each game begins:

  1. If sideboarding is allowed, players may remove cards from their decks and add cards from their sideboards.
  2. Players shuffle their decks. Steps 1 and 2 may be repeated.
  3. Players present their decks to their opponents for additional shuffling. The sideboard (if any) is also presented at this time.
  4. The appropriate player must decide whether to play first or second at this point, if they haven’t done so already (see section 2.2).
  5. Each player draws seven cards. Optionally, these cards may be dealt face down on the table.
  6. Each player, in turn order, may take mulligans. (Rules on mulligans can be found in the Magic Comprehensive Rules, rule 103.4). If a player takes a mulligan, they shuffle again and repeat the presentation process described above.

The game is considered to have begun once all players have completed taking mulligans. Pregame procedures may be performed before time for the match has officially begun.