Every year around the end of June, my friends and I get together and we play what we call "Iron Man" magic. The idea was first presented in Inquest Magazine, and features using one of every card ever printed. As you may suspect, this entails some very large decks and a bit of setup, but it's been worth it enough that we eagerly await playing each year. We've been doing this every year since 1997.Deck Creatation
1 copy of every unique card printed. (that you own)
Lots of basic land, about 1/3 of the deck should be basics.Banned cards:
Cards from Unhinged and Unglued. Shahrazad Rule changes:
Cards that result in "you win the game" have no effect, but may still be played. i.e. Coalition Victory
may be cast, but does nothing.
Cards that involve "ante" have no effect, but may still be played. i.e. Jeweled Bird
does nothing, but can still be turned into a creature with Titania's Song
.House rules: (you may or may not add these)
Buyback is cumulative. In other words the second time you would buyback a specific spell it costs that much plus the last paid buyback cost. If for some reason the buyback spell left your hand and returned ( Regrowth
from graveyard), it is a new instance of the card in your hand and the buyback resets.
You probably don't want to break down your existing decks to flush out your Iron Man deck. Expensive or rare cards may be placed in your deck in a sleeve. Or just not placed in at all. You probably are not going to sleave this deck.
Search and Shuffle cards can be proxied on the fly. If you've actually constructed and shuffled your deck, you will know that it is not something to be done often. We usually have some extra basic land set aside for Land Tax
or Rampant Growth
Each player starts at 100 life.
Played typically with 4-5 players.
Standard Free for All multiplayer rules apply.
This is a long game and intended to take awhile, a whole weekend perhaps. Play with your friends, and play casualy and friendly. This game is not for everyone, but it's interesting to see card interactions that would never happen otherwise. How often do you Topple
your own 5/3 Red Ward
ed Kjeldoran Dead
with two +1/+1 counters on it? Have you ever won a game by having your remaining two opponents cast a 40 point Fireball
at one only to have it Fork
ed back at himself?