Supreme Draft is an odd format where players only draft first picks. It takes a ton of cards and is a bit unwieldy, but facilitates some truly outlandish gameplay moments.

How to Play

Each player opens a pack, picks two cards into their draft pool, and then discard the rest of the pack. Repeat this process 18 times.

Since this format requires a number of cards equal to 18×(number of players)×(pack size), it can be difficult to support large numbers of players. Tweak the pack size down to 10 or 8 if necessary, or pause halfway through to shuffle all the discarded cards into fresh packs.


Supreme Draft can lead to completely bonkers draft pools, with sky-high card quality compared to a regular draft. It’s also easy to draft exactly what a deck needs in order to support any synergies or off-the-wall strategies, creating Rotisserie-like decks.

That said, it is also possible that the ease of constructing a manabase and collecting power outliers can lead to bomb-heavy gameplay patterns that might not suit all player preferences. The logistics can also be a challenge compared to other two-player draft formats.


Supreme Draft was designed for Magic Online and first introduced by Ali Steele.

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Supreme Verdict — Sam Burley