GTC Draft 3
Another attempt at drafting Dimir.
Stolen Identity Simic Manipulator Call of the Nightwing
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P1P1 I had two rares in my booster: A Consuming Aberration and a foil Stolen Identity. I opted for the higher flexibility and took the cypher spell, which would leave me open to either drafting Dimir or Simic.
P1P3 I windmill-slammed Simic Manipulator, which should not go this late, especially in pack 1. I took a lot of evasive blue creatures for the rest of the pack and was almost mono-blue. However when I picked a late Death's Approach (
P1P11) and a late Bane Alley Broker (
P1P13) I was slightly leaning towards Dimir.
My second pack was very bad as my left neighbor had probably moved into Dimir as well. Pack 3 was good again and I added multiple removal spells to my deck. However I was short on cypher spells such as Hands of Binding or Shadow Slice, which I would have been more than happy to include in my deck.
This deck was not perfect, but I managed to finish 3-1. I won against Orzhov, Simic and an insane Boros deck. My loss was against a slow Simic deck with multiple Frilled Oculus and multiple Pit Fights and a very good late game with double Sapphire Drake.
Gridlock, once again, was very bad and should have not been in the main deck. As almost all my creatures had natural evasion it simply wasn't necessary. It's a Simic card, don't play it Dimir
The same can be said about Keymaster Rogue. It was okay, but having 3 in my main deck was definitely too much. The loss of tempo was significant and his body is fragile. Given the choice between Balustrade Spy and Keymaster Rogue I'd much rather have the vampire, which also combines well with Death's Approach. It's a bit counter-intuitive, but I believe the keymaster is a Simic card as well, potentially giving you additional evolve triggers.
Mindeye Drake and Corpse Blockade were very good and essential for my win against Boros. I think I got my drake 7th pick in booster 3 and I feel, that it should be picked much earlier.
I boarded Mental Vapors and Spell Rupture against my Simic opponent and they both were very good. Mental Vapors got Ooze Flux and Sapphire Drake, while Spell Rupture countered his turn 4 Crowned Ceratok. I still wouldn't main deck them happily, but against slow decks, they are veritable side board options.
18.02.2013 • #Limited, #Draft, #GTC