The Five Spookiest Magic Sets for a Halloween Draft

The Five Spookiest Magic Sets for a Halloween Draft

Kristen GregoryLimited

October is “the spooky month,” and what better way to enjoy the season as a Magic player than to get some friends together for a Halloween draft? While you might not have a Halloween themed cube, there are plenty of Magic sets that lean into horror, thrills and general scary vibes. Which options have the best art? Which make for …

Wilds of Eldraine Draft Guide

Wilds of Eldraine Draft Guide

Tom AndersonLimited

Wilds of Eldraine Limited is finally here, and that means it’s time for another Card Kingdom Draft Guide!  The set definitely has a learning curve, but it seems this fairy tale has a happy ending after all. After jamming almost 100 Draft games researching this guide, I’m convinced this new adventure is just as enchanting as the last! So, let’s …

Three Ways to Approach Five Player Magic

Three Ways to Approach Five Player Magic

Alexander OrtegaCommander, Limited, Standard

We’ve all tried rallying friends to play some Commander and had two people respond at the same time for the fourth spot. Or it’s the day of a six-person draft, and one player’s commitment beforehand goes long, causing them to bow out. Either way, you’re left with that awkward number of five player Magic. Commander games can already run long, …

Commander Masters Draft Guide

Commander Masters Draft Guide

Tom AndersonCommander

I’m not sure what percentage of the audience for Commander Masters is mostly excited about its Draft potential — but whatever size that minority is, I’m part of it. The first few Commander sets to introduce these modified draft rules were an unexpected hit, producing quality Limited gameplay filled with classic multiplayer moments.  Any of you shopping for a box …

The Lord of the Rings Tales of Middle-earth Draft Guide

The Lord of the Rings Tales of Middle-earth Draft Guide

Tom AndersonLimited

We’re getting very close to the historic day when Lord of the Rings: Tales of Middle-earth releases, and looking over that full set spoiler has got to have any Tolkien fan rubbing their hands with excitement! Not only is having an entire set to explore this world great for characters and lore, but seeing Tolkien’s mythos through the lens of …

The Hits and Misses of Draft in 2022

The Hits and Misses of Draft in 2022

Tom AndersonLimited

Magic has been enjoying something of a golden age for Limited set design: a near-unbroken string of good-to-great formats, arguably stretching back to 2018’s Dominaria. And while players could still feel this run of form through most of 2022, they also saw evidence that an inevitable regression is coming. To sort out which sets belong in each category, I’ve created …

Dominaria United Drafting by Numbers

Dominaria United: Draft by Numbers

Tom AndersonLimited, Strategy

Welcome back to the second, more scientific section of our Dominaria United draft guide!  With a bit more time and a lot more data under our belts since the format’s release, Limited players can now supplement natural intuition and personal judgment with statistical insights on how to consistently find a winning deck. Using large online datasets for this sort of …

Dominaria United Draft Guide

Dominaria United Draft Guide

Tom AndersonLimited

As a plane, Dominaria’s mechanical identity is roughly “Magic the way Richard Garfield intended” — and Dominaria United returns to the core gameplay values people praised in the last Dominaria draft format.  Matches are slower on average than in Streets of New Capenna or even Kamigawa: Neon Dynasty. A lot of cards lock their power behind kicker costs or activated …

Draft Format basics

Magic Draft Format Basics

Dan TrohaLimited, Strategy

Booster Drafts have been one of the most popular ways to play Magic: The Gathering since the game’s inception. Played everywhere from the most casual of kitchen tables all the way to the Magic World Championship, draft is a format that really does have something for everyone. However, it’s not quite as simple as picking up some cards and playing …