Sunday, 28 June 2009

Drafting with Wagz #2 - 5 Colour Control: An Example

By Wagz

Hey guys, I've just completed a draft and have won the first round. This article is designed as a guide for drafting 5 colour control in shards block. The important thing to know is that the deck is a misnomer - you should aim to draft 2 colours and splash the other 3. I chose Red and White for this deck, but the actual 2 colours depend on your draft picks. One should try to draft this deck when you get a few bombs and some good removal early, that sort of thing. As an example:

------ ALA ------
Pack 1 pick 1:
Cathartic Adept, Lightning Talons, Naya Panorama, Onyx Goblet, Obelisk of Esper, Godtoucher, Forest (FOIL), Elvish Visionary, Bloodpyre Elemental, Soul's Grace, Tower Gargoyle, Skeletonize, Puppet Conjurer, Elspeth, Knight-Errant, Island

Obviously take the Planeswalker - Elspeth rocks.

Pack 1 pick 2:
Ridge Rannet, Steelclad Serpent, Excommunicate, Banewasp Affliction, Jungle Weaver, Hissing Iguanar, Carrion Thrash, Jund Panorama, Glaze Fiend, Rhox War Monk, Scavenger Drake, Etherium Astrolabe, Hellkite Overlord, Swamp

Very interesting. There's a common or a foil rare missing. Most likely it's a common and he's taken Oblivion Ring, so Elspeth isn't looking as mono-white as she could do. We take the Mythic and consider 5 colour RW.

Pack 1 pick 3:
Dreg Reaver, Sigil Blessing, Druid of the Anima, Gustrider Exuberant, Resounding Wave, Magma Spray, Blightning, Naturalize, Obelisk of Grixis, Fire-Field Ogre, Sunseed Nurturer, Cunning Lethemancer, Plains

We briefly consider Druid to cast our spells, but Magma Spray is solid removal and a high pick with all the blades about, and fits in the potential RW plan beautifully. I say RW because you can pick up Stun Snipers and Intimidation Bolts really late in Alara Reborn and enemy colours makes splashing easier due to the borderposts. We are looking to get more cheap removal, manafixing and big bombs if possible now.

Pack 1 pick 4:
Viashino Skeleton, Call to Heel, Excommunicate, Druid of the Anima, Thorn-Thrash Viashino, Jund Panorama, Obelisk of Bant, Hindering Light, Drumhunter, Demon's Herald, Skill Borrower, Swamp

Druid is fine, but if we want to leave open the option of going Naya with bombs I would prefer to take Drumhunter, so I do. Jund Panorama is probably the correct pick here though.

Pack 1 pick 5:
Vectis Silencers, Deathgreeter, Resounding Roar, Soul's Fire, Mosstodon, Waveskimmer Aven, Elvish Visionary, Dragon Fodder, Esper Battlemage, Covenant of Minds, Forest

Soul's Fire - one of the less good removal spells in a control deck but removal spells are exactly what they say they are so we take it.

Pack 1 pick 6:
Welkin Guide, Dreg Reaver, Cylian Elf, Volcanic Submersion, Onyx Goblet, Spell Snip, Gustrider Exuberant, Jhessian Infiltrator, Dragon's Herald, Plains

Welkin Guide is alright, but the only other possible card is Volcanic Submersion. Not too happy with the draft so far as we're not getting the nuts but there isn't anything great here anyway. Don't even think about Dragon's Herald.

Pack 1 pick 7:
Marble Chalice, Deathgreeter, Spell Snip, Dispeller's Capsule, Volcanic Submersion, Relic of Progenitus, Sphinx's Herald, Invincible Hymn, Plains

Relic is good against Unearth Decks who are good against decks with lots of removal (the deck we are trying to be). Take it and smile a little.

Pack 1 pick 8:
Jhessian Lookout, Dreg Reaver, Cancel, Volcanic Submersion, Filigree Sages, Kiss of the Amesha, Ooze Garden, Island

Everybody loves a Kiss. It's a control players dream, we are suddenly a bit happier - RWu is a good deck.

Pack 1 pick 9:
Cathartic Adept, Lightning Talons, Onyx Goblet, Obelisk of Esper, Godtoucher, Soul's Grace, Island

Need to splash the Kiss and Hellkite somehow, great for us.

Pack 1 pick 10:
Ridge Rannet, Steelclad Serpent, Banewasp Affliction, Carrion Thrash, Etherium Astrolabe, Swamp

Guess Mick wasn't in this draft - Take the Ridge Rannet as a cycling finisher.

Pack 1 pick 11:
Dreg Reaver, Obelisk of Grixis, Sunseed Nurturer, Cunning Lethemancer, Plains

Another Obelisk makes us happy, need more removal but we're on track.

Pack 1 pick 12:
Viashino Skeleton, Thorn-Thrash Viashino, Demon's Herald, Swamp


Pack 1 pick 13:
Vectis Silencers, Deathgreeter, Forest


Pack 1 pick 14:
Onyx Goblet, Dragon's Herald


Pack 1 pick 15:
Sphinx's Herald

Ignore computer.

------ CON ------
Pack 2 pick 1:
Darklit Gargoyle, Fiery Fall, Wretched Banquet, Esper Cormorants, Parasitic Strix, Aven Trailblazer, Vectis Agents, Molten Frame, Elder Mastery (FOIL), Scattershot Archer, Ignite Disorder, Unstable Frontier, Grixis Slavedriver, Kederekt Parasite, Island

Fiery Fall is removal and manafixing, wonderful!!

Pack 2 pick 2:
Wild Leotau, Frontline Sage, Fiery Fall, Pestilent Kathari, Court Homunculus, Molten Frame, Infectious Horror, Rhox Bodyguard, Wandering Goblins, Reliquary Tower, Gluttonous Slime, Grixis Slavedriver, Telemin Performance, Forest

Fiery Fall is removal and manafixing, wonderful!!

Pack 2 pick 3:
Fiery Fall, Wretched Banquet, Drag Down (FOIL), Aven Trailblazer, Kaleidostone, Molten Frame, Rhox Bodyguard, Scattershot Archer, Infectious Horror, Manaforce Mace, View from Above, Volcanic Fallout, Swamp

Fiery Fall is removal and manafixing, wonderful!! However, we take the Volcanic Fallout as wraths make control decks a little better.

Pack 2 pick 4:
Wild Leotau, Frontline Sage, Fiery Fall, Pestilent Kathari, Court Homunculus, Molten Frame, Infectious Horror, Rhox Bodyguard, Wandering Goblins, Vagrant Plowbeasts, Corrupted Roots, Island

Fiery Fall is removal and manafixing, wonderful!!

Pack 2 pick 5:
Sylvan Bounty, Pestilent Kathari, Matca Rioters, Maniacal Rage, Nacatl Outlander, Nacatl Savage, Valiant Guard, Ancient Ziggurat, Fleshformer, Spore Burst, Mountain

Aw, looks like normal service has been resumed. I take the Fleshformer as it's a bomb in 5 colour.

Pack 2 pick 6:
Rhox Meditant, Vedalken Outlander, Kranioceros, Mana Cylix, Lapse of Certainty, Suicidal Charge, Constricting Tendrils, Nacatl Hunt-Pride, Elder Mastery, Plains

Nacatl Hunt-Pride is a very good card and one we need - big creature that can win us the game.

Pack 2 pick 7:
Sylvan Bounty, Maniacal Rage, Nacatl Outlander, Nacatl Savage, Valiant Guard, Dragonsoul Knight, Manaforce Mace, Cylian Sunsinger, Plains

We take Dragonsoul Knight as it's pretty fine.

Pack 2 pick 8:
Traumatic Visions, Rhox Meditant, Scattershot Archer, Nacatl Savage, Wandering Goblins, Brackwater Elemental, Dreadwing, Island

Traumatic Visions. Nothing really here and we probably won't play it, but there is the potential to go more Blue in Reborn. Most of the good cards there are aggro however.

Pack 2 pick 9:
Darklit Gargoyle, Vectis Agents, Molten Frame, Scattershot Archer, Ignite Disorder, Unstable Frontier, Island

Ignite Disorder is a mini-wrath against a lot of quick Blades starts, very happy. Why do these always table??

Pack 2 pick 10:
Court Homunculus, Infectious Horror, Wandering Goblins, Reliquary Tower, Telemin Performance, Forest


Pack 2 pick 11:
Kaleidostone, Scattershot Archer, Infectious Horror, View from Above, Swamp

Take Kaleidostone, won't play it.

Pack 2 pick 12:
Rhox Bodyguard, Wandering Goblins, Corrupted Roots, Island

Rhox Bodyguard might get played for the lifegain, have to see what Green we get in Reborn.

Pack 2 pick 13:
Maniacal Rage, Valiant Guard, Mountain

Maniacal Rage

Pack 2 pick 14:
Constricting Tendrils, Plains


Pack 2 pick 15:

On-colour bomb - Fixes our mana, windmill slam.

------ ARB ------
Pack 3 pick 1:
Putrid Leech, Colossal Might, Pale Recluse, Naya Sojourners, Singe-Mind Ogre, Bant Sojourners, Sanctum Plowbeast, Demonic Dread, Magefire Wings, Sigil of the Nayan Gods, Giant Ambush Beetle, Lorescale Coatl, Morbid Bloom, Fight to the Death, Mountain

The normal me would love the Ambush Beetle, but it's gonna be hard to play with little fixing. We take the Pale Recluse as fixing.

Pack 3 pick 2:
Breath of Malfegor, Thopter Foundry, Marrow Chomper, Flurry of Wings, Soulquake, Plains, Wildfield Borderpost, Etherium Abomination, Esper Sojourners, Ethercaste Knight, Godtracker of Jund, Jhessian Zombies, Grixis Grimblade, Ethersworn Shieldmage

We take the GW Borderpost and sigh a bit more about our mana.

Pack 3 pick 3:
Putrid Leech, Colossal Might, Pale Recluse, Singe-Mind Ogre, Bant Sojourners, Sanctum Plowbeast, Demonic Dread, Magefire Wings, Sigil of the Nayan Gods, Gloryscale Viashino, Stun Sniper, Sigil Captain, Island

Stun Sniper - the man behind RW.

Pack 3 pick 4:
Mistvein Borderpost, Glassdust Hulk, Leonin Armorguard, Cerodon Yearling, Sanctum Plowbeast, Igneous Pouncer, Bant Sojourners, Sigiled Behemoth, Zealous Persecution, Intimidation Bolt, Unbender Tine, Forest

Intimidation Bolt - the spell behind it, wicked.

Pack 3 pick 5:
Mistvein Borderpost, Glassdust Hulk, Leonin Armorguard, Cerodon Yearling, Sanctum Plowbeast, Igneous Pouncer, Sigiled Behemoth, Stun Sniper, Unbender Tine, Dragon Appeasement, Mountain

2>1, so we take Stun Sniper.

Pack 3 pick 6:
Tainted Sigil, Plains, Jund Sojourners, Vedalken Ghoul, Sigiled Behemoth, Violent Outburst, Sigil Captain, Architects of Will, Deny Reality, Glassdust Hulk


Pack 3 pick 7:
Winged Coatl, Grixis Sojourners, Ethercaste Knight, Captured Sunlight, Magefire Wings, Trace of Abundance, Messenger Falcons, Wall of Denial, Forest

Messenger Falcons is usually great, but Wall of Denial is necessary. Note that we should be looking at hybrid cards whose definite mana symbol is one of our main colours only. So Messenger Falcons, but not Trace of Abundance in RW for example.

Pack 3 pick 8:
Mind Funeral, Swamp, Arsenal Thresher, Offering to Asha, Godtracker of Jund, Demonspine Whip, Talon Trooper, Soul Manipulation

Took Talon Trooper, should probably take Demonspine Whip as I have no artifact removal and few cheap creatures. This bums me in round 2 when I draw all my mana.

Pack 3 pick 9:
Naya Sojourners, Bant Sojourners, Demonic Dread, Magefire Wings, Lorescale Coatl, Morbid Bloom, Mountain

Bant Sojourners is on-colour but rubbish so I legacy-draft the Lorescale Coatl.

Pack 3 pick 10:
Breath of Malfegor, Soulquake, Plains, Etherium Abomination, Esper Sojourners, Godtracker of Jund

Raredraft. I have enough playables by now anyway.

Pack 3 pick 11:
Singe-Mind Ogre, Bant Sojourners, Magefire Wings, Sigil Captain, Island


Pack 3 pick 12:
Sanctum Plowbeast, Sigiled Behemoth, Unbender Tine, Forest

Sanctum Plowbeast - I actually wanted one of these to fetch my blue.

Pack 3 pick 13:
Unbender Tine, Dragon Appeasement, Mountain


Pack 3 pick 14:
Tainted Sigil, Vedalken Ghoul


Pack 3 pick 15:

Untaps for free! Might make the cut as a one-of.

The decklist, for those interested very few:

1: magma spray
2: ignite disorder, 2 stun sniper, sanctum plowbeast, pale recluse
3: dragonsoul knight, fleshformer, jund sojourners, wall of denial, intimidation bolt, soul's fire, volcanic fallout
4: elspeth
5: 3 fiery fall, nacatl hunt-pride, kiss of the amesha
6: ridge rannet, hellkite
Mana: GW borderpost, esper and grixis obelisks, 1 Forest, 2 Islands, 1 Swamps, 5 Plains', 7 Mountains

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