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Magic: the Lactose Intolerance

A half-hearted Magic the Gathering league running at RPGsoc games night

Deck Construction

Decks consist of at least sixty cards, no more than four of any one card other than basic lands. The cards in the banned list below are cheesy, and may not be used. In addition, all cards from the Unglued expansion are banned (except those which represent permanents from other sets) as are marked cards: you can use World Championship cards or Collectors Edition cards as long as all cards have the same backs. You can use opaque-backed sleeves to achieve this.

Restrictions on Specific Cards

Badlands, Bayou, Karakas, Mishra's Factory, Pendelhaven, Plateau, Savannah, Scrubland, Strip Mine, Taiga, Tropical Island, Tundra, Underground Sea and Volcanic Island gain the following additional text…

Comes into play tapped with one cheese counter. Remove these counters in your upkeep. Lands with a cheese counter on them do not untap as normal in your untap phase. For they are a bit cheesy.

Ring of Ma'Ruf can only fetch cards from your sideboard.

All of the ante-related cards are reworded to gamble victory points (explained overleaf). A separate sheet details the rewordings.

Play Rules

Use the new standard ("Paris") Mulligan rule (keep redrawing your initial hand until you are happy, reducing the hand size by one each time). Use the most recent wordings and errata if you know them. Clearly marked proxies are allowed. Card sleeves are allowed. You may have a "sideboard" of up to fifteen cards where cards can be exchanged between duels of a match. Both players can agree not to bother with sideboards before the first duel of a match.

Banned List

A week’s notice will be given of any change to this list.

Ali From Cairo, Ancestral Recall, Army of Allah, Balance, Beserk, Black Lotus, Black Vise, Braingeyser, Candelabra of Tawnos, Channel, Chaos Orb, Control Magic, Cursed Scroll, Cyclopean Tomb, Demonic Tutor, Diamond Valley, Drop of Honey, Falling Star, Fastbond, Forcefield, Granite Gargoyle, Hymn to Tourach, Hypnotic Specter, Ice Storm, Icy Manipulator, Ivory Tower, Jihad, Juggernaut, Jûzam Djinn, Kird Ape, Land Equilibrium, Land Tax, Library of Alexandria, Lich, Lightning Bolt, Mana Crypt, Mana Drain, Maze of Ith, Mind Twist, Mirror Universe, Mishra’s Workshop, Moat, Mox Emerald, Mox Jet, Mox Pearl, Mox Ruby, Mox Sapphire, Nether Void, Nova Pentacle, Old Man of the Sea, Psionic Blast, Regrowth, Roc of Kher Ridges, Rocket Launcher, Sedge Troll, Sengir Vampire, Serendib Djinn, Serendib Efreet, Serra Angel, Shahrazad, Sinkhole, Sol Ring, Swords To Plowshares, The Abyss, The Tabernacle At Pendrell Vale, Time Walk, Timetwister, Two-Headed Giant of Foriys, Underworld Dreams, Wheel of Fortune, Zuran Orb.

League Rules

A match is the best-of-three duels with the following Victory Points awarded.

Win

Lose

Draw

Winner

Loser

2

0

0

100

00

2

0

1

90

10

2

1

0

80

20

1

0

2

70

30

1

1

1

50

50

0

0

3

50

50

Plus or minus any Victory Points won or lost due to ante cards: see the extra pages on those.

The league is structureless: anyone can play anyone at any time, with the restriction that the same people can't play each other two matches in a row. Between matches, decks may be changed entirely: between duels, just changes to and from the sideboard are permitted. Make a note of what the results are and when the game was played: I will compile rankings, and because games can happen in any order I need the time to make sure I don't receive the same result twice (and also for a cryptic number-crunching reason).

Anyone found to have an illegal deck loses the current duel but may fix it before the remainder of the match. If such a mistake is noticed in the second or third duel of a match, the results of earlier duels still stand.

There is no referee: players should resolve rules questions amongst themselves, resorting to a coin flip if no guru is at hand.

League position is calculated from the average Victory Points from all league games, plus fudge factors based on the number of matches played and the rank of your opponents.

Written and organised by Mark Boyes (e-mail: Mark.Boyes@digital.com)

Rules bulletproofed by Jack Harris and Alexandra Ralph.

This is the second version of the rules.