People worldwide are reeling after popular card game Uno dropped a bomb on all our childhoods on Saturday (May 4): it announced that the punishing “Draw four” and “Draw two” cards cannot be stacked, possibly making hundreds of players reconsider every loss they’ve ever suffered in the game.
Uno’s Facebook account posted a clarification on how to use the cards, which are used to make the next player add either two or four cards to their hand from a deck, slowing down their goal of reaching zero cards.
Over the years, players have interpreted this rule to mean that they can avoid drawing cards if they can add another “Draw four” or “Draw two” on top of the original one, creating a chain.
This also means whichever poor soul does not have a “Draw” card in their hand must draw the combined value of the chain, which could be anything from four cards to an extreme 32 cards.
But according to Uno, we’ve been doing it all wrong.
“If someone puts down a +4 card, you must draw four and your turn is skipped,” it said on Facebook. “You can’t put down a +2 to make the next person draw six.”
“We know you’ve tried it,” it added cheekily.
The post has since been shared 68,000 times on Facebook and 18,000 times on Twitter, with shook users leaving thousands of emotional comments.
Ok your telling me my whole life has been a lie😫😭 I’m going to need uno directions with every scenario possible now.
— Katherine (@_Kfrancisco) May 5, 2019
Stacking draw cards is like the best thing about uno and ruining friendships!
— Tilldays 🦀 (@TheTilldays) May 5, 2019
@j_stackss_23 i want rematch on every game we’ve played
— Jacky (@YoungDumpling10) May 5, 2019
Blasphemy!!! Your game outgrew you, Uno. You can’t tell us nothing. Draw 12! 😂
— Mia Rio (@miarioonline) May 5, 2019
Many tried to work around the revelation by citing Uno’s house rules clause, which allows players to decide on a set of their own rules instead of using official rules.
Instructions book says house rules apply so delete this asapually
— Darius is not a Cop (@uverneous) May 5, 2019
Well, we make special rules to make it more fun and brutal. 🤣🤣 It’s a test of friendship. 😂
— Min PD ˢᵘᵍᵃ and TaeTae my Loves, 사랑해 💜 (@mimingyoongi) May 4, 2019
Every game of Uno I’ve ever played has started with “How we playing?” not “What are Uno’s official rules?” You guys make the cards, we’ll continue to play by our rules. #beendoingthisfordecades
— S.R. Hofler (@blackquisition) May 6, 2019
Some tried to claim that Uno’s phrasing meant Draw two cards could be stacked, just not mixed with Draw four cards – but were quickly shut down.
— UNO (@realUNOgame) May 5, 2019
No, you cannot stack cards.
— UNO (@realUNOgame) May 6, 2019
And some just outright refused to acknowledge Uno’s official rules, fully intending to go on stacking those +2s.
I’m just gonna ask y’all to delete this because there is nothing better than seeing somebody draw 20
— Ladarius Green (@king_green89) May 7, 2019
Oh I noticed a typo so I fixed your tweet. pic.twitter.com/8RtvT4aC5z
— Braxton (@Capt_anxiety) May 6, 2019
Listen just make the cards, let us do the playing
— Jimbo (@Jimbrowskee) May 5, 2019