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Magic minigames were introduced in the Set Boosters of Zendikar Rising.[1] Minigames are alternative ways to use the cards of a booster pack for a small and lighthearted activity of amusement and fun.

Description[edit | edit source]

The rules of the minigame fit on one double-sided card. Minigame cards appear in the marketing card spot of 5% of the Set Boosters. Zendikar Rising featured five different minigames. Additional games appeared in the Set Boosters for Kaldheim, Strixhaven: School of Mages, and Modern Horizons 2.

The minigames were created by Annie Sardelis.[2]

Variants[edit | edit source]

  • Base Race — A grid-based strategy game where you take turns moving cards to uncover the location of your opponent's face-down land.
  • Booster Blitz — Best your opponents in a series of fast Magic games using only the cards in a single pack.
  • Booster Sleuth — A deduction game where you try to figure out four key facts about a secret card using just the other cards in the pack as clues.
  • Careful Study — Memorization and question game about a card your team chooses (I.E., artist, collector number, P/T)
  • Dominarioes — Connect all cards in the most condensed way possible.
  • Foraging Squirrels — Fight to find food in this Explorers of Ixalan style game.
  • Mishra's Manufactory — Build an "invention" from other cards down the conveyor belt.
  • Roil Royale — The simplest game of the batch, relying almost entirely on chance. Be the first player to locate the ruins while avoiding the wrath of the Roil.
  • Strictly Better — A group party game where you match cards to a list of traits.
  • Totally Lost in Translation — Ask questions and learn the mystery card.
  • Urza's Blueprints — Race to assemble the Urzatron
  • Winchester Draft — Two player draft format

Printings[edit | edit source]

Minigame ZNR KHM STX MH2
Base Race 1 1 {Cross} {Cross}
Booster Blitz 2 2 {Cross} {Cross}
Booster Sleuth 3 3 2 {Cross}
Careful Study {Cross} 4 3 {Cross}
Dominarioes {Cross} {Cross} 5 {Cross}
Foraging Squirrels {Cross} {Cross} {Cross} 2
Mishra's Manufactory {Cross} {Cross} {Cross} 3
Roil Royale 4 {Cross} {Cross} {Cross}
Strictly Better 5 5 1 {Cross}
Totally Lost in Translation {Cross} {Cross} {Cross} 5
Urza's Blueprints {Cross} {Cross} {Cross} 4
Winchester Draft {Cross} {Cross} 4 1

The rules cards[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. Annie Sardelis (September 14, 2020). "Magic Minigames". Wizards of the Coast.
  2. Mark Rosewater (May 17, 2021). "Please give a high five to whomevers idea it was...". Blogatog. Tumblr.