New Casual Formats for Magic: the Gathering: Deckbuilder’s Toolkit!

Since I got the Deck Builder’s Toolkits in today, I’ve been puzzling over some ways to use the Toolkit in a Sealed-esque format… and I stumbled upon two great new ways to use them! The Toolkit contains four booster packs and 125 other non-land cards, which total, is 185 cards. Now, six booster packs – the normal pool for sealed – is 90 cards. See where I’m going with this?

To do a Sealed Heads-Up Toolkit battle, here’s what you do:

* Randomly assign two booster packs to each person. Just shuffle them up in your hands without looking and give the other person two of them.

* Take the three packages of non-land cards and deal them into two separate piles. Since there’s color streaks in the non-random packages, this ensures that each player gets a roughly even distribution of colors to build with.

I’ve seen this tried a couple of times, and it’s a lot of fun! My recommendation is that if you and a buddy both go in on a toolkit, you keep the cards you get dealt and battle for the swag card box that comes with the toolkit.

The next idea didn’t come from me, but rather a group of players who came in: Winchester draft! The card pool is perfect for a four-person Winchester draft – you can read more about that format here. No fancy rules necessary – just shuffle all the non-land cards up and get to it!


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  1. I think it would be fun to have a tournament Evan Erwin-style. Every participant purchases a Toolkit and builds a deck out of it. Could be a lot of fun. – Adam

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