In Sealed Deck tournaments, the Head Judge may require players to perform a Sealed Deck pool registration procedure prior to deck construction:
- Each player is distributed the appropriate number of booster packs. The boosters should be marked in a way that distinguishes they came from the Tournament Organizer for that tournament.
- Players on one side of each table open their boosters (Player A). The player directly across (Player B) observes this. Both players will observe and verify the contents of those boosters. After this process, the opened cards are stacked face down in a single pile and placed near Player B.
- Player B will now open their boosters. Player A observes. Both players will observe and verify the contents. After this process, the opened cards are stacked face down in a single pile and placed near Player A.
- Player A then sorts and registers the contents of Player B’s pool, and vice versa.
- After registration, each player returns the registered card pool to the player who originally opened the pool.
- Players build and record decks as normal.
Previous methods went to even greater lengths to randomize the pool that a player would obtain to build, but lead to other problems. Details on the reasons for this change can be read about here.
We have realistically asked players to sort the pools for easy verification for some time now. Now we are making it more formal by requiring it via this document! It may be worth noting that some players may have trouble sorting the pools in a timely manner. If so please allot any resources available to help those players and keep the flow of the tournament moving.