Drafting M19 – Magic: the Gathering

I recently bought a box of M19 boosters with a view to drafting them with some friends. For those of you whom I have already lost, read this then come back, it’ll explain the method of drafting Magic: the Gathering (amongst other games) and the advantages of the format. If you’re back, or if you stayed, let’s talk M19, the latest core set.

Magic’s core sets are comprised of recent and classic cards, usually returning a few basic strategies such as; Slivers, the vile swarming creatures that bolster one another; Illusions, fragile creatures that are remarkably powerful for their cost; and in this set, dragons. Here we tell the story of Magic’s other other big bad, that isn’t the Eldrazi or Yawgmoth, the planeswalking draconic mastermind Nicol Bolas, his early years, the awakening of his spark, and the butchering of his siblings.

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How To Play Magic: the Gathering Draft

Drafting is a great format for entry level play and veterans alike, it gives all players a functioning deck without the advantages of having spent a fortune on their collection. It’s also a great way to try out a new set, grab some great new cards and get more from your average pack of random boosters.

Furthering our long, drawn out series on how to play, here’s how to play one of the more enjoyable Magic styles of play.

The Format

The “buy-in” for a draft is usually three booster packs of fifteen random cards, average price of about £10. Everyone sits around a table, everyone opens one of the boosters they brought, picks a card from it and passes the rest to the left. This continues until the pack is depleted, then everyone moves onto their second pack, passing in the opposite direction, and again with the third, at which point everyone should have a collection of forty-five cards, from which you build a deck of forty or more cards which includes the basic land cards you’ll need to add. Continue reading “How To Play Magic: the Gathering Draft”

Magic: the Gathering Formats

Did we ever tell you guys we really like Magic?

Okay, it’s addictive, there’s no two ways about it, but out of a fairly simple premise there are just so many different ways to play, and we’re not just talking about different tactics, or all of the different deck types you can build. Officially and unofficially there are so many formats of play that can alter the way you think and how you play the deck that you know so well, and it can keep the same old one-on-one slug-fest from getting a little dull.

Did we ever tell you guys we really like Magic?

Okay, it’s addictive, there’s no two ways about it, but out of a fairly simple premise there are just so many different ways to play, and we’re not just talking about different tactics, or all of the different deck types you can build. Officially and unofficially there are so many formats of play that can alter the way you think and how you play the deck that you know so well, and it can keep the same old one-on-one slug-fest from getting a little dull. Continue reading “Magic: the Gathering Formats”