1/14/2013 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.

G/W.  I'm sad I don't get to use the nighthawk I first picked, but the black dried up real quick.

Round 1:
Vampire Nighthawk
Captain's Call
Spiked Baloth
Deadly Recluse
Angelic Benediction
Ring of Kalonia
Tormented Soul
Arbor Elf
Clock of Omens

Round 2:
Garruk's Packleader
Roaring Primadox
Silklash Spider
Vastwood Gorger
Centaur Courser
Acidic Slime
Bond Beetle
Elvish Visionary
Yeva's Forcemage
Elvish Visionary
Arbor Elf
Crippling Blight

Round 3:
Attended Knight
Fungal Sprouting
Crusader of Odric
Divine Favor
Intrepid Hero
Vastwood Gorger
Mwonvuli Beast Tracker
Serpent's Gift
Divine Favor
Yeva's Forcemage
Krenko's Command
Faith's Reward

Creatures (17)

Non-Creatures (6)
1x Rancor
2x Pacifism
1x Farseek
1x Ring of Kalonia
1x Angelic Benediction

Lands (17)
9x Forest
8x Plains

Creatures -17



Curve looks fine.  2 colors is easy on the mana. 3 removal spells and 1 tempo spell is great. Slime for uitiliy and a huge spider to take care of any and all flyers. 3 ramp sources lets me get my fat out a turn early.  I like it.


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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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.

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oh my god, AWESOME! Then changing the Slivers was your idea! haha lol
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Ended up with a nice fast G/B deck.  Has lots of anti-flying and deathtouch, card advantage creatures, rings to grow little threats into big threats and most impotantly, my favorite sealed green card in the set, Rancor.  Such a broken card.

Creatures (16):
Duty-Bound Dead x 3
Arbor Elf
Ravenous Rats x 2
Deadly Recluse x 2
Elvish Visionary x 3
Vampire Nighthawk x 2
Servant of Nefarox
Disciple of Bolas
Yeva, Nature's Herald

Spells (6):
Crippling Blight x 3
Farseek x 2

Artifacts (2):
Ring of Kalonia
Ring of Xathrid

Lands (16):
Forest x 8
Swamp x 8

I originally had in all 3 Arbor Elves, but I figured I would rather have the 2 Farseeks to increase my odds of playing a turn 3 Vampire Nighthawk instead of having another 1/1.  The deck has a bit too many 1/1s, but I am hoping that I can either get out multiple Exhaults or Rancor or the right ring to help pump early.  Crippling Blight also can remove blockers.  Deck really lacks in direct creature removal, which is hard to believe with Black and Green having Prey Upon, but this is almost just a rush deck anyway.  If you are stalled into a mid-late game scenario, this deck might run into trouble, but hoping the Rings and bring it home if that occurs.

I think this draft also shows my flaw of being stuck on cards like Elvish Visionary and Ravenous Rats.  Perhaps I rate their card advantage aspect too highly, given they are 1/1s.  I also tend to value the rings too highly.

I went black-white exalted, looks pretty strong.

Not meaning to be picky, but you have 3 exhault creatures... Doubt that is a focus of your deck.  Nice to have, but with all the exhault B/W has in this set, I would expect to see 8+ exhault creatures to call it B/W Exhault.

There was probably a good BW exalted deck in there, but the green was so open I felt compelled to go there.

GWb Midrange

Creatures (17)
1 x Spiked Baloth
1 x Deadly Recluse
2 x Elvish Visionary
2 x Arbor Elf
2 x Healer of the Pride
1 x Garruk's Packleader
1 x Roaring Primadox
1 x Silklash Spider
1 x Yeva, Nature's Herald
1 x Yeva's Forcemage
2 x Primal Huntbeast
1 x Crusader of Odric
1 x Intrepid Hero

Spells (7)
1 x Pacifism
1 x Prey Upon
2 x Farseek
1 x Ring of Kalonia
1 x Fungal Sprouting
1 x Mark of the Vampire

Land (16)
1 x Swamp
5 x Plains
10 x Forest

The Mark of the Vampire may seem like an odd splash, but I justified it to myself on several grounds. First, the mana doesn't hurt me - I have two farseek and two cantrip elves to get there. Secondly, I have a number of creatures which are or can get large, and with this card that can stabilize from way behind. Thirdly, I have two hexproof creatures which curve out very nicely into this. Fourthly, these make my fungal sprouting and intrepid hero more playable. Fifthly, it is good with prey upon and obscene with silklash spider.

Fungal Sprouting is great with the ring, the healers of the pride, and the crusader. 
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