Object of the Game
To capture your opponent's
flag by reducing their life points to 0 or less.
Each person gives a piece
of paper to their opponent prior to starting the game which states what
each of their pieces represent. Here are the guidelines:
(Note: this variant uses
the newest version of Stratego, where the marshal is a 10, not a 1. For
those of you with the older one, here are the conversions: 1=10 2=9 3=8
4=7 5=6 6=5 7=4 8=3 9=2).
A creature is used for each
piece. You may have no more than 4 of any creature, despite which piece
it is taking the place of. The only abilities allowed are first strike,
phasing, and flanking. Treat these as normal, except first strike works
only if you are the one attacking. When a creature phases out, remove
its piece from the board as well until it returns to play, at which time
it returns to play at the same spot. If a creature is currently
occupying that space, they are both buried. Creatures with other
abilities may be used, but are those abilities are considered to be
gone. The exception is drawbacks, like Aku Djinn's +1/+1 clause, or the
Spindrift Drake's need for blue mana.
Here is how to score a creature:
Untap, upkeep, and draw
remain the same. Main phase: You may either play a standard main phase
minus the attack phase, or play only the attack. An attack is played as
a Stratego turn; you get to move 1 of your pieces. If it hits an enemy
piece, you have combat as normal. Also, you may move all mobile (as in
not a flag or a bomb) pieces, instead of just one.
Play the rest of the turn
Very easy, just put your
bombs and your flag in your home rows (the four directly in front of
So how do I get the pieces on the board?
Just cast them as normal.
If you have the piece for that creature, put it anywhere in the first
row directly in front of you. If there is no open space there, you must
put it in the second row. If a similar occurrence happens, proceed to
the third and the fourth rows. If all of your home rows are full, you
may not cast the creature. If you don't have the appropriate piece for
that creature currently free, you may not cast it.
How do I kill my opponent?
Just attack his flag.
Instead of automatically capturing it, the damage from that creature is
dealt to the opponent. If the opponent already has less than one life
remaining, you may choose to capture the flag instead of dealing the
damage to your opponent. Also, if an effect controlled by the opponent
reduces himself to less than 1 life, like not sacrificing a creature to
Lord of the Pit, then his flag is automatically captured.
You may not deal damage to
an opponent in ANY way other than effects he controls himself or by
attacking his flag with creatures.
This variant was created by Howard Toltz.