Saturday, 16 May 2009

Drafting with Jim - #5

By Jim Marlow

Hey everyone,

I know i said i would save these for a while but i got bored from doing uni work so i thought i would write one up, plus im going to be busy over the next few weeks so i though i would do what i can when i have the time.

Another 8-4 queue crap out im afraid, have a look

Pack 1, pick 1 - rakeclaw gargantuan

This is a horrible pick, my love of naya getting the better of me. The pack was weak but resounding silence is the obvious pick here.

Pack 1, pick 2 - vithian stinger

this is fine, another grixis charm and a kiss of the amesha in the pack as well

Pack 1, pick 3 - savage lands

A good pick here for me, master of etherium going left is good as well

Pack 1, pick 4 - jungle weaver

annoyingly early for these guys, but jungle weaver is solid

Pack 1, pick 5 - court archers

Pack 1, pick 6 - volcanic submersion

Pack 1, pick 7 - welkin guide

I love getting this guy late when you play 5 power fatties

Remaining picks - ridge rannet, volcanic submersion, gift of the gargantuan, deft dualist, viashino skeleton (foil), plains, mighty emergence, mountain

Pack 2, pick 1 - bull cerodon

He's good right?

Pack 2, pick 2 - vithian stinger

double stinger is good, sprouting thrinax, jungle weaver and jund panorama only other picks here

Pack 2, pick 3 - resounding thunder

This pack was sick, algae gharial, jund charm, executioners capsule and souls fire. souls fire may be strong in my deck but thunder is reliably awesome

Pack 2, pick 4 - knight of the skyward eye

Pack 2, pick 5 - sigil blessing

Pack 2, pick 6 - wild nacatl

Pack 2, pick 7 - jungle weaver

Pack 2, pick 8 - steward of valeron

Remaining picks - excommunicate, druid of the anima, carrion thrash, demon's herald, godtoucher, outrider of jhess, mountain

Pack 3, pick 1 - nacatl hunt-pride

A decent card but overall another weak pack. Maybe i am expecting too much to open something better than my usual bomb rare every pack, but the packs i have got in the last couple drafts have been pretty janky

Pack 3, pick 2 - path to exile (foil)

sweeet, also a scepter of fugue in the pack

Pack 3, pick 3 - aven trailblazer

Pack 3, pick 4 - rhox meditant

Pack 3, pick 5 - aven trailblazer

Pack 3, pick 6 - sacellum archers

not sure if this trumps the aven squire as my deck is quite aggressive, but whatever.

For some reason these were prtty much the only decent cards i got in pack 3, i was surprised that i was getting cut pack 3 but this is how it goes sometimes when someone dives in your colours.

Remaining picks - molten frame, molten frame, spore burst, vedalken outlander, toxic iguanar, lapse of certainty, toxic iguanar, frontline sage, infectious horror.

So overall a weak conflux pack left me with an ok deck but it could have been so much better.

I seem to have lost the final decklist in the mass of paper i have with my draft picks on, along with the notes of how the games went, but i basically lost 2-1 in the first round, which is a bit poop.

I have just 1 more draft to put up, which i will definately wait untill next week to upload, after which there may be a few days between articles, but i will do as much as i possibly can, and at the very least there will be the draft and the tournament report from altrincham tomorrow.

See you all soon

Until then,


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