Rare Drafting: Heist Edition

Rare Drafting: Heist Edition

Greetings fellow Spoilers! So as of this reading I have no doubt that most of you have called in sick, locked the doors, and told loved ones to stick it where they would have things stuck because April 10th, my friends, was Holy Heist day.  I, myself, have told my significant other that while I love her, I’m not in Spoils love with her, and even though now it seems like that was a mistake I believe we will look back on this time not as a roadblock in our relationship, but rather the building of the strong foundation that our marriage rests upon.  Plus, I’m sure all will be forgiven when I speak incessantly on the new combos I’ve discovered, but I digress. I want to talk again today about the moment when the planets align and the rare card in the pack is worth drafting on its own merits.  In the previous article, I mentioned cards that could or should direct your drafting following that pack, cards like GGG or Samuel Gristwalter.  But forget those tired Shade and 2nd Edition card; it’s Heist time. The one thing I noticed, and you will too, is that MANY of the rare cards in Heist are very good and worth grabbing.  The bummer being is that they are costed appropriately (I know, right) or they have a high threshold, meaning they will direct your draft, locking you into pulling cards from the same trade in order to best make use of your target threshold – not unlike the previously mentioned cards.  There are, however, three rare cards that I believe...
Open Beta Draft Tournament Report

Open Beta Draft Tournament Report

Hello Fellow Spoils Players! Daniel Sotelo here with a little run down of the Free Open Beta Draft event that was held at Campus Cards and Games in Orlando Florida on Saturday March 7th. I have seen on Facebook how much the Florida Scene has grown with the Spoils over the past year or so with the help of some great Ambassadors (GREAT JOB GUYS!!) and I guess Ken helped out, too!  After meeting a few of them at Gen Con 2014, I knew I wanted to get down there one day and play some Spoils. I was planning a trip down to Orlando that weekend for the first ever NYCFC match VS the other MLS Expansion Team, Orlando City. So I took that as perfect opportunity to get in touch with John Westcott and Ken Pilcher to help set up an event. After talking back and forth for a bit, I wanted to have an event that will attract players from all the different groups in different regions of Florida. So…I thought, why not put up some product that I had laying around and do a FREE Draft. Who wouldn’t want to play in a FREE SPOILS DRAFT? To add a bit of flare to the event, I chose to make it Open Beta, bringing back Spoils to its roots and for a lot of the these Florida Players, they had never played with Open Beta before. This was a chance to get some cool Beta cards for FREE and play in a fun event!  With the hard work from John, who set everything up at the shop, we had a...
Rare Drafting

Rare Drafting

Greetings fellow Spoilers! Over the past few articles we’ve discussed some combos within the Shecond Limited setting, and during said discussions I mentioned a few times that limited play requires singularly strong cards.  So let’s dive into those cards shall we?  I specifically want to discuss drafting strong cards in this article.  Drafting requires much more than just picking out the strongest card in the deck and needs an entire article devoted to even do it a modicum of justice.  So, instead, I am going to narrow my focus towards cards you should grab on their own merits like you’ve opened a fresh pack and haven’t decided anything about anything when it comes to your eventual deck. Today, let’s focus on rare cards.  New and old players alike really like to pull the rare card from a pack.  You paid for a draft; you might as well make your money back, especially if the prize pool is limited.  I completely understand this mentality.  When Seed was new, I was guilty of grabbing a Violence out of my third pack when I had decidedly been drafting banker and rogue, even when it meant passing up a Pilgrimage Auditor or Shadowy Mugger.  This tendency was exacerbated with the addition of Seed 2 because of its bizarre 60/50 common/rare split.  Chances were after several drafts or box purchases you had your fill of Seed 2 commons.  If you are in it to win it though, you should be looking at the strongest card or cards in the pack that will fit in your evolving deck irrespective of rarity. All that having been...