• TRP Tomb of Annihilation Preview Draft!

    It was a hectic WKO filled weekend for many of us here at The Reserve Pool, with TRP's own Isaac, JT, Randy and Stuart all converging in a secret bunker hidden beneath the the desolate plains of Ohio to prepare for the weekend's festivities. Taking advantage of this rare in person gathering and the generosity of our friends at WizKids, the TRP crew warmed up their drafting skills by diving into a D&D: Tomb of Annihilation draft and taking a look at the brand new Draft Packs!

    If you missed the trials and tribulation of the live stream on Friday, have no fear: the whole things was recorded for posterity. We have great moments like a guest appearance from DMArmada's voice playing tech support, to the sudden shock of going from blackness to Stuarts face appearing as the crew worked to get the bunker's recording equipment in line. However, if you would prefer to get right to the drafting, you'll want to jump to about the 7 minute mark (if the video doesn't jump there automatically for you).

    Isaac, JT, Randy, and/or Stuart may jump in here with comments on their take-aways from the draft, but the big one that jumps out to me as an observer: one draft pack per person is plenty. Two draft packs per person is massive overkill.

    Comments 5 Comments
    1. jigsawhc's Avatar
      jigsawhc -
      Thanks for the draft and stream! Made my Friday at work a lot better

      Also, from a watcher's perspective the draft packs look really fun and just 1 pack seemed like it was good. No need to draft 2 packs.
    1. cnhiggins's Avatar
      cnhiggins -
      Started the video, but haven't had time to finish. What was the price per draft pack? I think my favorite thing about the packs are the two basic actions that you get. Will help newer players I feel. I know that when I first started out, it was frustrating not having all of the good BACs. I like the idea of being stuck with two BACs and working to build a team around them instead of the other way around. More strategy? I still like having the 12 packs though and having the thrill of opening each pack. Not huge into the D&D ip, but definitely looking forward to drafting with these packs. I'm hoping these packs aren't a replacement for old style of drafting.... not sure WizKids' end game with these.
    1. Flexei's Avatar
      Flexei -
      Quote Originally Posted by cnhiggins View Post
      Started the video, but haven't had time to finish. What was the price per draft pack? I think my favorite thing about the packs are the two basic actions that you get. Will help newer players I feel. I know that when I first started out, it was frustrating not having all of the good BACs. I like the idea of being stuck with two BACs and working to build a team around them instead of the other way around. More strategy? I still like having the 12 packs though and having the thrill of opening each pack. Not huge into the D&D ip, but definitely looking forward to drafting with these packs. I'm hoping these packs aren't a replacement for old style of drafting.... not sure WizKids' end game with these.
      I'm fairly sure MSRP is $10 per draft pack. I'm also a big fan of having to use the Basic Actions you get.

      There will still be a gravity feed for Thor, which will also have draft packs. I think it'll be fun to mix it up and the draft packs are _MUCH_ better when your attendance is low. You can still build solid teams just going head to head with 2 people which is something that is nearly impossible with the original Rainbow Draft. I think generally they just add a lot more versatility to game types and events.
    1. cnhiggins's Avatar
      cnhiggins -
      Quote Originally Posted by Flexei View Post
      I'm fairly sure MSRP is $10 per draft pack. I'm also a big fan of having to use the Basic Actions you get.

      There will still be a gravity feed for Thor, which will also have draft packs. I think it'll be fun to mix it up and the draft packs are _MUCH_ better when your attendance is low. You can still build solid teams just going head to head with 2 people which is something that is nearly impossible with the original Rainbow Draft. I think generally they just add a lot more versatility to game types and events.
      Excellent point! The distribution in the packs seems to ensure you get something you will like If I was a store hosting an event though, I may want to stick with drafting 12 packs since it is worth at least a few more dolla bills! I like that WizKids has been responding/innovating.
    1. Axyz's Avatar
      Axyz -
      What are your thoughts on doing the double draft pack for a draft? In the case of one of the players who drafted gear related cards, but never got gear BACs, having 4 BACs to choose from give you better options. I just don't know if $20 for a draft would be feasible for every player. I know that MtG drafts are 6-8 packs and are $3-4 a pack. So this is still cheaper.