The backdraft format as described here has one fatal flaw - if one player is a poor (back)drafter, they can end up with a particularly strong pool compared to all the rest. The player who gets handed that pool will then proceed to crush everyone with it, which is both not particularly fun, and not particularly rewarding for them to win out based so completely on luck of the draw.
The incredibly confusing thing about this all is that the term "backdraft" far more often refers to a style of draft in which the rares are submitted into a pool at the end, and the players in the draft select cards to keep from it in order of their finishes in the event. When stores say they do "Backdraft" at their limited events, they are absolutely not referring to what Bruce is talking about here.Given that this is common at LCGs, I'm surprised he didn't make this distinction in the article, even as a postscript.
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Hmm. As a Magic player for 15 years and a reader of dailymtg.com since it first began, I've only ever heard "Backdraft" to mean this reverse drafting style. Redrafting rares is called "redrafting rares" at my LGS and every other venue I've heard of doing it.
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