I don't really draft at all.

My general question: In the scope of new sets (non-supplemental), what are generally good cards to draft?


-What P/T is good for a beater of X CMC? How many would I want/need?

-What P/T is good for an evasion creature of X CMC? How many would I want/need?

-What CMC is good for spot removal? How many would I want/need?

-What CMC is good for burn spells of X damage? How many would I want/need?

-What P/T and abilities/ability words are good for a bomb of X CMC?

-What kind of card draw/tutors are good at X CMC?

-What kind of disruption (counters, discard, combat tricks) is good at X CMC?

-How much mana should I be spending on different kinds of 2-for-1's? (ETB with removal/disruption, token generation, etc.)

-Of 2 or more optimal/preferred cards, which is the better pick?

-Is the BREAD strategy ("Bombs, Removal, Evasion, Advantage, Dudes" prioritized in that order) viable?

I realize that each cycle and block has different results for each of these questions. Feel free to use examples from any block with supporting pools as to why X card helps Y card. I love specific card references.

  • There's very broad and variable answers to this: this is a lot of analysis, and in the Standard format, what marks good value for mana varies. Some Standard rotations have more powerful or less powerful creatures and destruction; e.g. Innistrad/Return to Ravnica was regarded as a fairly fast format, while things were observably slowed down over the course of RTR/Theros and Theros/KTK. Oct 9, 2016 at 15:19
  • This isn't about standard. This is about draft. I'm not looking for every response to answer every question. I just don't know how to pull worthy cards in a draft. The questions I asked weren't asked to be answered specifically, but I know that those categories are common factors in drafting. I don't know what's too expensive for a beater, removal, burn, flyer, etc., and I certainly don't know how to distinguish between the better of two preferred cards. Oct 10, 2016 at 4:06
  • @Shankensteinium To answer this question would take a few blog posts on how to draft. Something with that long of an answer isn't really appropriate for this site.
    – Becuzz
    Oct 11, 2016 at 20:36
  • Again, I'm not looking for each response to answer every question. Inputs with one or two examples are fine. I was specifically asking here because sites like Reddit and MTGSalvation are blocked in this AOR, even in the tents. But, so be it. I'll ask there when I'm stateside. Oct 12, 2016 at 9:39


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