With the Vintage Super League and Standard Super League, it’s clear that efforts are being made to promote the production of more video content to promote Magic as a game. A really cool promotional event that was held last night was a Modern Rotisserie draft featuring Marshal Sutcliffe, Chris Pikula, Randy Buehler, Adam Prosak, Aaron Forsythe, Rashad Miller, Sam Black, and Brian David Marshall.
If you’re not familiar with Rotisserie Draft, it’s a format in which cards are drafted from a giant card pool rather than specific packs. That is to say that the first drafter starts by picking any card legal in Modern to potentially play as a one-of in his/her draft deck. A pick order is determined, and players draft first-last, then last-first over and over until an agreed upon number of cards have been drafted by all players. When drafting out of card pools we see a feature called “the wheel”, in which the last drafter starting with his/her first pick and the first drafter starting with his/her second pick take two cards per round to both make sure that everybody is getting the same number of cards per round and also to balance the fact that picking last is rather poor.
There’s a good argument to be made in that pretty much any deck will probably want this card, but it’s definitely not the first pick in terms of just picking something with raw power. If you just want to pick the strongest card, then the pick may very well be Snapcaster Mage.
This is not to say that Marshall’s pick was wrong. That’s a ludicrous notion in a format played for fun. It’s also worth noting that Marshall ultimately won the draft. I just think that it’s interesting that Marshall first picked a card that probably wouldn’t be in my personal top 20 for options to first pick in the format.
All of the matches for this draft were broadcast on the drafter’s respective Twitch channels. At this point in time, Randy Buehler has uploaded his videos to YouTube, which I hope that other drafters follow suit on.
As a conversation starter, what would be your first pick in a Modern Rotisserie Draft?