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Draft Old Sets Every Week! XMage Draft Historical Society

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Draft Old Sets Every Week! XMage Draft Historical Society

Postby cheddarsuave » 26 Dec 2019, 08:46

For you impatient ones out there, here's how you can get involved and play in the weekly drafts:

So what exactly is this group? Well, quite simply, we are a group of Magic players who love drafting old "historical" sets and who feel like these old sets being discarded and thrown into the dustbin of history, never to be played again, is a real shame.

Why did you create this group? I was just tired of the difficulty of getting pick-up drafts of old formats to fire on XMage, plus I wanted some community and continuity as well.

How does this work exactly? Each week we progress through Magic's draft history, going forward chronologically from the oldest draft format up until (nearly) the present, then flip it back and start all over again. In any given week, each format will have two hosted drafts - one on Tuesdays at 8:00 PM Central European Time (UTC+1) for the Europeans and one on Wednesdays at 9:00 PM Eastern US Time (UTC-5) for the North Americans (decent timing for Asia/Pacific folks too). Those are the usual times; we post on our schedule if we ever deviate from it.

Does winning mean anything? Yes! Besides the satisfaction of conquering a pod, we track individual player results and give out trophies for 3-0'ing or getting second in the different formats. We gather data on overall match wins and season match wins on our Braacket pages (Euro and American). The winner of each season gets to pick a draft format of their choice and (as a separate tournament) the top 4 players from each league duke it out in a 4v4 team draft after each season is over.

Where are you at now? We are just wrapping up Season 4, so now's a great time for new players to join. Season 5 will start the first week of January and go until the end of March. Chronologically, our first draft of Season 5 will be Rise of the Eldrazi during the week of January 5, 2020!

Is this a cube or chaos draft thing? Not really. As much as I love both of those draft formats, we are staying focused on historical draft formats in this group. Cube and Chaos Draft tend to get a decent amount of play on XMage and I wanted to help out a struggling niche. However, with the group growing, members are free to organize their own Cube or Chaos drafts using the facebook group or discord (and will probably have more success than randomly hosting a pick-up tournament on XMage).

Do you really get these things to fire? Yes, almost every week at this point. We have a core group of regulars but are always looking for more. Average time to fire a table now is about 5-20 minutes (sometimes we need to pick up randoms from .de).

How do I get involved?! Just follow the links at the top of this post :D

Thanks for your time and hope to see some of you give it a try!

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