One of the fun things about multiplayer Magic games is introducing a few random elements that can radically shift the game in weird and fun ways. It keeps one player from getting a runaway victory, or everyone from ganging up on one player. This weekend, by following a special Twitter feed, you can experience wacky chaos effects passed down from Magic R&D.
All weekend, the Twitter feed TweetMTG will post a new effect every few minutes. It starts on Saturday morning and ends on Monday morning (Eastern time).
To play, first you have to choose a team. You’ll align yourself with one of the original five Planeswalkers: Liliana, Chandra, Garruk, Ajani or Jace (essentially, pick one of the five main colors). While the team you pick doesn’t have to match the deck you’re playing, it might help. One of the example effects suggested that Team Liliana would gain two life for each swamp they have on the battlefield, for instance.
Each new effect will either happen immediately, like the Liliana swamp effect, or put into place an ongoing effect that will last until the next update is posted. For example, “Team Jace’s opponents play with their hands revealed until the next tweet.”
Personally, I think you should stick with one team all weekend, and you ought to have a totem of some kind signifying your loyalty, like an Ajani playmat or a foil Liliana you keep next to your life total.
I guess it’s probably a good thing I’m not on Magic R&D. Here are some of my ideas for tweet effects:
- Team Jace players may search target opponent’s library for any card with a current value at StarcityGames above $15, remove it from the game, and keep it.
- Team Liliana wins the game right now and may refer to all other players as “pathetic losers” for the rest of the weekend.
- Everyone take off their pants.
- Team Chandra players may punch target opponent in the shoulder.
- Until the next tweet, gravity has no effect (still working out the mechanics for this one).
Anyway, enjoy your TwitterMagic this weekend! Oh, here are the official rules, although if you’re playing crazy multiplayer tweety Magic and you care about things like “when tweets go on the stack,” you’re doing it wrong.