Draft Format Analysis, the Power of Stats!

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I'm not a huge Magic Online player, but I am someone who loves a good stat line. In fact, as a sportswriter, a healthy appreciation for stats comes with the territory.

That's why I especially appreciated this article over on PureMTGO analyzing exactly how the draft format has changed since Journey into Nyx entered the format.

Sure, things have slowed down, but launching the fleet will still end a game early.
Sure, things have slowed down, but launching the fleet will still end a game early.

At the risk of spoilers, the answer is: it hasn't changed much. A lot of people expected the format to slow down quite a bit with the addition of the new pack, and while that has held true to a very small extent (games go one-tenth of a turn longer), by and large things haven't changed. That means those seven-drops that were unplayable before aren't exactly high-tier picks just because it's slowed down by a tenth of a turn.

One other interesting note is that, while the average game-ending turn didn't move much, the median one did. More games are ending on Turns 7 and 8 than on Turn 5 and 6 than before. I'm not sure how exactly you can use this information to crush more drafts on Magic Online, but hey, knowledge is power!

Corbin Hosler

Corbin Hosler is a journalist living in Norman, Oklahoma (also known as the hotbed of Magic). He started playing in Shadowmoor and chased the Pro Tour dream for a few years, culminating in a Star City Games Legacy Open finals appearance in 2011 before deciding to turn to trading and speculation full-time. He writes weekly at and biweekly for LegitMTG. He also cohosts Brainstorm Brewery, the only financial podcast on the net. He can best be reached @Chosler88 on Twitter.

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Posted in Drafting, Feature, Free, Journey Into Nyx

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