Hissing_Iguanar

-Bryan Dowse

I mixed it up last night and played a 4-3-2-2 online Shards of Alara draft last night. The first pack didn’t have anything too exciting so I took a Hissing Iguanar to leave me open for grixis, naya, and jund. A second pick Branching Bolt set me up for a nice naya or jund deck with a third pick Vithian Stinger solidifying the picks.

But it got interesting when I got a 4th pick Grixis Charm. When dealing with shards, the general rule of thumb is when you see a late pick charm, that’s a good signal that the shard is open. I pick up the charm, since my only green was a Branching Bolt. Pick five I get a second Hissing Iguanar and pick six I get a Magma Spray, very late for such a great card.

I was planning on building a red deck with a splash of grix and jund. It didn’t exactly turn out that way though.

Pack 1 pick 1:
Banewasp Affliction
Jungle Weaver
–> Hissing Iguanar
Vectis Silencers
Naturalize
Angelsong
Blister Beetle
Resounding Scream (FOIL)
Cathartic Adept
Lightning Talons
Sigiled Paladin
Protomatter Powder
Angels Herald
Mindlock Orb
Mountain
Pack 1 pick 2:
Marble Chalice
Viscera Dragger
Resounding Roar
Viashino Skeleton
Etherium Sculptor
Akrasan Squire
Windwright Mage
Executioners Capsule
–> Branching Bolt
Outrider of Jhess
Tidehollow Sculler
Fleshbag Marauder
Algae Gharial
Plains
Pack 1 pick 3:
Savage Hunger
Steelclad Serpent
Marble Chalice
Viscera Dragger
Grixis Panorama
Glaze Fiend
–> Vithian Stinger
Cloudheath Drake
Fleshbag Marauder
Behemoths Herald
Rockcaster Platoon
Gather Specimens
Forest
Pack 1 pick 4:
Lush Growth
Tidehollow Strix
Skeletal Kathari
Cloudheath Drake
Glaze Fiend
Esper Panorama
Obelisk of Naya
Gift of the Gargantuan
–> Grixis Charm
Etherium Astrolabe
Brilliant Ultimatum
Island
Pack 1 pick 5:
Deft Duelist
Savage Hunger
–> Hissing Iguanar
Steelclad Serpent
Spell Snip
Dispellers Capsule
Volcanic Submersion
Relic of Progenitus
Souls Might
Exuberant Firestoker
Mountain
Pack 1 pick 6:
Kederekt Creeper
Savage Hunger
Ridge Rannet
–> Magma Spray
Naturalize
Obelisk of Grixis
Resounding Scream
Bloodthorn Taunter
Thoughtcutter Agent
Mountain
Pack 1 pick 7:
–> Agony Warp
Goblin Mountaineer
Jund Panorama
Obelisk of Bant
Hindering Light
Incurable Ogre
Tower Gargoyle
Crumbling Necropolis
Plains
Pack 1 pick 8:
Onyx Goblet
Godtoucher
Gustrider Exuberant
–> Resounding Wave
Sighted-Caste Sorcerer
Tortoise Formation
Mighty Emergence
Forest
Pack 1 pick 9:
Banewasp Affliction
Vectis Silencers
–> Resounding Scream (FOIL)
Cathartic Adept
Protomatter Powder
Angels Herald
Mountain
Pack 1 pick 10:
Marble Chalice
Viashino Skeleton
Etherium Sculptor
–> Windwright Mage
Outrider of Jhess
Plains
Pack 1 pick 11:
Savage Hunger
Marble Chalice
–> Glaze Fiend
Behemoth’s Herald
Forest
Pack 1 pick 12:
Glaze Fiend
–> Etherium Astrolabe
Brilliant Ultimatum
Island
Pack 1 pick 13:
–> Spell Snip
Soul’s Might
Mountain
Pack 1 pick 14:
–> Savage Hunger
Mountain
Pack 1 pick 15:
–> Plains

Grixis_Charm

So after getting the Grixis Charm 5th, I get a late Agony Warp 7th pick. This pack however is still packed full of goodies, a 7th pick Tower Gargoyle? A Crumbling Necropolis? Someone opened the nuts here. It must have been something like, a foil bomb rare, regular bomb rare, a charm, an Oblivion Ring, and two other strong removal cards to get cards like these this late.

Overall Pack one was very good to me. I have 2 Grixis cards, 1 Jund/Naya card, and the rest are red. I can be pretty greedy with my colors in the upcoming packs.

With the two Hissing Iguanars I am planning on leaning towards Grixis agro and direct burn to the face as a style of deck, but I can play pretty much anything. I only have 3 creatures, so I will be looking out to get a few in the following packs.

Pack 2 pick 1:
Unsummon
Rhox Meditant
Vedalken Outlander
Absorb Vis
Ember Weaver
Kranioceros
Quenchable Fire
Tukatongue Thallid
Lapse of Certainty
Rupture Spire
View from Above
Skyward Eye Prophets
–> Volcanic Fallout
Soul’s Majesty
Island
Pack 2 pick 2:
Unsummon
–> Armillary Sphere
Kranioceros
Faerie Mechanist
Absorb Vis
Goblin Outlander
Court Homunculus
Worldly Counsel
Might of Alara
Salvage Slasher
Corrupted Roots
Ignite Disorder
Elder Mastery
Plains
Pack 2 pick 3:
Unsummon
–> Armillary Sphere
Kranioceros
Faerie Mechanist
Goblin Outlander
Court Homunculus
Worldly Counsel
Might of Alara
Salvage Slasher
Voices from the Void
Filigree Fracture
Telemin Performance
Island
Pack 2 pick 4:
Gleam of Resistance
Sedraxis Alchemist
Vedalken Outlander
Wild Leotau
Frontline Sage
Ashas Favor
Nacatl Outlander
Grixis Illusionist
–> Exploding Borders
Paragon of the Amesha
Dreadwing
Plains
Pack 2 pick 5:
Kaleidostone
Faerie Mechanist
Bone Saw
Scattershot Archer
Celestial Purge (FOIL)
Worldly Counsel
–> Quenchable Fire
Rotting Rats
Countersquall
Filigree Fracture
Forest
Pack 2 pick 6:
Pestilent Kathari
Valeron Outlander
Aven Trailblazer
Toxic Iguanar
Rhox Bodyguard
Wandering Goblins
–> Might of Alara
Valiant Guard
Filigree Fracture
Plains
Pack 2 pick 7:
Gleam of Resistance
Canyon Minotaur (FOIL)
Ashas Favor
Grixis Illusionist
–> Exploding Borders
Ancient Ziggurat
Controlled Instincts
Fleshformer
Swamp
Pack 2 pick 8:
Darklit Gargoyle
–> Aven Trailblazer
Ashas Favor
Vectis Agents
Molten Frame
Hellkite Hatchling
Scepter of Fugue
Mountain
Pack 2 pick 9:
Unsummon
Rhox Meditant
–> Kranioceros
Tukatongue Thallid
Lapse of Certainty
View from Above
Island
Pack 2 pick 10:
–> Kranioceros
Court Homunculus
Worldly Counsel
Salvage Slasher
Corrupted Roots
Plains
Pack 2 pick 11:
–> Kranioceros
Court Homunculus
Worldly Counsel
Salvage Slasher
Island
Pack 2 pick 12:
–> Frontline Sage
Asha’s Favor
Grixis Illusionist
Plains
Pack 2 pick 13:
Bone Saw
–> Worldly Counsel
Forest
Pack 2 pick 14:
–> Valiant Guard
Plains
Pack 2 pick 15:
–> Swamp

Volcanic_Fallout

Pick one I take the Volcanic Fallout. It’s a great card and it works well with my Hissing Iguanars. Pick two I take a Armillary Sphere over an Absorb Vis or a Goblin Outlander. I am a huge fan of this card. It lets me be even more greedy with my picks as I get fixing for 2 colors (watching the replays below, there were two hands I would have mulliganed if I didn’t have a sphere in my hand). A pick 3 Armillary Sphere just gives me more of a card I already love. Pick 3 also had the same common print run as the second.

Pick 4 was a bit of a tough choice. Do I go more burn to the face, or play the Sedraxis Alchemist or the Vedalken Outlander? I decide to go for the Exploding Borders since at this pint I’m ramping up to go primary red, splash 3-4 colors. Pick 5 didn’t really have anything too interesting. The Kaleidostone is a decent filler card, but I decide to go with even more burn to the face and pick up a card I usually don’t play, Quenchable Fire (This ended up in the sideboard). Pick 6 I want to take the Aven Trailblazer, but I also want to stay in 4 colors, I pick up the Might of Alara as a nice combat trick instead. Pick 7 I get another Exploding Borders. I could have taken the Fleshformer or the Canyon Minotaur but with as much burn to the face that I already have, I decide this is the right choice. Pick 8 there’s a double black Scepter of Fugue and a Aven Trailblazer. I decide screw it, I’m going to splash for the 2/5 flyer for 3. Pick 9 through 11 I pick up Kranioceros just because I need more creatures. I end up not playing any of them, but if I wasn’t able to pick up any beef in the final pack, some of them would have made the cut.

Pack 3 pick 1:
Mistvein Borderpost
Glassdust Hulk
Bant Sureblade
Terminate
Leonin Armorguard
Cerodon Yearling
Igneous Pouncer
Esper Sojourners
Grizzled Leotau
Brainbite
Ardent Plea
Vithian Renegades
Nulltread Gargantuan
–> Deathbringer Thoctar
Swamp
Pack 3 pick 2:
Gorger Wurm
Leonin Armorguard
Architects of Will
Fieldmist Borderpost
Crystallization
Mistvein Borderpost
–> Naya Hushblade
Vectis Dominator
Firewild Borderpost
Jund Sojourners
Zealous Persecution
Reborn Hope
Mind Funeral
Plains
Pack 3 pick 3:
Veinfire Borderpost
–> Esper Stormblade
Deny Reality
Rhox Brute
Fieldmist Borderpost
Offering to Asha
Firewild Borderpost
Naya Hushblade
Sigil of the Nayan Gods
Gloryscale Viashino
Unbender Tine
Dragon Appeasement
Mountain
Pack 3 pick 4:
Gorger Wurm
Leonin Armorguard
Architects of Will
Fieldmist Borderpost
–> Crystallization
Mistvein Borderpost
Vectis Dominator
Firewild Borderpost
Ardent Plea
Dragon Appeasement
Illusory Demon
Mountain
Pack 3 pick 5:
Jhessian Zombies
Ethersworn Shieldmage
Grixis Sojourners
Valley Rannet
Sanctum Plowbeast
–> Igneous Pouncer
Etherwrought Page (FOIL)
Lorescale Coatl
Flurry of Wings
Thought Hemorrhage
Plains
Pack 3 pick 6:
Pale Recluse
Veinfire Borderpost
–> Sangrite Backlash
Magefire Wings
Trace of Abundance
Kathari Bomber
Vedalken Ghoul
Violent Outburst
Reborn Hope
Swamp
Pack 3 pick 7:
Jhessian Zombies
Naya Sojourners
Violent Outburst
Grixis Sojourners
Ethercaste Knight
Captured Sunlight
–> Messenger Falcons
Etherwrought Page
Forest
Pack 3 pick 8:
Veinfire Borderpost
Deny Reality
Fieldmist Borderpost
Offering to Asha
Sigil of the Nayan Gods
–> Stun Sniper
Morbid Bloom
Plains
Pack 3 pick 9:
–> Mistvein Borderpost
Glassdust Hulk
Cerodon Yearling
Esper Sojourners
Grizzled Leotau
Brainbite
Swamp
Pack 3 pick 10:
–> Gorger Wurm
Leonin Armorguard
Architects of Will
Mistvein Borderpost
Vectis Dominator
Plains
Pack 3 pick 11:
Offering to Asha
–> Gloryscale Viashino
Unbender Tine
Dragon Appeasement
Mountain
Pack 3 pick 12:
–> Architects of Will
Vectis Dominator
Dragon Appeasement
Mountain
Pack 3 pick 13:
Grixis Sojourners
–> Sanctum Plowbeast
Plains
Pack 3 pick 14:
–> Vedalken Ghoul
Swamp
Pack 3 pick 15:
–> Forest

Deathbringer_Thoctar

Pack 3 first pick I get a Deathbringer Thoctar. This guy is awesome in every sense of the word. If you get one counter on him, he can take out an army of 1/1 tokens and he’s a huge threat if not dealt with. No question on picking him over Terminate for my deck. Pick two I could have taken the Crystallization but decide I need cheap dudes so I take the Naya Hushblade. Pick 3 I take Esper Stormblade because 3/2 flyers for two are always good. Pick 4 I could take the Mistvein Borderpost as another fixer, but decide the removal is better so I take the Crystallization.

Pick 5 I take the Igneous Pouncer as a 5/1 haster that can give me a land if I need it. Pick 6 I take the Sangrite Backlash over the Kathari Bomber. I like cheap removal and my 3 drops were already pretty full, plus this is very late removal. Pick 7, nothing much to see here but a Messenger Falcons works well for my 4 drops. It’s a creature, it cantrips, and it works with my curve. A Stun Sniper at pick 8? Ok, that’s fine. I guess there aren’t many naya players. I get a 9th pick Mistvein Borderpost and a 10th pick Gorger Wurm. I’d much rather play the wurm over my current 5 drop Kranioceross. Plus the wurm works with my Hissing Iguanars if I need to squeek that final few points of damage through. At 11th pick I get a Gloryscale Viashino. I end up main decking him, but after pretty much every match side him out for a 17th mana.

Matches Part 1


Matches Part 2