Reminder: Avacyn Restored is its own limited format!

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I frequently see discussions and articles talking about "Well, this would work really well with (name of card from INN/DKA)."  Don't forget that Avacyn Restored is a large set!  That means the limited format is Avacyn Restored and Avacyn Restored alone.  Keep that in mind so you don't start planning sweet combos with INN/DKA cards and then suddenly realize that it's a big set meant to stand alone.

I just wanted to clear this up.  A lot of people either seem to be forgetting this or missed the announcement that this set is meant to be played on its own.  Heck, MTG's own website has published articles making that mistake...
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I'm assuming that means the prerelease will be six AVR packs. But on MTGO, for instance, will you be able to draft AVR/AVR/AVR or AVR/DKA/INN? How does that work?
All drafts everywhere will be avr/avr/avr 
All drafts everywhere will be avr/avr/avr 



Not true. Wizards reccomends that the set be drafted triple-AVR, butnot everyone will do it that way all the time. I don't know how they handle it online, but some stores will, inevitably, for various reasons, draft AVR with other sets. It won't happen often, but it will happen. And yes, it will happen at sanctioned events like FNM's too. Sometimes stores run low on product and have to improvise.
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Drafting white is still going to be the hotness it has been lately, probably even more hot than before.
I'm going to draft the crap out of Avacyn Restored/Coldsnap/Conflux, myself.  Gonna be sweeeeeet.
All drafts everywhere will be avr/avr/avr 



Not true. Wizards reccomends that the set be drafted triple-AVR, butnot everyone will do it that way all the time. I don't know how they handle it online, but some stores will, inevitably, for various reasons, draft AVR with other sets. It won't happen often, but it will happen. And yes, it will happen at sanctioned events like FNM's too. Sometimes stores run low on product and have to improvise.


It is worth noting that there's nothing to even force sanctioned drafts to consist of three packs. Quintuple AVR will be just as legal a tournament format.

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I have a friend that wishes he could draft Innistrad/NewPhyrexia/NewPhyrexia.
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He can.  He just needs to get the booster packs and the friends to do it with him.
Still some of my favorite drafts have been those rare times when my shop ran low on the current block. Instead we'd do a "pick your own draft" of whatever was in stock. Everybody hated the guy who picked Kamigawa...

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Proposed casual format: Variety Draft

One pack each from the most recent 3X sets (where X is the number of players) is purchased and passed out, three per player, at random.  You play a normal draft with these, starting with the most recent pack you have and going backwards in time.

So currently an eight-player draft will use:

Dissension
Coldsnap
Time Spiral
Planar Chaos
Future Sight
10th Edition
Lorwyn
Morningtide
Shadowmoor
Eventide
Shards of Alara
Conflux
Alara Reborn
Magic 2010
Zendikar
Worldwake
Rise of the Eldrazi
Magic 2011
Scars of Mirrodin
Mirrodin Beseiged
New Phyrexia
Magic 2012
Innistrad
Dark Ascension

And then when Avacyn Restored is released it will replace Dissension.
He can.  He just needs to get the booster packs and the friends to do it with him.



That is exactly what is stopping him. Nobody to do it with. (I would, but he lives across the country.)
Proposed casual format: Variety Draft

One pack each from the most recent 3X sets (where X is the number of players) is purchased and passed out, three per player, at random.  You play a normal draft with these, starting with the most recent pack you have and going backwards in time.

So currently an eight-player draft will use:

Dissension
Coldsnap
Time Spiral
Planar Chaos
Future Sight
10th Edition
Lorwyn
Morningtide
Shadowmoor
Eventide
Shards of Alara
Conflux
Alara Reborn
Magic 2010
Zendikar
Worldwake
Rise of the Eldrazi
Magic 2011
Scars of Mirrodin
Mirrodin Beseiged
New Phyrexia
Magic 2012
Innistrad
Dark Ascension

And then when Avacyn Restored is released it will replace Dissension.



This is already a draft format done at some larger events, and it's called Twisted Draft, and it's a lot of fun.

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I'm assuming that means the prerelease will be six AVR packs. But on MTGO, for instance, will you be able to draft AVR/AVR/AVR or AVR/DKA/INN? How does that work?


On MTGO, the drafts should be triple AVR.  Limited events at Pro Tours, Grand Prixs, and other major WotC-run events will all be this way.  As was already mentioned earlier in the thread, of course shops can sanction drafts of any sort, but triple AVR was designed specifically to be its own limited format.
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This is already a draft format done at some larger events, and it's called Twisted Draft, and it's a lot of fun.


This sounds fun and I want to play it now.