M13 Drafts at Titan Kapitolyo
Titan’s founding players love 40-card deck formats, and they miss them badly. Most of us have been seeking refuge in Magic Online where drafts are non-stop, but the experience of playing with real cards with friends is irreplaceable.
Titan will be going back to its roots starting this month. We started out with the primary intention of having a place where drafters can draft. We will try to bring back the drafting tradition among Filipino players again by offering alternate entry plans for the otherwise prohibitive format.
We are sure that some people miss shuffling up 40-card decks and feel that there are already too many 60 card deck tournaments around the metro; drafting should be something new and refreshing.
If you are not familiar with the format, a basic rules explanation can be found here: http://wiki.mtgsalvation.com/article/Booster_draft
Advantages of Drafting:
Relatively low investment - For newcomers, putting together a decent constructed deck is a huge investment. Getting tired of your old constructed deck and building a new one multiplies this investment. Drafting will let you play a game of Magic on almost even grounds and with a relatively lower investment. The entry fees may be higher, but there were no prior investments.
Short tournament time – Some people do not exactly have the time to sit down for a 7-round tournament (plus top 8 playoffs). Booster drafts will last for about 3 hours; 30 minutes to draft, and 3 50-minute rounds of play. So if you are pressed for time but still want that Magic fix, give this format a try. If you find yourself wanting more fun after the first 3 hours, joining another draft pod will help that itch.
You do not have to win, to “win” – Winning all your matches will surely get you a handful of booster packs, but in draft, you also get the chance of winning as early as when you open your first booster pack. Players get to keep all the cards they draft, so if you are lucky enough to crack that 1,000+ peso mythic rare from your first pack, you can probably call yourself a winner already. If the contents of your booster pack are a bit low on cash value, you still have the chance of winning some boosters from the tournament prize pool.
Better than opening booster packs – Cracking some booster packs open is a lot of fun; an experience that most of us liken to eating candy. However, this moment is short, a few seconds to be exact. Aside from opening 3 packs, drafting takes this experience to a whole new level by letting you play with the cards you cracked.
The origin of innovation - Since drafting will let you play with almost every card on the set, players will see some unknown synergies from the cards that are ignored in tuned constructed formats. Whether these synergies have the potential to fit into competitive 60-card deck formats is another story.
Format: Magic 2013 Core Set booster draft
When: Every Saturday at Titan Kapitolyo
Registration time: 3:00pm
Prize support: 5-3-2-2 plus promo foils
Multiple pods will be run all day
Cash – A Php 600 straight up payment for the entry fee.
Product and cash – If you have extra booster packs, you may also use them to enter. Just bring 3 unopened Magic 2013 Core Set booster packs and add Php 240.
Titan Draft Passes – Aside from the usual booster packs and foil promo cards, we will be awarding Draft Passes to top finishers of our Wednesday and Friday (FNM) tournaments at Titan Kapitolyo. We will also be raffling off a Draft Pass if we get more than 16 players. Draft passes earned are transferable and may be used at your own convenience.
Completed Draft Loyalty Card - The loyalty promo is back. This time, you get a stamp for every draft you join. Any entry option you use will qualify for a stamp. Get a free draft after 15 drafts. Just print this card out and bring it when you draft.
*Other draft formats may also be run depending on player demand