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By: runeliger, Sebastian Park
Dec 30 2008 8:10am
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Merry Christmas, Happy Festivas, Happy Kwanzaa,Happy Chanukkah, Happy Holidays all! 

Who knows, maybe even Happy New Year by the time this article comes up.

It's been a long haul, but Rune Drafting is once again starting up! What better time than during the Nix Tix Holiday event! Thanks again to everyone who commented on my last Rune Drafting articles. It's a work in progress, and I appreciate the suggestions I've received. For the record, I'll be implementing some of the more advanced nuances of my editing skills in the weeks to come. It's part of my 2009 New Year resolutions (along with win a GP, win a PT, get grant money, etc.).

Well enough rambling. Here's the draft:


Part 1:

Part 2:

For a first Tempest draft, I think that went pretty well. I'd like to note that some of my picks were substandard, and I appreciate the feedback, so tell me how bad I am (or how good I am depending on what you think!).

Also for those of you who can't see the deck via the video, here's a decklist.



Now onto the first round! The video feed was originally corrupted, so thanks to WotC for bringing back replays! 



Of course, MODO isn't without its glitches, and by the time I set up the recording software, it seemed as though my lone replay of round 2 had disappeared. So I'll detail how round 2 went (as I remember)

Round 2 consisted of Shadow Beats and bomb finishes. My opponent ran a  WB Shadow deck. He won the die roll and came out blazing playing a turn 1 (Soltari Foot-Solider) followed by a Soltari Priest. I answered with Wall of Diffusion to stem the early attack, but he played (Daruthi Mercenary) and things started to look bad. After blocking the Daruthi Mercenary for 1 turn, he played Diabolic Edict on me, and I was forced to sacrifice Wall of Diffusion and swung in. I was down to 11 at this point, but definnitely up in card advantage. Luckily for me, one of those cards was my Evincar's Justice! There are times to use buyback, and there are times to WoG an opponent out of the game. I played the Justice, and went down to 9 and him to 18, but I took all three of his drops. I had stabilized at 9 with 5 cards as opposed to his 2. The subsequent turn I played a Skyshroud Vampire, and then drew and played a Darkling Stalker and won shortly afterwards, without too many problems.

Game 2 spelled out a different start. I came out as the agressor, playing a turn 1 Pit Imp followed by a turn 2 Dauthi Slayer. Unfortunately, his own turn 2 Soltari Monk made quick work of my turn 2 Dauthi Slayer. He and I traded removal and creature spells through most of the early game. After I was able to Enfeeblement his Dauthi Ghoul, I was lucky to exchange my own Diabolic Edict for his Monk. A turn 5 Wall of Diffusion left his lone remaining shadow creature ( Dauthi Marauder )  unable to attack while an extremely annoying Orim, Samite Healer made attacking with my Pit Imp or my Opportunist impossible. This board stalemate continued, with me eventually Lightning Blasting his Orim in response to a tap in order to kill it. Unfortunately, after a free turn of striking him down to a mere 8, he responded with a Gravedigger grabbing his Orim. I was about to be stale mated again, but luckily, I finally drew my Rolling Thunder, swung in with the team, brought him down to 5, tapped 7 lands and blew up his face.


This is why you ALWAYS take the Rolling Thunder. It just wins games. (Well not always. Given how expensive (Grindstone is), I suppose taking that would be fine.


I proceeded to get thrashed round 3 by the (Goblin Bombarment) I passed in the draft for the Rolling Thunder. Did I make the wrong pick? Is (Goblin Bombarment) better than Rolling Thunder? I don't think so (obviously), but man, these two games of the draft's final were ridiculous (it involved a lot of pingers and a lot of my 1 toughness creatures, about 1/2 my creature base, dying on the spot, and my higher toughness creatures dying as a combination of sacrificing useless creatures and pinging).

Well anyway, I hope you enjoyed my draft presentation and have a happy holidays.

Please leave comments about the draft as you see fit.

-Sebastian Park

AKA runeliger

Airizel AT Gmail DOT Com


PS. I will be at Grand Prix Los Angeles this year sporting a certain Mono Burn deck. If you're going to be there and want to meet up, shoot me an e-mail!


by blandestk at Wed, 12/31/2008 - 01:39
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Sounds like an interesting classic deck idea.

by runeliger at Tue, 12/30/2008 - 13:04
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I completely agree with both the coiled tinviper and the lowland Giant. Had I taken those, the decision between the creature and Kindle might have been a lot closer. As it stood, my draft creature wise wasn't that great, and I was forced to pass on that removal spell.


Thanks for your comments! I'll continue to write these things seeing as people seem to really enjoy it!

Thanks for my comments by runeliger at Tue, 12/30/2008 - 13:56
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There's no question in my mind that Goblin Bombarment and Rolling Thunder are up there as either the #1 or #2 (depending on how you rank them, but they are both in the top 2) in ranking. 

 As for utilizing the buyback mechanic in combination with Goblin Bombarment... I feel that's a big overkill (considering the mana investment needed to buyback and recast a creature), but still a pretty cool idea.


Imagine if we had Goblin Bombarment in Alara with the unearth mechanic. haha~!

Loved the video... by MechtaK at Tue, 12/30/2008 - 12:30
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I would have gone Goblin Bombardment myself, especially considering the graveyard buyback that you could have picked up and playing mostly in black.  But then again, my record isn't so great, so my advice might be worth its weight in air :P.

by Anonymous(Unregistered) (not verified) at Tue, 12/30/2008 - 09:51
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Great video, this is my favorite column on this website!

by blandestk at Tue, 12/30/2008 - 09:22
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Overall, I enjoyed the article and videos.  I think you did a pretty good job in your draft.  Red/Black is a strong deck for Tempest Draft.

The first pick, I think it's really close between Rolling Thunder and Goblin Bombardment.  Personally, I've had huge success with the Bombardment, but the Thunder is always solid to spectacular, so I can't fault you for taking it.  Looking at the cards you saw, the Thunder probably fit better into your deck.  If you had seen more pingers or more useful creatures, the Bombardment might have been right.

Definitely correct to take the Dark Banishing over Shadowstorm.  Though you played a shadow-heavy deck, it's still a limited removal spell.

I would without a doubt take the Lowland Giant over the Telekopter, but hindsight is 20/20.  Also, I think you should have gone with the Coiled Tinviper instead of cutting the B/G land.  It would have helped with your curve and the creature problem.

Though I agree with your thinking about taking one of the creatures in the pack with the Kindle, I think I personally would have taken the removal.  I might be wrong, but it's usually spectacular when you can land one.

The pick where you take a Stalker, I think I might have gone with the 3-drop shadow guy, he has a better chance to push through damage and also would help with your curve.

Other than those few picks, I think you did really well and I enjoyed the look at your draft.  Congrats on the Finals and the great article!