The 2atoms Magic Online Suicide Challenge. How fast can you lose a game of Magic? No conceding - just damage...?
Yes We Are Serious!
22nd May 2003
Today we got very bored with Magic Online, so we were wondering. Just how quickly can a player "die" in Magic? Using just modern cards, ie. those in Magic Online, no conceding is allowed, just death by the normal rules. Of course mana burn is allowed and in fact encouraged, but therein lies the problem. We need to do more damage than we have lands each turn, so those value-for-mana damage cards like Blazing Salvo will really be needed here. But then - do you waste valuable mana burn on creatures? It is not as easy as it sounds. Of course, there's only going to be one colour to play if you want to do some serious killing, be it somebody else or yourself, so damage cards that make you lose life as well as deal it will be needed to squeeze every last point of suicidal damage out of your deck.
What we want to know is, is it possible, using just the cards in the sets that Magic Online currently comprises, to kill yourself by turn 3? What about turn 2? Of course we all know that turn 1 kills were possible in the days of Black Lotus, Channel, Fireball and the Moxes. But what about these days, when the game is supposed to be well-balanced and "unbreakable"? Scroll down for the full Suicide Challenge Rules...
26th May 2003 - Update
Well anyway the new unofficial format of "Suicide" has been unleashed. Say "Open - Suicide" in a play room and any of the clued-up players there will know what you mean... The rules are as above, but without co-operation as this is a race to the death. Of course you want all the luck so it is polite to wish your opponent "BL" or "Bad Luck." And of course when the game is over, don't forget to tell them "BG" or "Bad Game".
I don't like this method as it relies on an explicit card wording to lose the game. The challenge is still open to methods that do damage. I even think mana burn is an inelegant way to "do yourself in". So the 2atoms Magic Online Suicide Challenge is now this:
The Magic Online format Suicide is:
2nd June 2003 - Update
Many thanks to John Luu for emailing these in. Glad to see there's somebody else out there with way too much time on his hands... ;) We will be checking all these methods out later.
All The Worst, Tone!