Magic - The Distributed Planar Collection

Planar Schedules

For each plane, I’ve put together a small custom draft set that captures some highlights of the setting, usually drawing from multiple expansions. Then, I periodically host competitions at which we draft the set, and the winner gets to keep it!

New Planes (2014 to present)

Plane Sets Giveaway Date Winner
Theros Theros, Born of the Gods, Journey into Nyx June 2017 Brian
Tarkir Dragons of Tarkir, Fate Reforged August 2017 Jeremy
Kaladesh Kaladesh, Aether Revolt March 2018
Amonkhet Amonkhet, Hour of Devastation June 2018
Ixalan Ixalan, Rivals of Ixalan September 2018

After this, I’ll have caught up with Magic’s own release schedule and could do giveaways as the next new set is released (roughly every four months) or just transition to playing new sets online. Either way, if I want to maintain a three-month giveaway cycle, then I would start dipping into the next section.

Old Planes (Before 2009)

Plane Sets Giveaway Date Winner
Otaria Odyssey block, Onslaught block 2019
Mirrodin Mirrodin block, Scars of Mirrodin block 2020
Kamigawa Champions of Kamigawa 2021
Ravnica Ravnica block, Return to Ravnica block 2022
Lorwyn Lorwyn block, Shadowmoor block 2023
Alara Alara block 2024
Zendikar Battle for Zendikar, Oath of the Gatewatch 2025
Innistrad Shadows over Innistrad, Eldritch Moon 2026

I have a harder time seeing myself willing to give these sets away without first playing them out. Champions of Kamigawa has an excellent reputation as a draft set, and Ravnica–even if diluted considerably by its sequel–seems like a keeper as well. Even though Otaria and Mirrodin lack the reputation of these other sets, their component sets have their fans, and my hope is that by combining two blocks, the sets are more interesting. Lorwyn loosely aligns with these redeeming qualities, as it’s basically two blocks in one (Lorwyn + Shadowmoor) and has rabid fans in various corners of the internet. Alara’s the main exception, but even here, I’d have to put in a considerable effort (much less cash outlay) to get this set going; here’s hoping they do a Return to Alara sometime, obviating the “need” for this. In any case, I anticipate I’d be willing to part with all of these sets after a sufficient number of plays. I think I just wait till I’ve got a more regular playgroup that’s able to play sets more than once, and then I can start rotating through these.

Formats

Cutting two colors from each set (one if it’s multicolor) does a good job of forcing players to explore deeper archetypes and make use of weaker cards, thereby simulating a typical 8-player booster draft. For each player count, we adjust the format so that everybody sees about the same number of cards each time while also ending up with ~45 cards from which to build a 40-card deck.

Players Cards Draft Format Play Format Notes
2 162 18-round Grid Draft One-on-one
3 225 3-pack Sealed + 12-round Grid Draft Free-for-all Sealed packs from Core + Multiplayer modules
4 225 1-pack Sealed + 5-pack Booster Draft Two-Headed Giant or Round Robin (1v1)
5 225 5-pack Booster Draft Star (without color restrictions)

In all cases, a pack consists of just nine cards, rather than the usual fifteen.