Wizards Asks: 6/30/2009

Posted in Feature on June 30, 2009

By Wizards of the Coast

What's your favorite Draft format of all time?

Kelly Digges: This is a tougher question than I first thought. While I do have a clear favorite, the last few years have been a great time to be a drafter. Shadowmoor was particularly fun; I loved drafting monocolored decks (red especially) and occasionally figuring out well into (or after!) a draft that my deck was different colors than I thought it was, and wither is a fascinating mechanic. Full-block Shards is also a lot of fun. Cascade is one of my favorite Limited mechanics ever, and with Alara Reborn, the third pack always feels like Christmas. And Magic 2010 Limited is—well, I've said too much.

Overall, though, I'd have to vote for Time Spiral (with one, two, or three sets—take your pick). I (unlike some I've spoken with) really enjoyed what suspend did to the format; there was that wonderful feeling of impending doom when there were three big spells ticking down. Between the 121-card "timeshifted" set and the ridiculous number of different keywords and homages, every draft seemed to bring a radically different experience—something I put a premium on. Sometimes it was double Gaea's Anthem, Phantom Wurm, and Sprout Swarm; other times it was double Mystic Snake, double Momentary Blink, and Draining Whelk (yes, both of those actually happened). One of the reasons I play Limited is to get a different game every time, and no format was more varied than that.

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