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I've been having fun practicing drafts on draft simulators like this one, but sometimes I'd like to actually be able to play with the deck I built. Since all of the other players on these simulators are Bots, I have to be content with always wondering if I actually drafted well or not.

Are there any ways to do this on the computer? All I really want is the ability to be able to draft and then play against my opponents without having to pay every time; I don't really care if they are human or not, but I'd prefer it if they were actually decent at the game if they are bots. I also don't care about the creating a virtual collection as I have all the pictures of cards I could possibly want on this cool little website.

I know there is Magic Online, but it's my understanding that it is far from free, so unless somebody knows of a way I can draft as many times as I want on MTGO without ever paying a dime, it does not meet my requirements. Am I doomed to never being able to get any experience similar to MTGO without shelling out a decent amount of money every time I want to play? Or is there some way to practice realistic drafts complete with swiss rounds online without paying a continual monetary upkeep?

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At the risk of offering an unpopular opinion, this question is effectively asking 'is there a way for me to pirate the draft experience?' - whether you're a fan of their choice or not, Wizards has chosen to make the draft experience a 'pay' one. While there aren't great online options for it (there are some, but not great ones), you could always cube live if you want the draft experience without the draft costs... –  Steven Stadnicki Nov 4 '13 at 22:49
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You can draft at CCGdecks.com, or tappedout.net, and the free client Cockatrice is excellent for playing.

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Hmm, due to legal action against its author, this software is no longer available. –  Jarrod Dixon Nov 3 '13 at 1:32
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@JarrodDixon It is still available, I'll update the link –  Daenyth Nov 4 '13 at 22:06
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You can use Magic Workstation. It works well and you always find player of different levels.

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The free version of that is limited, so it seems it's not really free like the OP asked. –  Jefromi May 1 '12 at 13:45
    
The limitations of the free version do not affect gameplay. They are mostly about changing the skins of the GUI, being able to create one's own set of cards etc. There used to be another software called Apprentice but the community has dwindled significantely few years ago. –  Alfred M. May 2 '12 at 6:22
    
Could the downvoter explain his reasons? –  Alfred M. Nov 21 '12 at 8:27
    
Additionally, as far as I can tell, the means by which a user can pay for MWS are no longer available. (I've tried in the past, and been unsuccessful.) –  Brian S Mar 5 at 14:46
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check out magic-league.com. They have a community of gamers who use the above-mentioned tools (MWS & NetDraft) to do free drafts and sealed deck games. Its a good way to connect with outher ppl looking to draft and play. They use IRC channels to organize the drafts:

http://magic-league.com/play/chatroom.php

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Netdraft is free. It is unfortunately a bit of a hassle to set it all up (find opponents via mIRC, opening your firewall...).

http://netdraft.wikispaces.com/

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