Gavin Verhey over at Wizard’s the coast put together a great article on building a pre-release deck for Magic the Gathering. With the recent release of Battle for Zendikar last weekend, this information might come in handy for future pre-releases.
From various pre-releases I’ve attended before usually when asking among other players I’d hear you want a land count about 17 cards, but the rest was sometimes confusing. Gavin’s article breaks it down into an easy follow formula.
His suggestion for having a good mana curve is to use the following:
- One mana: 0–2 creatures.
- Two mana: 4–6 creatures.
- Three mana: 3–5 creatures.
- Four mana: 4 creatures.
- Five mana: 3 creatures.
- Six+ mana: 1–2 creatures.
After this you can add all the spells, fast effects and enchantments you want. This should bring you about 22-23 cards, then fill the rest with land (17-23).
If you want to read the full article head over here to read it.
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