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MTG - The New Player's Guide To Drafting Magic: The Gathering Cards

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Be sure to watch An Introduction to Sealed Deck Construction: https://youtu.be/1wyncg5Xhmg Is it Worth It To Attend Prerelease: https://youtu.be/tQH6MI-46P0 What's it like at an MTG prerelease: https://youtu.be/zG39FZgc0ik Prepare For Prerelease: https://youtu.be/fnaBOlE8ico Tolarian Community College is brought to you by Card Kingdom! You can support The Professor just by checking out their store through this link: http://www.cardkingdom.com/TCC Draft is quite possibly the most popular way to play Magic the Gathering. If you want to go down to your local store and play Friday Night Magic, it is highly likely that the format will be draft. In Draft, players draft cards and build a deck from those cards, that is, you pick one card from a booster pack and then pass the rest of the pack to your neighbor. Your other neighbor does the same, passing you the rest of their pack. Ultimately, you and a your group of 8 players open and draft from 3 booster packs each, the end goal being the construction a 40 card deck. Since draft is so extremely popular, and also very lucrative, the current process of designing Magic The Gathering sets tends to create cards with draft as the priority of form and function. So what is draft and how does it work? If you are drafting at Friday Night Magic at your local game store, then you are very likely drafting from the most recent set. Take a moment to familiarize yourself with the cards. Yes, there are a lot of them, and no, I am not suggesting that you memorize them, but it is a good idea to take a moment to at least read over the set list. Music Courtesy Of: "Vintage Education" Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/ "Airport Lounge" Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/ "Deliberate Thought" Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/
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Wouter Castermans (1 year ago)
Tolarian Community College thanks for this vid. I had alot of trouble with drafting, such as winning 0 games or even rounds. Im sure this wil help.
Zekecar99 (1 year ago)
Tolarian Community College do you have to buy the packs for fnm
Evan (1 year ago)
When we have open a booster, do we have to take the lands off the pack ?
Davide Ranieri (1 year ago)
Δημητρης Βαγκοπουλος How much can you spend? Try and go on a mono colored deck since those don't need the infamously expensive fetchlands and shocklands, which are usually a lot of the price of a deck. I've been able to build a competitive UTron for about 250$. If you like control and can get to this price, I'd strongly recommend it.
Joshua Phillips (1 year ago)
Damn I missed it!
Wendie Clark (10 days ago)
500
The Dank King (19 days ago)
As foretold is a dud?
lord numinex (28 days ago)
My first draft was horrible I didn't like it, I didn't know I was going to give my cards( my money) to a random person. Never doing drafts I don't mind if its a friend next to me though. I would not mind
Just Magic Mostly (1 month ago)
As Foretold isn't dirt!!!! What the heck, professor!?!?
Corrupted Guy (1 month ago)
Billy sez: GRONCHULA.
Aaron Garza (1 month ago)
3:43 - Red text - What does he mean players should not pass land and token cards? So when you open a booster pack all lands and tokens stay with you, you choose a card, and then pass what’s left on to the next player?
Nicolas Tomaz (1 month ago)
Hey prof, I really like your videos, and as I had an atypical day where I had nothing to do at work, I just uploaded brazilian portuguese subtitles to this video. I'll try to do so for other ones as well, for I wish more of my brazilian friends could watch your videos.
Sir Megallot (1 month ago)
All I heard was something about filling the holes in her mana curves?
Nearly Evil 665 (1 month ago)
step 1 google all the card prices step 2 pick the most expensive one if tied take higher rarity step 3 repeat from step 1 until no more cards are left to google step 4 figure out how in the name of all thats holy you get your draft to work so you can at least take a trophy win with you step 5 sell cards you picked to be able to afford next fridays buyin and repeat until no longer invited step 6 search for a new gamestore
Fruitee 101 (2 months ago)
Now I just need friends to draft with me
Gabriel Rorke (2 months ago)
Holy CRAP he knows my name is BILLY HES ON TO ME!!!!
Miko de Castro (2 months ago)
Helpful
anonomus user (2 months ago)
Nice
Erick Herrera (2 months ago)
"Braniac", classic.
Don Mangrubang (2 months ago)
Question could you make video on draft from beginner and slow down about learn cards please
Daniel Elias Ferreira (3 months ago)
Always helpfull, TKS a Lot ^^
Toren Atkinson (3 months ago)
Going to a website to read all the cards in a set rather than discovering them when you open the pack seems to me like the wrong way to live one's life.
Jason Butko (3 months ago)
Very informative for a beginner.
Aquila Arbites (3 months ago)
Helpful. I gave away all of my cards 10, years ago, after playing since 1993-1994. I had only ever played casually with friends, so I'm trying to learn about different game formats before starting to play again.
Krondouja (3 months ago)
Haven't played mtg in years and doing my first draft ever 2nite. Thanks for helping me not go in blind prof
Joseph Turner (3 months ago)
Great video! Your explanation of even the simplest concepts is extremely helpful.
mick mages (4 months ago)
Not trying to be a negative nacy but I think as foretold doesn't belong in the dirt category. I believe I belongs in the bomb category. It allows you to cast a spell with converted Mana cost equal to the number of time counters on it. Once per turn. And that's each players turn. Escpially helpful in playing emperor. And if playing a blue control deck or even a blue red control burn.
Jay Sillynx (3 months ago)
mick mages I believe this is more in the context of Sealed/Draft. As Foretold is a cool card and there's decks built around it, however it is most likely not helping you a lot if you run it as a one-of in a draft deck.
Jack Bissell (4 months ago)
This helped me, Thanks Prof!
Pär Wirdfors (4 months ago)
Going to a draft this evening and this was a good refresher.
Leigh Davison (4 months ago)
Solid video. Good for players like me that are new to draft.
Mr Ginger (4 months ago)
Another good strategy for the dirt part of the draft might be a counter pick, example, pulling a card that disrupts or destroys artifacts if you will be heavily using artifacts and etc.. denial of advantage against you kind of thing
Martin Gehrke (4 months ago)
So helpful
Slitherwhisker (4 months ago)
Sweet introductory video!
Tyler Connelly (4 months ago)
Love the videos, hope to see you on game knights again
Paulo Baltor (4 months ago)
Boromir teching draft, feels goodman
David Snedden (4 months ago)
Pfft, won a draft game off embalmer's tools in a 4-0 last year.
Jeffxm003 (4 months ago)
I usually do it BEARD
Jeffxm003 (4 months ago)
Lmao as foretold (a mythic) is in the dirt category
Scjunkie67 (5 months ago)
thanks Prof
Drew Randall (5 months ago)
Well done video
Adrien Juranville (5 months ago)
Excellente video ! Il devrait y avoir plus de video dans le genre pour les débutants à magic !
Zack Mullaly (5 months ago)
Thanks for the great video. As a total novice, this laid things out in a very easy to understand format.
Raust Zachery (6 months ago)
"you must then construct a deck of 40 cards including basic lands" "basic lands are not passed" so how the hell are you meant to get basic lands in your deck if they arent passed?!
Michael Vincent Cubillas (5 months ago)
Create a deck with creatures and spell then ask your lgs for lands depending on what mana color your creatures and spells :)
Austin Burrow (6 months ago)
3:46
Volhv Nikodim (6 months ago)
Thats a complicated question, Billy. LOL!
christian bernardino (6 months ago)
Yeah I prefer creatures with flying,haste,and first strike while for sorcery I prefer destroy, exile effect while artifacts makes my creatures hard to beat
christian bernardino (6 months ago)
But remember draft doesn't work on greedy people 😂😂😂
Scott Reese (6 months ago)
Helpful video
OneWingedChris (6 months ago)
This was a big help! Thanks Prof!
Ken Canedo (7 months ago)
Thank you for this advice! I ended up 3rd on my first dominaria draft! Where the rares get picked by the end of the game as price. I ended up taking Teferi, Hero of Dominaria (I'm on third place) because Karn (for 1st place), Lawbringer (second place) are all the expensive rares in this draft. Thanks TCC for giving us new players very good advice, keep doing what you're good at!
Mark B (7 months ago)
I'm noob, why is As Foretold dirt?
Krenko the Mob Boss (7 months ago)
I want to build a cube, is 240 cards enough
Angus Geraghty (7 months ago)
Thanks so much! This video helped a lot.
Hocklie333 (8 months ago)
Who's Billy?
Davor Grgić (8 months ago)
..thanks for this..it made some thing much clearer.. ;)
Style Mix (8 months ago)
I don‘t know what I missed but I think Haze of Pollen is a great card... If your opponent attacks you and you can‘t block this card saves you!
Jeffery Sventora (8 months ago)
Thanks for the great, informative videos!
Game Sharkie (9 months ago)
Only recently started getting into mtg but wouldn't everyone just take the R-M-Planeswalker cards out of every pack they open first? Or is that the goal anyway? (sorry for noob)
ALKS GAMING (9 months ago)
Is anyone here for the upcoming magic 25 packs
FlawlessRhythm (9 months ago)
Did you seriously say As Foretold is dirt??? If you're drafting blue removal, As Foretold is the most powerful card in that set for it. Especially not being at legendary. The odds are miniscule that you'll get to draft two but I've been in a MM draft where a girl picked 2 goyfs. The first pack it was the rare, her third pack it was the foil. Still though, As Foretold is a draft bomb. Playing creatures/instant removal for free...
edgardo ayala (8 months ago)
FlawlessRythym i know that this isnt a question that is about what you said but... When i draft a deck i can keep the deck for me? Like , i own the deck
Kenneth Lofthouse (9 months ago)
Hey man... thanks for the vid... going to play my first draft tourney in fifteen minutes.. wish me luck
EWMIAS Starn (10 months ago)
"Hahahahahaha thats a complicated question billy" hahahah love it.
First name Last name (10 months ago)
How do you get lands though?
Andrew Wilbur (10 months ago)
Thanks prof!
SithDragon33 (11 months ago)
As foretold is really good, and I would consider it the sixth catagory of just really good or useful, such as planewalkers. Just because it isn’t a BREAD card doesn’t mean it isn’t incredibly over powered.
Sam MGUGGLE (11 months ago)
This is unrelated, but having a beard makes your videos more enjoyable
Robert Ortiz (1 year ago)
i have a question. do you know of any company or business sending care packages for troops that are deployed over seas that play mtg, Pokémon, d&d and games of that nature?
Jourdon Moerehead (1 year ago)
Awesome video. Learned alot. New to magic. Love the Magic
NPC060628486 (1 year ago)
I love your videos Professor! I was introduced to you by trying to learn Pokemon TCG. I have recently bought my first Ixalan training box and now creating friends at my local Game Shop. Thanks for making these videos and being so personable.
Padraig Faolin (1 year ago)
3:50 Left to seek out Quadrant Theory knowledge from Limited Resources podcast as I don't need to be watching this video. ~ Billy "The Brainiac"
Kyle Maxwell (1 year ago)
Attending my first booster draft this evening - this video is giving me the confidence to show up.
monstro's lung (1 year ago)
Can you do a draft and still have fun with 4 players?
Bastien Clarke (1 year ago)
Thanks!
James W (1 year ago)
Draft sounds so expensive.
0rthogonal (1 year ago)
UUDDLRLRBA Start it is the cheapeat way to play the game. There is no cheaper format.
Aditya Jambhale (1 year ago)
Do you keep the deck you make (i know it would probably be terrible compared to most other decks)?
Chris Kitty (19 days ago)
Aditya Jambhale yes
Steve jenkins (1 year ago)
Going for a draft tmrw, with na bois wish me luck
MrZicmi (1 year ago)
this is great, now i dont have to explain friends for the first kitchen draft xD
The Great Savior (1 year ago)
Wish I would of see this a 2 weeks ago
Zepheric (1 year ago)
Hi Just had my first Draft, was my first MtG event at my local store :D your video was a lot of help as lots of what I was being told you had already covered, had tons of fun and cant wait to attend more magic events in the future.
Dylan Gorbet (1 year ago)
Showing this to a friend before Ixalan draft whose name is Billy o _ O
INeedABeeer (1 year ago)
great video! do you have a P.O. box?
Jess Wagstrom (1 year ago)
Noob player question, why is Haze of Pollen a dirt card? It seems like a good thing to have in your back pocket if things get dicey.
Darkpig 1080 (1 year ago)
your smile seems super fake
Thorinox (1 year ago)
When I was younger and did this, I always kept the rares xD
Bastian Lachan (1 year ago)
Thanks for the help!!!!
TheValorious (1 year ago)
"Haw-nerd" Hydra?
Nicholas Killmeier (1 year ago)
Nice! I just did my first draft tonight. It was fun. Interesting that As Foretold is in the dirt pile only a couple months ago, and now it's like a $6 card haha!
Cyber Rittengrem (1 year ago)
Do you keep the draft cards?
CaitSeith (1 year ago)
Yes. In any doubt, ask the store beforehand.
Pugdroid (1 year ago)
so you bring your own land??
Pugdroid (1 year ago)
do I take my drafted deck home after I draft??? Please help I am a complete noob
CaitSeith (1 year ago)
Yes, you could. But then, what would be the point of drafting? You already paid for the event (for a price that you might as well used to buy your own boosters packs). Besides, the most valuable cards are usually good, so you can use them to build your deck. But it also means that you'll probably won't get too many valuable cards from the other players (they'll use them for their deck). Finally, at the end of drafting, you get to keep 45 cards (plus any drafted basic lands and tokens). An 8 people draft has 24 rares, so even if you get all the rares, you still have to choose 21 non-rare cards to help you to create your deck (a competent draft deck is usually made out of 24 cards + 16 basic lands).
Pugdroid (1 year ago)
wait couldnt you just take the most valuable cards form the packs and not even care about winning the draft??
Pugdroid (1 year ago)
ok thanks
CaitSeith (1 year ago)
In any doubt, ask the store beforehand.
CaitSeith (1 year ago)
Yes, you do. About the lands, either bring yours or ask the store to borrow some lands for the event (in the worst case, buying your own pack of basic lands costs about $1 or $2)
Jonguar (1 year ago)
Are crabs a good example of dirt? They are usually overpriced (manawise) for their power and toughness, and don't usually have any abilities.
liam Wright (1 year ago)
What, Haze of Pollen can't be removal? Lose no creature, tap all theirs, waste their combat and leave them open...
CaitSeith (1 year ago)
It still is pretty lackluster as removal. Avoiding combat damage one turn usually doesn't remove a bomb, the card doesn't tap creatures by itself, and it doesn't stop creatures from untapping on your opponent's next turn.
liam Wright (1 year ago)
CaitSeth true, but that's why I like to keep it. Low cost protection if you need it, get rid of it and find something better if you don't.
CaitSeith (1 year ago)
OK, I tried Haze of Pollen in a draft last FNM (mainly because I messed up my draft). Unless you have a bomb ready for next turn or you need to protect your bomb from combat damage, you'll be delaying the inevitable. It has better use as a fuel for creatures that get bonuses for cycling cards (but there are better cards with the same cycling cost).
CaitSeith (1 year ago)
After their attack phase, they still can summon more creatures. Good players usually don't tap all their creatures when they see that their opponent can attack the next turn, unless they have other means of defense (like more creatures). Haze of Pollen is highly situational and it doesn't guarantee it would even turn the tide in your favor.
Flames Gaming (1 year ago)
little confused , when you have a pack , you take a land and token and keep that and choose 1 card among rest of the cards and then you pass the other cards ? is it the true way ? or something else
Lizard Lime (1 year ago)
Tfw your deaf and trying to watch with captions BUT THEY'RE IN GERMAN.
yellowsquashbanana (1 year ago)
This should help a lot for my first draft (and return to the game after dragons) tomorrow or next week.
Zekecar99 (1 year ago)
Do you have to buy the packs at fnm
TSM Peppa Pig (1 year ago)
Where do we put the lands, the tokens
Chace (1 year ago)
Awesome videos! Thank you for the help, I would be lost without this! Gonna go into my first draft soon!
TheRealSpellstar (1 year ago)
how is embalmer's tools a dirt card if you're playing embalm?
CaitSeith (1 year ago)
It's neither a bomb, evasion or aggro; and pretty ineffective as potential removal (if your opponent is playing embalm too, the card's second ability does the opposite of removal while leaving you open too). At best it goes on the sideboard.
Dizazel (1 year ago)
as foretold wouldnt be dirt, it lets you pay for anything with three mana turn after turn, it just requires the game to go on
CaitSeith (1 year ago)
You won't be able to do that until your 6th turn at best (and that's if you are lucky enough to play the artifact in your 3rd one) . By that time, you pretty much have your hand empty. It's better to have something that gives you free mana, because As Foretold can't be used for abilities that require mana (and lots of cards can use abilities with mana cost while being in the battlefield or even the graveyard).
Evan (1 year ago)
When we have open a booster, do we have to take the lands off the pack ?
yes, you keep the basic land and token cards for yourself.
Los Jukes (1 year ago)
As foretold is actually a pretty good card imo
Open4991 (1 year ago)
Are you a Van Halen fan by chance?
Bijan Ashtiani (1 year ago)
Very thorough, excellent as always Professor

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