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Introducing Retro Draft!

January 22nd, 2011

Retro Draft is one of the new Public Events that’ll start cropping up at events this year. It’s really easy to play, because all you need is 3 packs of the latest Retro Pack for each player! (Retro Pack 2) Retro Draft is an 8-player event, but you can play it with more or less players if you want to. If you play with more, break the players up into as many equal groups of 8 players or fewer that you can.  Here’s how it works:

  • Sit each group of players down around a table with their 3 Booster Packs.
  • After everyone is seated, everyone opens up one of the Booster Packs, chooses 1 card for their Deck, and passes the rest of them to the player to their left.
  • Repeat until every player has 9 cards for their Deck.
  • Then, open the next pack and repeat the process, except this time, pass the cards that aren’t chosen to the player on your right.
  • After every player has 18 cards for their Deck, open the final Booster Pack and do the exact same thing as you did with the first one.

Once all the cards have been chosen, each player needs to use the cards they picked to make a 20-card minimum Deck. Cards that go in your Extra Deck don’t count towards the 20 cards. Other than needing at least 20 cards in your Main Deck, there ARE NO RULES! There are no Forbidden or Limited or Semi-Limited Cards, and if you choose more than 3 copies of a single

card you can play them ALL. It’s going to lead to some really exciting Duels today! Once everyone has their Deck ready, all the cards they didn’t include become the Side Deck, and its time to shuffle up and Duel.

Here are some tips for when you decide to Retro Draft with your friends. These all apply if you’re using Retro Pack 2.

  • The entire Destiny Board set is in here. The Spirit Message cards are commons and are likely to get picked last, so if you  wind up with the I, N, A, and L and see a Destiny Board floating around, take it, because…
  • There aren’t many cards that can destroy Spells or Traps. Grab every Dust Tornado you see, just in case, and watch out for Jinzo!
  • Don’t neglect monsters! You can grab all the kick-butt Spell and Trap Cards you want, but if you don’t have any monsters you probably won’t win… unless you have the Destiny Board set at the ready!
  • There are a lot of cards that can take care of monsters, but also a lot of cards that can revive monsters. Premature Burial and Call of the Haunted are both available.
  • Gilasaurus is very valuable here. Even if your opponent gets to Summon a monster, if you can Tribute Gilasaurus for something better you can quickly sweep your opponents monster out of the way.
  • Yata-Garasu exists, is a common, and is very upset at being Forbidden for all these years. Look out!
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