Magic: The Gathering/Riviera Live Draft
Riviera Live Draft
- Huge common library
- Draft as you play
- No manascrew
Using the large Common Library, players "draft-as-they-draw". Flexible, controlled land drawing allows opportunistic change of strategy in mid-game.
Excellent for people wanting to play Magic casually, as it takes out the deckbuilding and card sorting aspects of the game - both of which can be tedious to some people. Popular with occasional or low-budget players, veteran players with harsh timetables and draft enthusiasts.
How to play
- One huge Common Library of assorted cards - anything except basic lands (we use a nice combination of Core Set, Ravnica block and Fifth Dawn).
- Five distinct piles for basic lands - face up.
- To get their starting hand, each player draws 14 cards from the common library, then removes 7 of them from the game.
- Give each player 40 random cards from the Common Library, this is their Private Library.
- Flip the top card of the Common Library FACE UP in the middle of the table. This card represents the Sugar Pile, and everybody can see what it contains.
- Draw the top card from the Sugar Pile, OR
- Draw the top card from your Private Library, OR
- Look at the top 3 cards from the Common Library, put one on the Sugar Pile, remove one from the game, and draw the third.
Once per turn during your main phase, as a Sorcery, you may remove a card in your hand from the game in exchange for a basic land.
- If you throw away a blue spell, you can pick an Island. Red spell, a mountain, etc.
- If you throw away a multicolored or hybrid spell, you get to choose which kind of basic land to draw. Example: remove Boros Guildmage from your hand, pick a Plain or a Mountain.
- If you throw away a colorless or costless card (such as artifact or land), you may pick any basic land among the five.
- Library manipulation, "draw a card" effects, searching for a card, shuffling, milling... All of this target Private Libraries.
- A player loses when his or her Private Library gets empty.
- Each player still has an independent graveyard, and cards go there as normal.
- The owner of a card is the player who most recently drew it from the Sugar Pile, Common or Private Library into his or her hand.