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Three Years of Draft Formats, Ranked

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There have been some damn good draft formats in the last three years, but there have also been a few duds. Based on the time-tested and clearly flawless method of trusting my own personal anecdotes, opinions, and gut feelings, I have undergone the extensive process of determining exactly how good each of these formats was in relation to its peers. Because they're not normal expansions, neitherĀ Modern MastersĀ norĀ ConspiracyĀ was included for consideration.

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The official rankings are below. There is no appeals process.

1. Innistrad - Innistrad - Innistrad
2. Gatecrash - Gatecrash - Gatecrash
3. Magic 2013 - Magic 2013 - Magic 2013
4. Theros - Theros - Theros
5. Dragon's Maze - Gatecrash - Return to Ravnica
6. Journey into Nyx - Born of the Gods - Theros
7. Avacyn Restored - Avacyn Restored - Avacyn Restored
8. Magic 2014 - Magic 2014 - Magic 2014
9. Magic 2015 - Magic 2015 - Magic 2015
10. Dark Ascension - Innistrad - Innistrad
11. Born of the Gods - Theros - Theros
12. Fresh air and sunshine
13. Return to Ravnica - Return to Ravnica - Return to RavnicaĀ (DIAF, Pack Rat)

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Danny Brown

Danny is a Cube enthusiast and the former Director of Content for Quiet Speculation.

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9 thoughts on “Three Years of Draft Formats, Ranked

      1. Being a multiplayer format, Conspiracy was so far out of the norm that it’s hard to even compare. Modern Master’s could have been included and would certainly be high on this list, but a set of only reprints differs significantly from sets introducing new cards and mechanics.

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