ACR #8

Pack 1 pick 1:

My Pick:

Ding! Opening good mythics is good. Sadly, my last experience with a mythic rare was an exit in round one, so let’s hope that’s not the case this time. Two asides as well. One, if Elspeth is instead some crappy rare, I take the Gargoyle. I despise Soul’s Fire most of the time, and like playing White based Esper decks more than U/B ones. And two, even though it’s pick one, I see no Bant cards in the pack at all, and if I see an opportunity to jump in, I will expand quickly into it.
Pack 1 pick 2:

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It’s been a long time since I’ve had a chance to play with this card, and it has to be nuts playing it on three and my first pick on four. Note that I don’t like Quasali Ambusher nearly as much as I used to since it tends to just trade now with whatever it jumps out at. Still, people take it as a clear signal that those colors are open, so it worries me some.
Pack 1 pick 3:

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Oh zing. That’s a good sign!

Pack 1 pick 4:

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So is this. I’m still shipping a few Naya like cards left, so I have to make sure I don’t get cut too bad, and stick to the

plan.
Pack 1 pick 5:

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I don’t actually like this card, but I’m not picking Deft Duelist here, and the Druid will prolly make unless I end up very aggressive.
Pack 1 pick 6:

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This guy ended up getting boarded out almost every match, but the other cards were borderline main deckable anyway. Visionary had the best chance, but I didn’t want someone to see this guy as the last playable in the pack and decide to jump in the fray with the other two. The other cards could be present for a number of shards.
Pack 1 pick 7:

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I’m unlikely to play this card either, but MAN do I want to someday.
Pack 1 pick 8:

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I despise that cycling guy. This guy at least has a shot of making the cut.
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Pack 1 pick 11:

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Who knows. I’ve never played this card, and I’m sure it’s really narrow, but these other cards suck.
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Pack 2 pick 1:

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I am so tired of opening Conflux and seeing nothing for me. I didn’t play either of the Meditants I got, and it’s very annoying. I could have taken Goblin Outlander since it caused me problems later, but at the time I was sticking to the plan to ensure I had enough guys and fixers.
Pack 2 pick 2:

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Of course there’s lots of cards for me in this one. The two drop is more important than the Sphere since it’s so slow.
Pack 2 pick 3:

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Wow. I didn’t see the Archer until just now, as I’m writing up this draft. I had to play against the Archer during the draft, and wondered when my opponent received it. Guess this was a Jager pick. Anything that has two power and first strikes in this format is great by the way, and was amazing anyway.
Pack 2 pick 4:

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Too powerful to not take. I’m getting nervous about fixers though. My splash isn’t very heavy, but it will grow in the last pack, since there are more powerful R/G cards than G/W cards, at least in terms of removal and tricks, which is what I am short on now.
Pack 2 pick 5:

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Probably won’t play him, but I’ve been wrecked by this guy before, and he would come in for slower matchups.
Pack 2 pick 6:

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That’s two Sludge Striders gone by. Guess no one liked my pack of Strix and Gargoyle.
Pack 2 pick 7:

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Whew. This was really needed. Giving up turn two is rough, but it’s important to have this card.
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Pack 2 pick 9:

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I could have taken Mark of Asylum and sided it in against 5C decks loaded with red sweepers and spot removal, but it seems flimsy.
Pack 2 pick 10:

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When I’m B/R I never get the Best Outlander that late. 😦 In any case, Soul’s Majesty is actually a bomb in my deck since it contains Elspeth!
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Pack 2 pick 12:

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There is no way I’m playing Exploding Borders in this good a deck.
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Pack 3 pick 1:

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This was such a tough pick. Believing at least one other player is Naya, I can’t expect the Gloryscale to come back, even out of a pack loaded with picks like this. Bloodbraid Elf is very powerful, but my playables below four are actually kinda weak, with no exalted guys yet, which would be just about the only card I could get at this point that I would want to flip. I also have no removal at all, making the top shelf removal the pick. I could get a cookie back out of this one, so let’s hope.
Pack 3 pick 2:

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I’m put to the same choice here, but this time it’s much easier to just take the removal/haste man and be happy. Note my red splash has grown already.
Pack 3 pick 3:

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And it continues to grow. I have so many four drops Messenger Falcons isn’t correct, and I don’t want to take the land cycler this high. I hope to get another shot at one later.
Pack 3 pick 4:

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Great removal over good fixing in this deck. All I have to do is live long enough to play my good cards.
Pack 3 pick 5:

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I’ve been stymied by Stun Sniper so many times, and it really hurts to ship more fixers and two drops, but the removal is still king here.
Pack 3 pick 6:

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These packs seem to be loaded with cards I can play. I almost took the Pridemage since GG is tough for my deck to muster, but the card is great with several of my other cards, so why not.
Pack 3 pick 7:

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The splash grows again, but I knew I would be cycling this monster most of the time, so it was fine.
Pack 3 pick 8:

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Here is my only clear mistake of the draft. Valley Ranneret was the clear pick here over the powerful 6/6 for four mana, since if this one was here this late, with this many Naya cards in the pack, then the one I opened will certainly be there next pick. I’ve also been avoiding flooding my four drop spot, and two of these might put me over the edge.
Pack 3 pick 9:

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And here it is. At least the card is stupidly powerful to make up for the difficulty to cast.
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Pack 3 pick 12:

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Late gift for me!
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1 Rakeclaw Gargantuan
6 Plains
1 Soul’s Majesty
1 Bull Cerodon
2 Paragon of the Amesha
5 Mountain
2 Gloryscale Viashino
1 Sangrite Backlash
1 Naya Hushblade
1 Manaplasm
1 Colossal Might
1 Elspeth, Knight-Errant
2 Crystallization
1 Deadshot Minotaur
6 Forest
1 Obelisk of Naya
1 Wild Leotau
1 Giant Ambush Beetle
1 Druid of the Anima
1 Rupture Spire
1 Knight of the Skyward Eye
1 Valeron Outlander
1 Mycoid Shepherd

Sideboard
1 Unbender Tine
1 Rockcaster Platoon
1 Mighty Emergence
1 Constricting Tendrils
1 Mountain
1 Nacatl Hunt-Pride
1 Clarion Ultimatum
1 Angel’s Herald
1 Etherium Astrolabe
2 Rhox Meditant
1 Forest
1 Offering to Asha
1 Scattershot Archer
1 Messenger Falcons
1 Traumatic Visions
1 Worldly Counsel
1 Kaleidostone
1 Bloodthorn Taunter
1 Keeper of Progenitus
1 Plains
1 Leonin Armorguard

I flip flopped on what to do for a long time. My incorrect Ranneret pick was really costing me, and forced me to play 18 lands, since I had four drops with WW, GG, and WRG. I felt my deck was good enough that as long as I coudl cast my spells, I would win most of the time. I sideboarded after every game, bringing in the Rockcaster Platoon or Nacatl Hunt-Pride, and once the Messenger Falcons, depending on what I was up against.  Not once did I get to side in the Keeper of Progenitus, since my first round opponent was Naya, and the next two were 5C. Boo.

I don’t recall much of the matches themselves except the finals. I aggressively mulled to get hands that had a better chance to play out on time. Naya round one, where my card quality was just higher, and even though I dropped game one, I adjusted and took the next two easily. 5C round two, and I mulled then kept a slow, slow hand, not playing a creature till turn five(Naya Hushblade), then Cerodon on six, but his deck was REALLY slow, and I won anyway. I beat him on turn six game two. My finals opponent was already ready for me, since he somehow had a bye in the semis. I lost game one to Goblin Outlander staring at Knight of the Skyward Eye and Paragon of the Amesha while I drew nothing useful. I sided in the Falcons for the usual Rakeclaw. My opponents deck didn’t seem very good. He was 5C, but had weird cards like Kederekt Parasite and assorted weirdness. I think he started Jund, and just ended up 5C because he was wedged in between people taking his cards(probably me in the last pack; I took alot of R/G cards). Still he put up a fight with Scarland Thrinax every game, and I made a terrible MODO mistake in game 2 where I attacked with Skyward Eye and Paragon(the two guys I had out like every game against him), he blocks Parasite on Skyward and 2/2 Scarland on Paragon. I Colossal Might the Paragon, and click right past damage assignment, only assigning two to Scarland like a dumbass. I still win the game, but it was tighter than it would have been, as I had to use the Beetle on the Thrinax, leaving me no defense for Outlander, since Goblin Assault came down that turn, and I had to kill it then. Oddly enough, I won that game because the scourge of my deck, Goblin Outlander, couldn’t stay back after the turn he dropped it, and I was at a very healthy total. The last game I mulled to five on the draw, and beat my opponent pretty soundly, playing Elspeth for the second time in the entire event, and beating with a 8/7 flyer. I only played Bull Cerodon that one time in Round two, and never got to play the Shepherd at all. But the deck was good enough even at 18 lands to win against the cobbled together 5c decks, and also the Naya deck. I doubt I could have beaten a good Esper deck(if there was one at the table) unless I drew better than average, but luckily I don’t think anyone moved into it early enough to get all the cookies going around.

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  2. joe dodd

    Sick Naya…nice curve. I disagreed with a few of the picks…pack two i probably would have picked the might of alara over the 2/2 pro black guy. pack 3 pick 1 i take bloodbraid elf over sangrite backlash and also qasali pridemage over mycoid shepherd. picks 8-12 in pack 3 were ridiculous for you! capped off with a hushblade. good job Nigel!

    • theolentangy

      Well Joe, cases can easily be made for picking differently in those scenarios. I always find myself short on two drops in decks full of bombs somehow. I could certainly take the Might there and pick up another two drop in that pack, but I can only think of two that I would want that are common: Aven Squire and Valeron Outlander. I don’t want the Nacatl Outlander because I probably can’t cast it on two reliably. Plus, as pump spells in this format go, Might of Alara is actually pretty weak compared to Colossal Might or Sigil’s Blessing. It’s only redeeming quality is it’s single green mana cost, so I probably would make the same decision again unless I was playing a deck with better fixers or more colors.

      After some thought about the Bloodbraid Elf pick, I’ve decided it’s really a toss up. You can add a guy that’s awesome for your deck(unless he flips an Obelisk or something useless(I had 3 ‘useless’ cards I could get at that point. Obelisk of Naya, Druid of the Anima, and Manaplasm, which I don’t really want to see anytime past 3). Or you could add removal that you not only probably can’t play on 2, but doesn’t kill everything you want it to. Still it is top shelf at only two mana, and since I wasn’t sure I would get any other removal given the other Naya players I was sure were around, I grabbed it then, so if I DO face some nasty creature, I could at least have an out to draw to against it.

      Lastly, given the option to play a gamebreaking rare that is hard to cast like Shepherd or a consistent high quality dude, I’ll usually try the rare since I don’t get many chances at it. If I had not taken that Outlander in pack 2 when I did, I would have had to take the Pridemage since I was then short on two drops.

      Thanks for the comment!

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