Every Time I Think I'm Out, They Pull Me Back In

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As everyone knows I've gotten tired of drafting a deck of a certain makeup. And yet, everytime I draft... Well, since I still had my draft recorder on, I thought it'd be easier to show you what happens:

Pack 1 pick 1: Spiteful Shadows, Executioner's Hood, Bar the Door, Thought Scour, Hunger of the Howlpack, Kessig Recluse, Fires of Undeath, Young Wolf, Chant of the Skifsang, Wolfhunter's Quiver, Skirsdag Flayer, Stromkirk Captain, Loyal Cathar (FOIL), Markov Blademaster, Forest


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Stromkirk Captain

Pack 1 pick 2: Shriekgeist, Faithless Looting, Clinging Mists, Executioner's Hood, Divination, Sanctuary Cat, Kessig Recluse, Fling, Grim Flowering, Markov Warlord, Skirsdag Flayer, Hinterland Hermit, Feed the Pack, Swamp


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Markov Warlord

Pack 1 pick 3: Artful Dodge, Hollowhenge Beast, Nephalia Seakite, Ray of Revelation, Clinging Mists, Bone to Ash, Wrack with Madness, Divination, Somberwald Dryad, Deadly Allure, Avacyn's Collar, Hinterland Hermit, Forest


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Wrack with Madness

Pack 1 pick 4: Artful Dodge, Gravepurge, Break of Day, Gruesome Discovery, Screeching Skaab, Evolving Wilds, Talons of Falkenrath, Reap the Seagraf, Gravetiller Wurm, Gavony Ironwright, Secrets of the Dead, Swamp


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Evolving Wilds

Pack 1 pick 5: Ray of Revelation, Haunted Fengraf, Tragic Slip, Faithless Looting, Headless Skaab, Evolving Wilds, Griptide, Grim Flowering, Curse of Exhaustion, Gavony Ironwright, Forest


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Tragic Slip

Pack 1 pick 6: Crushing Vines, Erdwal Ripper, Stormbound Geist, Silverclaw Griffin, Spiteful Shadows, Griptide, Elgaud Inquisitor, Kessig Recluse, Chosen of Markov, Swamp


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Chosen of Markov

Pack 1 pick 7: Black Cat, Break of Day, Stormbound Geist, Bone to Ash, Sightless Ghoul, Gravetiller Wurm, Heckling Fiends, Lambholt Elder, Island


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Heckling Fiends

Pack 1 pick 8: Torch Fiend, Gravepurge, Wild Hunger, Ray of Revelation, Curse of Exhaustion, Loyal Cathar, , Forest


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Wild Hunger

Pack 1 pick 9: Spiteful Shadows, Executioner's Hood, Bar the Door, Kessig Recluse, Young Wolf, Chant of the Skifsang, Forest


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Young Wolf

Pack 1 pick 10: Faithless Looting, Clinging Mists, Executioner's Hood, Kessig Recluse, Grim Flowering, Swamp


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Kessig Recluse

Pack 1 pick 11: Hollowhenge Beast, Ray of Revelation, Clinging Mists, Deadly Allure, Forest


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Deadly Allure

Pack 1 pick 12: Artful Dodge, Gruesome Discovery, Secrets of the Dead, Swamp


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Gruesome Discovery

Pack 1 pick 13: Faithless Looting, Grim Flowering, Forest


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Faithless Looting

Pack 1 pick 14: Spiteful Shadows, Swamp


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Spiteful Shadows

Pack 1 pick 15: Island


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Island

Pack 2 pick 1: Kessig Wolf, Wooden Stake, Festerhide Boar, Hysterical Blindness, Voiceless Spirit, Ranger's Guile, Silent Departure, Ghoulraiser, Abbey Griffin, Unburial Rites, Runic Repetition, Morkrut Banshee, Devil's Play, Gatstaf Shepherd, Forest


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Devil's Play

Pack 2 pick 2: Maw of the Mire, Orchard Spirit, Ghoulcaller's Bell, Makeshift Mauler, Spare from Evil, Brain Weevil, Rotting Fensnake, Ghoulraiser, Into the Maw of Hell, Lumberknot, Wreath of Geists, Kessig Cagebreakers, Tormented Pariah, Forest


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Kessig Cagebreakers

Pack 2 pick 3: Victim of Night, Claustrophobia, Kindercatch, Crossway Vampire, Stromkirk Patrol, Night Revelers, Chapel Geist, Village Cannibals, Graveyard Shovel, Rage Thrower, Splinterfright, Villagers of Estwald, Plains


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Splinterfright

Pack 2 pick 4: Ghoulcaller's Chant, Ashmouth Hound, Hollowhenge Scavenger (FOIL), Armored Skaab, Blazing Torch, Stitcher's Apprentice, Hamlet Captain, Murder of Crows, Intangible Virtue, Heartless Summoning, Villagers of Estwald, Plains


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Villagers of Estwald

Pack 2 pick 5: Lost in the Mist, Kessig Wolf, Unruly Mob, Skeletal Grimace, Selhoff Occultist, Traitorous Blood, Moonmist, One-Eyed Scarecrow, Grasp of Phantoms, Full Moon's Rise, Island


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Kessig Wolf

Pack 2 pick 6: Ashmouth Hound, Woodland Sleuth, Forbidden Alchemy, Walking Corpse, Vampiric Fury, Deranged Assistant, Demonmail Hauberk, Disciple of Griselbrand, Ulvenwald Mystics, Island


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Ulvenwald Mystics

Pack 2 pick 7: Kindercatch, Feral Ridgewolf, Altar's Reap, Gruesome Deformity, Grave Bramble, Night Revelers, Trepanation Blade, Diregraf Ghoul, Island


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Night Revelers

Pack 2 pick 8: Somberwald Spider, Riot Devils, Altar's Reap, Forbidden Alchemy, Night Revelers, Full Moon's Rise, Villagers of Estwald, Swamp


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Villagers of Estwald

Pack 2 pick 9: Wooden Stake, Festerhide Boar, Hysterical Blindness, Ranger's Guile, Abbey Griffin, Runic Repetition, Forest


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Festerhide Boar

Pack 2 pick 10: Maw of the Mire, Orchard Spirit, Ghoulcaller's Bell, Rotting Fensnake, Wreath of Geists, Forest


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Orchard Spirit

Pack 2 pick 11: Kindercatch, Night Revelers, Graveyard Shovel, Villagers of Estwald, Plains


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Villagers of Estwald

Pack 2 pick 12: Hollowhenge Scavenger (FOIL), Hamlet Captain, Heartless Summoning, Plains


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Hamlet Captain

Pack 2 pick 13: Lost in the Mist, Skeletal Grimace, Island


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Lost in the Mist

Pack 2 pick 14: Vampiric Fury, Island


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Vampiric Fury

Pack 2 pick 15: Island


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Island

Pack 3 pick 1: Walking Corpse, Vampiric Fury, Deranged Assistant, Gnaw to the Bone, Ghostly Possession, Moon Heron, Ghoulcaller's Bell, Maw of the Mire, Corpse Lunge, Ghost Quarter, Cellar Door, Make a Wish, Manor Gargoyle, Kruin Outlaw, Swamp


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Manor Gargoyle

Pack 3 pick 2: Corpse Lunge, Geistflame, Thraben Purebloods, Dream Twist, Avacyn's Pilgrim, Ranger's Guile, Sensory Deprivation, Infernal Plunge, Mausoleum Guard, Midnight Haunting, Rage Thrower, Skirsdag High Priest, Village Ironsmith, Plains


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Geistflame

Pack 3 pick 3: Somberwald Spider, Hysterical Blindness, Avacynian Priest, Bloodcrazed Neonate (FOIL), Curse of the Bloody Tome, Typhoid Rats, Traitorous Blood, Markov Patrician, Dissipate, Bramblecrush, Moan of the Unhallowed, Clifftop Retreat, Plains


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Avacynian Priest

Pack 3 pick 4: Grave Bramble, Cobbled Wings, Skeletal Grimace, Silent Departure, Think Twice, Pitchburn Devils, Village Bell-Ringer, Ghost Quarter, Purify the Grave, Stony Silence, Delver of Secrets, Swamp


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Pitchburn Devils

Pack 3 pick 5: Festerhide Boar, Gruesome Deformity, Frightful Delusion, Ashmouth Hound, Markov Patrician, Ghostly Possession, Blazing Torch, Deranged Assistant, Paraselene, Delver of Secrets, Swamp


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Ashmouth Hound

Pack 3 pick 6: Victim of Night, Claustrophobia, Kindercatch, Crossway Vampire, Selhoff Occultist, Traitorous Blood, Moonmist, One-Eyed Scarecrow, Bitterheart Witch, Plains


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Moonmist

Pack 3 pick 7: Silverchase Fox, Stitcher's Apprentice, Mulch, Bonds of Faith, Shimmering Grotto, Intangible Virtue, Rakish Heir, Delver of Secrets, Swamp


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Bonds of Faith

Pack 3 pick 8: Selfless Cathar, Somberwald Spider, Riot Devils, Gnaw to the Bone, Traitorous Blood (FOIL), Urgent Exorcism, Villagers of Estwald, Plains


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Villagers of Estwald

Pack 3 pick 9: Deranged Assistant, Gnaw to the Bone, Ghostly Possession, Ghoulcaller's Bell, Maw of the Mire, Ghost Quarter, Swamp


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Ghost Quarter

Pack 3 pick 10: Corpse Lunge, Thraben Purebloods, Ranger's Guile, Infernal Plunge, Village Ironsmith, Plains


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Village Ironsmith

Pack 3 pick 11: Somberwald Spider, Hysterical Blindness, Dissipate, Bramblecrush, Plains


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Bramblecrush

Pack 3 pick 12: Grave Bramble, Think Twice, Purify the Grave, Swamp


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Grave Bramble

Pack 3 pick 13: Gruesome Deformity, Frightful Delusion, Swamp


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Frightful Delusion

Pack 3 pick 14: Kindercatch, Bitterheart Witch


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Kindercatch

Pack 3 pick 15: Swamp


My pick: Swamp

Honestly, is there any other way I could have played this? I have to take a pick 8 Wild Hunger as a pretty strong signal. I briefly considered playing RGw, for variety, but decided the 3-way land split made it weaker, and settled on this:

1 Ashmouth Hound 1 Devil's Play 1 Evolving Wilds 1 Faithless Looting 1 Festerhide Boar 9 Forest 1 Geistflame 1 Hamlet Captain 1 Kessig Cagebreakers 1 Kessig Recluse 1 Kessig Wolf 1 Manor Gargoyle 1 Markov Warlord 1 Moonmist 7 Mountain 1 Orchard Spirit 1 Splinterfright 1 Ulvenwald Mystics 1 Village Ironsmith 4 Villagers of Estwald 1 Wild Hunger 1 Wrack with Madness 1 Young Wolf

Well boom, there it is. 4-0 in games so far, a lot of opponents conceeding to either Kessig Cagebreakers or Devil's Play, and outright wins with Markov Warlord or Wild Hunger.
Ho, hum, another 6-0 RG deck. Time to move on. The last opponent put up a pretty good fight, and I won a game off a turn 1 topdeck. My opponent played a first turn Stormkirk Noble, and I thought I needed to top-deck a forest to stop it (to play my Young Wolf), but instead I topdecked a Geistflame which I could play with the mountains that were already in my hand. Ultimately he conceded because I had a Manor Gargoyle and some werewolves on my side, where he lost a Voiceless Spirit to the second half of Geistflame. The final game he mulled to 6 and had no shot of winning. I should have flooded, but used my first turn Looting to dump two of them. My opponent was trying to Trepenate me to death, but it just made my Splinterfright madder, plus he was dumping playable cards into my graveyard. Then it was just a 7/7 splinterfright attacking and me playing cards out of my graveyard.
That's a really solid aggressive deck - that said, I think I would have done a few things different, such as staying more Red and keeping the Black in consideration for longer. The Cliffnotes version:

P1P1: Fires of Undeath is above captain, I think.

P1P6: Maybe Erdwal Ripper

P2P2: I think Into the Maw does more for your lategame here.

P2P3: Crossway Vampire! You are ignoring the red cards now.

P2P4: Ashmouth Hound.

P2P6: Ashmouth Hound.

P3P1: I actually like Kruin Outlaw here but then again I'd have picked way more red than you have.

P3P2: I think High Priest is better here.

P3P3: Fair, but Patrician is a good beater, too. Have you abandoned Black completely?

P3P6: Close, so close! I like Crossway better witth my picks, but Moonmist is obviously better with your many werewolves.

P3P7: Rakish Heir!

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Good feedback, but here is why I made different picks:

P1P1 - My second opponent got 2, perhaps 3 Fire of the Undeath, but had no good plan on how to deal creatures of more than 2 toughness. They ended up hitting Orchard Spirit more often than not. I do not consider Fires of the Undeath over any captain (although I do realize it is easier to splash)

P1P6 - I hate the Ripper with a fiery passion, but would have probably taken him here if he was 2R rather than 1RR, since I thought I was still going vampire deck at this point.

P2P2 - Kessig Cagebreakers is a huge bomb that I would have splashed for even if I wasn't going back into green

P2P3 - Once again, a green bomb that combos with the previous green bomb, vs a utility red card

P2P4 & P2P6 - I'm already thinking R/G werewolves at this point, but I like Asmouth Hounds in general

P3P1 - I like Manor Gargoyle more due to the ease of playing it. I also hate playing against it, so this doubles as a hate pick.

P3P2 - I had given up on black, but I should have hate drafted this. My second opponent played this and it could have been quite troublesome. Ironically, the Geistflame itself is what prevented it from activating!

P3P3 - Avacynian Priest is my favorite Innistrad common and my favorite hatedraft common.

P3P6 & P3P7 - I could see making different picks if you still had a vampy deck at this point.  
    
flayer, flayer, collar, ironwright, slip, inquisitor, cathar, chant, recluse, allure, discovery, faithless, spiteful, island, rites, cagebreakers, victim, hamlet captain, mob, corpse, diregraf, villagers, festerhide, orchard, villagers, hamlet, gargoyle, skirsdag, priest, bellringer, torch, victim, bonds, quarter, lunge, bramblecrush, purify, delusion, swamp.

final deck:
plains x4
swamp x8
forest x5

flayer x2
collar x1
slip x1
inquisitor x1
rites x1
cagebreakers x1
victim x2
hamlet x1
corpse x1
diregraf x1 
villagers x2
orchard spirit x1
gargoyle x1
bellringer x1
torch x1
priest x1
bonds x1
skirsdag x1
allure x1
ironwright x1 



Only the first eight picks of this is even remotely relevant - you can't go around assuming 7 other players would not have been affected by your picks. Also, Bobus' deck is still better.
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flayer, flayer, collar, ironwright, slip, inquisitor, cathar, chant, recluse, allure, discovery, faithless, spiteful, island, rites, cagebreakers, victim, hamlet captain, mob, corpse, diregraf, villagers, festerhide, orchard, villagers, hamlet, gargoyle, skirsdag, priest, bellringer, torch, victim, bonds, quarter, lunge, bramblecrush, purify, delusion, swamp.

final deck:
plains x4
swamp x8
forest x5

flayer x2
collar x1
slip x1
inquisitor x1
rites x1
cagebreakers x1
victim x2
hamlet x1
corpse x1
diregraf x1 
villagers x2
orchard spirit x1
gargoyle x1
bellringer x1
torch x1
priest x1
bonds x1
skirsdag x1
allure x1
ironwright x1 



Only the first eight picks of this is even remotely relevant - you can't go around assuming 7 other players would not have been affected by your picks. Also, Bobus' deck is still better.



Actually, I really liked his version, since you have to assume that the other players would pick up on signals, thus making the later picks better. It's hard to make a 3 color deck that is as strong as a two color one.

My version went 6-0, so we have to assume it is one of the stronger ones. This post was mainly to illustrate how I got pulled back into playing RG when I tried very hard to play RB. 
P.3 p.3

Would have taken bramblecrush or traitorous blood over the priest. It's not like playing against it would have crippled you. 
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