So, we played cube last weekend (current list to LM).
The bad: We ended up being only 5 players, which was sad (odd number of players), but did round robin.
The awesome: I wanted to try the rochester draft version and had to adjust packs (number of packs and cards per pack) to fit 5 players somehow. So we decided to do Rochester with 8 cards/pack 5 packs/player and do “half wheel” (don’t know if this is actual terminology, I just made it up).
“Rochester with half wheel” is awesome, this is how we did it:
Player1 Lays out 8 cards (their first corp pack) openly on the table, picks one, then player 2 picks one, etc. down to player 5. Then player 5 picks another card, then player 4 and finally player 3 is left with the last card. Now player 2 lays out 8 cards (their first corp pack) and pick first etc. This result in 8 cards/player after everyone has gotten to be first picker, so do 5 rounds of that which results in 40 cards/player. Then do the same for runner but in the opposite direction.
This mean that the 1st and 2nd picker for each pack only gets one card and the rest get two, but the last player gets to pick two in a row and be “in the middle”.
Why is “Rochester half wheel” fun (the funnest)? Imo it creates a lot more nerve/tension for whatever you pick, you can counterpick/hatedraft a bit more and also it leaves interesting choices for whatever position you are picking in for any pack, instead of getting left with the crap at the end. It also means that some packs you would rather be last than first, e.g. a pack in which there are a lot of medium/high impact cards. Picking first is often very hard as you get so many choices of good cards and counter picks.
I recommend you try “Rochester half wheel” next time you draft, it creates a lot more interaction in the drafting part and some banter, discussion and laughs (you might want to set guidelines on what ppl are allowed to talk about, like if players are allowed to remind other players of what cards player X already picked).
Also, I realized TTW, Faust, D4 is really strong in draft, who would have thunk it