Are Magic: The Gathering booster packs "color random"? I've tried Googling it, but nothing tells me anything specific.
Can you get booster packs by color, or are they filled with random colors?


If you're talking about regular (also called 'Draft') boosters: their color distribution is completely random, except that some sets may have a somewhat skewed color distribution themselves, e.g. there might be more black cards than white cards in the set; then, booster packs will contain (on average) more black than white cards. An example of this Torment; from the checklist, it's also clearly visible that it's a set which contains a high number of black cards.

The only thing that is not random is the rarity distribution; each pack contains

one marketing card, one basic land, ten commons (one possible premium card in any rarity), three uncommons, and one rare (occasionally, about one in eight packs, replaced by a mythic rare).

(source: Gamepedia)

Can you get booster packs by color?

Actually, it turns out you can. As @murgatroid notes in the comments, beginning with Dominaria in 2018 Wizards started selling 'Theme boosters' (scroll down to the end of the article) with a fixed color distribution (depending on the set, a single color or a combination of two colors).

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    In 2018 Wizards started selling "theme boosters" which contain cards of specific colors: magic.wizards.com/en/articles/archive/feature/….
    – murgatroid99
    Oct 6 '19 at 16:10
  • I didn't know about those. That's probably worth being another answer, since it answers part of the OP's question "Can you get booster packs by color?"
    – Glorfindel
    Oct 6 '19 at 16:24
  • A single answer should answer the whole question. It shouldn't take much of an edit to remove the first sentence and say that the current information applies to standard boosters, then add a sentence or two about theme boosters.
    – murgatroid99
    Oct 6 '19 at 16:26
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    I think it's misleading to focus on color distribution in sets. While technically correct, practically speaking all modern sets are color balanced close enough that you're not going to see a significant effect. Eldraine, for example, has exactly 37 monocolored cards of each color in draft packs. Oct 7 '19 at 2:18
  • The original Ravnica sets are a bit of an odd duck because of their non-colorbalanced factions, high multicolor component, and (for dissension and guildpact) small size. Dissension in particular had Azorius, Rakdos, and Simic, which is why Blue is the odd color out, and even then it's more balanced than your answer implies - while it has fewer monocolored blue cards, it has more total blue cards (60 to every other color's 49) than the other colors have. Oct 7 '19 at 2:23

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