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By: DaveLombardoJr, Fernando GutiƩrrez
Sep 02 2010 9:42am
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Hello again I’m here again with another draft walk through of M11, thanks ti everyone who commented the last article and also I was surprised to see that Fireball P1 P4 it was something weird.


  Pack 1 pick 1:

Ok in this pack we have a decent pack, Serra Angel is easily the best card in the pack, and I love to draft Flyers so I’m happy to take that angel.

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Here there are few cards in my colors but there’s another one who really deserves at least a look, Cudgel troll could be an awesome beater because it’s difficult to take it out if you don’t have a removal spell like pacifism or ice cage, on the other hand I have Wild Griffin which goes along well with the Serra I drafted and also White Knight which is good. I took the Griffin because it’s an efficient beater which flies so it’s on my plan.

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In this pack there’s no playable on my color, and also there’s no card which I consider worth splashing in the deck I intend to draft so I went with the Cloak because is a nice equipment who gives evasion to my creatures and also gives shroud, and I like a lot a Serra Angel with shroud.

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Here there’s a sleep which is a very powerful card on blue, also I have another flyer on my color, so after thinking for a while I decide I’ll try to keep my color until I have no choice and draft the Crusader.

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I don’t have a choice here and start drafting blue, the Cloud Elemental is also an efficient beater and goes along well with everything I drafted so it’s a decent pick.

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I have two choices here, drafting the serpent which is higher on my curve but if it can get online it’s one of the best beaters I will have or draft the Mastodon which is a nice creature but I think I will never be able to make room to put it on my final deck so I took the Serpent thinking I’ll have more chances of main decking it.

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Like I said before Sleep is one of the best blue cards, and since I know I’ll be playing blue Sleep is an awesome choice.

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Here I have a Cloud Crusader, and a Mana Leak, the Crusader is a very good flyer but the last pack I passed one and it returned to me so I’ll be running the risk of taking the mana leak.

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Jace’s Ingenuity or Mana Leak, I chose here the card advantage for obvious reasons also, it’s one of the best cards in blue.

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War Priest it’s a nice creature that can blow out opponent’s pacifisms, or ice cage. So it’s welcome.

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I had excommunicate, unsummon or cloud elemental, and I don’t like excommunicate or unsummon a lot in aggro decks so I went with the flyer.

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Flashfreeze it’s a good sideboard card, but like Steve Sadin said one time “First draft your deck, then draft your sideboard” so I stick to the mana leak.

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The Leviathan its DA BOMB its Moat on a stick and an 8/8 unblockable creature, in few words, he’s awesome so I’m drafting him no matter what.

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Oh, here’s a gift! Really nice Sphinx which goes out with my deck, I gladly take that bomb.

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I have my main deck so it’s time to draft some good removal Celestial Purge it’s a good removal, which I’m happy to take.

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A lot of cloud crusaders one more is good right?

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Roc Egg or Armored Ascension, I took the egg thinking about my curve, it fits better on it and I can handle easily ascension with my war priest.

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Removal or Ascension, I think removal its better on my position; I have a huge number of bombs so it’s good to have removal to keep other player bombs away.

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With the draft finished here’s the list I ended up playing.

A draft deck by: DaveLombardoJr
2 War Priest Of Thune
2 Cloud Elemental
1 Wild Griffin
1 Roc Egg
3 Cloud Crusader
1 Conundrum Sphinx
1 Stone Golem
1 Serra Angel
1 Stormtide Leviathan
13 cards

Other Spells
1 Diminish
1 Mana Leak
2 Ice Cage
1 Cancel
1 Whispersilk Cloak
1 Excommunicate
1 Sleep
1 Jace's Ingenuity
9 cards
8 Plains
10 Island
18 cards

1 Celestial Purge
1 Mana Leak
1 Solemn Offering
3 cards
Conundrum Sphinx

Played 18 lands because I had one 8cc and three 5cc so I was going to need some lands to play them, also my curve isn’t that aggressive with no one drop that it’s a creature and only 2 creatures in 2cc. So with my deck ready I’m ready to start the matches.


Match 1


Game 1


I win the die roll and chose to play first, I kept an opener of :


While Evil does the same


[T: 1] I play plains and pass, Evil does the same but he plays a swamp.


[T: 2] [D: Island] I play my Island and pass, Evil plays a mountain and casts Goblin Piker.


[T: 3] [D: Diminish] I play plains and cast Cloud Elemental, Evil plays swamp, attacks with piker [DL: 18] and pass.


[T: 4] [D: Whipsersilk Cloak] I attack Evil with my Elemental [E: 18], post-combat play my Island and cast Cloud Crusader, Evil plays a mountain and casts Nether Horror


[T: 5] [D: Plains] I played my plains and played defensively casting my cloak and equipping it to the crusader, then proceeded to attack only with the elemental [E 16] and pass Evil played a mountain and casted (Sorcerer Strongbox) and pass.


[T: 6] [D: Cloud Crusader] I attacked with my both creatures [E 12] casted crusader#2 and pass. Evil played mountain tried to break his box but failed and casted a Prodigal Pyromancer.


[T: 7] [D: Cloud Elemental] I attacked with everything [E 6] played Elemental #2 and passed. Evil attempted to broke his box and succeeded then attacked with Piker and Horror [DL 12] and then conceded.




-1 Mana Leak

+1 Celestial Purge


Game 2


My opponent chose to play first and kept his hand of seven, meanwhile I do the same:



[T: 1] Evil plays swamp and passes while [D: Stormtide Leviathan] I play plains and pass.


[T: 2] Evil goes again with piker and pass, [D: Wild Griffin] as I play island and war priest of thune.


[T: 3] Evil attacks with piker [DL: 18] plays a swamp and casts Bloodthrone Vampire meanwhile [D: Excommunicate] I attack with war priest and my opponent decides to trade his piker with my priest sacrificing it to the vampire, post combat I play my island and cast Roc Egg.


[T: 4] Evil signs in blood [E: 18] plays another swamp and passes, [D: Island] I play my island and my wild griffin who gets Combusted on my end step.


[T: 5] Evil plays a swamp and taps out to play (Nighwing Shade) while I [D: Plains] play my plains and excommunicate his shade.


[T: 6] Evil recasts his shade and passes while [D: Plains] I play my plains and pass.


[T: 7] Evil tries to cast a Berserkers of Blood ridge which gets Canceled and attacks with shade [DL: 16] while [D: Cloud Crusader] I play my crusader and pass.


[T: 8] Attacks with shade [DL: 14] and casts postcombat nether horror. [D: Cloud Crusader] while I play another crusader and pass.


[T: 9] Evil corrupts one of my crusaders [E: 22] and passes away. [D: Island] I play my island and pass.


[T: 10] Evil starts attacking with his shade and pumps it 3 times [DL: 9] while [D: Plains] I play my plains and cast Leviathan.


[T: 11] Evil attacks with shade again and I block with crusader he then casts a Child of Night [D: Island] I play Island attack with Leviathan [E: 14] and pass.


[T: 12] Evil attacks with shade again pumped 3 times [DL: 4] as I [D: Plains] attack with Leviathan [E: 6] hoping that diminsh is enough.


[T: 13] Evil pumps his shade and tries to attack but I have diminish ready and he concedes.



I think I shouldn’t have won the second game, if my opponent would let the diminish resolve then he’d realize the layers rules and the shade would beat me for 4 exactly, but I’m happy he didn’t know.


Round 2


Game 1


There`s no replay for this game but, it was a very close game by his side he had a blinding mage with double armored ascension but a sleep was enough for my sphinx, griffin and my elemental to take it out.


Game 2


Evil chose to play first and kept his opener as I keep mine:



[T: 1] Evil plays forest and passes [D: Island] I play plains.


[T: 2] Evil plays forest and casts (Garruk’s Companion) [D: Plains] I play island and cast war priest of thune.


[T: 3] Evil attacks [DL: 17] plays a third forest and casts Awakener Druid making a forest a 4/5 [D: War Priest of Thune] I play my island and cast Cloud Elemental passing the turn.


[T: 4] Evil attacks with all except druid I block with war priest the Companion [DL: 12] he then plays a Llanowar elves [D: Ice Cage] I play my island and cast Ice Cage targeting the Forest attack with elemental [E: 18] and pass.


[T: 5] Evil plays plains and my nightmare came true when he enchants his forest with Armored Ascencion getting rid of the ice cage in the way and attacking with all in the way [DL: 6] After drawing a blank I concede.





Game 3


I choose to play first and keep my seven:



While Evil does the same.


[T: 1] I play Island and pass while Evil plays terramorphic expanse which breaks for a forest and pass.


[T: 2] [D: Conundrum Sphinx] I play plains and pass. Evil plays plains and casts Llanowar Elves and Infantry Veteran.


[T: 3] [D: Island] I play island and cast Wild Griffin while Evil attacks with Llanowar Elves that gets pumped with the Veteran [DL: 18] plays a plains and casts Sacred Wolf


[T: 4] [D: Diminish] I play island cast Conundrum Sphinx and attack with my griffin [E: 18] Evil plays another plains and casts Armored Ascension enchanting the wolf that attacks and gets pumped with veteran [DL: 11]


[T: 5] [D: Cloud Elemental] I attack with my flyers naming plains and my opponent names forest [Cloud Crusader: Bottom] [Awakener Druid: Bottom] [E: 12] then I cast my Elemental and pass. Evil plays another plains and casts another armored ascension but this time enchanting elf attacks with both flyers I block the wolf, which gets pumped for no reason [DL: 6] and passes.


[T: 6] [D: Stormtide Leviathan] I attack with my flyers again this time I name Plains and again my opponent names forest [Island: Bottom] [Condemn: Bottom] then cast Sleep and hope for the best. Evil draws and concedes.




I think I made a lot of mistakes on the game 2 when I didn’t make the trade in the first attack of the companion and stuff like that but anyway I’m in the finals with a nice deck and I’ll try my best. After a bit of scouting I realize that my opponent is playing the same deck as I but without the bombs, the only bombs that he has is a Serra Angel, and a Sleep so it will be a close match.


Round 3


Game 1


Evil masters the art of throwing the virtual dice and choose to play first; he keeps his seven as I keep as well:   


[T: 1] Evil plays plains and passes while [D: Island] I play Island and pass.


[T: 2] Evil plays Squadron Hawk not searching for anything and passes. [D: Plains] I play plains and pass.


[T: 3] Evil attacks with his hawk [DL: 19] and then plays another hawk and an island. [D: Conundrum Sphinx] I play island and pass.


[T: 4] Evil attacks with both of his hawks [DL: 17] plays an Island and passes [D: Cloud Crusader #2] I play a plains and attempt to cast Cloud Crusader and it resolves.


[T: 5] Evil Foresees [1 Top, 3 Bottom] plays a plains and passes. [D: Cloud Elemental] I attack with my Crusader [E: 18] and cast my elemental leaving mana leak mana up.


[T: 6] Evil plays a Wild Griffin and passes [D: Island] I play my Island, attack with my flyers, Evil tries to diminish my crusader but it is saved by a mana leak, he then double blocks my elemental with griffin and a hawk.[E: 16] and then I cast another Crusader.


[T: 7] Evil plays Serra Angel and passes [D: Plains] I play an Ice Cage on the Angel and attack with my creatures [E: 12]


[T: 8] Evil attacks with his Hawks [DL: 15] plays a second Griffin and a Scroll Thief [D: Plains] I sleep Evil creatures and attack [E: 8] then I play my Sphinx.


[T: 9] Evil excommunicates my Sphinx and passes. [D: Conundrum Sphinx] I attack with my Flyers [E: 4] recast my Sphinx and pass.


[T: 10] Evil excommunicates again my Sphinx and attacks with everything except one Hawk [DL: 11] he then casts an Elite Vanguard [D: Conundrum Sphinx] I attack with one crusader that Evil decides not to block [E: 2] and recast my sphinx


[T: 11] Evil passes without play [D: War Priest Of Thune] I attack with sphinx and a crusader naming Jace’s Ingenuity while Evil names Azure Drake [Stormfront pegasus: Bottom] [War Priest: Bottom] My opponent blocks with his hawks and then I cast my Priest


[T: 12] Evil draws and concedes.






Game 2


Evil choose to go first and mulligans to 6, while I keep:

T: 1] Evil plays plains while [D: Cloud Elemental] I play island and pass


[T: 2] Evil plays Squadron Hawk searching for his friend and pass [D: Plains] I play plains and pass.


[T: 3] Evil bashes with hawk [DL: 19] plays Stormfront Pegasus and an island [D: Plains] I play my island and cast cloud elemental


[T: 4] Evil casts hawk and plays a plains before passing [D: Island] I attack with my elemental [E: 18] and attempt to cast crusader which gets mana leaked


[T: 5] Evil attacks with everything [DL: 15] casts a scroll thief and plays a plains. [D: Whipsersilk Cloak] I play an island, cast my cloud elemental and bash with the other [E: 16]


[T: 6] Evil attacks with scroll thief [DL: 14] and attempts to cast a crusader which gets mana leaked too [D: Plains] I attack with my two creatures [E: 12] and cast my Stone Golem


[T: 7] Evil excommunicates my Golem and bashes with everything [DL: 9] then he plays another pegasus [D: Stone Golem] I recast my Golem and attack with one elemental only [E: 10]


[T: 8] Evil attacks with Scroll Thief, I didn’t block because it was obvious that he had mighty leap or diminish [DL: 8] and then he casts another Thief [D: Serra Angel] I bash with Golem and Elemental, Evil blocks with the thief the golem and tries to diminish my golem but it gets Canceled [E: 8] post-combat I casted my Cloak.


[T: 9] Evil attacks with everything but a Hawk, I block with my Elemental a Pegasus [DL: 4] and then he casts a War Priest of Thune [D: Plains] I play my land cast my angel and equip the cloak to the golem, then proceed to attack with my golem only [E: 4]


[T: 10] Evil tried an alpha strike but I blocked the Pegasus and the Priest [DL: 1] then he conceded.



I think I got lucky with my draws on all the matches but also I played good and maximized my chances of winning with my plays. Thanks for the reading. See you next Thursday.


Happy Drafting.


Fernando Gutiérrez










Even though i think u made by iikuuk at Thu, 09/02/2010 - 15:36
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Even though i think u made quite a few wrong picks (like ice cage over armored ascension??), etc, my thinking is posting a draft where everything was shipped is not really entertaining.
No offend meant.

I also would have done it in by KoRnZYSIEK at Thu, 09/02/2010 - 16:15
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I also would have done it in other way, but my question is - Pack 1 Pick 6 - why didn't you mention Terramorphic Expanse? It's really good mana fixer and I don't think that serpent is going maindeck if you have any other bear to play.

I have to agree on the by Felorin at Fri, 09/03/2010 - 06:07
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I have to agree on the Armored Ascensions, they're a real bomb and you should generally pick them if you're in white. Also in a deck with a lot of flyers, the Infantry Veteran and the Inspired Charges are worth considering, as they can help you push through more damage faster & outrace your opponents.

A nice draft all in all though, thanks for the writeup!