4, May, 21

Do You Get A Free Mulligan In Commander?

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Find out what you need to know about mulligans in Commander, like do you get a free mulligan when playing the format?
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Mulligans are funny things. Do them right and they’ll win you the game, but get them wrong and you’ll be stuck with what feels like atrocious luck for the rest of the day.

Commander mulligans are a little different to other formats as well, and with some of the changes that occurred back in 2019, some people are wondering “do you get a free mulligan in Commander?”

Well, let’s dive into that, shall we?

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Do you get a free mulligan in Commander?


Yes. That’s the really short answer, and it also happens to be the correct one in a lot of Commander games, so that’s nice.

Upon drawing your first hand of the game, you can put all of it back into the deck, shuffle, and draw a whole new hand as long as there are more than two players in the game. That last bit is important, so keep it in mind in two-player games.

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How do mulligans work in Commander?


Aside from the first mulligan in multiplayer games, Commander now uses the new London Mulligan, which works like this as per the article on the Wizards blog:

“Each player draws a number of cards equal to their starting hand size, which is normally seven. (Some effects can modify a player’s starting hand size.) A player who is dissatisfied with their initial hand may take a mulligan. First, the starting player declares whether they will take a mulligan. Then each other player in turn order does the same. Once each player has made a declaration, all players who decided to take mulligans do so at the same time. To take a mulligan, a player shuffles the cards in their hand back into their library, draws a new hand of cards equal to their starting hand size, then puts a number of those cards equal to the number of times that player has taken a mulligan on the bottom of their library in any order. Once a player chooses not to take a mulligan, the remaining cards become that player’s opening hand, and that player may not take any further mulligans. This process is then repeated until no player takes a mulligan. A player can take mulligans until their opening hand would be zero cards.”

We’d generally recommend against going down to zero cards, but we’re not the boss of you, so you’re more than welcome to go for it if it’s something you want to try out.

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What is the Partial Paris mulligan?


You may well have heard of another kind of mulligan called the Partial Paris mulligan.

The Partial Paris mulligan has you drawing seven cards as normal, then choosing the cards you want to keep, and replacing the others via a mulligan minus one card. So, if you keep four cards, you’ll put three aside, then draw two. It’s a fun way of doing things that means you can keep hold of the cards you really want in your hand.

However, with it not being the official way of doing things, if you want to use this one in your Commander games, you’ll need to make sure everyone else is on board first to keep things fair.

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