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Battle Pack Deck Swap!

07.07.2012 | 22:17 |

There seems to be a lot of confusion about how the Deck Registration and Deck Swap works in Battle Pack: Epic Dawn Sealed Play this weekend, so let’s clear up some of that confusion.

The Battle Pack: Epic Dawn Deck Registration Sheet guarantees that all Duelists in the tournament are using cards that were pulled in a set of 10 Battle Pack: Epic Dawn booster packs at the event.

This is your Deck Registration Sheet.

Every card in Battle Pack: Epic Dawn is listed on the Deck Registration Sheet. At the beginning of every Battle Pack: Epic Dawn Sealed Play tournament that uses a Deck Swap, each Duelist is given 10 packs of Battle Pack: Epic Dawn to open up; but the Duelist who gets those packs won’t keep the cards contained in them. Instead, each Duelist registers the cards in the packs by indicating how many of each card was pulled in those packs.

For example, let’s say you enter a Sealed Play tournament that uses the Deck Registration Sheet and you open up 2 copies of Gene-Warped Warwolf in the packs you’re handed. You’ll mark the column right next to Gene-Warped Warwolf, which is the “Pool” column, with a 2. That indicates that there were 2 copies of Gene-Warped Warwolf in your pool of cards, and that a Duelist receiving those cards can use up to 2 copies of Gene-Warped Warwolf in his Deck.

See those 2 columns next to Gene-Warped Warwolf? One of them is for indicating how many copies of it are in your card pool. The other is for indicating how many copies you're using in your Deck.

Once you register 1 card, you’ll do the same thing for all of the cards in your packs.

After all competitors in the tournament have registered their card pools, they each put their pool in a Deck Box, along with their Deck Registration Sheet. Then, the Deck Boxes are collected by a judge, shuffled up, and each Duelist is randomly given 1 Deck Box containing cards. When you get a Deck Box full of cards that were registered by another Duelist, those cards are yours to keep. You’ll build a Deck using the cards in that Deck Box, and use that Deck in the tournament.

But first, you’ll need to fill out your Decklist! Indicate how many of each card that’s in the Deck Box you’ll be using in your Deck, by marking the “Deck” column near the card name with the number of copies you’ll be using. The number in the “Deck” column should never exceed the number in the “Pool” column, since the Duelist registering the Deck has already recorded everything in those packs. You might, however, use a quantity of a card that’s less than the quantity in the “Pool” column, if you choose not to use all of your copies of that card.

Let’s say you have 2 copies of Gene-Warped Warwolf in your Pool, but only want to use 1 of them in your Deck (…although, I can’t think of any reason you’d want to cut a Gene-Warped Warwolf from your Battle Pack Deck). You’ll mark the “Deck” column next to Gene-Warped Warwolf with a “1”, so that if a judge checks your Deck, he’ll know you’re using exactly 1 copy of Gene-Warped Warwolf, even though you could’ve used 2. It’s a lot like submitting your Decklist for an Advanced Format tournament.

Swapping card pools with other Duelists helps to make sure that all Duelists are Dueling on a Level field. It is important to remember that in this system, the cards you open in the packs, are never yours to begin with but the cards you get handed by the judge after the swap are yours to keep. If you enter a high-Level Battle Pack tournament like tomorrow’s Battle Pack Ultimate Showdown event, you can expect the judge to enforce a Deck Swap that will guarantee fair play for everyone.