Magic switching draft order.
Wizards of the Coast announced this week that they are switching the way that drafting is going to work for Magic. Starting with Mirrodin Besieged, drafting will begin with the newest pack. Traditionally, each player opens the oldest pack of the block first and work towards the newest. Read the full announcement after the break.
Most players are not against the change. At least that is what I can garner about it on Magic communities I frequent. I’m a little leery about the prospect. I like drafting more well known strategies that you can flesh out early on. Switching the draft order means you have to make more of your “Tweaking” picks earlier on then you would normally. I’m not really against this change, but I’m not exactly for changing for the sake of changing either.
Here is the announcement from Aaron Forsythe, the man in charge of all of Magic Research and Development:
Beginning with Mirrodin Besieged, booster drafts will begin with the most recent set. This is a change from the current drafting order, which adds new sets to the end of the drafting order as they’re released.
For example, if you run an event with 2 boosters of Scars of Mirrodin and 1 booster of Mirrodin Besieged, players will open the packs in the order Mirrodin Besieged / Scars of Mirrodin / Scars of Mirrodin. When the set codenamed “Action” is released, the draft order will be “Action” / Mirrodin Besieged / Scars of Mirrodin.
For Magic Online, this change will take effect with Mirrodin Besieged and will apply to Scars of Mirrodin block drafts and to future releases unless otherwise stated. This will not affect older draft formats at this time, though as always, Wizards of the Coast reserves the right to look at our organized play offerings and make changes as necessary.
This change becomes effective with the Mirrodin Besieged Prerelease on January 29, 2011 and will apply to all subsequent draft formats unless otherwise stated. Information about specific programs such as Pro Tours, Grand Prix, Nationals, etc. will be called out in those program FAQ sheets.
You can read the full article about the change on Magic‘s official website.