# Mulligan

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During setup, each player, starting with the first player, has one opportunity to mulligan their starting hand. This is done by shuffling the starting hand back into the deck and drawing a new starting hand with one fewer card in it.

After a player chooses to mulligan, that player must keep the new starting hand.

If a player is using a deck that has chains applied to it at the start of the game and takes a mulligan, they do not shed a chain from the mulligan, but do draw one fewer card than they had before the mulligan as per the normal mulligan rules.

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*Official rules v1.8 March 2021*## Commentary

After the mulligan (or if you're the second player) you have the following probabilities of hand shape:

And if you're the second player taking a mulligan, you have the following:

The table below represents the probability of drawing at least one copy of a card in your initial draw based on the number of copies of the specific card in your deck. For example, if I have 3 copies of Urchin in my deck, I will draw at least one copy of Urchin 48.82% of the time with a 7 card starting hand. If I mulligan hoping to get an Urchin-free hand, a copy of Urchin will still show up 43.14% of the time. Similarly, going second and hoping to use Urchin to steal an Æmber gained by the first player, if Urchin didn't show up in my initial 6 card hand, there is a 37.04% chance it will show up after the mulligan.

The question often comes up "How likely am I to redraw cards that I just put back into my deck after using a mulligan?". In the table below, you'll see the results of 10,000,000 6 card draws followed by 5 card draws of three deck makeups. These numbers are derived using the Fisher-Yates shuffling algorithm, which is the same algortihm used on The Crucible Online.

In the "All Unique" model, every card in the deck is unique; there is no more than one copy of each card in the deck. In the "2 sets of 2 cards" model, there are duplicates of two cards in the deck (e.g. 2 copies of Bad Penny and 2 copies of Yxilo Bolter), and 1 copy of all other cards in the deck. In the "1 set of 3 cards" model, one card has 3 copies in the deck (e.g. 3 copies of Bad Penny) while all other cards in the deck have just 1 copy.