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Draft refers to both a limited format and the player-vs-player game mode which uses it.

As a limited format, decks are built using a limited pool of semi-random cards. In Draft, card pools are created through a drafting stage before any matches. Card packs are opened and passed between players as cards are selected until each drafter has four packs' worth of cards to build their deck from. The configuration of drafted packs rotates over time, typically 2 packs of the most recent expansion set and 2 Eternal Draft Packs.

The Draft game mode features runs of up to 7 single-game matches against other players using decks drafted in the current format. Runs give rewards based on match wins, and all drafted cards are kept and added to the player's collection. Wins and losses in Draft affect your rank in a tiered ladder, similar to the one used in the Ranked and Expedition modes.

Draft Format Edit

Specific configurations of packs used for drafting are referred to as Draft formats. The current Draft format consists of 2 packs of Argent Depths and 2 Eternal Draft Packs. Previous draft formats are listed later in this article.

Drafting Stage Edit

In Eternal, drafting takes place asynchronously.

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Deckbuilding Edit

Draft decks must adhere to Eternal's limited format rules:[1]

  • A minimum of 45 cards and a maximum of three times the size of the card pool (due to the composition rules that follow).
  • At least 1/3 of the cards in the deck, rounded up, are power cards.
  • At least 1/3 of the cards in the deck, rounded up, are non-power cards.

Draft Packs Edit

Main article: /Draft Packs

Draft Mode Edit

Draft mode is accessed under the "Versus Battle" section on the game's home screen. Draft is initially locked for new accounts, it becomes available after completing the tutorial campaign.

Joining a Draft Edit

Draft runs cost Gold icon5,000 gold or Gems icon500 gems to enter. A Draft Ticket may also be used to start a run. Draft Tickets usually received through a promotion, or as part of a bundle purchased in the store.

Joining immediately opens the drafting stage screen with the contents of the first pack. There is no time limit for drafting, the mode may be left and returned to at a later time without issue. Once all four packs' cards have been drafted (following the format rules above), the deckbuilding screen opens with the new card pool.

Playing Draft Matches Edit

Each Draft run consists of up to 9 games. A progress screen is displayed after initial deckbuilding and between each game in the run, showing the player's current rank, the option to edit their deck, and the run's games played, current run reward, and losses.

Matches are played against other players in the Draft mode queue, using their own drafted decks. Draft games follow standard gameplay rules. There is no time limit on finishing a draft run. Draft mode may be reentered at any time to continue an in-progress run.

The run ends either after 3 losses or 7 wins, whichever occurs first.

Match Rewards Edit

Finished Draft runs reward chests based on total wins:

Wins Reward
02 Silver Chests
13 Silver Chests
22 Silver Chests + 1 Gold Chest
31 Silver Chests + 2 Gold Chests
43 Gold Chests
52 Gold Chests + 1 Diamond Chest
61 Gold Chests + 2 Diamond Chests
73 Diamond Chests

Player Ranks Edit

Winning or losing games in Draft mode contributes to a player's position in a tiered ranking system. These ranks, in ascending order, are Bronze, Silver, Gold, Diamond, and Master.

Ranking position is tracked in points; each win or loss will add or subtract 10-20 points. Ranks are broken up into 100-point increments, passing that threshold raises the player's rank to the next rank. Losing games will lower points, but will never bring you down in rank (e.g. from Silver to Bronze).

Each player's rank is visible in Draft matches.

Masters Leaderboard Edit

After reaching Master, players are placed into a leaderboard where further wins and loses contribute to each player's position within it.

The Leaderboards screen (ProfileChapters) displays the current top 100 players. A toggle lets the player see their own position and those of their friends.

End of Chapter Rewards and Reset Edit

Ranks are tracked throughout each month's Chapter. At the end of the month players receive rewards of packs (of the current set) and premium cards, based on their final rank. Player ranks are reset for next Chapter.

Chapter Rewards
Rank Chapter Rewards
Bronze 2 Shadow icon Premium Uncommons + 1 pack
Silver 2 Shadow icon Premium Uncommons + 2 packs
Gold 1 Shadow icon Premium Uncommon &
1 Shadow icon Premium Rare + 2 packs
Diamond 2 Shadow icon Premium Rares + 3 packs
Master 1 Shadow icon Premium Legendary + 3 packs
Rank Reset[2]
Ladder Finish Ladder Start
Master Silver (50 points)
Diamond Silver (50 points)
Gold Silver (25 points)
Silver Bronze (50 points)
Bronze Bronze (0 points)

Organized Play Edit

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History Edit

Draft mode matchmaking was updated in Patch 1.18 (March 2017) so two players could no longer face each other twice in a single Draft run.

In February 2018 the drafting order was updated, so the 1st and 4th packs (from the current set) would come from the same player, and the 2nd and 3rd packs would come from another player. A collation system was also introduced to increase the diversity among common cards. These changes were intended to improve player signalling, control and predictability.[3]

Eternal Draft Packs were introduced in June 2018, with the release of The Fall of Argenport and its new draft format. This initial version contained cards from the previous three sets chosen to be drafted alongside the new set:[4]

Eternal Draft Packs make for a fun Draft environment that shows off the new cards, synergies, and strategies of the latest set, while making sure players still have access to iconic cards from the past.

In August 2018 the ranking system was updated, so that players could no longer demote in rank (i.e. from Gold to Silver).[5]

In late September 2019, the draft format was updated for the first "Draft Preview". As a sneak peek to the upcoming The Flame of Xulta set, 81 of its common and uncommon cards were incorporated into Draft Packs. Any drafted Xulta cards were kept and usable in constructed format decks before their set's full release.[6]

With The Flame of Xulta's release in October 2018, Draft Packs underwent a much more substantial change than previous updates. The card pool was greatly expanded to 785 cards, and weighting was introduced so some cards would appear more often than others. This expansion was due to the Draft Pack card pool now also being used for the updated Expedition format.[7]

Past Draft Formats Edit

* - Draft Pack updated

Patch Format / Dates Pack 1Pack 2Pack 3Pack 4
1.51.3 Argent Depths Draft Preview

June 17, 2020–present

Argent Depths Preview Draft PackEchoes of EternityEchoes of EternityArgent Depths Preview Draft Pack
1.51.0... Shadow of the Spire Draft

May 12–June 17, 2020

Draft Pack*Echoes of EternityEchoes of EternityDraft Pack*
1.51.0... Whispers of the Throne Draft

March 11–May 12, 2020

Echoes of EternityDraft Pack*Draft Pack*Echoes of Eternity
1.50.0... Echoes of Eternity Draft (v2)

March 11–30, 2020

Echoes of EternityDraft Pack*Draft Pack*Echoes of Eternity
1.50.0... Echoes of Eternity Draft

February 11–March 11, 2020

Echoes of EternityDraft Pack*Draft Pack*Echoes of Eternity
1.50.0... Echoes of Eternity Draft Preview

February 4–11, 2020

Echoes of Eternity Preview Draft PackThe Flame of XultaThe Flame of XultaEchoes of Eternity Preview Draft Pack
1.48.0... The Flame of Xulta Draft (v2)

December 2, 2019–February 4, 2020

Draft Pack*The Flame of XultaThe Flame of XultaDraft Pack*
1.47.2 The Flame of Xulta Draft

October 7–December 2, 2019

The Flame of XultaDraft Pack*Draft Pack*The Flame of Xulta
1.47 The Flame of Xulta Draft Preview

September 26–October 7, 2019

Dark FrontierDraft Pack*Draft Pack*Dark Frontier
1.46 Dark Frontier Draft

May 9–September 26, 2019

Dark FrontierDraft Pack*Draft Pack*Dark Frontier
1.45.0... Homecoming Draft

April 4–May 9, 2019

Draft Pack*DefianceDefianceDraft Pack*
1.42 Defiance Draft

December 13, 2018–April 4, 2019

DefianceDraft Pack*Draft Pack*Defiance
1.36 The Fall of Argenport Draft

June 28–December 13, 2018

The Fall of ArgenportDraft Pack*Draft Pack*The Fall of Argenport
1.28 The Dusk Road Draft
(ABBA passing order)

February 1–June 28, 2018

The Dusk RoadOmens of the PastThe Empty ThroneThe Dusk Road
1.27 The Dusk Road Draft
(ABAB passing order)

December 18, 2017–February 1, 2018

The Dusk RoadOmens of the PastThe Empty ThroneThe Dusk Road
1.22 Omens of the Past Draft

July 14–December 18, 2017

Omens of the PastThe Empty ThroneOmens of the PastThe Empty Throne
Draft

?–July 14, 2017

The Empty ThroneThe Empty ThroneThe Empty ThroneThe Empty Throne

References

  1. "Game Setup". Eternal Advanced Rules
  2. Eternal subreddit - What was your rank... [post] by _AlpacaLips_ (February 01, 2017). Retrieved October 21, 2019.
  3. Steam Community:: Eternal Card Game - Patch 1.28 - Draft & Card Changes (February 01, 2018). Retrieved October 20, 2019.
  4. 4.0 4.1 DWD News - Draft Packs (June 26, 2018). Retrieved October 20, 2019.
  5. Steam Community:: Eternal Card Game - Keep Your Rank by DWDMarketing (August 09, 2018). Retrieved October 20, 2019.
  6. DWD News - The Flame of Xulta Pre-Order Bundle (September 25, 2019). Retrieved October 21, 2019.
  7. DWD News - The Flame of Xulta: Expeditions and Draft Packs (October 04, 2019). Retrieved October 21, 2019.
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