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Rochester Draft
DCI Sanctioned
Paper {Tick}
Magic Online {Tick}
Magic Arena {Cross}
Type Limited (Draft)
Multiplayer {Cross}

Rochester Draft is a limited Magic: The Gathering draft format where one booster is opened at a time instead of every player opening their own pack.[1][2] The fifteen cards are laid out on the table and players are given about twenty seconds to review their choices. After that, players take turns picking one card at a time to build their decks.

The greatest difference between Booster draft and Rochester formats is the amount of information available to the player. Players are aware of the cards in their opponent's deck and perhaps be able to handle them better. However, most critics cite draft length as Rochester draft's greatest problem.

The name "Rochester Draft" came about because in the early days of Magic, R&D invented the draft format, and first showed it off at a convention in Rochester, NY, in late 1993 or early 1994.[3]

References[ | ]

  1. Anthony Alongi (August 05, 2003). "Before You Bust Those Packs...". Wizards of the Coast.
  2. Alex Shvartsman (January 21, 2005). "Rochester Draft Primer". Wizards of the Coast.
  3. Wizards of the Coast (February, 2003). "Ask Wizards - February, 2003". Wizards of the Coast.