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One of the features I would like to see in Shadow Era went it's ready is Drafting.

For Beta I completely understand the need to get the game engine down, and I'm excited to play constructed decks. But one of the coolest things about TCGs is the ability for a "limited" format and drafting.

With TCGs there is a rarity system in place, so when you buy a pack there will be 1 hero, 10 commons, 3 uncommons and 1 rare or epic.

After a while, when I have my full playset of commons and uncommons, the only value in a pack for me will be in the rare I need to complete my collection or put into decks.

In a constructed only format, there will be cards that will never see play as some of them will not be strong enough for constructed, but would see play in a draft format. Drafting with my packs gives all the cards more value as I will play most of the cards I drafted at least once in that draft.

Like the WoW tcg, I don't think you'd have to draft your hero, you'd just be able to play with any hero legal in the format.

Those are just my thoughts on the subject for know. Until I see the cards and the basic structure of the game, it would be difficult to say how many packs per player you'd need to draft and and what your minimum deck size would be.

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  1. kaboom132's Avatar
    Great idea! So you'd pay $3 (or whatever the cost is in gold) and pass and pick, then duke it out with the other drafters? I'd love to do something like that!
  2. kirkwb's Avatar
    Yes, traditionally a draft would be 3 packs per person. In magic they have 15 card packs (i think thye include a land now in packs) so you have 42 playable cards per player. You build a 40 card deck (minimum) with about 17-20 lands so you use 23-20 of the 42 cards you draft to build your deck.

    In wow they have 18 playable cards per pack (54 cards per player) and build a 30 card deck. Wow is like Shadow Era in that you do not add lands to your deck, you actually play at least 30 of the 54 cards you drafted.

    I'll have to actually have to play shadow era to see how deck building and play goes before figuring out if drafting SE with three 15 card packs is feasable.
  3. Diamondius's Avatar
    It's too early for that but i really want drafts. As in any game in every version some decks will dominate so draft allows for more variety in the games
  4. Vasco Medeiros's Avatar
    Draft will be great!! Love this game!
    Updated 02-28-2011 at 04:53 PM by Vasco Medeiros
  5. Craig Volpe's Avatar
    Drafting is really fun and adds a unique element of strategy but a potential problem with Shadow Era for this format is how many hero classes there are and how many cards are limited to only specific classes. In Magic there are 5 colors plus a neutral color and you normally build a 1 or 2 color deck which gives you access to maybe 22-44% of the cards and only 50-60% of the cards need to match your color(s) since you get to choose your lands for the rest. With Shadow Era there are 9, soon to be 10 different classes. There are neutral cards and then there are also human/shadow cards, but you can't build a 2 hero deck so you would probably end up being able to select from about 20% of the cards with a human class and slightly less with a shadow class. Even if no players were drafting for the same class, considering the fact that they would still be drafting the neutral and human/shadow specific cards, and that you need 100% of the cards in your deck to be usable with your class and there might be a problem there.