Welcome fellow adventurers! In this article, I will rank all cards in the set from high-to-low for the purpose of the first-pack, first-pick (P1P1) decision in Adventures in the Forgotten Realms draft, answering the question “which card would you first-pick?” for every conceivable booster pack. While this Forgotten Realms Limited pick order reflects P1P1, the card rankings (which are based entirely on my own evaluations) are also a reflection of raw power in a vacuum. However, you shouldn’t mindlessly follow this or any other ranking for an entire draft, as synergies matter and valuations change once you commit to an archetype.
If you haven’t done so yet, then check out my article on the 10 two-color archetypes in Forgotten Realms Limited first. It sets the stage and provides context for the Limited format. There’s a gold signpost uncommon for every color pair, and they pinpoint the synergies to focus on in your draft.
Now, let’s get to my fully ordered P1P1 list. It’s essentially one continuous list, but I interspersed headings to make it easier to parse.