Draft Format

The Draft format is a true test of skill. Build decks on the spot from a rotating selection of booster packs. Pick a card and pass it on. Harness the chaos, explore emergent strategies within the cards your opponents pass you, and draft a unique and exciting deck.


Ideally 8 per pod, but you can draft with fewer or more players as well.


For each pod of 8 players, you’ll need 1 booster box, 8 Sorcerer avatars, and perhaps 30-40 of each ordinary site (e.g. River, Desert, Village, Tower, and ensure you have an even distribution of Towers). Normally, if you allocate 1 box per pod of 8, you’ll be able to award 1 pack per win. If you want to provide alternate prizes, then you’ll only need 3 boosters per player.


Give approximately 30 minutes for the draft and deck construction, and approximately 45 minutes per game (perhaps an hour total per round with time for pairings and any games that reach the time limit). 3 rounds will allow you to have a single undefeated champion for each pod of 8 players.


Players build Sealed decks according to the following rules:

  • 1 Avatar. Either the supplied Sorcerer, or any Avatar you open in your boosters.
  • Your Spellbook will contain at least 25 cards - your arsenal of minions, magics, auras, and artifacts.
  • Your Atlas will contain at least 12 cards - your sites with which you'll construct the realm around you.
  • There is no deckbuilding constraint on cards according to their rarity!
  • Players can use any number of supplied Ordinary sites (or they can bring their own) to supplement any they opened and wish to play in their decks.


Give yourselves about 30 minutes to complete the draft phase, as follows: First, players sit around a table. Each player then opens one of their booster packs and secretly (and simultaneously) keeps a single card from it. Then players pass the remainder of their packs to the player on their left. Continue picking a card from the pack and passing it until no cards remain.

As a general guideline, players should spend about 1-2 minutes per pick, but keep it lighthearted as some players will be newer, and the later stages of a booster pack will go much faster.

Once all the cards from the first packs have been selected, the players then open their second pack and repeat the drafting process, but this time passing cards to the right. Finally, open the last pack, repeating the process and passing cards to the left once again. Once all cards have been drafted, players then build a Spellbook of 25 cards and an Atlas of 12 cards. Players can use any number of Ordinary sites, which are provided (or players can bring their own).

Once all players have completed their decks, play a Swiss-style tournament with all the players until you have an overall winner. Leave about 60 minutes to play each round of games and enjoy your draft decks! Players keep all the cards they draft!

Each player starts on 20 life. We recommend playing on a 5 wide by 4 tall grid. You'll play your sites in the grid squares, summon your creatures to them, and do battle with your opponent. Reduce the opponent to 0 life to bring them to Death's Door, then deal the final blow to win the game.