Magic: The Gathering Gets Tournament Rules Updates With Throne of Eldraine

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With the release of Throne of Eldraine this Friday, Magic: The Gathering is getting some tournament rules updates in various sections but there's not a lot of changes this time around.

On Wizards of the Coast's official website, E-Sports and Premier Play Programs Design Manager Scott Larabee summarized the specific changes in the latest MTG rules updates, and said that they also updated the names of the Premier Event program names throughout.

Here are the specific changes in the latest rules updates:

Section 2.5 (End-of-Match Procedure): Wording has been slightly changed so that instances where cards give a player an additional turn are clearly covered.
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Section 4.2 (Tournament Shortcuts): The scry shortcut has had the handling of the old mulligan rule removed.
Section 7.7 (Booster Draft Procedures): Sometimes a set has cards that are not basic lands in the basic land slot (in this case, players did not remove basic lands). Sometimes there is just a basic land (in which case you did remove the basic lands when opening a booster). To simplify things, players no longer need to remove basic lands from boosters when drafting. Just remove non-cards (tokens, etc.) and draft away!

You might think that the latest 7.7 update for booster drafts will cause arguments for Un-set drafts because of the high-value basic land cards but note that these rules updates are for competitive REL, not casual tournaments, so Un-set drafts don't have to follow this new rule.

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Throne of Eldraine, the 82nd Magic expansion, is set to release on October 4. It's now available on Magic Arena.

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