Draft Assistant

Welcome to the Draft Assistant. The assistant is a tool that helps you keep track of everything that happens during the draft portion of the tournament, and helps you make better decisions based on that information.
You need to be logged in to use the Draft Assistant.

What it is

The Draft Assistant will provide you with the following information every time you are passed a pack.
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The draft assistant window (click to enlarge)
Best card(s) in pack Every time you are passed a pack, you will see its content at the top of the window. Under each cards you will find the average pick at which those cards tend to get picked (based on data from the aggregate card stats). This will give you a hint as to whether you could expect a given card to wheel back to you, or if you should hate-pick a certain card that still lingers in a pack. Under those ranks, you will also see the match win rate of each of those cards when they are part of a main deck. Finally, if the rare or legendary card is still in the pack, its approximate value, based on the average value of the last couple of buyouts, will also be displayed in case you wish to pick it for pure value.
Print runs Thanks to print runs, it is sometimes possible to know exactly which card were picked from a deck simply by looking at those that are remaining. When such a deduction can be made with 100% certainty, the Draft Assistant will point it out so you can know what other players picked. This has several caveats though: it can only work for commons since there are no print runs for uncommons; it cannot tell you which player picked the card (unless it's pick 2, then you know it's your immediate neighbor); it cannot tell you if the card was picked for somebody's main deck or if it was hate-picked and will not see play. As of set 6 (Scars of War), packs are no longer generated using print runs. Therefore, that information has been removed from the draft assistant.
Cards picked on the wheel When you reach pick 9 of a pack, you are presented with the remains of a pack you have already seen after it made its way all around the table. By comparing the content of the pack when you first saw it, and its content when it comes back to you, you can know which 7 cards were picked by everyone else. Remembering what a pack contained 8 picks ago can be pretty daunting. The Draft Assistant will remember for you and show you the 7 cards that were picked since the last time you saw that pack.
Please note that due to the large amount of information that needs to be displayed in a single window, it is strongly recommended that the Draft Assistant be used in a maximized browser window on a monitor having a 1080p or better resolution.

How to use it

To use the Draft Assistant, you will need to setup a couple of things.
  1. Create an account / Log in When you create an account, a unique API key will be generated for you so that only you can access your draft data.
  2. Setup the Hex client API You need to instruct your Hex client to contact the Draft Assistant when you enter a draft.
    If you already used the client API before and you know what you're doing, just add the following line to your api.ini file and skip to step 3:
    http://client.hexpvptools.net?api_key=YOUR_API_KEY|DraftPack|DraftCardPicked
    Note: Replace YOUR_API_KEY above with the actual value of the API key you find on your profile page once you created an account. The actual value to use will be written above if you are logged in while reading these instructions.
    If you never used the client API before, or you forgot how to:

    If you are on Windows

    Locate the folder where Hex was installed. By default, the HEX folder is
    C:\Program Files\HEX
    if you are using the standalone client, or
    C:\Program Files\Steam\steamapps\common\HEX SHARDS OF FATE
    if you are using Steam. In the Hex folder, create a file named api.ini, edit it and add the following line:
    http://client.hexpvptools.net?api_key=YOUR_API_KEY|DraftPack|DraftCardPicked
    Note: Replace YOUR_API_KEY above with the actual value of the API key you find on your profile page once you created an account. The actual value to use will be written above if you are logged in while reading these instructions.
    Note: Make sure that the file has the extension .ini and not .txt (e.g api.ini.txt), otherwise the sync will not work. See more details here.

    If you are on Mac

    First you need to find the location where Hex saves its cached data. In order to do this, start the game, then open a terminal window and run the command 'ps aux | grep Hex'. This will display information about the game process and it should look something like:
    /Applications/Hex.app/Contents/HexGame.app/Contents/MacOS/Hex -sp=%2fUsers%2fusername%2fLibrary%2fCaches%2funity.Cryptozoic.HexPatch%2fh_dl_hex_gameforge_com__live_osx1452556776
    Copy the part after = and replace %2f with /. The result is the location we need. In this case it would be:
    /Users/username/Library/Caches/unity.Cryptozoic.HexPatch/h_dl_hex_gameforge_com__live_osx1452556776
    If you have the Mac Steam Client installed, use this folder instead:
    /Users/username/Library/Application Support/Steam/steamapps/common/HEX SHARDS OF FATE/HexData
    Inside this folder, create a file named api.ini if it doesn't exist. Edit it and add the following line:
    http://client.hexpvptools.net?api_key=YOUR_API_KEY|DraftPack|DraftCardPicked
    Note: Replace YOUR_API_KEY above with the actual value of the API key you find on your profile page once you created an account. The actual value to use will be written above if you are logged in while reading these instructions.
  3. Restart Hex You need to restart Hex for those changes to take effect.
  4. Open the Draft Assistant and start drafting You are ready to use the draft assistant. You will not need to repeat the above steps anymore (unless you uninstall and reinstall Hex).