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By: JXClaytor, Joshua Claytor
Jun 09 2016 12:00pm
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Morningtide prereleased in January of 2008.  I had decided that I was going to make my "last" push to the Pro Tour, because the season after the current one (At the time it was Hollywood) was qualifying players for a Pro Tour in Berlin.  My wife (again, at the time) has family in Germany, and I wanted to meet them.  Previous trips to Europe had happened for my wife and son, but they were always happening when I was in the middle of school, and did not want to take off for a month.  Berlin was happening late enough in the school year to where I could take my finals before we left, spend a month in Germany, and come back before Christmas.  I was desperate to qualify for this.  I figured it would be a nice gift for my wife, and after I had sent her over to Germany twice, it would be nice to join her on a vacation! 

After finishing tenth at the Morningtide prerelease, I finished in the top 16 of a PTQ for Hollywood.  It was an Extended tournament, and I cannot for the life of me remember what I played, though I am pretty sure that I played Dredge in the event.  It stated off poorly with a loss to Sam Black, and then I rattled off the next four before losing again, and winning the last two to at least get some packs.  The rest of the time after Morningtide was spent playtesting block constructed for me.  While was true that the PTQs would be using full Lorwyn block, the first one I would play in would just be Lorwyn and Morningtide.  It became rapidly apparent that there were only three decks in the format, Faeries, Kithkin and Elementals (which was I guess, the control deck of the format), and that would be true for most of the PTQ season.  I just wanted to find a way to attack the format, and fly under the radar a bit. 

That comes with the next article though! 

First draft, I picked a Nameless Inversion over Wren's Run Vanquisher and was looking to go Faeries after my opening picks.  A Wizened Cenn later in pack one made me open my eyes in to Kithkin, because well, a lord should not be going so late.  Some late pick Kithkin rounded off the pack. 

I started off round two with a Cloudgoat Ranger and was passed a Mirror Entity and was breaking my arm patting myself on the back so hard for wisely picking up white.  I got another Kithkin token maker in Guardian of Cloverdell later in the pack as well. 

Pack three saw me grab some neat combat stuff and the potentially huge Kinsbaile Borderguard

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I was very pleased with the deck, and after round one I was even happier with it.  The second match sent me crashing back to down, but I think I reacted well to signals in the draft, and took advantage of reading what was being passed to me. 

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Draft two was a dang pileup, and I honestly have no idea how I managed to get a single match win out of this deck.  By the time I got to the Morningtide pack, I had just enough cards for two decks that the third pack was really going to make the deck.  By the time that pack was over, I was going to have to make a splash just to get to 23! 

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Weed-Pruner Poplar did some dang work in the first match, and then my weak deck just did what it was supposed to do, and mercifully let me lose.  But hey, got to draft Merfolk! 

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Next time is Shadowmoor, which for sure is a format I did not draft, because well, drafting was not going to get me a trip to Berlin!  That draft should be quite the experience!  

Thanks for stopping by! 
 

 

2 Comments

"Next time is Shadowmoor, by ricklongo at Thu, 06/09/2016 - 17:27
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"Next time is Shadowmoor, which for sure is a format I did not draft"

If your drafting preferences are anything like mine, oh man, you're in for a treat. :)

Outside of the core sets by JXClaytor at Fri, 06/10/2016 - 08:06
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Outside of the core sets (which I do not think I would have included had I made this event) all the drafts have been mostly fun.