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.
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!