For anyone unfamiliar (just in case) there is a Magic format called "draft" where you sit in a circle, open up a pack, pick a card and pass the rest (3 packs total) then construct your deck from the chosen cards.
Draft strategy is a huge topic that I feel is very open to opinion for specific card picks, although I'd say most people agree on the general strategy (which types of cards to pick, and under which situations to pick them). It's really a huge topic.
A great way to discuss draft strategy is to look at a pack and analyze which card should be taken, the reasons why, and in what order the rest of the cards will most likely be taken.
I would love to list a theoretical pack's contents and discuss strategy, especially first picks. So here's a sample question:
I opened this pack in M14 draft today:
- Card X
- Card Y
- Card Z
- (11 more...)
I had trouble deciding between Card Y and Card Z. On the one hand, Card Y [blah blah blah], but then again Card Z is [blah blah blah]. What was the "correct" pick here and why?
However, I'm well aware there are many potential problems with this.
- Although it's quite reasonable to provide a solid, educational answer (not at all limited to the exact situation asked about), it will very likely attracted scores of one-liner opinionated answers
- The possibilities are nearly limitless and it is easy to come up with questions of this nature
- It is not a technical question, but about strategy
- The different draft formats tend to change quickly, so the specific question may diminish in value as time goes on
I've only listed the cons, but discussion about specific draft picks is quite useful, relevant to the game, and can be backed up by reasonable arguments. In many ways it seems to be quite on-topic.
I suppose one or two of these types of questions would be fine, but I don't want to open the flood gates. What do you guys think?