01/02/2012 Draft Simulator

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This thread is for discussion of this week's Draft Simulator, which goes live Monday morning on magicthegathering.com.

To me Jade Mage was the obvious first pick, and then I took Warstorm Surge because that makes for an interesting combo, perhaps not very good but I liked the idea of getting a free Tim with each Saproling bought through your mana sink.  Unfortunately there were a lot of dead picks in the rest of the draft, so I doubt the deck would have turned out much good.
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deck
creatures (13):
jade mage
greater basilisk
stonehorn dignitary x2
llanowar elves
brindle boar
gorehorn minotaurs x2
goblin piker
lightning elemental
assault griffin
goblin arsonist
bonebreaker giant
 
other spells (11):
warstorm surge
rampant growth x3
spirit mantle x2
pacifism
shock
incinerate
chandra's outrage
stave off 

land (16):
sunpetal grove
forest x5
plains x5
mountain x5


first pick jade mage was easy, and warstorm surge had an interesting combo with it so i couldn't resist lol. three rampant growths because i love that card and it helps me chuck out warstorm surge quickly and then roll out dudes from there. t1 llanowar elves into t2 rampant growth seems excellent. my removal is ok i think, and i'm still not sure about my p3p1 (garruk's horde vs serra angel vs chandra's outrage???) but eh they're all excellent cards. 


just coming back to magic after a big break lorwyn was just out when i quit playing but here goes....

Round 1:
Jade Mage
Warstorm Surge
Rampant Growth
Rampant Growth
Greater Basilisk
Runeclaw Bear
Circle of Flame
Llanowar Elves
Trollhide
Act of Treason
Redirect
Roc Egg
Wurm's Tooth
Levitation
Island



Round 2:
Volcanic Dragon
Gorehorn Minotaurs
Shock
Titanic Growth
Incinerate
Brindle Boar
Llanowar Elves
Trollhide
Goblin Bangchuckers
Reclaim
Wall of Torches
Armored Warhorse
Dragon's Claw
Taste of Blood
Plains



Round 3:
Garruk's Horde
Garruk's Companion
Arachnus Spinner
Gladecover Scout
Deathmark
Brindle Boar
Greater Basilisk
Arachnus Web
Turn to Frog
Brindle Boar
Naturalize
Stave Off
Angel's Mercy
Pride Guardian
Island



my deck

creatures

jade mage
greater basalisk x2
llanwar elves x2
volcanic dragon
gorehorn minotaurs
garruks horde
garruks companion
arachnus spinner
brindle boar x3
gladecover scout 

spells

warpstorm surge
rampant growth x2
trollhide x2
shock
incinerate
arachnus web
titanic growth

land

forest x 10
mountain x 7


curves not excellent but the acceleration and fixing i have means i like it.... 

I ended up with mono black vamps...

Bloodlord of Vaasgoth
Vampire Outcasts
2 Bloodrage Vampire
2 Child of Night
Blood Seeker
2 Zombie Goliath
Warpath Ghoul
Duskhunter Bat
Devouring Swarm
12 critters 

2 Wring Flesh
Taste of Blood
Sorin's Thirst
Swiftfoot Boots
Dark Favor
Manalith
Brink of Disaster
Diabolic Tutor
Monomania
10 spells 

+ 18 swamp

Passed on the Jade Mage for the Bassilisk.  Grabbed Surge and the rampant growth for Mana acceleration but the red was weak pack 1 so I supplemented with Black after a tormented Soul Fell to me. I switched to red pack 2 after I hate drafted a gorehorn minotaur and shock fell to me the next pick. Figured I could black green first game and sideboard to red green Bloodlord of Vasgoth confirmed that thought for me.


Round 1:
Greater Basilisk
Warstorm Surge
Rampant Growth
Rampant Growth
Greater Basilisk
Tormented Soul
Reclaim
Llanowar Elves
Trollhide
Blood Seeker
Redirect
Griffin Rider
Wurm's Tooth
Levitation
Island



Round 2:
Bloodrage Vampire
Gorehorn Minotaurs
Shock
Bloodrage Vampire
Incinerate
Brink of Disaster
Gorehorn Minotaurs
Trollhide
Sacred Wolf
Lure
Wall of Torches
Firebreathing
Dragon's Claw
Taste of Blood
Plains



Round 3:
Garruk's Horde
Bloodlord of Vaasgoth
Rampant Growth
Brink of Disaster
Gravedigger
Brindle Boar
Greater Basilisk
Tormented Soul
Turn to Frog
Brindle Boar
Fling
Gladecover Scout
Demon's Horn
Pride Guardian
Island

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Went thru a second time and went red-green looked really good too
I knew I wanted white, but I was back and forth between black and blue as my second color, which probably didn't help my draft as I sent mixed signals to my opponents.  I found packs 1 and 2 to be mediocre-to-crap in the creature department and slightly above average in the removal quality.

Round 1:
Pacifism
Vampire Outcasts
Elite Vanguard
Honor of the Pure
Stormfront Pegasus
Spirit Mantle
Ice Cage
Aven Fleetwing
Griffin Sentinel
Stonehorn Dignitary
Redirect
Roc Egg
Mountain I refuse to draft the lucky charms on principle.
Levitation
Island


Round 2:
Pacifism
Aether Adept
Oblivion Ring This was a difficult pick over the phantasmal image b/c at this point I didn't have any bombs.
Ponder
Ponder
Smallpox
Manalith I would sure love to have seen that gideon's lawkeeper that Falcon_UK's sporting here, but alas, it was not an option for me.  Although the double manalith I end up with helps me splash the lava axe I find later.
Elite Vanguard
Armored Warhorse
Ice Cage
Lifelink
Roc Egg
Lifelink
Taste of Blood
Plains


Round 3:
Serra Angel YES!  Finally, a bomb.
Bloodlord of Vaasgoth guess I'm not blue anymore.  although, frankly I could go 3 color if I wanted to, but I hate color-screw.
Manalith  I think at this point I was still debating 3-color and I figured one of the white creatures would wheel (I was wrong.  oh well).
Lava Axe  No good W/B here and I figured I had two liths so I could splash for the axe for reach.
Gravedigger Now that I actually have something to get back...heck yeah.
Mind Unbound crap pack is crap.  shoulda taken the zombie goliath though.
Child of Night
Stormfront Pegasus I really wanted that spirit mantle but I REALLY needed more creatures so in went the pegasus.
Turn to Frog
Mighty Leap
Unsummon
Brink of Disaster
Angel's Mercy shoulda taken the basic land.
Pride Guardian
Island


Creatures (15)


Non-Creatures (9)
[deck]
2x Pacifism
1x Honor of the Pure
1x Spirit Mantle
1x Smallpox
2x Manalith
1x Oblivion Ring
1x Lava Axe
[/deck]

Lands (16)
[deck]
10x Plains
6x Swamp
[/deck]

Deck is kinda crap.  Oh well.

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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.

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Post #777

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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."

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MaRo: I redesigned him while the effect was on the stack.

I ended up with these for my deck.
Wondering if it will work as my creatures are rather small.

Round 1:
Pacifism
Warstorm Surge
Elite Vanguard
Honor of the Pure
Griffin Sentinel
Spirit Mantle
Stonehorn Dignitary
Llanowar Elves
Griffin Sentinel
Armored Warhorse
Brindle Boar
Roc Egg
Kraken's Eye
Levitation
Island



Round 2:
Volcanic Dragon
Assault Griffin
Oblivion Ring
Griffin Rider
Griffin Rider
Act of Treason
Guardians' Pledge
Elite Vanguard
Armored Warhorse
Goblin Piker
Lifelink
Roc Egg
Lifelink
Taste of Blood
Plains



Round 3:
Serra Angel
Bloodlord of Vaasgoth
Benalish Veteran
Lava Axe
Lava Axe
Zombie Goliath
Greater Basilisk
Stormfront Pegasus
Turn to Frog
Mighty Leap
Fling
Gladecover Scout
Angel's Mercy
Pride Guardian
Island

Decklist (40)

Creatures (15)
2x Elite Vanguard
2x Armoured Warhorse
2x Griffin Rider
1x Stormfront Pegasus
2x Griffin Sentinel
1x Benalish Veteran
1x Roc Egg
1x Stonehorn Dignitary
1x Assault Griffin
1x Serra Angel
1x Volcanic Dragon

Others (9)
1x Pacifism
1x Fling
1x Honor of the Pure
1x Spirit Mantle
1x Oblivion Ring
1x Guardian's Pledge
1x Act of Treason
2x Lava Axe

Lands (16)
11x Plains
5x Mountains