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Return to Ravnica Draft no. 1

Return to Ravnica is out on MTGO and the prerelease system isn’t usurious anymore! So I decided to liquidate whatever I had from M13 and hop into a draft queue. the results weren’t bad as I went 2-1. First let’s take a look at the format in general before we get into this draft in particular though.

RTR is fun, the drafting is fun, and so are the games. However the nature of the set means that there’s only so many ways you can approach the set. It’s a lot more conventional in terms of colors, with the guilds serving as the natural focal point for color combos. The format is also challenging very much its own thing, not focusing on the core points of Magic like a core set. There’s a lot of expectations on Sinker to tie it together. After all triple Rav was considered to be fun, but it’s RGD that people rave about.

Rakdos and Selesnya are the most interesting in the sense that most people think they’re the best decks but they seem balanced by the fact if you don’t get enough of the cards then they are not going to work all well. As the format grows there’ll be a better idea about how it works and what are the best archetypes but the big thing is that it seems to have avoided AVR with a gross color imbalance and an inability to respond to your opponents. It was fun once, I’ll have to do it more and give it time to see how it holds up.

The actual draft:

I started in Rakdos and doubled down on it, the results were…less then stellar. Maybe this was a result of lack of skill or reading signals poorly. It wasn’t the sort of explosive aggro deck that you would expect but more of a bad midrange deck I guess. Daggerdome Imp does a good amount of work due to lifelink. Stab Wound is a beating but 1.Golgari wants it more and 2. I got greedy and didn’t see it so much as a removal spell but more as a repeatable source of life loss; the -2/-2 is a a tricky number to manage. Grim Roustabout is awesome, most of the unleash guys are and are some of the best commons/uncommons in terms of creatures. Deviant Glee is also what the Rakdos deck wants.

Looking over the draftcap, I probably could have gone Izzet and been the better for it, but Rakdos was more of a known quantity to me. Also gold cards with guildgates being hte main form of fixing means that it is hard to jump ship, conventional drafting of don’t over commit to a color still holds.

Game 1 I don’t remember except I won because the game went to time and my opponent was playing slowly/had serious lag problems.

Game 2 was up against a good Selesnya deck that was able to pump out more tokens then I could deal with and I died in quick order.

Game 3 was up against an Izzet deck splashing black  where I got lucky and was able to rely upon better creatures.

Here’s the draftcap:

—— RTR ——

Pack 1 pick 1:
Azorius Arrester
Eyes in the Skies
Daggerdrome Imp
Gatecreeper Vine
Goblin Electromancer
Skull Rend
Dark Revenant
Azorius Charm
–> Rakdos Cackler
Forest
Isperia’s Skywatch
Traitorous Instinct
Chorus of Might
Mercurial Chemister
Izzet Guildgate

Pack 1 pick 2:
Mizzium Skin
Dynacharge
Goblin Electromancer
Grisly Salvage
Azorius Guildgate
Fencing Ace
Mountain
Ethereal Armor
Trostani’s Judgment
Tower Drake
Paralyzing Grasp
Dead Reveler
Faerie Impostor
–> Bloodfray Giant

Pack 1 pick 3:
Swift Justice
Daggerdrome Imp
Golgari Guildgate
Frostburn Weird
Treasured Find
Cancel
Mountain
Cobblebrute (FOIL)
Common Bond
–> Lobber Crew
Archweaver
Grave Betrayal
Izzet Guildgate

Pack 1 pick 4:
Concordia Pegasus
Eyes in the Skies
Mizzium Skin
Downsize
Cremate
Aerial Predation
Rakdos Ringleader
Forest
Catacomb Slug
Batterhorn
–> Spawn of Rix Maadi
Guild Feud

Pack 1 pick 5:
Rootborn Defenses
Assassin’s Strike
–> Annihilating Fire
Search Warrant
Rakdos Shred-Freak
Mountain
Dispel
Perilous Shadow
Racecourse Fury
Traitorous Instinct
Centaur’s Herald

Pack 1 pick 6:
Aquus Steed
Launch Party
Bellows Lizard
–> Gore-House Chainwalker
Cobblebrute
Tavern Swindler
Destroy the Evidence
Jarad’s Orders
Izzet Guildgate
Plains

Pack 1 pick 7:
Trained Caracal
Inspiration
–> Skull Rend
Selesnya Guildgate
Tablet of the Guilds
Golgari Keyrune
Plains
Urban Burgeoning
Coursers’ Accord

Pack 1 pick 8:
Tenement Crasher
Inspiration
Skull Rend
Plains
Ethereal Armor
–> Perilous Shadow
Druid’s Deliverance
Gobbling Ooze

Pack 1 pick 9:
–> Daggerdrome Imp
Goblin Electromancer
Skull Rend
Forest
Traitorous Instinct
Chorus of Might
Izzet Guildgate

Pack 1 pick 10:
Mizzium Skin
–> Dynacharge
Goblin Electromancer
Grisly Salvage
Mountain
Ethereal Armor

Pack 1 pick 11:
–> Daggerdrome Imp
Treasured Find
Mountain
Cobblebrute (FOIL)
Grave Betrayal

Pack 1 pick 12:
Cremate
Forest
Catacomb Slug
–> Batterhorn

Pack 1 pick 13:
Search Warrant
Mountain
–> Racecourse Fury

Pack 1 pick 14:
–> Destroy the Evidence
Plains

Pack 1 pick 15:
–> Plains

—— RTR ——

Pack 2 pick 1:
Brushstrider
Avenging Arrow
Inaction Injunction
Terrus Wurm
–> Deviant Glee
Survey the Wreckage
Drudge Beetle
Rakdos Guildgate
Phantom General
Selesnya Keyrune
Plains
Axebane Stag
Coursers’ Accord
Essence Backlash
Cryptborn Horror

Pack 2 pick 2:
Eyes in the Skies
Selesnya Sentry
Rubbleback Rhino
Vassal Soul
Seek the Horizon
Izzet Charm
Forest
Voidwielder
–> Ogre Jailbreaker
Batterhorn
Traitorous Instinct
Chorus of Might
Transguild Promenade
Risen Sanctuary

Pack 2 pick 3:
Tenement Crasher
Sunspire Griffin
Crosstown Courier
–> Grim Roustabout
Terrus Wurm
Dynacharge
Chemister’s Trick
Thrill-Kill Assassin
Trostani’s Judgment
Tower Drake
Slitherhead
Nivix Guildmage
Swamp

Pack 2 pick 4:
Rootborn Defenses
Launch Party
Towering Indrik
Rakdos Shred-Freak
Rakdos Charm
–> Carnival Hellsteed
Swamp
Catacomb Slug
Axebane Stag
Urban Burgeoning
Sundering Growth
Pyroconvergence

Pack 2 pick 5:
Avenging Arrow
Terrus Wurm
Deviant Glee
Drudge Beetle
Centaur Healer
Search Warrant
–> Rakdos Guildgate
Plains
Batterhorn
Faerie Impostor
Slum Reaper

Pack 2 pick 6:
Armory Guard
Deviant Glee
Gatecreeper Vine
Chemister’s Trick
Golgari Guildgate
Selesnya Charm
Forest
Voidwielder
Mind Rot
–> Sluiceway Scorpion

Pack 2 pick 7:
Inspiration
Selesnya Guildgate
Syncopate
Dryad Militant
Ethereal Armor
–> Dead Reveler
Cobblebrute
Druid’s Deliverance
Plains

Pack 2 pick 8:
Tenement Crasher
–> Grim Roustabout
Azorius Guildgate
Vandalblast
Island
Dispel
Pursuit of Flight
Horncaller’s Chant

Pack 2 pick 9:
Brushstrider
Inaction Injunction
Terrus Wurm
Survey the Wreckage
–> Rakdos Guildgate
Plains
Axebane Stag

Pack 2 pick 10:
Selesnya Sentry
Seek the Horizon
Forest
–> Traitorous Instinct
Chorus of Might
Risen Sanctuary

Pack 2 pick 11:
Tenement Crasher
–> Terrus Wurm
Dynacharge
Chemister’s Trick
Swamp

Pack 2 pick 12:
–> Rootborn Defenses
Swamp
Catacomb Slug
Urban Burgeoning

Pack 2 pick 13:
–> Terrus Wurm
Search Warrant
Plains

Pack 2 pick 14:
–> Deviant Glee
Forest

Pack 2 pick 15:
–> Plains

—— RTR ——

Pack 3 pick 1:
Sunspire Griffin
Swift Justice
Drainpipe Vermin
Grim Roustabout
Towering Indrik
Blistercoil Weird
Swamp
Runewing
Perilous Shadow
Horncaller’s Chant
Sundering Growth
–> Goblin Rally
Search the City
Skymark Roc
Mountain (FOIL)

Pack 3 pick 2:
Crosstown Courier
Terrus Wurm
Splatter Thug
Dynacharge
Korozda Monitor
Search Warrant
Selesnya Guildgate
Zanikev Locust
–> Stab Wound
Swamp
Stealer of Secrets
Auger Spree
Call of the Conclave
Slitherhead

Pack 3 pick 3:
Selesnya Sentry
Rootborn Defenses
–> Launch Party
Phantom General
Seek the Horizon
Fall of the Gavel
Pithing Needle
Swamp
Ogre Jailbreaker
Catacomb Slug
Batterhorn
Axebane Stag
Essence Backlash

Pack 3 pick 4:
Azorius Arrester
Avenging Arrow
Launch Party
Rubbleback Rhino
Judge’s Familiar
–> Rakdos Keyrune
Plains
Mind Rot
Bellows Lizard
Axebane Guardian
Spawn of Rix Maadi
Savage Surge

Pack 3 pick 5:
Swift Justice
Drainpipe Vermin
Survey the Wreckage
Aerial Predation
–> Trestle Troll
Island
Chronic Flooding
Destroy the Evidence
Savage Surge
Risen Sanctuary
Wild Beastmaster

Pack 3 pick 6:
Electrickery
Rakdos Shred-Freak
Grisly Salvage
Azorius Guildgate
–> Stab Wound
Guttersnipe
Izzet Keyrune
Island
Paralyzing Grasp
Chorus of Might

Pack 3 pick 7:
Selesnya Sentry
Cremate
Viashino Racketeer
Survey the Wreckage
–> Aerial Predation
Island
Chronic Flooding
Sphere of Safety
Tavern Swindler

Pack 3 pick 8:
Crosstown Courier
–> Electrickery
Selesnya Guildgate
Codex Shredder
Druid’s Deliverance
Essence Backlash
Golgari Longlegs
Forest

Pack 3 pick 9:
Drainpipe Vermin
–> Towering Indrik
Blistercoil Weird
Swamp
Horncaller’s Chant
Sundering Growth
Mountain (FOIL)

Pack 3 pick 10:
Terrus Wurm
–> Splatter Thug
Dynacharge
Search Warrant
Zanikev Locust
Swamp

Pack 3 pick 11:
Seek the Horizon
Swamp
Catacomb Slug
–> Batterhorn
Axebane Stag

Pack 3 pick 12:
Plains
Mind Rot
Bellows Lizard
–> Spawn of Rix Maadi

Pack 3 pick 13:
Island
Chronic Flooding
–> Destroy the Evidence

Pack 3 pick 14:
Island
–> Chorus of Might

Pack 3 pick 15:
–> Island

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