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3 Viscera Dragger
2 Jungle Weaver
2 Vithian Stinger
Obelisk of Jund
The first pick of this draft was fairly interesting. Nothing really jumped out at me. Grixis Charm is obviously a superior card but not enough that it’s worth taking over a solid single-colored card. After that there weren’t any interesting picks until the 11th where I took Carrion Thrash over Jund Panorama. This is a general strategy pick that I’m not really sure about. What do you think? Is it better to take the spell or the fixer there?
After two picks in pack 2 I was regretting taking the spell. In pack 3 I was almost a solid three colors and had to use some early picks on manafixers although I didn’t have to sacrifice much in terms of quality for them. The deck ended up solid but unspectacular and a little on the inconsistent side with a bunch of cyclers to help with that.
Round 1 I played against another Black Red deck. He didn’t play a third land in the first game. His first turn Relic of Progenitus was excellent in game 2 since nearly every creature I played had unearth. He also got Blood Cultist into play before I could cast either of my Vithian Stingers which meant he had pinger advantage for a long time. He played a couple Blightnings which got a bunch of Unearth guys in the yard so he sac’ed his Relic. I drew Branching Bolt before the Cultist got out of hand and had a Viscera Dragger to his creatureless board but he had five cards in hand and it looked like he was missing a color. He eventually found a Green source and played Carrion Thrash but I was able to attack into it thanks to a Court Archers I drew. I drew into some more Draggers and eventually overwhelmed him with Necrogenesis despite the fact that Relic removed about ten creatures.
Round 2 I played against a Blue White exalted deck. Neither game was particularly close. Both games I had Stinger on turn 3 which killed a couple of his guys. I won game 1 with a nasty Branching Bolt two-for-one. Game 2 I simply drew much better than him and ended the game with a bunch of good spells in hand. I don’t think he could ever really win if I drew Branching Bolt and sufficient mana to cast it.
Round 3 I played against another Black Red deck and this time it was Algae Gharial doing all the work. Game 1 he played a couple Hissing Iguanars and killed all my blockers except the Gharial I played on turn 4. When it got up to a 3/3 I played Jund Charm to kill his Iguanars putting me to eight and leaving me with a giant dude he could do nothing about. Game 2 he played some less than impressive cards like Deathgreeter and my two Stingers both traded with a removal spell and an Iguanar all the while growing the Gharial. Once again the Gharial sat on the sidelines watching until he grew too big to be dealt with.