Drafting Battle Packs with Duncan Tang
09.09.2012 | 17:46
While Battle Pack: Epic Dawn was created solely for the purpose of Sealed Play, it also has the potential to be used in a Draft format. The difference between this and Sealed is that you don’t get every card that’s in a pack, as you’re passing them around a table to other Duelists. This adds another layer of thought and skill to the whole experience, as you’ll see below.
After the Top 16 playoff round of the main event was done, we invited the players who did not make it to the Top 8 to a special Exhibition Draft Tournament. We’ll be following Duncan Tang through the process of Drafting and getting his thoughts as it progresses. The other 7 Duelists present were also eliminated in the Top 16 playoff of the main event, and there’s a vast amount of experience on the table.
To start off, each Duelist opened 3 packs of Battle Pack: Epic Dawn and verified that they had 15 cards. With this first card selection, Tang separated the stronger cards from the rest and counted them up. Since there were 7 other Duelists in this Draft pool, 7 of those cards would be gone when the pile comes back to him. He chose the Gorz the Emissary of Darkness and passed the remaining cards to the next Duelist.
For the second pile, Tang analysed the rarities and to find which Battle pack card type was taken (read here for more info). He chose Zaborg the Thunder Monarch and passed the remainder along. For the third, Tang took Soul Exchange. Compared to Sealed, he remarked that he had more control over how his Deck would end up. The Deck was beginning to shape up, as he chose a mix of “power cards” and “utility” cards as they came along.
By the 6th card, Tang had a basic idea of the Deck he’d build, but it could change with more cards rotated and packs opened. Having taken high ATK monsters and Soul Exchange already, he went for Hedge Guard and Level Warrior next. He went for them so that he had useful low Level monsters to go with his higher ones.
Xyz monsters were interesting as they seemed to be passed around at this early stage. Tang’s theory was that if you pick them early it influences your monster choices later, as you have to choose certain Level monsters in order to Summon them.
It was important not to go for the easy picks right away like 1900 ATK monsters etc., as the Deck becomes more predictable. Tang chose cards like Ambitious Gofer to give him more options in building his final Deck.
The next packs were opened which repeated the process. When it came to the second round of the second packs, Tang remarked that “it’s good when your previous player opens 2 really good cards, as you get 1 of them” “What you give away is as important as what you keep. If I take Premature Burial I might give the next guy Mystical Space Typhoon”
Machina Fortress was revealed in one of his pools. “If I got this I’d be picking Machine-types for a while to see if I could make it work” He promptly took it and a few Machine-types later on. Skill Drain came up. “For this one I might take Skill Drain as I don’t want my opponents to use it against me, but Ancient Gear Knight will support my Deck well.”
Obelisk the Tormentor came around again but he declined once again, looking at other options. It would turn out that 1 of the 8 Duelists took 2 copies! A new set of packs opens and Tang points out the 8 cards he expects people to take. He took Tour Guide From the Underworld, predicting Gravitic Orb would come back to him. Another Tour Guide From the Underworld came around in the next pool! “It’s worrying what they’re keeping if I’m getting these” He picked more cards that Tour Guide From the Underworld could Summon and some Rank 3 Xyz Monsters as well.
Next pool the main choice was between Number 17: Leviathan Dragon and Jinzo. Both good, but with the recent cards he got he took the Xyz monster. After that came Dark Resonator, but Tang declined a Machine-type at the same time. He’s got 2 ways to explore things now, either Fiends with Tour Guide From the Underworld or Machines with Machina Fortress. After that he took Shield Crush as he was getting monster heavy in his choices.
Gravitic Orb came back and he took it. With the final few cards it’s more of a case of taking the best rather than what fits, unless there’s no clear choice, which is often the case. Having selected all of the cards, the Duelists began to build their 30 card Decks, just like in the Main Event. Check back soon to see how Tang would get on against one of his opponents!