This thread will be used by me to chronicle my m10 drafting over the next few weeks. Feel free to post comments at your leisure
Ep 1: M10 Drafting, a player's perspective:
I have been drafting quite a bit of m10 online, and have decided to share my thoughts on the state of m10 drafts. First of all, I would like to point out that the format is bomb heavy, but it is defiantly possible to win w/o bomb rares in your deck. The last draft I played in was a perfect example of this.
Steve's MTGO Draft from the wee hours of Thursday morning:
Relevant SB cards:
I came in 2nd in this draft, (Game 3 of final match; mull mull; kept my 5 with one land in it and didn't draw a 2nd until turn 4), and I found the tempo of my fliers hard to beat. Note that I never once cast earthquake, although I often found my mountain J. If I could re-do the main deck, I would take out one of the safe passages and main deck a solemn offering, too many disabler enchantments in the format for it not to be MD, I sb'd it in every round. I passed a lot of black to my left from pack 1, and a lot of blue to my right pack 2, and I defensively picked a doom blade and tendrils of agony in the 3rd pack, *5th and 7th picks respectively.* I would do this again if given the chance, considering there were no cards I really needed in those picks. I could have taken another Razorclaw Griffin over the Doom Blade, but I already had 6 fliers and didn't see the need. Nothing else noteworthy except maybe that I first picked an Earthquake in pack 1 with Lightning Bolt, Pacifism, and Howling Banshee.
Stars of my draft:
Mold Adder. Played vs not 1 but 2 UB decks, round 1 and 2, and this little guy was bonkers (and not always so little!). He made it all the way to a 7/7 game 3 vs my 2nd opponent, and certainly won the game for me. Often goes late in a draft, so pick up one or 2 in your next draft so try em' out!
Safe Passage: Having 3 copies of this card was a little excessive but every time I cast it I was thrilled to have it. Caught my round one opponent trying to swing for lethal with a Vampire Aristocrat that had eaten a Horned Turtle, Acolyte of Xarathid, and a Pacified Wind Drake. Got one of my 3 TENTH pick, that's criminally late in my book for a card this good.
Solemn Offering: Wow, this card is so good in this format. Stops Ice Cage, Weakness, Gorgon Flail, Wispersilk Cloak, Pacifism, Entangling Vines, and even not quite as popular but still relevant Indestructibility, Honor of The Pure, Underworld Dreams, or Armored Ascension. Saved my butt a few times.
Cards that sucked in my draft:
None that I played really, so ill chose the loser's of my opponents builds instead;
Lifelink: Waste of a card imo, slap it on a creature only to let me 2 for 1 them with a divine verdict or pacifism or any removal J.
Magebane Armor: I passed on this card, even though it is good, it is such a tempo killer and with the aggressive nature of the deck I drafted it just didn't fit. It didn't fit against me either J.
While I liked my pool, it was relatively underpowered. The draft I won (right before this one) was the exact opposite. I'm not going to go in depth with this deck like the last one, just because this one was such an overpowered monster. I lost only one game in the 3 matches, and I had Serra Angel, Guardian Seraph, and a Sphinx Ambassador all out at once! The Serra got pacified, the seraph entangling vined, and the Ambassador got chumped 2x and then howl of the night pack for 6, followed buy an overrun, OUCH!
Steve's Midnight Draft (u/w)
1 Sage Owl
1 Ice Cage
That's all for today's Post; tune back later this week for a recap of later drafts!