Willow_Satyr

-Bryan Dowse

I tried playing Masters Edition 3 online since I’ve been told it’s a pretty fun set to draft. Before I started playing I looked over all the cards and had a decent idea of what was good and what tricks to watch out for.

4-5 butt creatures are big in this format, and horsemanship is strong as well. Flying is actually the true evasion since there are only 3 common and uncommon flyers in the set.

I started off fairly well picking up some strong green and picked up what I thought were good green red legends as I saw them including The Lady of the Mountain and Jerrard of the Closed Fist. I followed those up with good mana acceleration like Spoils of Victory and Three Visits

Sadly I didn’t get a lot of removal. I should have taken Desert Twister in pack 3. But overall I had a decent start.

Pack 1 pick 1:
Wu Longbowman
Spirit Shackle
Lightning Blow
Island
Spoils of Victory
Marhault Elsdragon
Stolen Grain
Giant Growth
Anaba Ancestor
–> Willow Satyr
Force Spike
Wei Strike Force
Immolation
Reveka, Wizard Savant
Jerrard of the Closed Fist
Pack 1 pick 2:
Corrupt Eunuchs
Young Wei Recruits
Slashing Tiger
Anaba Ancestor
Mountain
Shu General
Heavy Fog
Flash Flood
–> Tuknir Deathlock
Shu Soldier-Farmers
Trip Wire
Fevered Strength
Forced Retreat
Sol Grail
Pack 1 pick 3:
Labyrinth Minotaur
Brilliant Plan
Reincarnation (FOIL)
Fellwar Stone
Pavel Maliki
Desert Twister
–> Knowledge Vault
Wall of Light
Shu Elite Companions
Bone Flute
Forest
Elves of Deep Shadow
Anaba Spirit Crafter
Pack 1 pick 4:
Kjeldoran Frostbeast
Spectral Shield
Anaba Ancestor
–> Desert Twister
Mountain
Shu General
Heavy Fog
Young Wei Recruits
Shu Soldier-Farmers
Trip Wire
Fevered Strength
Sol Grail
Pack 1 pick 5:
Hurloon Minotaur
–> The Lady of the Mountain
Crimson Kobolds
Heal
Evil Presence
Sol Grail
Wei Strike Force
Mountain
Wu Warship
Swamp (FOIL)
Fire Sprites
Pack 1 pick 6:
Benthic Explorers
Jedit Ojanen
Kobold Taskmaster
Kei Takahashi
Wei Infantry
Wall of Light
–> Spoils of Victory
Nebuchadnezzar
Ghosts of the Damned
Plains
Pack 1 pick 7:
–> Three Visits
Fire Sprites
Amrou Kithkin
Astrolabe
Plains
Coal Golem
Alabaster Potion
Lightning Blow
Fevered Strength
Pack 1 pick 8:
Island (FOIL)
Heal
Evil Presence
Lady Evangela
Sol Grail
Mountain
–> Frost Giant
Kobolds of Kher Keep
Pack 1 pick 9:
Spirit Shackle
Lightning Blow
Island
Anaba Ancestor
Force Spike
Reveka, Wizard Savant
–> Jerrard of the Closed Fist
Pack 1 pick 10:
Young Wei Recruits
Anaba Ancestor
Mountain
–> Heavy Fog
Flash Flood
Fevered Strength
Pack 1 pick 11:
Wall of Light
Bone Flute
Forest
Elves of Deep Shadow
–> Anaba Spirit Crafter
Pack 1 pick 12:
–> Kjeldoran Frostbeast
Spectral Shield
Mountain
Heavy Fog
Pack 1 pick 13:
–> Crimson Kobolds
Evil Presence
Mountain
Pack 1 pick 14:
–> Ghosts of the Damned
Plains
Pack 1 pick 15:
–> Plains

Overall pack 1 was pretty straight forward. Big dudes, mana acceleration. Tuknir Deathlock was really the card that put me into green red.

Pack 2 pick 1:
Wu Elite Cavalry
Evil Presence
Swamp
Wu Warship
Trip Wire
–> Livonya Silone
Shu Elite Companions
Heal
Hunding Gjornersen
Storm World
Bone Flute
Meng Huo’s Horde
Wei Night Raiders
Hurloon Minotaur
Anaba Spirit Crafter
Pack 2 pick 2:
Peach Garden Oath
Coal Golem
Three Visits
Willow Priestess
–> Tracker
Fire Drake
Boomerang
Misfortune’s Gain
Desperate Charge
Black Vise
Forest
Shu Cavalry
Active Volcano
Kobolds of Kher Keep
Pack 2 pick 3:
Amrou Kithkin
Infuse
Island
Fire Drake
–> Jungle Lion
Misfortune’s Gain
Princess Lucrezia
Takklemaggot
Blood Lust
False Defeat
Peach Garden Oath
Nicol Bolas
Ghosts of the Damned
Pack 2 pick 4:
Active Volcano
DAvenant Archer
Loyal Retainers
Disenchant
Kobolds of Kher Keep
Young Wei Recruits
–> Wormwood Treefolk
Gauntlets of Chaos
Sivitri Scarzam
Heavy Fog
Benthic Explorers
Forest
Pack 2 pick 5:
Lady Evangela
Hammerheim
Kobold Taskmaster
Island
Force Spike
Lady Orca
Boomerang
Reveka Wizard Savant
Torsten Von Ursus
–> Raging Minotaur
Shu Soldier-Farmers
Pack 2 pick 6:
Spirit Shackle
–> Astrolabe
DAvenant Archer
Blood Lust
Tobias Andrion
Swamp
Disenchant
Lady Caleria
Strategic Planning
Frost Giant
Pack 2 pick 7:
–> Hurloon Minotaur
Wu Warship
Borrowing 100000 Arrows
Wu Elite Cavalry
Evil Presence
Swamp
Heal
Princess Lucrezia
Bone Flute
Pack 2 pick 8:
Crimson Kobolds
Nebuchadnezzar
Heal
Mountain
Evil Presence
–> Hurloon Minotaur
Fire Sprites
Rasputin Dreamweaver
Pack 2 pick 9:
Evil Presence
Swamp
Heal
Hunding Gjornersen
Bone Flute
Hurloon Minotaur
–> Anaba Spirit Crafter
Pack 2 pick 10:
Peach Garden Oath
Coal Golem
–> Willow Priestess
Boomerang
Forest
Kobolds of Kher Keep
Pack 2 pick 11:
Amrou Kithkin
Island
–> Princess Lucrezia
Peach Garden Oath
Ghosts of the Damned
Pack 2 pick 12:
–> Disenchant
Kobolds of Kher Keep
Sivitri Scarzam
Forest
Pack 2 pick 13:
–> Kobold Taskmaster
Island
Force Spike
Pack 2 pick 14:
Swamp
–> Disenchant
Pack 2 pick 15:
–> Evil Presence

Tracker

In this pack I first pick a Livonya Silone and follow that up with a Tracker.

I really liked the tracker when I played with him and would highly recommend him as an early pick. The Silone not so much. I mean sure it’s a good card, but any sort of removal is better like the Trip Wire I passed. Horsemanship is actually much more common in this format then legends.

Third pick I pick a jungle lion which is nothing fancy, but it’s an early creature. I also get a 6th pick Astrolabe. It seems like a decent card, and I’m a big fan of cards that I can play without losing card advantage.

I get some late pick minotaurs, namely Hurloon Minotaur and Anaba Spirit Crafter which will act as the base for my midgame creatures.

Pack 3 pick 1:
Force Spike
Eightfold Maze
Ghosts of the Damned
Didgeridoo
Plains
Kobold Taskmaster
–> Fire Ambush
Jedit Ojanen
Jerrard of the Closed Fist
Benthic Explorers
Hunting Cheetah
Wall of Light
Sunastian Falconer
Kongming Sleeping Dragon
Wei Infantry
Swamp
Pack 3 pick 2:
Meng Huos Horde
Swamp
Wei Elite Companions
Tobias Andrion
DAvenant Archer
Blood Lust
Kobold Overlord
Marhault Elsdragon
Strategic Planning
Disenchant
Spirit Shackle
Tetsuo Umezawa
–> Tracker
Astrolabe
Pack 3 pick 3:
Shu Soldier-Farmers
–> Trip Wire
Fevered Strength
Shu General
Heavy Fog
Flash Flood
Forced Retreat
Sol Grail
Palladia-Mors
Anaba Ancestor
Young Wei Recruits
Tor Wauki
Mountain
Pack 3 pick 4:
Force Spike
Jungle Lion
Borrowing 100000 Arrows
Kobold Taskmaster
Labyrinth Minotaur
Island
Remove Soul
Lady Orca
Boomerang
Chromium
Torsten Von Ursus
–> Raging Minotaur
Pack 3 pick 5:
–> Three Visits
Peach Garden Oath
Coal Golem
Spiny Starfish
Fire Drake
Forced Retreat
Boomerang
Labyrinth Minotaur (FOIL)
Axelrod Gunnarson
Desperate Charge
Forest
Pack 3 pick 6:
Spirit Shackle
Boris Devilboon
Astrolabe
Divine Intervention
Blood Lust
Swamp
Disenchant
–> Meng Huo’s Horde
Strategic Planning
Tobias Andrion
Pack 3 pick 7:
Loyal Retainers
–> Kjeldoran Frostbeast
Plains (FOIL)
Kobolds of Kher Keep
Sivitri Scarzam
Kobold Drill Sergeant
Heavy Fog
Benthic Explorers
Forest
Pack 3 pick 8:
Lightning Blow
Faerie Noble
Coal Golem
Ramses Overdark
Plains
Fevered Strength
–> Three Visits
Fire Sprites
Pack 3 pick 9:
Force Spike
Ghosts of the Damned
–> Didgeridoo
Plains
Kobold Taskmaster
Jedit Ojanen
Wall of Light
Pack 3 pick 10:
Swamp
Tobias Andrion
–> Kobold Overlord
Strategic Planning
Disenchant
Spirit Shackle
Pack 3 pick 11:
Shu Soldier-Farmers
Heavy Fog
–> Anaba Ancestor
Young Wei Recruits
Mountain
Pack 3 pick 12:
Borrowing 100000 Arrows
–> Kobold Taskmaster
Island
Boomerang
Pack 3 pick 13:
Peach Garden Oath
Boomerang
–> Forest
Pack 3 pick 14:
–> Divine Intervention
Swamp
Pack 3 pick 15:
–> Forest

Here we go, a Fire Ambush. That’s what I’m looking for, especially since it’s followed up with a Tracker. In this pack I finally pick up the Trip Wire and it serves me well in the matches to follow. I flesh out some more minotaurs and acceleration with Raging Minotaur and Three Visits.

Overall not a bad first M3 draft. Check out the video below to see the matches.

Matches Part