Like all card games, Eternal has an element of luck. That’s especially true when it comes to your initial deal. If you start with a bad hand, you’re going to be at a serious disadvantage.
To mitigate the effect of a bad initial draw, Eternal uses a redraw system known informally as a ‘Mulligan’. Mulligan systems are found in many games (even golf!) and allow you to ‘have another go’ at your initial draw.
In Eternal, if you choose to Mulligan then your entire hand is shuffled back into your deck and you’re dealt a new one. This replacement hand is guaranteed to contain two, three or four power cards to give an even spread.
Of course, it’s always possible to get a second useless hand, especially if you have luck like mine! For that reason, Eternal has introduced the option for a second, desperate gambit redraw. This also gives you a new hand with two, three or four power cards – but one card less overall. So you need to decide if the advantage of the redraw is worth the cost of starting the game a card down.
What if your third hand is also useless? In that case, you’re stuck with it – and you’re also a card down. If it’s any consolation, I know how you feel…