Starting 9/9/12 D20 Games will start running Pokemon drafts every week. This is a fun format, but is not recommended for kids, since it will tend to run past standard kids bed-times, and since it is $30 per time. For the older players, it is a great chance to have fun while building up your collection, and maybe win some extra packs in the process.
Where: D20 Games, 2311 Santa Clara Ave, Alameda
When: Registration at 5:30-6:30, Drafting starts at 6:30.
What: 6 pack booster draft…open packs one at a time and pick a single card, pass the rest to the person next to you and repeat until all packs are complete. Build the best 40 card deck and play 3 rounds.
Cost: $30 includes 6 booster packs plus two packs for the prize pool.
Remember, even as we compete, D20 is all about being a place to have a good time, so avoid rule sharking and remember IJAG* and have fun with each other.
*Its just a game. 😉
Pokémon Booster Draft Format
This document is used in conjunction with the Pokémon Organized Play Floor Rules
The suggested format for a Pokémon Booster Draft is 6 boosters of Pokémon-e TCG: EX
Ruby and Sapphire. Other expansion sets are allowed for draft purposes, as long as each
player has the same number of boosters from the same expansions.
Setting up a Booster Draft Tournament
The tournament organizer registers each player for the event, similar to a constructed
tournament. Once registration is finished, the tournament organizer divides the players
into separate drafting tables at random. Each drafting table should have an equal number
of players. The judging staff then distributes the boosters being used for the draft.
Starting the Draft
Once the players have been seated and have their boosters, the judging staff will have the
players start by opening their first booster. Each player looks at cards from their booster
and chooses one card, placing it face down in front of them. The judge will now have the
players pass the remaining cards from each of their boosters to the person on their left
(clockwise around the table). Each player will then draft one card from that stack. Once
players have chosen a card, the judge will instruct the players to pass the remaining cards
again, until all of the cards from those boosters have been drafted.
When the initial booster packs have been completely drafted, each player may look at the
cards he or she has drafted. At the judge’s signal, players set aside their drafted cards, and
open the second booster. This time, after choosing a card, each player will pass the
remaining cards to their right (counter-clockwise around the table). After each series of
packs have been drafted, the next booster will be drafted in the opposite direction, until
all six boosters have been drafted.
Player Etiquette for Booster Drafting
During the drafting portion of the tournament, players should not be talking or offering
other distractions. Once a player has chosen a card, it should go into a neat pile in front of
that player. After each round of boosters have been drafted, players may examine their
own drafted cards.
Finishing the Draft portion
After players have finished drafting their cards, they will start building a 40-card deck.
They may only use the cards they have drafted, and any basic Energy cards necessary to
finish building the deck. Any drafted cards that are not used in their deck, are set aside
for the remainder of the event. Tournament officials will announce at the beginning of the
event if decklists are required for the event.