10/29/2012 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.
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Zindaras' meta is like a fossil, ancient and its secrets yet to be uncovered. Only men of yore, long dead, knew of it.
Old-school Grixis control, in DRAFT!!!

Round 1:
Xathrid Gorgon
Spelltwine
Gem of Becoming
Searing Spear
Welkin Tern
Augur of Bolas
Archaeomancer
Dark Favor
Duress
Duress
Ring of Thune
Krenko's Command
Plummet
Battle of Wits
Plains


Round 2:
Searing Spear
Ring of Xathrid
Rummaging Goblin
Giant Scorpion
Mind Rot
Divination
Mind Rot
Giant Scorpion
Essence Scatter
Duty-Bound Dead
Dark Favor
Watercourser
Tormod's Crypt
Unsummon
Forest


Round 3:
Ring of Xathrid
Krenko, Mob Boss
Thragtusk
Rise from the Grave
Duress
Bladetusk Boar
Searing Spear
Disentomb
Krenko's Command
Naturalize
Bloodthrone Vampire
Serpent's Gift
Fog
Tormod's Crypt
Swamp

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Augur of Bolas
Bloodthrone Vampire
Giant Scorpion x2
Krenko, Mob Boss
Krenko's Command x2
Watercourser
Welkin Tern
Xathrid Gorgon
Divination
Duress x3
Essence Scatter
Gem of Becoming
Mind Rot x2
Rise from the Grave
Searing Spear x3
Spelltwine
6 Islands
6 Swamps
5 Mountains

I started out white and saw that red was fairly open. Searing Spear at pick 4, without much else in white, was worth moving towards. I also grabbed the stupidly late Rancor (the AI needs to rate that card more highly) and Farseek to see about splashing in green. Of course, I don't see anything in the second pack, but third pack, I get a pick 3 Thragtusk and another Farseek. As much as I don't like splashing for fixing, they help accelerate into the twin Avatars. Third pack in general was just nuts.



Decklist


Land (17)
3 Forest
7 Plains
7 Mountain

Creatures (15)
Goblin Arsonist x 2
Ajani's Sunstriker x2
Mogg Flunkies x 2
Torch Fiend
Rummaging Goblin
Attended Knight
Crusader of Odric
Captain's Call
Krenko, Mob Boss
Thragtusk
Serra Avatar x 2

Removal (4)
Pacifism
Searing Spear x 3

Other (4)
Rancor
Ring of Thune
Farseek x 2

Round 1:
Jayemdae Tome
Spelltwine
Pacifism
Arctic Aven
Welkin Tern
Augur of Bolas
Archaeomancer
Mind Sculpt
Mind Sculpt
Tormod's Crypt
Ring of Thune
Index
Plummet
Battle of Wits
Plains


Round 2:
Chronomaton
Elixir of Immortality
Essence Scatter
Scroll Thief
Rewind
Divination
Unsummon
Wind Drake
Essence Scatter
Show of Valor
Goblin Arsonist
Watercourser
Kraken Hatchling
Unsummon
Forest


Round 3:
Elixir of Immortality
Pillarfield Ox
Thragtusk
Unsummon
Tricks of the Trade
Merfolk of the Pearl Trident
Attended Knight
Guardians of Akrasa
Kraken Hatchling
Index
Harbor Serpent
Clock of Omens
Show of Valor
Tormod's Crypt
Swamp


Kraken Hatchling
Welkin Tern
Augur of Bolas
Chronomaton
Arctic Aven
Scroll Thief
Wind Drake
Attended Knight
Guardians of Akrasa
Archaeomancer
Index
3xUnsummon
2xEssence Scatter
Pacifism
2xMind Sculpt
Elixir of Immortality
Jayemdae Tome
Rewind
Spelltwine
7xPlains
10xIsland

or

Round 1:
Chronomaton
Flinthoof Boar
Elvish Visionary
Searing Spear
Krenko's Command
Krenko's Command
Arbor Elf
Rancor
Farseek
Trumpet Blast
Craterize
Krenko's Command
Plummet
Battle of Wits
Plains


Round 2:
Searing Spear
Goblin Arsonist
Goblin Arsonist
Arbor Elf
Plummet
Krenko's Command
Plummet
Timberpack Wolf
Smelt
Wild Guess
Goblin Arsonist
Reckless Brute
Tormod's Crypt
Bloodthrone Vampire
Forest


Round 3:
Prey Upon
Krenko, Mob Boss
Thragtusk
Fervor
Spiked Baloth
Centaur Courser
Searing Spear
Prey Upon
Krenko's Command
Mwonvuli Beast Tracker
Krenko's Command
Serpent's Gift
Fog
Tormod's Crypt
Swamp


3xGoblin Arsonist
6xKrenko's Command
Chronomaton
Flinthoof Boar
Centaur Courser
Krenko, Mob Boss
Spiked Baloth
Thragtusk
Rancor
2xPrey Upon
3xSearing Spear
Serpent's Gift
Trumpet Blast
Fervor
10xMountain
6xForest

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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.

Winning games/contests http://community.wizards.com/go/thread/view/75842/29530975/Break_the_Card_:_Fiend_Hunter