This variation on the standard Magic: the Gathering rules attempts to fold some of the concepts from Flying Buffalo's "Nuclear War" card game into a fun multiplayer version of Magic. (Note: this variant was created around the time of Unlimited/Revised so some of the card errata is old.)
Number of players: 2 to 8 (or more, but 8 seems like a reasonable maximum).
Shuffle together at least 1 deck (60 cards) per player, to make one large deck. Determine starting player by some fair means (owner of the cards goes first, for example). Play goes clockwise from there.
Each player starts with nine cards (hand size: 9) and 20 life.
In the initial starting round, each player may play out, in turn, as many non-land 0-casting-cost cards as desired, and draw another card to replace each one. No other spells or effects may be used in the initial round. If the center stock of cards runs out, shuffle the discard (graveyard) pile to make a new stock.
After this initial round, each player must place two cards (pipeline size: 2) face-down on the playing surface. These are considered part of the player's hand, and represent the first two cards the player will get to play.
Banned & Restricted List
When playing this variant it is usually decided what type you will be
playing. So if playing Type 1, Type 1.5, Type 2, or Extended Magical War
then, follow that format’s Banned and Restricted List.
Magical War Cards whose meanings have changed:
Size of an opponent's pipeline (normally 2) is increased by one while this card is in play untapped. Controller may choose different opponent in his upkeep phase. New pipeline size is resolved during opponent's upkeep phase.
Contract from Below (now an Instant):
Discard your hand and pipeline, draw a new hand, put a new pipeline into place, and then tap all of your lands and empty your mana pool (without mana burn effects).
Size of an opponent's hand is reduced by one. Retarget during upkeep. Size may never be smaller than zero, obviously.
Darkpact (now an Instant):
Steal a random card from an opponent's hand into yours.
Change your pipeline. Pick up the cards into your hand, and put (possibly new) cards back.
Selected opponent loses a turn.
You may play lands directly from your hand during your main phase, outside of combat. Fastbond does one point of damage to you for each card you play in this manner.
Look at either cards in an opponent's hand, or pipeline, but not both.
Players must take an extra pipeline subphase during their main phase.
If you don't draw, you don't have to advance the pipeline, either, but you can.
Size of an your pipeline is decreased by one. If your pipeline size is zero or less, you play cards directly from your hand, like in normal Magic.
Jeweled Bird: (now an instant; new cost: 0)
Substitute Jeweled Bird for card about to be stolen.
The "controller" of this enchantment is the last person to target the enchantment on a land.
If control was just transferred from another player, cannot play on land controlled by that player.
If control was just transferred from another player, Kudzu may only be played on land controlled by self or neighboring opponent.
If control was transferred from self, may target any (enchantable) land in play.
Size of controller's hand is increased by one. This replaces the old effect of the 'Library.
Target immediately takes an extra pipeline subphase, but discards face-up card to graveyard instead of playing it.
Loses recall ability in this variation.
May only search top 3*N cards on the graveyard, where N is the current number of players in the game.
This card affects the players' pipelines.
Controller gains 1 life every time any enchantment is successfully cast. This replaces the old special power.
This card does not affect the players' pipelines.
Look at opponent's hand and pipeline. Swap the location of up to two cards.
“Paris” Mulligan is used for this variant.
Before each game begins, a player may, for any reason, reshuffle and
redraw his hand, drawing one less card. This may be repeated as often as
the player wishes, until he has no cards left in his hand. After the
participant, who plays first, mulligans as often as he likes, the
decision of whether to mulligan passes to the other player. Once a
player passes the opportunity to mulligan, that player may not change
This variant was created by Donald Tsang