Round 1:Rusted Sentinel You take the colorless card. The Slime commits you to green, and Frost Breath isn't good enough. You could take the rare if you wanted it, but this is the best pick. Gideon's Lawkeeper VS Outrage. Less color intensive and sends strong red signal to left... Sorin's Thirst Color intensive, but the best card in the pack.Incinerate Shouldn't go this late. Second Sorin's Thirst might be the right pick, but this is a pretty strong signal to go red (quite unfortunate, since I sent that exact signal already)Tormented Soul VS Visions of Beyond VS Phantasmal Bear VS Arachnus Web. Take the card in one of your colors.Garruk's Companion WTF? Worst pack ever or what? Hate draft this guy.Bonebreaker Giant VS similar big dudes. I like this guy best, but you could take the MastodonBloodrage Vampire VS Honor of the Pure... This guy is most consistent, and since Honor going late isn't necessarily a sign of White being open... probably the right pick.Frost Breath Shouldn't go this late (In hindsight, should've taken the Axe.)Tormented SoulBuried RuinStave OffFlightTaste of BloodForest
Round 2:Doom Blade Simply more consistent that Hellkite, but I won't anything against anyone who takes the Dragon.Drifting Shade Seeing Pacifism and Looter makes me sad.Vampire Outcasts Seeing Obliv Ring and Phantasmal Dragon makes me more sad.Bloodrage Vampire VS Tormented Soul #3. I already have two 'thirst enablers.Mighty Leap What. The. Crap. Is with these friggin packs? Duskhunter Bat VS Timely Reinforcements, which is now off-color.Stave Off This is making me sick to my stomach. These packs are so weak.Duskhunter BatFiery Hellhound VS Mind Rot. Why the heck is Titanic Growth still here? OR Goblin Grenade, for that matter?Phantasmal Bear So incredibly and terribly underrated.Divine FavorManabarbs Should've taken the Ponder.Pride GuardianStave OffMountain
Round 3:Warpath Ghoul VS Goblin Chieftain. I'm heavy black right now, so RR is not what I'm looking for. These uncommons suck. Grim Lavamancer VS Warpath Ghoul. Finally something really good.Incinerate VS Child of Night. Ha HA! About time.Goblin Fireslinger VS Devouring Swarm... At which point I weep tears of joy.Goblin Arsonist Not a bad pick... but this pack is also very poor.Goblin Fireslinger VS Timely Reinforcements. And so the tears continue to flow.Goblin Piker VS Mind Unbound.Goblin War Paint VS Diabolic Tutor VS Dark Favor. Tutor doesn't really have anything good to search for, so I'll go ahead and take this.Goblin Chieftain I am quite amused that the Kite Sail was taken over this.Llanowar Elves VS Smallpox VS Unsummon. I freaking HATE! those stupid uncommon artifact charms.Goblin ArsonistReverberate VS Phantasmal Bear. CRIMINALLY underrated card, I tell you.Pride GuardianDisentombSwampThis draft was incredibly weak. The uncommons were incredibly weak, and the commons abominably so (did I just use "abominably" again? It's because they really sucked). The third pack went above and beyond saving the draft for me, as I ended up with a decent Bloodthirst deck of exactly 24 playables (it had a very strong 10 playables, in comparison to the first pack's weak 7).
Heh, way to forget what I have and haven't said. Here: Those commons were ABOMINABLY bad.
Round 1:Acidic SlimeChandra's OutrageRampant GrowthIncinerateArachnus WebGarruk's CompanionGoblin ArsonistVastwood GorgerNaturalizeAutumn's VeilBuried RuinStave OffIslandSwampForest
Round 2:Furyborn HellkiteAcidic SlimeOblivion RingManabarbsGoblin PikerElvish ArchdruidGoblin TunnelerBlood OgreGoblin GrenadeAuramancerGladecover ScoutTurn to FrogPride GuardianStave OffMountain
Round 3:Jade MageGrim LavamancerIncinerateGoblin ArsonistStormblood BerserkerGoblin FireslingerLureShockGoblin ChieftainLlanowar ElvesGoblin ArsonistReverberateGladecover ScoutIslandSwamp
Creatures (15):2 x Acidic Slime1 x Garruk's Companion3 x Goblin Arsonist1 x Vastwood Gorger1 x Furyborn Hellkite1 x Goblin Piker1 x Blood Ogre1 x Jade Mage1 x Grim Lavamancer1 x Stormblood Berserker1 x Goblin Fireslinger1 x Goblin ChieftainSpells (9)Chandra's OutrageRampant Growth2 x IncinerateArachnus WebGoblin GrenadeLureShockReverberateLands (16):9 x Mountain7 x Forest
Round 1:Rusted SentinelChandra's OutrageSorin's ThirstSorin's ThirstTormented SoulGarruk's CompanionBonebreaker GiantBloodrage VampireLava AxeTormented SoulBuried RuinStave OffFlightTaste of BloodForest
Round 2:Doom BladeDrifting ShadeVampire OutcastsTormented SoulDistressDuskhunter BatWall of TorchesDuskhunter BatFiery HellhoundDisentombDivine FavorPonderPride GuardianStave OffMountain
Round 3:Goblin ChieftainGrim LavamancerIncinerateGoblin FireslingerGoblin ArsonistGoblin FireslingerGoblin PikerGoblin War PaintRampant GrowthLlanowar ElvesGoblin ArsonistReverberatePride GuardianNaturalizeSwampMy deck:Creatures (16): Bonebreaker Giant, Bloodrage Vampire, Rusted Sentinel, Tormented Soul x3, Vampire Outcasts, Drifting Shade, Duskhunter Bat x2, Goblin Chieftain, Grim Lavamancer, Goblin Fireslinger x2, Goblin Arsonist x2Spells (7): Chandra's Outrage, Doom Blade, Sorin's Thirst x2, Incinerate, Distress, Goblin War PaintLand: 9 Swamp, 8 MountainNot a great deck... I did not want to end up 50/50 Red and Black as my only real theme other than removal, direct damage then bloodthirst, is to put out the bumpers and scare the opponent on the block step. I predict a mid-group finish an a draft with this deck. Its a shame after drafting three Tormented Souls that I did not find things to bump them up with....RiceEdit: Missed the war paint... third soul in for the hell hound and war paint in for the lava axe....
From Mark Rosewater's Tumblr: the0uroboros asked: How in the same set can we have a hexproof, unsacrificable(not a word) creature AND a land that makes it uncounterable. How does this lead to interactive play? I believe I’m able to play my creature and you have to deal with it is much more interactive than you counter my creature.
MaRo: One of the classic R&D stories happened during a Scars of Mirrodin draft. Erik Lauer was sitting to my right (meaning that he passed to me in the first and third packs). At the end of the draft, Erik was upset because I was in his colors (black-green). He said, "Didn't you see the signals? I went into black-green in pack one." I replied, "Didn't you see my signals? I started drafting infect six drafts ago."
MaRo: I redesigned him while the effect was on the stack.
Round 1:Frost BreathChandra's OutrageSorin's ThirstIncinerateTormented SoulGoblin BangchuckersGoblin ArsonistBloodrage VampireSlaughter CryTormented SoulZombie InfestationStave OffFlightTaste of BloodForest
Round 2:Doom BladeDrifting ShadeVampire OutcastsBloodrage VampireGoblin PikerDuskhunter BatHideous VisageDuskhunter BatFiery HellhoundDisentombPride GuardianManabarbsPride GuardianWall of TorchesMountain
Round 3:Goblin ChieftainGrim LavamancerIncinerateGoblin FireslingerGoblin TunnelerTimely ReinforcementsGoblin PikerDiabolic TutorBrindle BoarUnsummonGoblin ArsonistReverberatePride GuardianNaturalizeSwampThis deck utilizes the Bloodthirst theme in M12. Pick 1, Pack 1, I didn't take Acidic Slime because I didn't want to play Green and Frost Breath is better than Rusted Sentinel. By the same measure I think Breath is better than Slime unless I know I can power out the Slime early with a Llanowar Elf. Even if I took the Slime first, I would have made the same picks the rest of the way. The other decision I had to make was Pick 1, Pack 2 between Furyborn Hellkite and Doom Blade. While the dragon is a bomb, and a finisher late game, my deck wants to be quick and aggresive and clear the way for my bloodthirsty creatures. By the time I have 7 mana for Hellkite, the game should already be over. I really like Hideous Visage in this deck as it can be used to really put my opponent on the ropes or as an alpha strike. For 3 mana it's gonna be tough to cast it and another creature in one turn, but when that happens it's a nice bonus. The one pick I want back is Pick 9, Pack 2. I took Fiery Hellhound and I should have taken Goblin Grenade. I have more than enough Goblins to run it even if I don't play the Bangchuckers which I probably don't. I'd rather play Manabarbs instead. I would also choose not to include Drifting Shade. It falls under Hellkite territory as too slow and mana intensive plus my deck seems to be mostly red which weakens the Shade's pumping ability. 'Drifting Shade - you're cut!' - H.S.With 15 creatures, 8 spells and 17 lands this deck hits the ground running.Until next time, your humble servant,The Apprentice
Please feel free to PM me any comments. I have not noticed many people drafting Manalith I am curious why. Round 1:Acidic Slime Control the board Deathtouch is nice too. possibly Mana accelerate deckTormented Soul Fond of Tormented Soul... Too Early will want pumper enchantments.Was debating Onyx Mage and go deathtouch theme.Rampant Growth Follow the green black get the mana accelerate while I canReassembling Skeleton is a good blocker ... if I get the mana flowing Tormented Soul I am pleased to have two so early now I need to look for pumers...Garruk's Companion He is a green creatureGreater Basilisk Deathtouch nice addition for late game defense. Bloodrage Vampire Black and bloodthirst for the tormented soul. Naturalize Autumn's Veil protects against doombladeLifelink Dont want my opponent gaining life. Stave Off meh hate draft.Bountiful Harvest it's green Taste of BloodForest
Round 2:Doom Blade I am playing black it is a mustAcidic Slime more enchantment hate and another deathtouch late game. Vampire Outcasts Tough call went with the bloodthirst. Tormented Soul three Souls!Reclaim recycle the doomblade Greater Basilisk DeathtouchStave Off Hate draftDuskhunter Bat Titanic Growth need pumpers Disentomb black should have a little recursion Gladecover Scout love the hexproof elf for blockingPonder another ponder for my collection Pride Guardian would rather not have my opponent gaining life on me. Brink of Disaster Mountain
Round 3:Manalith havent had much mana accelerate Manalith creates black or green for me. Manalith see above. Could play POnder if I wish now. Greater Basilisk DeathtouchTrollhide Need a pumper. Regerate is nice. Gladecover Scout blockerTrollhide hmmm... 3/3 hexproof elves with regerate or potentially drop it on a slime. Lure Dark Favor by now I have the pumpers I need still need mana acceleration Brindle Boar basic creature +4 life a bonusLanowar Elves Mana PumperTrollhide Reverberatespellhate think Fireball or Lava AxePride Guardian it's a cardPonderSwampLand (14):Forest X7Swamp X7Creatures (14):Acidic Slime X2Bloodrage VampireDuskhunter BatGladecover Scout X2Greater Bassalisk X3Llanowar ElvesTormented Soul X3Vampire OutcastsArtifacts (2):Manalith X2Spells: (12) Autmns VeilBrink of DisasterDark FavorDisentombDoombladeLureRampant GrowthReclaimTitanic GrowthTrollhide X3Sideboard (onlyuseable cards mentioned)Bountiful HarvestBrindle BoarGarruks ChampionNaturalizeReassembling SkeletonPonder X2Taste of BloodIsland X2Swamp X2
Round 1:Acidic Slime I'm not a big fan of quicksilver amulet in limited. Not with the speed of the format.Gideon's Lawkeeper The choice was between lawkeeper, chandra's outrage of the drake. The lawkeeper is the most useful of the 3 ImO.Onyx Mage I'm not going to3rd pick armored war horse, andit seems early for rampant growth. i'm not sure if I'll even stay in green. Between Sorin's thirst and Onyx mage, the mage is better if black ends up being a splash, and it gets rid of illusions for free.Reassembling Skeleton I can get SorinsS thirst here,which is very tempting, but skeletons have so many uses. And I already have Onyx mage to combo with it.Tormented Soul Here I could get arachnus web or this guy. He's maindecjkable, and will hurt whoever's playing red/black bloodthirst. And I'm already deeper into black.Brink of Disaster Removal is removal. And i'm not taking garruck's companion over this. I still only have only 1 green card so companion would be illogical.Stonehorn Dignitary it's too late to go into red, and I wouldn't do it over goblin arsonist. Greater basilisk is a good card, but I'd rather have something that costs 4 than 5. And the dignitary lets you stabilize against bloodthirst and bothers any limited deck really.Honor of the Pure Bloodrage vampire is decent, but honor of the pure could gie me a lot more bang for the buck. It goes so well with griffin sentinel.Divine Favor only pick. Playable at least.Tormented Soul Can't figure out why this is still ther. Maybe only 2 players draft black.eZombie Infestation Better than anything else here. Could maindeck or side.Brink of Disaster Yep, not many ppl in black.FlightTaste of BloodForest
Round 2:Doom Blade I want greatsword, I want stormfront pegasus. But this is doomblade.Pacifism More 2 mana removal.Oblivion Ring Not that there aren't other good cards, but this beats vampire outcasts.Griffin Sentinel Cm'here you. I got honor of the pure.Pride Guardian No brainer, and I still got honor of the pure.Timely Reinforcements Supercard, and I still got honor of the pure.Stave Off This happens to be the only pick here. But it's still a good card. maindeck.Duskhunter Bat Will probably be more useful than bloodseeker, which I'll likely forget to activate once in a while anyway.Mind Rot Only pick.Auramancer Default pick. there are 2 acidic slimes running around. so it might get me back O ring or an aura.Pride Guardian Hey I wanted one of those. And I stilll got honor of the purePonder Logical hateReclaim Logical hateStave Off Wow thanks.Mountain
Round 3:Benalish Veteran Ouch, what horrible first pick options. I won't be playing Kite shield, I'd likie mighty leap but the deck still need mid size creatures.Manalith man this pack sucks for me. I have half a mind to hate lavamancer. Logical pick.Alabaster Mage This will be child of night when it needs to be. Best pick here.Griffin Sentinel I still have honor of the pure.Pride Guardian No other choice here. Yhough I could hate stormblood berzerker.Disentomb Unless I have 8 griffins in my deck, I'm not touching griffin rider. Nothing else for me here.Pride Guardian Man, what's with the lack of black/white?Armored Warhorse Sure, good enough.Goblin Chieftain Best card to hate.Llanowar Elves HateGoblin Arsonist HatePhantasmal Bear WhateverGladecover ScoutPonderSwamp
Round 1:Acidic SlimeGideon's LawkeeperBuried RuinIncinerateBountiful HarvestDoubling ChantGreater BasiliskHonor of the PureDivine FavorCancelLifelinkLava AxeUnsummonTaste of BloodForest
Round 2:GreatswordPacifismOblivion RingGriffin SentinelStonehorn DignitaryTimely ReinforcementsStave OffAngel's MercyTitanic GrowthAuramancerDivine FavorAngel's FeatherPride GuardianStave OffMountain
Round 3:Benalish VeteranGuardians' PledgeAlabaster MageGriffin RiderPride GuardianGriffin RiderBuried RuinDemystifyBrindle BoarBrindle BoarTrollhideBountiful HarvestGladecover ScoutDisentombSwampYes this is my first draft. No I am not mentally handicapped. Yes I would like comments on this. Thanks
Sundial of the Infinite
Taste of Blood
Wall of Torches
2 Garruk’s Companion
3 Goblin Arsonist
3 Rampant Growth
Ok, this time around I used notepad to write down my thoughts, feel free to comment on themShowP1p1 Hmmm, nothing exciting here, to me it seems a pick between acidic slime and quicksilver amulet. I find the amulet too slow, so I pick acidic slime. P1p2 Hmmm, now to choose. Outrage is creature kill. Maybe I can slip into red/green? Chandra's outrage here.P1p3 Still, nothing quite special but that rampant growth would very much help with the double red and green. This could backfire but time to take a stand, the growth it is. P1p4 Oooo, this could very well open up for me. Incinerate is obviously the pick. Passing some good black and blue but I see the lurking crocodile also passing. P1p5 Would like to get some quality creatures but arachnus web is fine for me nowP1p6 time to take some creatures and garruk's is fine hereP1p7 Hmmm, tough choice, basilisk is good but so is the arsonist. Even the giant I would be happy to take but the other two are just plain better. So do I search for something on the low end of the spectrum or at the high end? Green has more fatties at the top end and I like targeted damage so it's the arsonist for me now.P1p8 That's the second time I get rewarded for a choice, nice big 5/6 fatty and Im picking up the gorger. P1p9 Lava axeP1p10 Autumn's veil , for the sideboardP1p11 Buried rune , in case some nice artifacts come wandering byP1p12 firebreathingP1p13 Bountiful HarvestP1p14 Taste of bloodP1p15 ForestOk, so I am happy to be in green/red. I have a few good removal spells, but really do need some more creatures. Also, mana development would be good so let's keep eyes open for rampant growth, llanowar elves and serious good creaturesP2p1 ooooooooooookay, that's a lot of power in one pack. I know doom blade is regarded as THE best card in M12 but if I can keep out of splashing a third color I will. There is enough suitable other material here for me to choose from so I decidenot to take the doom blade. Goblin grenade combo's well with the arsonist but I dont have enough goblins so I skip that one too. I like the titanic growth but I dont have enough creatures yet. In the end, the absolute power of the dragon is too muchto pass up so I decide to take Furyborn HellkiteP2p2 good lord, that's a lot of power again in colors I am not playing. However, the slime is still very good so I take it. P2p3 This is getting ridiculous, so much black and white power , three packs in a row. However, I find it too late to switch and the scout is good early game. Scout here. P2p4 Lightning elementalP2p5 reclaim is good with incinerate, rampant growth, outrage or any good card that gets sent to the graveyard. P2p6 If I had some more elves I would take the archdruid but I only have one atm so it's the deathtouch basilisk here. Getting top heavy atm, would really like some more rampant growth or llanowar elvesP2p7 Weak pack, goblin tunnelerP2p8 plummet to help against pesky flyersP2p9 O yeah baby, come to daddy. Rampant growth here. Too bad I cant take the growth along too :OP2p10 hating disentombP2p11 repeat last sentenceP2p12 ManabarbsP2p13 Pride guardianP2p14 Stave offP2p15 MountainHmmmmm, that hurt to pass up onyx ring, pacifism and doom blade after each other but some good additions. I could probably do with some midrange power. P3p1 Oooookay, I would seriously like half this pack please. Three rampant growth is sweet in my deck but the choice here I think is between web and mage. I could still very much do with some more creatures and midrange power, the jade mage helps in both departments, I take the mageP3p2 Right, yet more goodies and serious decisions to take. Trollhide is good, act of treason too, but there is also a lavamancer and a mana elf available. I first skip by the treason, then decide to skip the trollhide (I am allready quite mana intensive). So, lavamancer or llanowar elves?Well, both one mana first drop but I would be happier with the lavamancer if I draw it in the late game, so lavamancer it is. P3p3 I dont pass up the incinerate here, just too good. Once again so much good stuff I have to pass. Hopefully some of it will come back to meP3p4 Hopefully fling tables so I can use it with the dragon to end things quickly. The choice is between the arsonist and the fireslinger. Even though I cant ping creatures, tim is good so I take fireslinger (also combo's well with the dragon)P3p5 Well, seeing another pack that passes serious red/green goodies I feel happy with my choice of staying in red/green. However, I am getting a headache of all the difficult decisions I have to make. Since I have several good first drops I take the berserker. P3p6 Great , a titanic growth comes my way, I'll take it.P3p7 With the recent picks I'll be happy to take another scoutP3p8 I can't believe it, a shock this late? Thank you very much, I'll take it.P3p9 Thank you, another growth, this will seriously help me thin out my land and get to my goodiesP3p10 O yes, the llanowar elves tabled, Ill take itP3p11 And the arsonist tables too, I'll take itP3p12 Maybe I even have a nice slot for reverberate, I got quite a few good instants and sorcery's I wouldn't mind copyingP3p13 scoutP3p14 naturalizeP3p15 swampTo wrap things up, here are my picksRound 1:Acidic SlimeChandra's OutrageRampant GrowthIncinerateArachnus WebGarruk's CompanionGoblin ArsonistVastwood GorgerLava AxeAutumn's VeilBuried RuinFirebreathingBountiful HarvestTaste of BloodForestRound 2:Furyborn HellkiteAcidic SlimeGladecover ScoutLightning ElementalReclaimGreater BasiliskGoblin TunnelerPlummetRampant GrowthDisentombDisentombManabarbsPride GuardianStave OffMountainRound 3:Jade MageGrim LavamancerIncinerateGoblin FireslingerStormblood BerserkerTitanic GrowthGladecover ScoutShockRampant GrowthLlanowar ElvesGoblin ArsonistReverberateGladecover ScoutNaturalizeSwampNow I am going to try and built a deck out of this.Creatures-2x Acidic Slime 3GG-1x Furyborn Hellkite 4RRR-1x Jade Mage 1G-1x Grim Lavamancer R-1x Llanowar Elves G-1x Garruk's Companion GG-2x Goblin Arsonist R-1x Gobin Fireslinger R-1x Stormblood Berserker1R-1x Greater Basilisk 3GGSpells-1x Chandra's Outrage 2RR-2x Incinerate 1R-1x Shock R-1x Arachnus Web 2G-3x Rampant Growth 1G-1x Reclaim G-1x Titanic Growth 1G-1x Reverberate RR-1x Lava Axe 4RLand-8 forest-8 mountainGot a bit more R casting cost but it's allready 3 for the dragon which is late game. Also , the growths will help me smooth out so 8/8 split here. I decide to play just 16 land as the llanowar elf and rampant growth are good at letting me get to my mana. If I survive the early game I have a dragon to end things, a jade mage to pump out hordes of saprolings or even reverberate+lava axe to instantly burn 10 to the face. Quite happy with this but have to take note of some serious power passed in good blue flyers and good black/white creature control I am guessing the difficulty with this deck will be to decide each game if I am the aggro or control deck.Again, feel free to leave a comment.
Round 2:Furyborn HellkiteAcidic SlimeOblivion RingLightning ElementalGoblin PikerGreater BasiliskGoblin TunnelerGarruk's CompanionRampant GrowthAuramancerDivine FavorManabarbsPride GuardianWall of TorchesMountain
Round 3:Jade MageGrim LavamancerIncinerateFlingStormblood BerserkerTitanic GrowthLureShockRampant GrowthLlanowar ElvesGoblin ArsonistReverberateGladecover ScoutDisentombSwampRGw Beatdown (11)2 x Acidic Slime2 x Garruk's Companion2 x Greater Basilisk1 x Vastwood Gorger1 x Furyborn Hellkite1 x Jade Mage1 x Grim Lavamancer1 x Stormblood BerserkerSpells (12)1 x Chandra's Outrage2 x Incinerate1 x Arachnus Web1 x Oblivion Ring1 x Fling1 x Lure1 x Shock1 x Reverberate3 x Rampant Growth
Lands (17)1 x Plains9 x Forest6 x MountainSideboardNaturalizeAutumn's VeilStave OffLightning ElementalGoblin PikerGoblin TunnelerAuramancerDivine FavorManabarbsPride GuardianWall of TorchesTitanic GrowthLlanowar ElvesGoblin ArsonistReverberateGladecover ScoutDisentombA ridiculous number of playables!