Sample Epic Dark Draft 3/16/16 (Tom)

Epic Box


Recently I did a couple Dark Drafts with my friend Paul (quite a few), and we wrote notes during a couple so we could post it on here. We are writing up our thoughts throughout the draft in separate posts, so you can get the perspective of each of us. His post can be found here: Sample Epic Dark Draft 3/16/16 (Paul).

Dark Draft is a two-player draft format where each player is simultaneously dealt 5 cards face down. Each player picks 1 of their 5 cards and then passes the remaining 4 to their opponent. Then each player picks 2 of the 4 passed cards and discards the remaining 2. This is done 10 times and you have your 30 card deck. During the draft, you may not look at the cards you drafted (once you draft them) and at the end of the draft you will not be able to cut any cards from your 30. You may go over your drafted deck before the first game though.

To stay true to the Dark Draft format as much as possible, we took notes in a very specific way. After getting dealt the opening 5 cards each round, we wrote down all 5. We then circled our choice and put a square around the 2 cards we expected our opponent to take. In addition, we wrote notes beneath this to reference during these posts. Before looking at the passed cards, we flipped over the page so we could not see the previous choices. On the back of the page, we wrote our 2 choices from the 4 passed cards and any notes. We then started the next round on the next page.


Round 1

Angel of Death, Bitten, Muse, Plague, Word of Summoning


Round 2

Round 3

Round 4

Round 5

Round 6

Round 7

Round 8

Round 9

Round 10



2 thoughts on “Sample Epic Dark Draft 3/16/16 (Tom)”

  1. Thanks for posting this. I really enjoyed reading it. The format in which you presented it encourages making up my own mind before checking your choices and rationale. I have not yet had the opportunity to try Dark Draft myself, but this makes me want to give it a try.

  2. Excellent, I am very glad to hear you enjoyed it and liked the formatting. Dark Draft is an awesome format. Since almost all of the cards are amazing, you are constantly thrilled at what you get and horrified by what you have to pass.

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