Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Magic Origins Draft #4: Wow, What a Mean Teacher

The Draft and the Decks

My first pick was Liliana, Heretical Healer.  My second was Wild Instincts.  And after that... well, no color really seemed open, so I vacillated between picking up some White, or maybe some Blue...

That's how I ended up playing Black-Green-White.  It's true that I could have made a two color deck - but that deck seemed a little light on oomph.  I'll take higher power and higher variance any day of the week.

  CREATURES (16)  
Citadel Castellan
Eyeblight Assassin
Fetid Imp
Leaf Gilder
Liliana, Heretical Healer
Llanowar Empath
Malakir Cullblade
Nantuko Husk
Orchard Spirit
Pharika's Disciple
Shambling Ghoul
Somberwald Alpha
Stalwart Aven
Topan Freeblade
Valeron Wardens
Yeva's Forcemage
  INSTANTS (3)  
Unholy Hunger x2
Macabre Waltz
Reave Soul
Wild Instincts x2
  LANDS (17)  
Caves of Koilos
Forest x7
Plains x2
Swamp x6
Aerial Volley
Bonded Construct
Bone to Ash
Brawler's Plate
Cleric of the Forward Order
Dark Dabbling x2
Heavy Infantry
Maritime Guard
Necromantic Summons x2
Nivix Barrier
Unholy Hunger
Zendikar's Roil

Round 1

My opponent played a Blue-White deck full of flyers, especially Scrapskin Drakes.  But they were no match for the Liliana I played both games, especially when she started repeatedly punching them with Wild Instincts that I could Reclaim, and lifelink to boot. 

Result: W (2-0)

Round 2

Oh dear god Sphinx's Tutelage.  My opponent played a mono-Blue deck full of counters and draw; in his first game he had his Sphinx's Tutelage out on turn 5, and in his second he had it out on turn 3.  Both games played the same after that: he countered my threats or stalled them out with creatures like Guardians of Meletis, and all the while he drew card after card with Artificer's Epiphany and other effects, and murdered my deck as a side effect.  I knew I should have drafted a Caustic Caterpillar!

Result: L (0-2)


Well, okay, lesson learned: Sphinx's Tutelage is a nightmare.  I've seen a thread on a Magic message board bemoaning the lack of control decks in Magic Origins draft.  That simply isn't true; the control deck of this format just plays differently than control decks from past formats.

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