I'll admit, I didn't play a ton of OLS draft. But I think Sparksmith deserves the slot for that block. Good for the same reason Rift was good, but dominated the feel of the format more since it was common. Also: Timberwatch Elf, though since it was "only" free, repeatable pump and not removal removal, maybe less of a big deal.
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The bias that Marshal's relatively short time as a player introduces is really evident, all of the older cards are at the bottom of the list, and Merfolk Looter is listed as an M12 card, when it's been just as good in every limited environment it's been in since Exodus.
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Before drana there was flameblast dragon. I guess it has something to do with the cards that were played around it so maybe drana was slightly more unbalanced than flameblast dragon, however, I think it was pretty close. If drana was 8th flameblast dragon should have made the top 20 (although I don't know if drana necessarily deserved 8th).Edit: (because I know people are going to comment on this post) to say that I realize drana has a slightly better ability and costs 1 less mana but in terms of limited power levels I think they were pretty close to equal differing environments included.
I will say that Loxodon Warhammer was way, way better than Bonesplitter in Mirrodin Block. I guess it was uncommon while Bonesplitter was common, but I'm not even sure that Bonesplitter was the best common in that draft format.Also, I will confirm that Jitte was just sick in Kamigawa block.
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It wasn't just a list of the most powerful cards. If we were doing a list of the most powerful limited cards from each block you'd have:M12: TitansSome of those, like Alara and Zendikar are debatable. Others, like Ravnica, Kamigawa, and the Core sets, are not.
I wonder why Urza's block draft wasn't mentioned because [C]Pestilence[/C] was not only the best card in Urza's Saga for draft, but also the stuff of legend for years to come like [C]Umezawa's Jitte[/C] or [C]Pack Rat[/C].
I will say that Loxodon Warhammer was way, way better than Bonesplitter in Mirrodin Block. I guess it was uncommon while Bonesplitter was common, but I'm not even sure that Bonesplitter was the best common in that draft format.Also, I will confirm that Jitte was just sick in Kamigawa block. Loxodon Warhammer was insane. However, don't forget Skullclamp.
I certainly never felt like skullclamp warped the limited format, since it really didn't change how people built or played decks (except in games where it actually showed up).