Cubeday Tuesday #2
In the past week, I have hosted a couple cube drafts. The one I had on Sunday was won by our newest member, Luc Lagace. He put togeather a disgustingly fast R/B deck that swamped me in our two games. I was trying to run G/B and I felt that I had built a fairly solid deck in those colors; unfortunately, it seems that the girl to my right was also in those colors and I ended up missing out on some serious quality. My deck was pretty good, but I just couldnt put up with his burn and beats. It also didnt help that I totally failed at math and let myself die game 1. I activated my lands with Life/Death, and swung. I took him to one while I was at 13, then Inferno Titan face rolled me.
I have his deck here:
Ib Halfheart, Goblin Tactician
Smash to Smithereens
Threaten – This card killed me dead both games pretty much
Gatekeeper of Malakir– I don’t think I would have run this in a deck with this many mountains.
Hymn to Tourach
Plague Myr– I also wouldn’t have run this
Inferno Titan – Did you know that an Inferno Titan with 4 Mountains deals EXACTLY 13 damage to your opponent if they tap out? I do now.
My deck was:
Birds of Paradise
Ashling, the Extinguisher
Sword of Body and Mind
Drana, Kalastria Bloodchief
Inquisition of Kozilek
Animate Dead – Stole me a Hero of Bladehold match 1 against Gage Wondrausch.
Ashenmoor Gouger– This was a mistake, because the triple black requirement was a pain in the ass
The last draft we did was tonight, where I built a R/U combo deck around Kiki-Jiki. I beat two U/W decks, one control/combo and the other was beatdown. Emily Fernandes’s deck was pretty decent, but I feel that once again, it lacked focus- the difference between drafting a normal environment vs. the cube, is that the relative power levels of cards are much less glaring. This is a good thing for more experienced players who can craft a cohesive deck that works like a well oiled automaton, but for less experienced players, it turns into: “These are all good cards, why doesn’t my deck work?” Victor Cortes’s W/U control was pretty sweet. He first picked Venser then proceeded to build around him. He nabbed the Spine of Ish Sah and cards like Kor Hookmaster and made a really annoying lock down deck. He also picked up all the white lieges so that the rest of his cards would be pumped an annoying amount. He floored me game 1.
My deck follows:
Kiki-Jiki, Mirror Breaker – I opened Deceiver Exarch and passed it, so I snagged this guy in case it wheeled.
Ravenous Baboons – My first pick. I was turtling on my first pack because there were several cards that I wanted to play, until someone said: “Just pick your favorite card.” So I yelled “Baboons!” And slammed it.
Goblin Recruiter – to tutor up Kiki-Jiki and Siege-Bang depending on the current situation
Deceiver Exarch – Aw, yeah!
Manic Vandal – I passed a lot of awesome Artifacts, so I knew that I was going to need this guy. I found myself really glad to have him most of the time.
Goblin Warchief – To decrease Kiki’s cost, never got to be used effectively.
Banefire – Game 2 VS Victor, I Banefired him to 4 life. Ripped a mountain, used Valakut to hit him for 3. Cast my Recruiter, and then equipped Mortarpod for the kill. Mise.
Snap – A game against Emily went turn 3: Snap your token, then burst lightning your other guy.
Sword of Body and Mind– I keep opening this. It DID turn on my Shelldock Isle, which was sweet.
Valakut, the Molten Pinnacle – This guy gave my deck inevitability. I used him against Emily AND Victor it turns late game land draws into explosive volcano lands!
Forgotten Cave – Probably should have been another mountain, but I needed to dig for my combo more than I needed lands, I thought.
Lonely Sandbar – All my cards only needed 1 U, so cycling this was always tasty. I only used it as a land in my first game where I was a bit mana short so I turn 1’d it.
Shelldock Isle– with 40 card decks, this guy is the best thing ever.
I am interested to see if the trend of “Red Drafters Win” continues next week. If that is true, then the other colors need some serious reworkings. I am going to try and have more highlights from now on and I am still working on setting up pick order recordings. But this is just the second article and I think this weekly column is pretty spiffy.