The Big Draft: A Primer, Part One

As a result of the request for more information on the Big Draft in the World Chat, I figured I’d give it a shot here on the blog so that I don’t create a million new World Chat messages. Like I said in the stuff I did post on World Chat, the idea here is to have as much of a say on the composition of your ML roster as possible. So the purist form of this idea would see a “Big Draft” happen every offseason, but the closest version that I know of consisted of playing three seasons with the hand-crafted rosters.

The “Big Draft” essentially happens in two parts: the preliminary draft and the player draft. The preliminary draft is short and sweet, just two rounds long most of the time. These two rounds are used for the participating owners to select a franchise and a draft slot for the serpentine Player Draft. For example, when we ran this theme most recently, I used my first round pick in the preliminary draft to select which franchise I wanted to have for the theme (which is the same franchise I currently own in S25), and in the second round I decided that I wanted to have the #12 overall draft slot in the Player Draft.

Obviously, picking early in the preliminary draft is highly advantageous and therefore figuring out the draft order for the first iteration of the preliminary draft is key to this whole thing. Last time, we used a random number generator set from 1-32, with each number corresponding to an owner…it was as close to virtual ping-pong balls as we could get. We also decided that in future iterations of the preliminary draft, the order would be determined by on-field results during the three seasons played with the resulting rosters. Unfortunately, we never got that far so I can’t say with 100% certainty that it works, but I can say that it was far and away the best of many proposals floated on the subject.

At the conclusion of the preliminary draft, everyone has a team and a draft slot for the main event, the Player Draft. The Player draft works much like your typical fantasy sports draft, where you draft any player from any team to your roster, as long as they’re eligible. The vast majority of players in the world will be eligible, but there were a few exceptions that we made in the last iteration for reasons that I think are best saved for another post so that it doesn’t end up being too much information all at once.

Let me know if you want to hear more, and/or if this is something that you would be interested in participating in!

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