Booster Draft

Summary: Tired of playing EOJ? I highly doubt anyone would answer ‘Yes’ to this question, but I’m sure some of you appreciate an additional way to enjoy the EOJ. In this blog entry, I have translated the Gamespot Japan suggested way of playing EOJ in booster draft style.

What’s booster draft?

People bring over unopened booster packs, and cards from these packs are used to construct decks.

What do we need?

– unopened booster packs (4~5 per person)
– Usual EOJ game setting (PS3, TV, EOJ Game etc.)

How to distribute cards after the game?

If the host of booster draft tournament brought all the packs, then simply the host can take all cards after the tournament; however, if each individuals participating the game decides to bring in booster packs following two ways can be used to distribute cards after the game.

1. Keep the cards that you used in the game independent of winning or losing the games. This is a good way to expand your collection.

2. Distribute based on the match result. This is more competitive way of distributing cards. When you construct your deck, you can focus on making the most competitive deck, and will be rewarded for this.

How to construct a deck?

Step 0: Each participant brings in 4~5 booster packs.

Step 1: Each players opens a pack. DO NOT SHOW the cards you got from the pack.

Step 2: Choose a card, and place it on the ground with face down.  This will be one of your card selection from which you will construct a deck.  Once you chose a card, you cannot look it back and you are not allowed to separate these faced down cards based on anything such as element.  So it is important for you to remember what cards you have selected in each turn.  Otherwise, you may end up having four of the same cards, which is not allowed in a deck per EOJ master rule; therefore, such mistake essentially decrease your selection for constructing deck.

Step 3: Rest of the cards that you did not select, goes to a player next to you. To make this process fair, if the opened booster pack is odd # pass the cards to right, and if it is even then pass the cards to left.

Step 4: Repeat step 2 & 3 until all cards are distributed. At this point, return to Step 1 and open a new booster pack.

Step 5: Following general EOJ master rule, construct a deck from the cards you have drafted.

How to battle?

Rather than tournament style, it is preferable to have the battle in a round-robin fashion.

To decide the final ranking, following points system can be used.

Win by occupying five fields – gain 3 points
Win by out decking- gain 2 points
Loss by out decking – gain 1 point
Loss by five fields – gain 0 point



4 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by Paydak on March 9, 2008 at 9:57 pm

    I wonder how well a draft format would work in EOJ. I used to play Magic and a big reason why draft worked there was because there were a lot of decisions to make regarding card quality vs. color. In EOJ, I can see people just drafting the best cards with maybe some consideration for balance in mana costs.

    I think in EOF it would be fun to have a backwards draft where each player tries to draft the WORST deck, and then when they play their opponent, they swap decks and try to make the best deck from their opponents’ cards, which they would then use themselves.


  2. Posted by T-Cubed on March 9, 2008 at 11:02 pm

    How do you play draft in a primarily online game?


  3. Posted by houshasen on March 10, 2008 at 12:29 pm


    I agree that backwards draft seems to be an interesting idea than pure booster draft as described in this blog entry.


    Definitely draft is not for online mode. So I guess I forgot to add another requirement. You need friends, who can get together and play EOJ offline, which unforunately is the hardest requirement at present time for me.


  4. thanks much, brother


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