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I like the Spider a lot because it can stop the majority of the creatures in the format – the body and the ability to block fliers alone would generally be worth the five mana – and its ability can be very good.
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Sometimes the triple-red casting cost can be annoying but it’s still a very nice card.
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There are many good cards like Mindslaver Volition Reins and Shatter. I’m pretty sure that the player to my right isn’t playing red because he has already passed me Kuldotha Phoenix and Shatter. So Shatter seems like the best card for me.
Not only does it seem like red is open to my right but after I took the Shatter there were no good red card left in the pack (making the pick even stronger).
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I don’t like Panic Spellbomb in control decks like the one that I seemed to be drafting.
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This card is really good in games that go long. If there was no good on-color card to pick I would’ve taken the Fume Spitter.
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Should I have taken Arrest or Snapsail Glider? I felt like maybe I should’ve taken Arrest but Snapsail Glider seemed like the wrong pick. Finally I already had Shatter and Slice in Twain and I thought I could get more Shatters (and I felt like I might need some help to get metalcraft) so I took the Liquimetal Coating.
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I’m a not as big a fan of Galvanic Blast as most people are. Sure it’s very nice to have but I think Axe is the better card most of the time.
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No good card for me. So I hate-drafted it because I felt like there was only one player who was playing poison.
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Contagion Engine is such a bomb. I don’t need any explanation about that do I?
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If I had more artifacts I would’ve taken the Darksteel Juggernaut.
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On-color Myr are very good for this deck. This deck needs RRR and GG so this is really good card for me to get eighth.
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1 Neurok Invisimancer
1 Melt Terrain
2 Sky-Eel School
1 Whitesun’s Passage
1 Silver Myr
1 Stoic Rebuttal
1 Vedalken Certarch
1 Auriok Replica
1 Oxidda Daredevil
1 Salvage Scout
1 Carrion Call
1 Tel-Jilad Defiance
1 Golem’s Heart
1 Revoke Existence
1 Dross Hopper
2 Assault Strobe
Round 1 U/W
The first two games were fairly uneventful – both being decided by mana problems.
I played Silver Myr and passed my third turn. He then played Tumble Magnet and Flight Spellbomb (giving himself metalcraft). He tapped my Myr during my upkeep but I had a fourth land and Trigon of Corruption. On his next turn he played two more Tumble Magnets. This gave me time to activate my Trigon again and again to decimate his board.
He didn’t cast any good creatures so I kept some threats in my hand so I wouldn’t get blown out by Sunblast Angel (remember he still had the Tumble Magnets so I couldn’t just leave my creatures on defense). I didn’t see the Angel in either of the first two games; though this is the only way to lose the game. Fortunately he didn’t play the Angel and the game was over pretty soon after.
Round 2 G/R Poison
I chose to play first. I had a good start with Darksteel Axe Wall of Tanglecord and Leaden Myr while he played Cystbearer Tumble Magnet and Bladed Pinions. I answered the equipment with Acid Web Spider.
He tapped my Spider and my Leaden Myr (which was equipped with Darksteel Axe) with his two Tumble Magnets and carried on attacking with his lonely Cystbearer. I blocked his Cystbearer with Wall of Tanglecord twice then he cast Arc Trail to get rid of my Leaden Myr and the Wall.
I boarded in Silver Myr instead of Darksteel Myr because he was playing a poison deck. I wanted to board out the second Darksteel Myr but I didn’t have any other good card to board in and I thought there was a good chance that he might have a couple of big creatures like Alpha Tyrranax.
He chose to play first and I quickly discovered that he had changed his second color from red to black. I led this game with Silver Myr and Trigon of Corruption. His first play was a Contagious Nim on turn 3 then he played Mimic Vat the following turn.
I played Barrage Ogre and blocked his Contagious Nim. I then destroyed his Mimic Vat with Slice in Twain and killed his Moriok Replica with Barrage Ogre while he was still tapped out. He played Molder Beast next turn but I drew Spikeshot Elder and attached Axe to it.
He killed my Elder with Flesh Allergy but he seemed to be out of gas at that point. I attached my Axe to my Ogre and attacked every turn. When he attacked with Putrefax I blocked with my two Walls of Tanglecord. He cast an Untamed Might on his Putrefax but he could only make it a 9/6. Without any blockers he died the next turn.
Round 3 W/R
I chose to play first and I started the game with a Leaden Myr on turn 2. I also had a Copper Myr that I could’ve cast but because I only had Mountains for lands I didn’t want my Copper Myr to die so I played the off-color Myr in case he had a kill spell that he wanted to use.
I then played Copper Myr while he played Golden Myr. I got a Forest next turn and my board was a Copper Myr a Forest and three Mountains. At this point the cards in my hands were Alpha Tyrranax Wall of Tanglecord Shatter and Slice in Twain. I wanted to draw another land as fast as I could (so I could cast my dinosaur) so I used Slice in Twain on his Golden Myr. I drew two more lands directly so I was able to cast Alpha Tyrranax pretty quickly.
I chose not to attack with Tyrranax because I didn’t want to trade it for his 2/2 and his 3/3. I played Darksteel Myr and he played Oxidda Scrapmelter to kill my Wall of Tanglecord. At this point we were at a stalemate and we both drew tons of lands.
We both had nine lands when he suddenly attacked with Oxidda Scrapmelter. This attack was a mistake because I had Darksteel Myr on my board. However it told me that he had Galvanic Blast. If I’d used Tyrranax to block my board would’ve crumbled. He didn’t attack again.
For those of you reading remember that even a single action can reveal your hand to your opponent. Be careful about your actions at all times. If you do something suspicious your opponent will probably ask himself “why would you make that play” – and if there’s an obvious reason he’ll probably be able to figure out what’s in your hand.
At this point I felt like I was very favored because neither of us could attack but I could deal two damage with Barrage Ogre and Liquimetal Coating every turn. When he cast Razor Hippogriff (getting back Precursor Golem) then cast Glint Hawk he seemed to be ahead in the game.
But my Barrage Ogre and Oxidda Scrapmelter with Liquimetal Coating killed his fliers giving me enough time to draw and use Tower of Calamities to slowly decimate his board. It seemed like I was going to win the game… until he drew and used Mindslaver…
I didn’t do any sideboarding this time but I decided that I wouldn’t use my Oxidda Scrapmelter Shatter or Slice in Twain unless he played a great threat. I was particularly interested in holding Slice in Twain as it would be so good when my opponent cast Precursor Golem.
I had a really good start with Copper Myr Wall of Tanglecord and Spikeshot Elder which was unfortunately killed by Galvanic Blast. He then played Etched Champion and Vulshok Heartstoker before adding Precursor Golem to the board.
Precursor Golem can be a pretty scary card but I was ready with the best answer – Slice in Twain. I drew Kuldotha Phoenix and Contagion Engine off of the many Slice in Twains and my Kuldotha Phoenix with Untamed Might was able to seal the game very soon after.
When he cast Oxidda Scrapmelter on his third turn I knew that I needed to draw another land as soon as possible. Happily I drew a Mountain next turn and it allowed me to cast Trigon of Corruption. The fact that he didn’t have any play on turn 4 was also good news for me.
He cast Mindslaver on his turn 5 though. When he used Mindslaver I then got some luck again. I was still stuck on the four lands and I topdecked Horizon Spellbomb. He decided just use my Spellbomb to get nothing so Mindslaver does almost nothing.
Then he cast Razor Hippogriff to get Mindslaver. But I drew a fifth land and cast Acid Web Spider. He attacked with both Oxidda Scrapmelter and Razor Hippogriff next turn; I blocked with Darksteel Myr and Acid Web Spider. He lost Razor Hippogriff and Galvanic Blast in combat while I only lost the Spider then he cast Mindslaver again with no card in his hands. I drew Darksteel Axe and just attached it to my Darksteel Myr and passed the turn. He activated his Mindslaver and dropped his topdeck which was Kemba’s Skyguard. I was stuck on five lands so he used my Trigon for my Myr and finished.
He killed my Alpha Tyrranax with Oxidda Scrapmelter and Galvanic Blast but did almost nothing after that. When he cast Precursor Golem I was able to answer with Contagion Engine. Soon after my Kuldotha Phoenix allowed me to fly to victory.
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