Drafting Up the Perfect Strategy
In addition to attending conventions and creating displays around the community we also hold activities for our members such as drafts. This time we decided to do two consecutive drafts. First up was the Star Wars Rey’s Speeder (75099) with its enticing dark red pieces followed by an awesome (I believe some members referred to it as epic) draft of The LEGO® Batman Movie Clayface Splat Attack (70904)(check out the pieces!).
The hardest part of any draft is deciding if you want to choose a single element based on the size of the pile, the uniqueness of a part, or a part that you know you need more of. Although I personally love drafts I have been known to slow down the process a little due to indecisiveness so I now approach each draft more methodically:
- I do my homework ahead of time, checking current part counts in our inventory and looking over the pieces in each set.
- I spend a fair bit of time weighing the “coolness” and utility of parts and then I number the parts in the order of preference.
While most members just show up, you will find me behind my trusty list crossing off parts as they are selected and preparing to make my next move. The challenging part comes when people catch me by surprise and select a small pile of an interesting piece long before I had anticipated it would be picked. Although the temptation to deviate from my list can be strong I have learned to trust in the power of the list!
To celebrate another successful draft we headed over to Original Joes for their late night food and drink specials which has tuned into a bit of a MILUG tradition. Despite it being after 11pm (on a work night) by the time we got home we went straight upstairs to spread out our draft piles all over the living room floor to bask in the beauty of LEGO®. My favourite pieces that I came home with from these drafts are 147 nougat bows and 49 dark red arches! Now to put them all away!