Mulligan

1. What does mulligan mean in CCGs?

To replace cards in your starting hand

To mulligan in a CCG, such as Hearthstone or Magic: The Gathering (MTG), means to replace all or some of the cards in your starting hand with new cards from your deck (giving you a "do over" on your starting hand). Players mulligan to make their starting hands better, so they have a better chance of winning the game.

Mulliganing takes place at the start of the game, before either player has taken their first turn. For example, in Hearthstone, players can mulligan before a game begins by selecting one or more cards in their starting hand that they'd like to replace with a random card from their deck. The player then draws as many replacement cards as needed, shuffles the card(s) they chose to mulligan into their deck, and starts the game.

Why are players allowed to mulligan in CCGs?

Because random chance can stick CCG players with absolutely abysmal starting hands, which would be auto-losses without the ability to mulligan. For example, if an MTG player who drew a seven land starting hand was forced to keep that hand, they would lose approximately 100% of the time. While certain decks (such as combo decks) can abuse the ability to mulligan, players typically use mulligans for their intended purpose - to produce better, more exciting games.

Example

"I always mulligan with this deck; I need more early plays."
An example of mulliganing in Hearthstone

An example of mulliganing in Hearthstone

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Last Updated: December 2, 2021

2. What does mulligan mean?

Redo

Mulligan is a sports term commonly used in golf that refers to the opportunity to redo a shot. It is an informal rule that players use when they have a bad shot and want a second chance at hitting the same shot without incurring a stroke.

Example

"You're behind 1 stroke going into the 18th.
Yeah, but if I hadn't give you that mulligan on the 14th, we'd be tied right now!"
Mulligans in golf are nice but mulligans in real life are better

Mulligans in golf are nice but mulligans in real life are better

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Last Updated: January 31, 2017

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