We all know TPCi doesn't make anything Open Source, so can anybody be certain? I only know from personal experience, opening several boxes for the last 34 or 35 sets (Online) that the distribution is fairly close to IRL boxes. I don't save them, but I've made a tally with each set, to compare, and they're usually very close.
I'm guessing that most players think about booster packs as single purchases. Anything is possible when you buy them randomly from a store shelf (or the game's Shop). Yet, if you think in terms of sealed boxes, or cases of 6, which is how they're printed and distributed, it becomes more obvious how TPCi sees it.
All packs include a specified amount of Common, Uncommon, Rare, and Reverse Foil (and an Energy with the newer sets). There seems to be a standard pattern with each set, both Online and off.
Is there any reason to think Online packs have a different "pull rate" than real world boosters? That makes the most sense, where they would have programmed a specified amount of "good cards" to match (EX/GX, Full-art, Secret Rare). The coding surely follows IRL to a certain degree.
Yes, it seems the packs are generated on the spot, but I don't imagine that it's totally random. Otherwise, we'd hear stories of unbelievable pull rates, pack after pack, and we know that doesn't happen. The major variable seems to be the number of players opening at a given time.
I agree on the part where you say it isn't totally random, and while your point might be correct since I have never observed an IRL booster box. Saying that I would like to add a theory by another player on a similar topic.
The credit goes to Bobix86, who found out method...
Although I can't seem to find the thread where bobix actually kind of increased his pull rates by waiting a certain amount of minutes before opening a booster pack. Ever since that thread, I have always followed the method and have pull rates about 1 every 3 packs something good on an average. (Yes I maintain an excel sheet to track my pull rates).
However, I can't claim if this works or not. Everything I say is just on observation and not real proof. While I do say it increases my average pulls than the normal pull rates people often define on internet for a booster pack..
Although the following is my wording of what meant in that thread, I will do my best to retain the original meaning of what he said -
According to Bobix86, the RNG kind of starts by selecting each set of rarity cards in a set and doing so it does in order, so first the commons, uncommons, and lastly the rares get selected. According to him, by increasing the amount of time he waited before opening the booster pack, would more likely push the RNG to the later cards of the set which are usually secret rares.
Of course he didn't have any proof again, neither do I, which is why all I am doing is mere speculation.. but this was according to him ! Worked for me so far, try it out yourself if you want and let me know what happens ( I usually wait around 8-12 minutes) for booster pack.
Edited by harshu, 28 February 2019 - 10:19 AM.
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