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Draft or Card drafting is the process where players pick cards from a limited subset, such as a common pool, to gain some immediate advantage or to assemble hands of cards that are used to meet objectives within the game.

Description[edit | edit source]

From the glossary of the Comprehensive Rules (Guilds of Ravnica (October 5, 2018))

1. A Limited format in which players choose cards one at a time from booster packs, then construct a deck solely from the chosen cards and basic land cards.
2. To choose a card during a draft and put it into your card pool.

From the glossary of the Comprehensive Rules (Guilds of Ravnica (October 5, 2018))

Draft Round
Part of a draft in which each player opens an unopened booster pack and the cards in those booster packs are drafted. See rules 905.1a and 905.1b.

Games where cards are simply drawn from a pile are not card drafting games - drafting implies that players have some sort of choice.

The most commonly known draft format in Magic: The Gathering is Booster Draft. [1] But there are many casual variants, as well. Examples are Auction Draft [2] Flavor Draft [3] and Chaos Draft. [4]

Draft matters[edit | edit source]

Conspiracy draft has a "draft matters" theme.

References[edit | edit source]

  1. Melissa DeTora. (April 12, 2016.) “Drafting 101: Understanding Signals”,, Wizards of the Coast.
  2. Chas Andres. (September 22, 2015.) “My Favorite Draft Variant”,, Wizards of the Coast.
  3. Chas Andres. (June 16, 2015.) “Flavor Draft”,, Wizards of the Coast.
  4. Chris Peeler. (February 25, 2016.) “How to Chaos Draft”,, Wizards of the Coast.

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