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By: JXClaytor, Joshua Claytor
Oct 07 2014 12:00pm
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Hooray Khans is online and we finally got a weekend full of prereleases!  We also got a weekend full of draft decks not submitting and 3 players in the top eight of a Pro Tour Qualifier play with 80 card decks in the elimination rounds!  We got new cards though, that's really the important right?  New Standard, no Pack Rat coming down on turn two certainly spelling certain doom for you. No Sphinx's Revelation coming down late stealing a victory from you.  New things are fun and exciting! 

The most exciting may be a new limited format.  Drafting is fun, and it is something that I do not do enough of.  With that said, I am going to present a new draft every week for the next year.  I figure, why not?  We'll have this sweet block in action for a bit, then the new set, then the next one, and after that the final core set, and hopefully Modern Masters Two drafts (not confirmed, but I'm expecting a follow up to the first Modern Masters next year.) 

With my draft a week for a year plan in action, let's take a look at our first one, a prerelease draft that came about because my son is hanging out with me this weekend, and moves around a lot while he is asleep.  This of course is only awful if he decides to kick me while I am asleep. 

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I think it was a fairly easy draft, it went smoothly, and I was able to pick up a ton of really sweet Delve cards, and a good number of ways to fill the graveyard.  Does not hurt that got a super sweet Clever Impersonator! 

Swiss Sultai
 
Creatures
1 Hooting Mandrills
2 Shambling Attendants
1 Embodiment of Spring
1 Clever Impersonator
2 Sultai Scavenger
1 Woolly Loxodon
1 Rattleclaw Mystic
2 Whirlwind Adept
1 Jeskai Windscout
1 Kheru Dreadmaw
  13 cards

Other Spells
1 Murderous Cut
1 Dutiful Return
2 Scout the Borders
1 Treasure Cruise
1 Dead Drop
1 Taigam's Scheming
1 Bitter Revelation
1 Awaken the Bear
  9 cards
Lands
5 Island
5 Swamp
4 Forest
2 Dismal Backwater
1 Jungle Hollow
1 Opulent Palace
18 cards

Relevant Sideboard
1 Naturalize
1 Taigam's Scheming
5 cards
Forest

I made one small mistake in the build of this.  I thought I had enough cards to fill up my graveyard, and did not want to run a second Scheming because I saw Brian David Marshall asking about it, and it had gathered a poor opinion.  The card was the nuts for me.  The Awaken the Bear was not so nuts.  The deck is built by getting cheap dorks in to play quickly, and Scheming helps with that.  Awaken the Bear, well it does not fill the graveyard and it WAKES UP A BEAR!  I sideboarded in the second Scheming every match. 

The videos presented are without audio.  While I was recording these I figured out it would be pretty hard to do while I had a seven year old and an eight year old hooting and hollering about Disney Infinity 2.0 or Super Smash Brothers.  I apologize for the lack of commentary, I just think it was for the best this time around!  As it is, the playlist is 16 minutes long.  Give them a view, it's really just a quick recap of a neat prerelease draft! 

Enjoy the moving pictures though!  

 

Round one:  I got blown out fairly quickly in the first game, as they were really aggressive and I did not have or find any early drops.  For some reason in game two, there was a morph bug and they ended up conceding because I could not be targeted with the flipped morph.  Game three, we trade early plays, and they start to pull ahead, and had they had a few extra minutes on the clock I think I would have lost.

Round two:  I got rolled.  In my limited experience with the format, that was one of the finest aggro decks I had seen in action.  Early pressure, discard, the neat enchantment that pumps warriors was way too much for my deck filled with slow threats and hard to cast creatures without a full graveyard. 

Round three:  Another Abzan deck, and another matchup that had the 1/1 with deathtouch for a W.  I think I may have undervalued that creature, is a Deathtouch Scorpion can see play, that guy should be able to as well right?  Quick game one saw me come out on top, and game two, I made a huge misplay here as I apparently cast Murderous Cut on my own creature, (I swear I targeted the blocker!), but it could have worked out in my favor.  My new plan involved returning the Impersonator and cloning the 3/3 I had.  I think at that point I had more fliers than they did, and would have forced them to eventually run out of creatures that they could sacrifice to gain life with.  I do think that they gave up a bit early, but hey, it's a Prerelease Swiss draft, I'm not going to fault anyone for scooping. 

Next week we'll have another draft, some more videos (with my beautiful voice to back things up this time!) and hopefully some more sweet results!  Thanks for stopping by and checking it out! 

Joshua Claytor
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