An Uncommon Approach: “Boring” Deckbuilding’s Impact on Gameplay (Rareless Drafts 4-6)

An Uncommon Approach was conceptualized as a way to highlight the fundamentals discussed in “Be Boring: A Guide to Building Better Draft Decks” by climbing the Arena ladder without rares or mythics. The first three drafts confirmed what others already knew (Silverquill aggro is really good) and saw this author navigate a draft pretty horrendouslyContinue reading “An Uncommon Approach: “Boring” Deckbuilding’s Impact on Gameplay (Rareless Drafts 4-6)”

An Uncommon Approach: Rareless Drafting Strixhaven Drafts 2 & 3

We could’ve had fun. We could’ve drafted good cards. This series could’ve been called “Reaping Rewards: Identifying the Open Draft Color” but noooooooo stupid Schaab wanted to do stupid Rareless Drafting. Who even wants to play multiple Dragonsguard Elites when you could have two Hunt for Specimens? Ok so we passed some real bangers inContinue reading “An Uncommon Approach: Rareless Drafting Strixhaven Drafts 2 & 3”

An Uncommon Approach: Rareless Drafting Strixhaven Draft #1

“But the RARES” they shouted. “Those winning draft decks had rares in them!” – Magic players, always The examples provided in my guide to building better draft decks contained cards like Poet’s Quill and Tempted by the Oriq, leading some to fairly point out that the lists didn’t support my theme of downplaying the rares.Continue reading “An Uncommon Approach: Rareless Drafting Strixhaven Draft #1”

Pledging Prismari: Drafting UR Spells in Strixhaven

Hello and welcome to Prismari Campus! My name is Schaab and I’ll be your guide today. Truthfully, I’m surprised to find myself here. As a language-based professional, I consider myself more of a Silverquill staff member, but the Prismari brochure says “DRAW MORE CARDS!” so I find myself here often. Today we’re going to tourContinue reading “Pledging Prismari: Drafting UR Spells in Strixhaven”

Be Boring: A Guide to Building Better Draft Decks

Limited at my LGS Limited against LSV The Curve Curving Out with Commons CABS (Cards that Affect the Board Strategy) Conditional Spells Filling Deck Roles The Martin Juza Rule Splashing – The Rule of Three Draft Mana Base Play 40 Cards Bending or Breaking the Rules Playskill Be Boring 1. Limited at my LGS FridayContinue reading “Be Boring: A Guide to Building Better Draft Decks”

How to Lose Arena Cube: A Retrospective Guide

Step 1: Don’t do any research before drafting. Just dive right in! Step 2: Ignore the aggro decks. Step 3: Draft “Spell Pierce” like you’re playing Legacy cube. By engaging with this article, you’re already violating Step 1 on your way to winning more games of Arena Cube. Personally, learning a new Draft set isContinue reading “How to Lose Arena Cube: A Retrospective Guide”

Cooking with Bettorup: Drafting 3-5 Colors in Empire of Glass

Television in the Schaab household often plays Nailed It, an amateur baking show featuring people who would be abysmal Eternal players. I’m sure they’re lovely individuals, but their inability to sequence and manage time would undoubtedly leave them struggling to climb the Eternal leaderboards. These qualities, however, pale in comparison to their unanimously shared flaw:Continue reading “Cooking with Bettorup: Drafting 3-5 Colors in Empire of Glass”

The Underdrafted Undead: Rise of the Dread Marn

Stop me if you’ve heard this one before: I fell in love with Magic as a kid, left the game for a while, then returned to it as an adult. When I returned to casting cardboard in 2016, Draft replaced Mahamoti Djinn as the pinnacle of my Magic affection. Oath of the Gatewatch was theContinue reading “The Underdrafted Undead: Rise of the Dread Marn”

Chasing Whales: Limited Level-Ups from Kaladesh (2016)

No Easy Answers Luis-Scott Vargas (LSV) and Paulo Vitor Damo Da Rosa (PVDDR) are inarguably two of the most successful Magic players of all time. As Hall of Famers and mainstays in competitive Magic for decades, it’s safe to say that their player experiences have many parallels: they’ve drafted the same sets, played the sameContinue reading “Chasing Whales: Limited Level-Ups from Kaladesh (2016)”

Drafting Empire of Glass the Hard Way

When I shamble in to my Local Game Store 50 years from now, there are three things I’m certain will be true: 1. The Constructed players and the Drafters will be arguing about which format is better. 2. The Drafters will be arguing about which approach to draft is correct. 3. They’ll all frantically whisperContinue reading “Drafting Empire of Glass the Hard Way”