By Jim Marlow
Well, seeing as im pretty much as good a limited player as the likes of Luis Scott Vargas and Oliver Ruel, i thought why not share my drafts with the rest of Team Leeds too.
This article follows through my picks and matches in this weeks WNM, a full tournament report with winnin players and decklists will feature in a separate article.
Pack 1, pick 1 - Naya Battlemage
not the greatest first pick, but in a shallow pack its not the worst either.
Pack 1, pick 2 - Vithian Stinger
my favourite card in limited right now
Pack 1, pick 3 - Qasali Ambusher
This pick again feels weak, but the pack was very shallow, but maybe this signals i should be moving towards jund more than naya.
Pack 1, pick 4 - Topan Ascetic
Pack 1, pick 5 - Vithian Stinger
Sick! - especially when i picked this over 2 bone splinters (1 foil) and a fleshbag marauder.
Pack 1, pick 6 - Rockslide Elemental
Pack 1, pick 7 - jund panorama
Pack 1, pick 8 - rakeclaw gargantuan
Pack 1, pick 9 - steelclad serpent
Remaining picks - glaze fiend, obilisk of naya, lightning talons, vectis silencers, marble chalice, mountain.
Pack 2, pick 1 - steward of valeron
This is not the first pick i was hoping for
Pack 2, pick 2 - jund battlemage
Im not sure how big my black splash bill be right now, if any, but still pretty strong
Pack 2, pick 3 - Vithian Stinger
Pack 2, pick 4 - rip clan crasher
Pack 2, pick 5 - mosstodon
Pack 2, pick 6 - viscera dragger
Pack 2, pick 7 - jungle weaver
Pack 2, pick 8 - jungle weaver
Pack 2, pick 9 - cylian elf
Remaining picks - steelclad serpent, plains (foil), immortal coil, lightning talons, tortoise formation, banewasp affliction.
Pack 3, pick 1 - ember weaver
This guy is almost always a 3/3 first striker in my deck, but is he really 1st pickable?
Pack 3, pick 2 - exploding borders
Pack 3, pick 3 - Vagrant Plowbeast
Im not sure this guy is any good, i didnt end up playing him, what do people think?
Pack 3, pick 4 - Toxic Iguanar
These seem pretty good if i face a similar deck to mine, because im light on removal
Pack 3, pick 5 - macta rioters
Pack 3, pick 6 - dragon soul knight
Pack 3, pick 7 - nacatl outlander
Pack 3, pick 8 - macta rioters
Pack 3, pick 9 - Sylvan bounty
Remaining Picks - toxic iguanar, salvage slasher, scornful Aether-lich, worldly counsel, vectis agents, plains.
My final Decklist
2 x toxic iguanar
1 x nacatl outlander
1 x rip-clan crasher
1 x steward of valeron
2 x macta rioters
3 x vithian stinger
1 x ember weaver
1 x jund battlemage
1 x naya battlemage
1 x qasali ambusher
1 x topan ascetic
1 x rockslide elemental
1 x viscera dragger
1 x mosstodon
1 x rakeclaw gargantuan
2 x jungle weaver
1 x exploding borders
1 x sylvan bounty
7 x forest
6 x mountain
2 x plains
1 x swamp
Round 1 - Paul Suciu
Game 1 - I won the die roll and played first, managing to get nacatl outlander and a vithian stinger on the board. I drew into more dudes and quickly overwhelmed.
Game 2 - Paul got a turn 2 jhessian infiltrator, and turn 3 equipped it with lightning talons, a few more swings and it was over
Game 3 - This was almost the same as game 1, but Paul managed to find some decent guys to stall the board, the turning point in the match was when i blocked Pauls 2/2 wubrg knight with a 2/2 macta rioters, only to pop my panorama before damage, from the it was only a matter of time.
Round 2 - Matthew Kitchen
Game 1 - I lead off with turn 2 rip clan crasher, and matt apparently kept quite a slow hand against a pretty explosive draw from me.
Game 2 - Once again i put pressure on early, but this time Matt found some guys to stabilise slightly. Sadly, matt sealed his fate by attacking with a tower gargoyle into an ember weaver and active vithian stinger. From there i managed to squeak out the last few points of damage
Round 3 - Steve Tyson
Game 1 - This game seemed to mirror all the others i played today, with me spitting out a load of big dudes and winning before Steve got his fatties out.
Game 2 - Turn 3 and 4 woolly thoctars for Steve made my 5 land hand seem pretty bad, and it was my turn to be on the recieving end of a sick beating.
Game 3 - once again, the game was stalled by the huge number of creatures on the board, but Steve managed to stall long enough with rhox medicants to draw into creatures that were far bigger than mine, and not long after i was chumping.
I hope you enjoyed this report, feel free to comment on the draft, or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org