Welcome to another Keep or Mulligan! In case you haven’t seen one of those before, the way it works is I present you some sample hands and then you choose Keep or Mulligan and vote on the appropriate option. You can then compare your answers to the rest of the poll’s and to my own answers and explanation.
For today’s edition, I selected five interesting hands from the Magic Online Championship that happened last weekend, so you’re also going to have the player’s decision as a point of comparison. Remember that, even if you ultimately disagree with my conclusion (or the player’s), the goal is to understand the thought process behind each decision so that making your own decision becomes easier in the future.
You’re playing Michael Jacob’s Modern Selesnya Company deck and you’re on the draw, in Game 2, against Jund Midrange. Your opening hand is:
You’re playing Pioneer Boros Wizards (Lurrus), on the draw, Game 2 against Sultai Midrange. Your opening hand is:
You’re playing Pioneer Oops All Spells on the play against Mono-Green Devotion, post-sideboard. You’ve already mulliganed once and they kept seven cards. This is your opening hand:
You’re playing Pioneer Mono-Green Devotion and you’re on the draw against Sultai Midrange. You mulligan your first hand and this is your new hand:
You’re playing Modern Selesnya Company and you’re on the draw against Amulet Titan in Game 2. Your hand is:
That’s what I have for today! Again, please remember that this is just my opinion and not the absolute truth; all these hands are drawn from a very high-stakes tournament and I picked them specifically because I think they are close hands, so the understanding of the thought process is a lot more important than the decision itself.