Magic the Gathering Friday Night Booster Draft

So I've been focusing on the RPG's up to this point but my next couple of posts will be about other types of games. For instance this one is about Magic the Gathering.

MtG is a staple of gamer culture. If you're any kind of a gamer you know what this CCG is and if you don't, well, shame on you. Go Google it right now and culture up. To be honest I'm a terrible magic player. I can't figure out how to build a deck that functions well; I've tried land destruction, the wienie rush, counter spell control, and goblin aggro. I even built this neat artifact deck...wait, is talking about your deck like telling gaming stories? I'd better err on the side of caution and stop.

So MtG is a CCG and the Dragon Snack is offering a couple Magic events. Friday night is a Booster Draft and Saturday afternoon is a Sealed Deck Event. Today I'll be focusing on the Booster Draft. Here's the description of a booster draft right from Wizards of the Coast's MtG resource page:

At the start of a Booster Draft, each player opens a booster pack and picks the card he or she wants from it. (You can't see the cards that the other players draft.) Then each player passes the rest of the pack to his or her left. You pick up the pack that was passed to you, select a card, and pass the rest to your left. This process continues until all the cards have been drafted. Next, each player opens a second pack, but this time, you pass the pack to your right. After all those cards are drafted, you open the third pack and pass to the left again.

Once all the packs have been drafted, players build decks from the cards they selected, adding as many basic lands (Plains, Islands, Swamps, Mountains, and Forests) to their decks as they like. Each deck must have at least 40 cards.

Each pair of players then plays a match, which consists of the best two out of three games. In the next round, the winners play against other winners (and the losers against the losers, if you like). The player who wins all three rounds—or all three matches—is the winner. It's a great way to spend a few hours with your buddies.

So there's the first offering of MtG. If you want to know more about the game click here for the basics from Wizards of the Coast.

Talk to ya soon,
Chris "The Light" Sniezak