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Can I ask for Wastes like basic lands in Limited?

No, you cannot. From the MTG Tournament Rules: 7.2 Card Use in Limited Tournaments Players may add an unlimited number of cards named Plains, Island, Swamp, Mountain, or Forest to their ...
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What does BREAD stand for while drafting?

It's an acronym telling you which cards you should pick. Cards fall in one of five categories, and you should (usually) pick the card from topmost category (B > R > E > A > D) which is still left in ...
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How long should a draft round last by official rules?

Appendix B of the Tournament Rules provides required and suggested time limits for official events. Check this document for all the details you need. In general: Required minimum game time is 40 ...
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In Magic, are you allowed to reveal what cards you have drafted to stop others from drafting the same colors?

The MTR (Tournament Rules) indicate that you are not supposed to reveal the contents of your booster (which includes your pick); visually or otherwise. You may, however, reveal double-faced cards. 7....
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Tiger-Tribe Hunter and temporary power/toughness changes

That is a bug. It should deal 8 damage. Tiger-Tribe Hunter has a ruling that says Use the sacrificed creature's power as it last existed on the battlefield to determine how much damage is dealt. ...
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Can I ask for Wastes like basic lands in Limited?

You cannot. In the sets where they were available, you had to draft them from the packs. In Limited events, you can play Wastes only if it's in your card pool. For Sealed Deck, that means you have ...
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What is the proper way to split uneven draft pods?

In my LGS it's solved this way. 6 players => 1 x 6 7 players => 1 x 7 8 players => 1 x 8 9 players => 1 x 9 10 players => 1 x 10 11 players => 1 x 11 12 players => 2 x 6 13 players => 1 x 6 + ...
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In MTG Arena, does your "rank" affect what cards you can draft?

Not at all. The cards you're shown in a draft on MTG Arena are a simulated version of what you would see in a paper draft of MTG cards. This means that, for each pack, with some exceptions, there ...
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Is there a significant advantage to being at an 8 person pod over a 6 person pod?

The number of players in a draft certainly affects the draft, but the effect is symmetrical; all players are affected similarly. One reason that 8 players is optimal is because the pairings work out ...
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Is bringing packs that have a higher chance of a mythic rare to a draft cheating?

Yes, it would be cheating. Your tournament organizer must either provide the booster packs or randomly distribute them before the drafting phase. If that does not happen and you try to exploit that ...
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Where can I practice MTG draft online and actually play against my opponents for free?

I know this question is extremely old by online standards, but I'm adding an answer in case anyone that doesn't know about Arena stumbles on this question in the future... Answer: Wizards of the ...
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What are good strategies for booster drafts?

Marshall Sutcliffe has an interesting article about CABS Theory on magic.wizards.com. This post is a short extract of the original article. The original article offers much more ; go read it. He uses ...
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How many cards do I need to make a collected set "draftable?"

I had the exact same question, and wanted to quantify this. I've both done some simulation and some research, with the results below. The TLDR: To very accurately be able to re-create the booster box ...
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Is there a significant advantage to being at an 8 person pod over a 6 person pod?

I largely agree with esoterik's answer, however would like to elaborate on the strict number advantage, which I feel is the more accurate analysis and describes the inherent differences between player ...
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Can I ask for Wastes like basic lands in Limited?

The link you posted to Wastes on Gatherer has the answer you seek: In Limited events (including Sealed Deck and Booster Draft), Wastes must be in your card pool to be included in your deck. You can’...
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XMage alternative to draft Magic the Gathering online?

Is there a newer alternative that players have moved to? Arena; that may not be the answer you want to hear, but it is where the players are. If you're reasonable at drafting (e.g. a 50% win rate or ...
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How many Planeswalkers appear in Core Set Displays

Drafting is done with draft boosters (and cubes, which are created by players for the purpose of drafting), never with other sealed products. You will never draft from a planeswalker deck, these are ...
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How many Planeswalkers appear in Core Set Displays

OK. There seems to be quit a few misunderstanding here, but I think I managed to identify a core one. Magic the Gatherging can be played in several ways, the 2 most importat ones being draft and ...
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How many booster each players should crack for a 60 cards booster draft?

Depending on what your goal for your 60 card draft is, you might want to decide between 4 and 5 packs per player. The MtG tournament rules recommend 3 booster packs per player for the default 40 card ...
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Is bringing packs that have a higher chance of a mythic rare to a draft cheating?

As hinted on in the comments, if you're not participating in a sanctioned event, this isn't covered by official rules and will therefore be at your store's disgression. In a sactioned event, the ...
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How much worse is Rare Re-drafting for the weakest player than opening a random pack?

Expected value is obviously lower, but in an 8 player draft the last place player still gets the 8th most valuable card. Imagine that the value distribution is something like this 10 most valuable ...
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What is the proper way to split uneven draft pods?

Realistically, the simplest way to resolve having X players where X is odd, would be to treat it as if you were running an X+1 man pod and then someone dropped suddenly. So you draw up the rankings ...
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How long should a draft round last by official rules?

Wizards of the Coast makes no official rules on timing the draft phase The official tournament rules cover drafting in section 7.7 and do mention timed drafts, but make no mention how those timing ...
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Two Player Draft Formats

There is also grid drafting, a format designed by Jason Waddell where the rules are: Start with 18 packs of 9 cards. For each pack, lay it out in a 3x3 grid face up (just lay them out in ...
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Running a MTG draft without actually having to buy new boosters for each player every single time?

You could use a simulator such as Draftpod. It generates all the necessary "boosters", you can draft them online, and then after you've drafted your decks you build them using your ...
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How do I tell which cards are "bombs" in draft?

Possibly the simplest way to do this is imagine yourself in a losing situation where you are dead in about 2 turns (for Limited, ex: you have a 2/2 and 10 life, your opponent has a couple 3/3s and 20 ...
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How do I tell which cards are "bombs" in draft?

Bombs are powerful game-winning cards that one will just snap pick every draft if one sees it (and if they are in one's colors). They are so good that if one sees them early enough, they establish ...
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Drafting without being able to look at your picks?

Competitive rules does not allow players to look at their previous picks during or between picks, only between rounds (between each boosters). You are also not allowed to reorganize your picks until ...
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Is there a significant advantage to being at an 8 person pod over a 6 person pod?

There are various benefits to being in a larger pod when card diversity / redundancy / synergy is rewarded. For example, in a set that contains Timberpack Wolves, you can achieve a stronger deck by ...
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Why don't players draft the week before a new set releases?

I believe it's because of how the store stocks itself, and because of the economics of a draft/prerelease. Stores only have so much they can spend per week on their product. Given that they know they ...
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