I need help drafting

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Posted on July 29, 2018, 4:25 p.m. by MJS154

I understand how to draft, I just need help with what colors/theme to draft. To clarify this is my 2nd M19 draft I am going to attend. The first time I made a R/G deck. I wanted to experiment with some other color(s). Idk if this is the right forum, but I would appreciate any help! The draft is in 5 days.

shadow63 says... #2

Draft the cards that get passed to you. If your trying to play red and the guys to your left and right are playing red you wont get the red cards you need. If you want to force a certain color sealed events are a little better for that

July 29, 2018 4:33 p.m.

theemptyquiver says... #3

Don't just draft the cards that are passed to you. Go in with a few ideas.
-do you focus on 2 or 3 drop ground pounders and done fatty finishers? -do you try to go flyers for evasion? -will you combine removal with your creatures? -will you ramp or draw?

The first few cards you draft will likely help point you down a wide path that you can try to narrow as the draft goes along.

The last draft I played I ended up going small evasive Merfolk with some draw power and counterspells.
I placed well in the tourney and won $20. I fully intended to try to play big creatures and removal but the cards determined Merfolk! So I went with it.

July 29, 2018 6:13 p.m.

theemptyquiver says... #4

M19 is full of flying bodies

Try to get 4-5 drop fliers of you can.

Last draft of m19 I played I made a sorta function b/w removal, life gain and big flyer deck.

But there are tons of archetypes built into m19. Just research and learn the cards ahead of time, and then when you open a pack that first card you pick will help give you an idea of what can pair with it.

July 29, 2018 6:17 p.m.


B - Bombs (Big creatures and/or decent sized creatures with great abilities like flying, hexproof, trample etc... Also mass removal spells, etc)

R - Removal (Even if its a bit expensive like the 5-drop black kill card that lets you gain 3 life)

E - Evasion (Flying, Unblockable, Menace, etc)

A - Aggro (Creatures that round out your curve so you are always playing good spells every turn. Don't have too many one-drops or seven-plus drops)

D - Duds (You are gonna get stuck with filler but so be it, so will everyone else. Can never go wrong drafting a lot of creatures just in case - or hey even hate draft something that you are not going to use but could help an opponent (an off-color flyer perhaps)

Hope this helped!

July 29, 2018 7:05 p.m.

MJS154 says... #6

Everyone! Thank you! I love you guys! You are so helpful! 100 percent legit no sarcasm. Thanks guys. What's the best place to research m19?

July 29, 2018 8:56 p.m.

shadow63 says... #7

You could try watching people on youtube. You could also try a practice draft on this site

July 29, 2018 10:27 p.m.

shadow63 says... #8

You could try watching people on youtube. You could also try a practice draft on this site

July 29, 2018 10:28 p.m.

Rushsilver says... #9

Yeah I highly reccomend watching someone with good commentary draft m19 on youtube. There are also tons of guides on how to draft in general and how to draft/what to look out for specifically for m19.

July 29, 2018 11:59 p.m.

LiliTiddies says... #10

theemptyquiver: you're kinda forced to draft what is passed to you. thats how draft works.

personally though, i take the money cards, or cards i think will continue to be useful after the draft is over that i can use in another format. then i drop out lol

July 30, 2018 10:57 a.m.

That's not really in the spirit of the draft buddy. Why draft if you just hope to get money cards?

Just buy packs and open them.

And what I mean when I say don't "just draft" that means don't simply just take the best card. Draft what you need for a good deck. Sometimes making a good deck means taking a card that isn't the best card in the pack.

July 30, 2018 12:57 p.m.

yeaGO says... #12

or draft 6-pack sealed and do both :)

July 30, 2018 1:01 p.m.

LiliTiddies says... #13

theemptyquiver: i don't really care about the "spirit of the draft". and you literally answered your own question. the reason i would draft as opposed to just buying packs, is literally because of the "sometimes making a good deck means taking a card that isn't the best card in the pack" ideology. i'm well aware that other players could choose to pass me money cards simply because something else worked better for their "draft deck". i'm mainly a modern player. so if i see something useful for modern, i'm taking it even if it wouldn't be a good card for my draft deck.

July 30, 2018 1:25 p.m.

cdkime says... #14

My experience with drafting is pretty limited, but the one piece of advice I will add: do not be aftaid to bail on your strategy (at least early on). Sometimes others will be drafting the same colours, or you will just not be finding what you need to make things work. Switching your plan is not ideal, but can sometimes be better than forcing what you can’t otherwise get to work.

LiliTiddies - I do not take issue with your picking cards for monetary gain - that just means you will have a subpar deck and someone else will win the prizes. However, the “then i drop out” statement is downright unacceptable. Your selfishness screws over the other players, as a seven-person draft means some poor soul has to sit out each round, waiting for a new game.

July 30, 2018 2:34 p.m.

LiliTiddies says... #15

cdkime: it is not your place to determine what is acceptable or not. not to mention the fact that your statement is contradictory. you're fine with someone building a sub par deck, but not fine with them dropping? thats highly contradictory, because you're basically saying they should be required to just stay and lose. its not "selfishness" at all. every single player at a draft is entitled to take the cards they want. thats literally the whole point. it doesn't screw people over at all. people get "by" rounds in tournaments all the time. i'm well within my rights to drop out of a tournament. you cant make me stay. would there even be a point to staying if the "deck" i make is unplayable? would my opponent "really" even be playing magic if i had an unplayable 5 color deck because i took the money cards? you're being...delusional. at best.

July 30, 2018 3:10 p.m.

Yeah. Have to agree CdKime. If a player doesn't care about playing in a draft why waste a spot? I've been in tournaments where they call and call a name and then I just sit there no playing for a round and it's a "win" but it isn't any fun.

July 30, 2018 3:17 p.m.

Hey. Good chatting about drafts everyone. But I'm done with this thread:

Someone brought a lot of antagonism and negativity to this discussion and it's just not my bag.

To each their own I guess.
Why is there always that "one" person? Haha.

July 30, 2018 3:20 p.m.

LiliTiddies says... #18

theemptyquiver: i literally already answered that. i draft to get passed valuable cards. i'm not the one that brought ANY antagonism or negativity. that was entirely you and cdkime. nowhere did i criticize how anyone else does draft, yet that is literally all the 2 of you did, was criticize how i do things. op asked how people like to draft, i answered, and you 2 jumped down my throat attacking me and telling me how "wrong" i was. i never did anything of the sort to anyone else. i never once told anyone that their preferred method of drafting was wrong. so check yourself.

July 30, 2018 3:26 p.m.

MJS154 says... #19

OMG! Sorry guys! I didn't want this to start a fight! Thank you one and all for your help. Thank you your opinions, you guys have been helpful. Sorry again, I didn't want a fight. Thank you to everyone who helped me!

August 2, 2018 12:24 p.m.

cdkime says... #20

Glad we were able to help--good luck, and let us know how the draft goes!

And you don't have any need to apologize - the problematic user is one of the alternate accounts for this site's only recurring, recalcitrant troll. Nothing you can do about that!

August 2, 2018 12:40 p.m.

MJS154 says... #21

It went fine I guess, I went 0-3-1, with a Black deck with a splash of white (originally supposed to be 50/50). Other than my bad record, I had fun, drafted a few good cards for other decks, met some people. The highlight is probably my Sarkhan, Fireblood. The first planeswalker I drafted. Alot of fun, thanks for the help!

August 4, 2018 2:39 p.m.

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