First time draft, not so first time at bat.

While this may sound like a baseball post, it’s not hahaha. What I’m referring to is draft for Magic the Gathering’s draft for their newest card block: Amonkhet. Along with a good friend of mine, we ventured to a kind of local card shop for our first draft. While it was his first time in tournament play, it was not mine which for as long ago as it was, felt refreshing. 

While we waited for the draft to start we played a few games against each other to prepair. We also had a chance to observe some of the other folks that would be participating, and not. One issue I ran into, which is fine as its not my shop nor is it my place to say, but these guys were using a play style called proxy. 

Proxy is a play style where, rather then spend money on building a deck, players use print off versions of the cards they want and attach them to “dumby” cards, then place them in sleeves and build a deck from that. 

So with that being said, we went on to a few games prior to the draft start. Now for those who may read this, you are already aware of how it goes, but for those who have not partaken, here the short end of it: you purchase 3 boosters. You and seven others start by opening a single booster back, remove the land card and place card, select a single card from it then pass to your left. Your next pack is passed to your right, then left again for your last. 

The objective is to build a deck consisting of 40 cards, 23 of them being cards from the boosters, the remaining being land, which was provided. Then you play three heats where you play a different player and go for best of 2 with and 3rd to break and tie. 

Well I, with some other folks new to draft or just with a bad bit of luck with what they ended up with card wise, came in last, but did receive a single booster from the block which was pretty good. After it was all done, received a total of 72 cards for the entry fee of $15. All in all, not a bad haul and I learned a thing or two as well!

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