Quote from steve_man »Seeing a lot of P1P1 discussions via Twitter / Reddit / MTGS, I've started to notice a lot of people liking to P1P1 mana dorks. Strong picks in my book, but I think it's a bit of an overrated P1P1 in a lot of the P1P1 scenarios I've seen.
Pack of the day, what's your pick?
Quote from DakaraiAs far as I know, Phantom Drafts aren't offered very frequently, and when they are, it's when they have the MTGO Cube up. (I also believe that they will be doing Phantom Modern Masters Swiss, but that is another story.)
They do offer Phantom Sealeds. Those cost four tickets each ($1 per ticket so $4 total) and if you go 2-1 (three out of the eight people will go 2-1) you get one booster which can be traded to a bot for around tickets (I recommend using the same bot every time because they store fractions of tickets - the booster will be worth 3.1 tickets or something like that and the bot will store .1 as credit). So, going 2-1 means that in order to do your next sealed, it will cost you $1.
Going 3-0 will give you three boosters and a QP (which are used for qualifiers in a monthly tournament). The three boosters will net you about 9-10 tickets, making your next sealed essentially free.
Basically, being in the top 50% of your pod makes doing another event much cheaper. I highly recommend doing phantom events, even though you don't get to keep the cards, because, for me, it's usually one ticket for three hours of entertainment, and I usually go 2-1, making my next event cheap.
And even if you don't place in the top 50%, you didn't miss out on much. It's only four tickets for the next one.
On a related note, Swiss drafts are similar (but more expensive). While Swiss doesn't give out as many prizes as the 8-4s, you are almost guaranteed to get one pack, making it $10 for the next Swiss draft instead of $16. Going 2-1 makes it $6 for the next draft instead, and going 3-0 makes it $2 for the next draft. This doesn't include the value of the cards that you get to keep. I also recommend doing Swiss drafts because you do get to play all three rounds and there is a good chance to go 2-1, and a $6 draft is much better than a $16 one.