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First M13 Draft, looking back and impressions

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On the insistence of my friend I ended up drafting m13 last night on MTGO. I ended up going 2-1 running B/R aggro. Overall I found it to be fun; the cards don’t have a sharp contrast in quality, what I lost to I theoretically had answers to, splashing is totally possible and the colors are all good. Or in other words, it’s everything AVR wasn’t.  The drafting and games are both fun.

the bottom of this post has a draftcap, I’ll be referring to it and I encourage you to comment on it.

Looking back on the draft: p1p1 was going to be a black card, specifically Vampire Nighthawk or Disciple of Bolas. Since Disciple of Bolas isn’t a money card, and it requires more to build around I took Nighthawk as the deeper commitment to black was easier to work around. Most of pack 1 was getting solid black cards and flirting with other colors a bit.

P2 presented a magmaquake, will it can be a good card, I didn’t feel I was in the right deck to take advantage of it. So I took the duskmantle prowler. After which I got very little black but decent red so I went into that. While double pacifism is nice I didn’t see any other good white so I feel vindicated on that point.

Pack 3 I opened was value for a lot of people. I took the Volcanic Geyser as it was a win condition/removal. Firewing Phoenix has expensive recursion and the amount of double black. Since I won a game off of Geyser I feel good about that.  The rest of the pack was rather uneventful and it was more rounding out my deck than anything else.

In general I was really conventional and didn’t try any sort of creative or fringe ideas, partially because I ddin’t see the cards to do anything like that and partially because I wanted to do what works and win.

The Games: Match 1 was against a durdly B/G deck that never came together for my opponent, easy win.

Match 2 was against a G/W aggro deck that just had threat after threat. Between Akroma’s Memorial, Elvish Archdruid, Serra Angel and Rancor the only way I was going to win was boarding in artifact hate and luck. I was not lucky in this game and lost.

Match 3 was a B/G deck and this match was my closest. I got lucky enough to pull off the win here. He didn’t have anything bomby and the most I remember about this was that it was close. I enjoy playing games that come down to the wire, and I enjoy it even more when I win.

Overall: Having actually played M13 instead of just watching it; I find it to be a fun format.

Pack 1 pick 1:
Zombie Goliath
Kraken Hatchling
–> Vampire Nighthawk
Kitesail
Fire Elemental
Divine Favor
Swamp
Ring of Kalonia
Crippling Blight
Krenko’s Command
Reckless Brute
Yeva’s Forcemage
Disciple of Bolas
War Falcon
Mark of the Vampire

Pack 1 pick 2:
Sleep
Disentomb
Glorious Charge
Pillarfield Ox
Turn to Slag
Island
Naturalize
Hydrosurge
Mind Sculpt
Downpour
Bloodhunter Bat
–> Murder
Void Stalker
Cleaver Riot

Pack 1 pick 3:
Angelic Benediction
Volcanic Strength
Mountain
Walking Corpse
Mind Sculpt
Servant of Nefarox
Dragon Hatchling
Chandra’s Fury
–> Knight of Infamy
Battleflight Eagle
Guardian Lions
Courtly Provocateur
Farseek

Pack 1 pick 4:
Guardians of Akrasa
Angel’s Mercy
Disentomb
Kraken Hatchling
Volcanic Strength
Turn to Slag
Island
Ring of Kalonia
Battle of Wits
Wild Guess
–> Chronomaton
Vedalken Entrancer

Pack 1 pick 5:
Divine Verdict
Forest
Goblin Arsonist
Divine Favor
Walking Corpse
Hydrosurge
–> Duty-Bound Dead
Bond Beetle
Sentinel Spider
Battleflight Eagle
Mark of the Vampire

Pack 1 pick 6:
Essence Scatter
Centaur Courser
Angel’s Mercy
Merfolk of the Pearl Trident
–> Tormented Soul
Plains
Ring of Valkas
Dragon Hatchling
Smelt
Clock of Omens

Pack 1 pick 7:
Mind Rot
–> Duskdale Wurm
Reliquary Tower
Bountiful Harvest
Mountain
Pillarfield Ox
Captain’s Call
Smelt
Serpent’s Gift

Pack 1 pick 8:
Reliquary Tower
Evolving Wilds
Naturalize
Swamp
Mind Sculpt
Krenko’s Command
–> Chandra’s Fury
Gem of Becoming

Pack 1 pick 9:
–> Zombie Goliath
Kraken Hatchling
Kitesail
Fire Elemental
Divine Favor
Swamp
Reckless Brute

Pack 1 pick 10:
Disentomb
Glorious Charge
Island
Hydrosurge
Downpour
–> Cleaver Riot

Pack 1 pick 11:
Volcanic Strength
Mountain
–> Walking Corpse
Dragon Hatchling
Guardian Lions

Pack 1 pick 12:
Angel’s Mercy
Volcanic Strength
Island
–> Vedalken Entrancer

Pack 1 pick 13:
Forest
Hydrosurge
–> Bond Beetle

Pack 1 pick 14:
–> Angel’s Mercy
Plains

Pack 1 pick 15:
–> Mountain

—— M13 ——

Pack 2 pick 1:
Kindled Fury
Wall of Fire
Divination
Safe Passage
Duress
Jayemdae Tome
Harbor Serpent
Swamp
Liliana’s Shade
Yeva’s Forcemage
–> Duskmantle Prowler
War Falcon
Magmaquake
Spiked Baloth
Flinthoof Boar

Pack 2 pick 2:
Wall of Fire
Safe Passage
Zombie Goliath
Elvish Archdruid
Mark of Mutiny
Pillarfield Ox
Island
Naturalize
Downpour
–> Flames of the Firebrand
War Falcon
Timberpack Wolf
Spiked Baloth
Fungal Sprouting

Pack 2 pick 3:
Pacifism
Kindled Fury
Mind Rot
Negate
Elvish Visionary
Safe Passage
Mountain
Kitesail
Titanic Growth
Dragon Hatchling
–> Chandra’s Fury
Mindclaw Shaman
Rain of Blades

Pack 2 pick 4:
Pacifism
–> Ravenous Rats
Bountiful Harvest
Sign in Blood
Goblin Arsonist
Reverberate
Index
Plains
Ring of Thune
Crusader of Odric
Erase
Encrust

Pack 2 pick 5:
Essence Drain
Sign in Blood
Plains
Merfolk of the Pearl Trident
Plummet
Titanic Growth
Archaeomancer
Downpour
Show of Valor
Mwonvuli Beast Tracker
–> Furnace Whelp

Pack 2 pick 6:
Plains
Glorious Charge
Kraken Hatchling
–> Evolving Wilds
Ring of Valkas
Smelt
Bond Beetle
Healer of the Pride
Watercourser
Encrust

Pack 2 pick 7:
Bountiful Harvest
Sign in Blood
Forest
Evolving Wilds
–> Goblin Arsonist
Ring of Evos Isle
Hydrosurge
Erase
Faith’s Reward

Pack 2 pick 8:
Silvercoat Lion
Kindled Fury
Harbor Serpent
Mountain
–> Smelt
Bond Beetle
Touch of the Eternal
Clock of Omens

Pack 2 pick 9:
Kindled Fury
Wall of Fire
Safe Passage
Duress
Jayemdae Tome
Swamp
–> Liliana’s Shade

Pack 2 pick 10:
–> Mark of Mutiny
Pillarfield Ox
Island
Naturalize
Downpour
Fungal Sprouting

Pack 2 pick 11:
Kindled Fury
Negate
Mountain
–> Dragon Hatchling
Rain of Blades

Pack 2 pick 12:
Bountiful Harvest
–> Goblin Arsonist
Reverberate
Plains

Pack 2 pick 13:
Plains
Merfolk of the Pearl Trident
–> Plummet

Pack 2 pick 14:
Plains
–> Smelt

Pack 2 pick 15:
–> Forest

—— M13 ——

Pack 3 pick 1:
Trumpet Blast
Unsummon
Merfolk of the Pearl Trident
Fog
Prey Upon
Plains
Servant of Nefarox
Murder
Searing Spear
Knight of Glory
Talrand’s Invocation
Firewing Phoenix
Show of Valor
–> Volcanic Geyser
Vedalken Entrancer

Pack 3 pick 2:
Acidic Slime
Divination
Zombie Goliath
Turn to Slag
Mountain
Prey Upon
Hydrosurge
–> Crippling Blight
Reckless Brute
Yeva’s Forcemage
Duskmantle Prowler
Griffin Protector
Erase
Fungal Sprouting

Pack 3 pick 3:
–> Essence Drain
Elvish Visionary
Angel’s Mercy
Index
Forest
Tormented Soul
Warclamp Mastiff
Fog Bank
Blood Reckoning
Craterize
Serpent’s Gift
Ground Seal
Chronomaton

Pack 3 pick 4:
Bountiful Harvest
Drowned Catacomb
Goblin Arsonist
Elixir of Immortality
Volcanic Strength
Forest
Walking Corpse
Downpour
–> Servant of Nefarox
Guardian Lions
Show of Valor
Faerie Invaders

Pack 3 pick 5:
–> Ravenous Rats
Centaur Courser
Planar Cleansing
Glorious Charge
Forest
Bond Beetle
Augur of Bolas
Warclamp Mastiff
Faerie Invaders
Encrust
Craterize

Pack 3 pick 6:
Silvercoat Lion
Disentomb
Glorious Charge
Fog
Plains
Bloodhunter Bat
–> Murder
Jace’s Phantasm
Vile Rebirth (FOIL)
Harbor Bandit

Pack 3 pick 7:
Silvercoat Lion
Essence Scatter
Mind Rot
Elvish Visionary
Safe Passage
Forest
Fog
–> Rummaging Goblin
Craterize

Pack 3 pick 8:
Sign in Blood
–> Bladetusk Boar
Fog
Island
Torch Fiend
Show of Valor
Master of the Pearl Trident
Wild Guess

Pack 3 pick 9:
Trumpet Blast
Unsummon
Merfolk of the Pearl Trident
Fog
Plains
–> Servant of Nefarox
Show of Valor

Pack 3 pick 10:
Zombie Goliath
Mountain
–> Prey Upon
Hydrosurge
Reckless Brute
Erase

Pack 3 pick 11:
Angel’s Mercy
Index
Forest
Blood Reckoning
–> Craterize

Pack 3 pick 12:
Bountiful Harvest
–> Volcanic Strength
Forest
Downpour

Pack 3 pick 13:
Forest
–> Augur of Bolas
Craterize

Pack 3 pick 14:
–> Disentomb
Plains

Pack 3 pick 15:
–> Forest

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