Monday, 22 June 2009

Drafting with Jim - #10

By Jim Marlow

Hey everyone,

I hope everyone is enjoying their summer. Im sure you guys and gals can tell from the lack of articles produced that i am certainly enjoying mine, i was reconciled with my old friend alcohol this week, which was nice.

I was getting low on packs due to my chronic draft problem so i needed to start doing well again, but sadly i made a bit of a mess of this one, standard i guess.

Pack 1, pick 1 - Knight of the skyward eye

This was a pretty hard pick, it was between this, souls fire, esper battlemage, and sprouting thrinax. I am not too hot on the esper battlemage because i prefer to draft aggressive decks, and although i prefer jund to naya, i went with the essentially 2 colour card over 3

Pack 1, pick 2 - Court archers

Not a fantastic second pick, and maybe the steward of valeron would better to support signaling myself as base g/w, as it didnt table

Pack 1, pick 3 - Bloodpyre elemental

Possibly another bad pick by passing the naya battlemage, o well.

Pack 1, pick 4 - blightning

poo pack!

Pack 1, pick 5 - agony warp?

crumbling necropolis in here too, guess im going 5 colour with some kind of green base?

Pack 1, pick 6 - grixis panorama

Pack 1, pick 7 - blightning

Pack 1, pick 8 - jungle weaver

Remaining picks - cylian elf, deathgreeter, incurable ogre, godtoucher, forest, forest, swamp

Pack 2, pick 1 - Meglonoth

Its a bit annoying to pass an armilery sphere and a drag down, but im pretty sure this guy is a bomb, and i still want to be green based i think.

Pack 2, pick 2 - Dark temper

Pack 2, pick 3 - Ember weaver

Im not sure this is the pick over a rupture spire, when i need more mana fixing. O well.

Pack 2, pick 4 - Soul's Majesty

Harmonize this ain't, but i think its slightly better than voices from the void for my deck right now

Pack 2, pick 5 - nacatl outlander

Pack 2, pick 6 - rhox meditant

I like this guy, he has a fat ass and draws cards, and it doesnt look like im going to be aggressive anymore

Pack 2, pick 7 - wretched banquet

I overvalue this card

Pack 2, pick 8 - viashino slaughtermaster

Pack 2, pick 9 - Knotvine mystic (foil)

Pack 2, pick 10 - Pestilent Kathari

I undervalut this one!

Remaining picks - absorb vis, vectis agents, asha's favour, wandering goblins, mountain

Pack 3, pick 1 - terminate

Only a jund sojourners to pick from

Pack 3, pick 2 - Kathari bomber

I like this guy, but 2nd pick isnt great

Pack 3, pick 3 - crystalization

Pack 3, pick 4 - Sangrite backlash

Pack 3, pick 5 - kathari bomber

Pack 3, pick 6 - igneous pouncer

Pack 3, pick 7 - Stun sniper

Looks like im base R/G splashing black and white here, borderposts would be nice

Pack 3, pick 8 - firewild borderpost

Not really the post im looking for

Pack 3, pick 9 - deny reality

Remaining picks - fieldmist borderpost, double negative, magefire wings, vedalken ghoul, swamp.

Here's the deck i built

1 x wretched banquet
1 x terminate
1 x sangrite backlash
1 x nacatl outlander
1 x stun sniper
1 x viashino slaughtermaster
1 x crystalization
1 x firewild borderpost
2 x blightning
1 x dark temper
1 x knight of the skyward eye
1 x court archers
1 x ember weaver
2 x kathari bomber
1 x pestilent kathari
1 x souls majesty
1 x bloodpyre elemental
1 x absorb vis
1 x jungle weaver
1 x meglonoth
1 x igneous pouncer
1 x incurable ogre

1 x grixis panorama
6 x mountain
5 x forest
3 x swamp
2 x plains

In the end i ended up 2-1 with this deck, which is probably fair for it's power level. I think i could have drafted better but it didnt go horribly, my mana just coming unstuck in the Last round, but i think that was to be expected of a deck like this with little mana fixing.

O well, see you all next time

Until then,


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  1. Pack 2, pick 7 - wretched banquet

    I overvalue this card

    Not really if you're picking it 7th. 1st pick was clearly Soul's Fire - burn spells are always first picks. I think you should see to move to Jund from what you describe as available and definitely take the tri-land 5th. Seemed to end up alright but you could have had more focus. Grixis is no longer terrible with the inclusion of Alara Reborn. Sorry, Grixis without Cruel Ultimatum etc...

  2. yeah i didnt really mean its bad as 7th pick, i just meant in general i have had a couple bad experiances with it.

    I actually made a fuck up in the notes, because i have ticked both souls fire and the knight for P1,p1 but the souls fire is in my decklist, so i suspect i picked that, but i cant remember.

    Also, yeah it was a little off focus, and the tri-land was the pick

    Yeah i think grixis is probably my second favourite archetype behind jund, basically being able to support slave of bolas, terminate and bituminous blast is the nuts!