Core 20 Omni Drafting

Science Theory

  1. Is this format fun?
  2. How easy it to reclaim your entry cost (Expected Value)?

Yes, but be ready for games to end turn 1.

The standard 5k/750g has a worse EV than traditional draft. Due to the speed increase of best of one games, you can spend resources in less than 30 minutes for a full run. This event will require a 60%+ win rate to break even (ignoring the value of filling out your collection, always a plus).

Like the previous omni events, the bots have a similar pick order, which we can use to our advantage. Cards like Angelic gift can easily 15th pick if you can plan ahead.

Remember you only start off with 3 cards instead of 7 at the beginning of the game, so we are looking for 3 card combos to win turn 1.

Broken Combos

  1. Turn 1 play winged words, draw two
  2. Play Scholar, return WW
  3. Unsummon Scholar
  4. Repeat but also grab the unsummon, draw every card in your deck before your opponent can play a card
  1. Getting two Yarok’s wavecrasher in your hand with either a corpse knight or risen reef wins the game.
  2. Just return each wavecrasher off each other for this elementally broken combo

Drawing more cards off your cantrips (free effects) allows us to rip through ourdeck like Yu-Gi-Oh

There are fewer free sacrifice outlets than I’d like for this to win turn one, but this should be able to draw you into a good amount of cards.

30 Game Winning Cards

Your deck will have to play almost all cards you draft, so making sure to pick high CMC (converted mana cost) creatures and enough defense like bone to ash can protect you from your opponent. Murder and instant speed removal work well.

Note: X spells for Omni are 0. So that awesome hydra isn’t going to do much here, neither are spells like convolute or pay X counterspells.

This event is great to pick up those random cards your missing from m20 and the match is over faster than almost all other magic. So make sure to grab your m20 before Throne of Eldarine:

This is just a subjective view, but many turn 1 decks will be drafted in a few hours. If you’d like to talk about drafting further please visit the official magic Arena discord group here:

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