Since the War of the Spark prerelease coincides with a Grand Prix and a Mythic Championship, I decided to put out my Pick 1 Pack 1 list even earlier! The goal of this article is to rank all cards in the set from high to low for the purpose of the first-pick first-pack decision in Draft. The ranking is also relevant as a rough guideline for the subsequent picks.

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Methodology and Data Sources

To construct an aggregate ranking, I took the weighed average of the following normalized grades:

After taking the average of the four grades, I made some adjustments for multicolor cards and colorless cards to get closer to a proper first-pick first-pack order. After all, first-picking a gold card reduces your flexibility because it only goes into one color combination, whereas an artifact card keeps your options open. I subtracted 0.2 points for any gold card and added 0.1 point for any hybrid or colorless card.

The end result was a number for every card in War of the Spark—an aggregate of the above four sources that captures people’s first impressions. My raw data in spreadsheet form can also function as a searchable text list. After I got a number for every card, all I had to do was to press sort, and the aggregate pick order list arose.

Tier 1: Bomb Rares/Mythics

Cards from this tier got a final adjusted rating between 4.1 and 5.0. If you prefer letter grades, then I would peg most of them as A-, A, or A+.


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Remember that this is all one continuous list, to be read left-to-right, top-to-bottom, and that the cutoff for my category grouping is completely arbitrary. The way to read it is that Prison Realm should be first-picked over Feather, the Redeemed or Vivien, Champion of the Wilds, which should in turn be first-picked over Angrath, Captain of Chaos if they’re all in the same booster together. Arlinn, Voice of the Pack is on par with the best card from the next tier.

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Tier 3: Includes the Top 5 Commons

Cards from this tier got an aggregate grade between 3.8 and 3.1. That’s approximately B or B-.