12, Jan, 22

What is a Magic: The Gathering Draft Booster?

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No one would judge you for getting a little confused at the sheer amount of sealed Magic: The Gathering available with each new set. One of the products in question is the Draft Booster. It’s the true base product with any brand new set whether it’s standard or supplemental.

What is its purpose and why would you buy them? All perfectly reasonable questions that we’re going to answer for you! Here’s exactly what a Draft Booster is in Magic: The Gathering!

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What is a Draft Booster?

Draft Booster Collection Image

In the simplest terms, a Draft Booster is the most basic product available in Magic: The Gathering. These packs were once known simply as Booster Packs before a name change that arrived with Throne of Eldraine. We now have three different boosters available so the name distinction is very helpful!

Inside a Draft Booster is fifteen cards plus either a token or marketing card. Based on the current setup, each pack typically has the following;

  • One Basic Land
  • Ten Common Cards
  • Three Uncommon Cards
  • One Rare or Mythic Rare Card

The value within these packs is the lowest possible based on predictive content alone. Naturally, if you happen to have the most expensive card in a set within the pack, it’s a different story!

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What Are They Used For?

Kaldheim Draft Booster Example

A Draft Booster has a couple of uses within the modern Magic game. If you’re a collector looking to bulk up what you have or just get started, these are the best place to begin. Given that there is no structure to these packs beyond the card contents, they’re not much good when hunting for immediate value.

You can also use them for Draft games. This is where you start with any number of players, each of whom has a Draft Booster pack. Everyone opens their pack and takes one card before passing the packs around, this process continues until all packs have been drafted and everyone can build at least a 40-card deck to play with. This format is common at pre-release and full paper release events.

Beyond this, you may choose to buy and keep your packs in hopes that the set they are from becomes desirable in the future meaning you can earn a profit off them by selling once the set is out of rotation.

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