What is a Mystery Chaos Draft?

The cast of The Mystery Chaos Draft 2015
The cast of The Mystery Chaos Draft 2015

Most of the Magic videos we make on “Milo: The Gathering” have to do with Cube. Cube is one of the most skill-testing, fun, limited environments available. There is nothing my playgroup loves more than drafting, but the drawback of Cube is that you don’t actually get to open real packs when you’re drafting. Busting boosters is a blast and I hate missing out on good times.

Judging from the envelope can you tell what pack might be inside?
Judging from the envelope can you tell what pack might be inside?

Chaos drafting is pretty straight-forward. You either bring or provided with 3 random packs from different Magic: The Gathering sets. For example, Player A brings a pack of Khans of Tarkir, Scourge and Planar Chaos while Player B brings a pack of M10, M11, and M12. I’ve tried it a few times, and the best part is not knowing what packs are going to show up and getting to open and draft cards from random sets. It’s fun and exciting and I wanted to find a way to emphasize this unique aspect of Chaos drafting.

No lands?!
No lands?!

Basically, I wanted to prolong the anticipation leading up to the pack opening and exaggerate the build up of suspense. Turning the pack selection process into a mini-game before the draft would make the experience more memorable and it would give us more value per vintage pack purchased. Now, I love riddles even though I’m terrible at them, so creating riddles or clues on each envelope seemed like the next logical step. Plus, Kathryn is actually REALLY good at creating riddles and doesn’t mind putting her artistic talents to use (even though she wouldn’t admit to it) so she was on board immediately.

And thus, the first Mystery Chaos Draft was born. Marc Anderson, Mike Reay, Ibrahim Shum and Frank Vanderzwet signed on to try this new format. We all gathered in Frank’s dining room, Kathryn and I shot the video with our cell phones and this was the result:

One year after that, we had purchased a camera. This allowed us to use a tripod when shooting the gameplay. We also had another partner at that point who saw the footage and asked if he could edit the rest. We gladly took up his offer since he is a master at what he does:

That brings us to this year: Mystery Chaos Draft 2015. Kathryn and I purchased some of the most exciting packs we have ever used for this event and Kathryn mischievously manifested some of her most cryptic hints yet. Our friend who edited last year’s event returned in full force and professionally shot the event and the interviews as well as committed to editing the entire thing. The Mystery Chaos Draft has come a long way from Frank’s dining room just two years ago.

I strongly suggest running an event like this for your friends. It is REALLY a memorable experience with guaranteed laughs that is unlike any other Magic event you would ever play.

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