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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
AmazingPotato4K (2 years ago)
When we have open a booster, do we have to take the lands off the pack ?
Davide Ranieri (2 years 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 (2 years ago)
Damn I missed it!
The Drawing Gamer (2 days ago)
Suuuuupeer thanx, i have tommorow my first draft and now do i now so more more than first.
Matthew Wang (4 days ago)
Why was murder not in removal I do not know when the card was released but im pretty sure that simple cards like murder are released very early. Pls correct me if im wrong, Thanks!
Piara Sandhu (28 days ago)
Great video, it hella helped with my first MtG draft last weekend.
Michael Thulin (1 month ago)
OtherGandhi (1 month ago)
I've played standard and edh for about a year now, never drafted in my time of playing magic, but I'm headed to a Modern Horizons draft this weekend, and this video has probably improved my chances of winning a game or two immensely
Giuseppe Orlando (1 month ago)
Sorry i have a question. How can i have 45 cards to build a deck. In every booster are only 13 cards that can be used. So i get "only" 39 cards or did i failed with my maths skills.
Piara Sandhu (2 months ago)
I'm going to my first booster drafter tonight for War of the Spark. I haven't played a game of MTG in ages. Should I bother going or learn the rules first and then go?
Ernest Ankrom (2 months ago)
Is there a buy in for draft?
Toren Atkinson (2 months ago)
Why can't a pod be 4 players?
Sgt Slim (2 months ago)
I can't believe Jeff Daniels (dumb and dumber era) is teaching me MTG!
Sgt Slim (2 months ago)
@BingBong 1234 Thanks, I fixed it.
BingBong 1234 (2 months ago)
urza wartooth (3 months ago)
I wouldn't exactly say destroy artifacts or enchantments is completely useless, I get the point though.
Martin Schwetz (3 months ago)
Hello! Thanks for helping me to understand what draft is! Now I know! Now I can play! Kindest regards from Germany.
John (3 months ago)
What is the best way to get several wildcards in arena without spending real money?
Diego M (3 months ago)
Thanks professor for this video. From Argentina.
Guy Gardner (3 months ago)
what a Fracking headache MTG is, I didn't get into in the 90s an now I am trying to learn some fundamentals, bought some beginner books an now checking out youtube videos... this guy I appreciate his videos, but man.. this game is so broad and complex that I don't want to even buy a cheap pack of cards just to look at em. ya got theories out the ying yang to build a deck, ya gotta figure out wtf to do about pre releases, then ya got in some cases restrictions and bans on certain cards, not to mention the money and the pay to win aspect of it. No one is walking into any game or going into a tournament expecting to win and spending under 100 bucks on a deck. I almost burned down my local comic book shop when i learned that a decent deck to start out at a low end should cost around 50 bucks an can get up to 300 bucks. friggin nanners. An that is not even addressing after just trying to get a toe into the game, of having to worry about how to spot cheaters n wtf to do with them other than crack em in the jaw.
TheMorbidHobbiest (5 months ago)
Your smile in these videos is so fake and condescending, and I love it.
Jojo Grice (5 months ago)
Always helpful
Jenelle Jerzyk (5 months ago)
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Noah Linnik (5 months ago)
Always been horrible with draft... so I just tried this method on mtg arena and went 5-3. In all honesty, that’s actually the best I’ve ever gone in a limited format. So just wanted to say thanks prof!
Ruan Silva (6 months ago)
Elias Krebs (6 months ago)
The (perhaps unfortunate) truth is that Draft, as a format, is no longer anywhere near as popular as Constructed.
Max Vader (6 months ago)
Thanks man!
DEVIATION.01 (6 months ago)
B.R.E.A.D Explanation happens at 4:40
Siris IB01 (6 months ago)
Let’s get this B R E A D The acronym did this
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Ds ds (6 months ago)
Why are u such a pussy?
Wendie Clark (7 months ago)
Gil Something (7 months ago)
As foretold is a dud?
lord numinex (7 months 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 (7 months ago)
As Foretold isn't dirt!!!! What the heck, professor!?!?
Corrupted Guy (8 months ago)
Billy sez: GRONCHULA.
Aaron Garza (8 months 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?
Nickollas Tomaz (8 months 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 (8 months ago)
All I heard was something about filling the holes in her mana curves?
Nearly Evil 665 (8 months 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
Gabriel Rorke (9 months ago)
Holy CRAP he knows my name is BILLY HES ON TO ME!!!!
Miko de Castro (9 months ago)
anonomus user (9 months ago)
Erick Herrera (9 months ago)
"Braniac", classic.
Daniel Elias Ferreira (10 months ago)
Always helpfull, TKS a Lot ^^
Toren Atkinson (10 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 (10 months ago)
Very informative for a beginner.
Aquila Arbites (10 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 (10 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 (10 months ago)
Great video! Your explanation of even the simplest concepts is extremely helpful.
mick mages (11 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 (10 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 (11 months ago)
This helped me, Thanks Prof!
Pär Wirdfors (11 months ago)
Going to a draft this evening and this was a good refresher.
Leigh Davison (11 months ago)
Solid video. Good for players like me that are new to draft.
Martin Gehrke (11 months ago)
So helpful
Slitherwhisker (11 months ago)
Sweet introductory video!
Tyler Connelly (11 months ago)
Love the videos, hope to see you on game knights again
Paulo Baltor (11 months ago)
Boromir teching draft, feels goodman
David Snedden (11 months ago)
Pfft, won a draft game off embalmer's tools in a 4-0 last year.
Jeffxm003 (11 months ago)
I usually do it BEARD
Jeffxm003 (11 months ago)
Lmao as foretold (a mythic) is in the dirt category
Scjunkie67 (1 year ago)
thanks Prof
Drew Randall (1 year ago)
Well done video
Adrien Juranville (1 year ago)
Excellente video ! Il devrait y avoir plus de video dans le genre pour les débutants à magic !
Zack Mullaly (1 year ago)
Thanks for the great video. As a total novice, this laid things out in a very easy to understand format.
Raust Zachery (1 year 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?!
Create a deck with creatures and spell then ask your lgs for lands depending on what mana color your creatures and spells :)
Austin Burrow (1 year ago)
Niko dim (1 year ago)
Thats a complicated question, Billy. LOL!
Darth Nihilus (1 year 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
Darth Nihilus (1 year ago)
But remember draft doesn't work on greedy people 😂😂😂
Scott Reese (1 year ago)
Helpful video
OneWingedChris (1 year ago)
This was a big help! Thanks Prof!
Ken Canedo (1 year 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 (1 year ago)
I'm noob, why is As Foretold dirt?
Thunder Eagle (1 year ago)
I want to build a cube, is 240 cards enough
Angus Geraghty (1 year ago)
Thanks so much! This video helped a lot.
Hocklie333 (1 year ago)
Who's Billy?
Davor Grgić (1 year ago)
..thanks for this..it made some thing much clearer.. ;)
Cas Music (1 year 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 (1 year ago)
Thanks for the great, informative videos!
Game Sharkie (1 year 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)
Is anyone here for the upcoming magic 25 packs
FlawlessRhythm (1 year 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 (1 year 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 (1 year ago)
Hey man... thanks for the vid... going to play my first draft tourney in fifteen minutes.. wish me luck
EWMIAS Starn (1 year ago)
"Hahahahahaha thats a complicated question billy" hahahah love it.
First name Last name (1 year ago)
How do you get lands though?
Andrew Wilbur (1 year ago)
Thanks prof!
SithDragon33 (1 year 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 (1 year 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
Mack Attack (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.
Renegade Galaxy (4 months ago)
How did it go?
monstro's lung (1 year ago)
Can you do a draft and still have fun with 4 players?
Bastien Clarke (1 year ago)
Kitana Xiaou (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 (7 months 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

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