Survival

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Compatible Format(s): Archon, Sealed

Description:

Each player enters the tournament with 2 or 3 decks (number determined by the organizer). The decks are ranked in an order of the player’s choosing before the first round. Each player must start with their first deck. Whenever a player loses a round, the deck they played with is “out” and cannot be used for the remainder of the tournament. When a player no longer has decks remaining, they are eliminated from the tournament.

Philosophy:

This variant puts a more unique spin on classic elimination-style tournaments. A sense of excitement and heightened stakes can set in when a player is down to his or her last deck, which can promote more creative and risky strategies as well as a sense of accomplishment when victory is achieved.