Drafting with Joshua #2

Written by Joshua Claytor on . Posted in Competitive Magic, Limited

I’m awake at 10am on a Sunday morning. That sounds really late, but I went to bed closer to 6am. I was woken up by the weirdest thing. Thunder. In March, in Kentucky, thunder is typically a sign of a random storm. Maybe it’s strong, maybe just a shower, but this thunder is much more ominous.

This thunder is also dropping ice.

Hooray for the really rare Thunder Ice! We are supposed to get about an inch of ice today, and on top of that another four inches of snow. This winter for Kentucky has been long, cold and hard to travel. Of course for the northern readers, four inches of winter precipitation is easy. For us in Kentucky, this will shut things for a down for a few days. The south is really ill-equipped to deal with winter weather in March, I know that my county is out of salt to clear to the roads, and the budget for overtime for the road crews is running out. It’s not a lot of fun. If we lose power, it’s even less fun. I would still have internet in theory on my phone, but editing a website from a smart phone is not a great experience either. I know this from personal experience, as the wifi in my hotel room did not work at GenCon a few years ago, so I had to edit PureMTGO.com from my Android device.

In an effort to avoid that as much as possible, I pleaded with the writers to send me content as soon as possible. I wanted to make sure that the site had as much content scheduled in advance in case things went wrong and Kentucky entered an early March Ice Age.

I have another draft for you all this week. It’s a Theros block 4322. I know 4322 are looked down on, and I’m not a huge fan, but I started drafting at 3am on Sunday morning. I finished scheduling as much stuff in advance for the other site I work for, and then finished @MrScottyMacs article for Monday. The 4322 was closest to filling up and I was pressed for time! I typically play 84s, because if I want to improve at something I am weak at, I need to practice against the very best right?

Let’s go ahead and take a look at the draft! I have prepared a visual option and a recorded option. They will both be presented. I also recorded the actual game play of this draft, and I have to apologize for wanting to actively lose. I thought my deck was not great, and I really wanted to go to bed!

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Here is the video draft!

Here is the Deck we built:

As I said in the video I thought this deck was awful. I was not pleased with it at all, and thought winning a round would be more then wonderful for this pile of forty cards. Thankfully I have the games I played with it recorded, so I can present those to you all as well! Let’s check those out!

Round One

After seeing this deck it started to become more apparent to me that maybe the entire pod just had bad cards to work with. If I am not happy with my deck how many other players are just slogging through with their forty cards hoping for things to just be over? I do not feel like I drafted poorly at all, I do feel that the packs were weaker than what I am used to, and that I adjusted properly when it came time to switch colors, but the overall power level of this draft felt really low to me.

Winning that round was torture to a guy that had spent the previous eight hours editing content. I was super tired, but needed to slog on through round two.

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Yes that was a frustrated grunt near the end of this video. Yes it was because it was later than when I started and still wanted to get to bed. I’m apparently a huge whiner when I am tired. I won this match, which was neat, because my deck over achieved, but I was not looking forward to round three with this collection of cards. Surely I would get crushed in ten minutes and be able to crawl into bed right?

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There is no video for this. My opponent had logged out after round two. I recorded the ten minutes that MTGO ticked his clock down, but decided that no one deserved to watch a time out victory. I’m hardly interesting enough for game play and draft videos, I do not think I am going to be interesting enough for a ten minute video of nothing!

So I went 2-0 in the draft, which was a pleasant surprise. I feel like I reacted well in pack two when white dried up and made the right call to switch into green. Did I miss a chance to switch earlier? I do not think I passed much green I would have missed in the Born of the Gods pack, and I actually liked my picks after pack one. What would you all have done in this draft?

Feel free to let me know in the comment section, and most importantly, thanks for checking it out!

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