Opening a new KeyForge deck and exploring the intricacies of its unique mix of cards is one of the most exciting parts of the game. It’s a moment of discovery that is at the heart of the KeyForge experience, and it was a critical part of designer Richard Garfield’s vision for the game. The Archon and Alliance tournament formats give players opportunities to demonstrate their skills honed through long practice with strong decks. Yet the discovery aspect is largely absent from those formats.
Playing those first few games with a new deck can be very rewarding; there’s no better way to learn what a deck can really do than by playing it. Playing competitively with new decks is also a skill in its own, and it deserves to be honored at the same level as playing well with known decks. Sealed deck play places a great emphasis on the discovery aspect of KeyForge. Each participant in a sealed deck event explores their own unique assortment of cards for the first time, and discovers interactions that have possibly never been seen before. For many players, sealed deck play is the ultimate expression of KeyForge’s unique magic.
Players made it clear to us throughout 2023 that their love for sealed deck play was strong. They showed up to events early to participate in sealed deck side events, often in greater numbers than some main events. KeyForge Celebration saw massive numbers at its main sealed deck event, and received praise for “finally making sealed deck play matter.”
Therefore, with much fanfare (and fireworks in the Crucible), Ghost Galaxy is proud to announce that Sealed will join Archon and Alliance as the third official competitive format in 2024!
That means that sealed deck play will feature prominently at all levels of main tournament events throughout the season, and culminate in its very own World Championship event at the end, crowning a World Champion in 2024 alongside the Alliance and Archon World Champions.