Pokemon Booster Draft Rules
October 2003-2004 Edition
This document is used in conjunction with the Pokémon Organized Play Floor Rules document. The suggested format for a Pokémon Booster Draft is 6 boosters of Pokémon-e TCG: EX Ruby and Sapphire. Other expansion sets are allowed for draft purposes, as long as each player has the same number of boosters from the same expansions.
Setting up a Booster Draft Tournament
The tournament organizer registers each player for the event, similar to a constructed tournament. Once registration is finished, the tournament organizer divides the players into separate drafting tables at random. Each drafting table should have an equal number of players. The judging staff then distributes the boosters being used for the draft.
Starting the Draft
Once the players have been seated and
have their boosters, the judging staff will have the players
start by opening their first booster. Each player looks at
cards from their booster and chooses one card, placing it
face down in front of them. The judge will now have the
players pass the remaining cards from each of their boosters
to the person on their left (clockwise around the table).
Each player will then draft one card from that stack. Once
players have chosen a card, the judge will instruct the
players to pass the remaining cards again, until all of the
cards from those boosters have been drafted. When the
initial booster packs have been completely drafted, each
player may look at the cards he or she has drafted. At the
judge's signal, players set aside their drafted cards, and
open the second booster. This time, after choosing a card,
each player will pass the remaining cards to their right
(counter-clockwise around the table). After each series of
packs have been drafted, the next booster will be drafted in
the opposite direction, until all six boosters have been
During the drafting portion of the tournament, players should not be talking or offering other distractions. Once a player has chosen a card, it should go into a neat pile in front of that player. After each round of boosters have been drafted, players may examine their own drafted cards.
Finishing the Draft portion
After players have finished drafting
their cards, they will start building a 40-card deck. They
may only use the cards they have drafted, and any basic
Energy cards necessary to finish building the deck. Any
drafted cards that are not used in their deck, are set aside
for the remainder of the event. Tournament officials will
announce at the beginning of the event if decklists are
required for the event.
The event is run similar to a constructed deck tournament. The only differences are that players use 40-card decks and put 4 Prize cards out for each game.
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