Cube Draft 7

So, after a very not impressive Poll post on cube changes, (no one voted) here is another glorious tournament report from Troy, NY. Tonight, we had two new faces in the draft: Riley and Austin. I think for the first time, we had a full 8 man draft going. It was quite beautiful. Unfortunately, new people also means less experienced drafters and the signals I was sending (DRAFT GREEN AND WHITE) went largely ignored. We ended up with 3 people playing Grixis, and one playing R/U.

My deck:
Sorin Markov – P1P1 and passing a Rune-Scarred Demon and a Primeval Titan– Rob took the Demon.
Searing Blaze
Pilgrim’s Eye
Phyrexian Rager
Phyrexian Arena
Inquisition of Kozilek
Demonic Tutor
Grim Lavamancer
Skywinder Drake
Hymn to Tourach
Inkwell Leviathan
Diregraf Ghoul
Stitched Drake
Journeyer’s Kite – this card will smooth out your mana so well.
Necrogen Scudder 

Crumbling Necropolis
Cascade Bluffs
Barren Moor
Creeping Tar Pit
Blackcleave Cliffs
Sulfurous Springs
5x Swamp
5x Island

In retrospect: I needed another mountain and one fewer island. I somehow had mana troubles with this deck (Okay, the somehow may have to do with having only one basic mountain, but I thought I could handle it.) I followed the mentality of: draft mana fixing and let the cards you want to play table. They did not. I ended up with a pretty solid deck, but I ended up going 2-1.

1.1: Against Gage
No red mana vs Ob Nixilis, the Fallen + Bear Umbra. Lose.
1.2 Shriekmaw your Terra Stomper, Kill your Glissa with Skinrender, Bash with both and an Inkwell Leviathan. Win.
1.3 I lost this game to Gaea’s Anthem. How, you ask? I Searing Blaze’d his Precursor golem, dealing him 9 damage and killing his golems… no wait, they are 4/4s.

2.1 vs Danny
No non-island mana. Loss
Creeping Tar Pit is a boss.
Inquisition of Kozilek, taking Arc Lightning -> Duress taking JTMS ->Hymn to Tourach -> Racing. Skinrender is really good at racing. Win.

3.1 vs Austin
Phyrexian Arena is really good. Win.

Rob ended up winning with a 2-0-1 record playing Grixis after what I can only assume was an awesome pack 2, since he got my leavings in packs 1 and 3.  And somehow, he claims to almost never have had mana issues. Without further ado, here is the winning decklist from last night’s cube.

Shrine of Burning Rage
Sword of Vengeance
Sygg, River Cutthroat
Lyzolda, the Blood Witch
Sedraxis Spectre
Phantasmal Bear
Phantasmal Image
Arrogant Bloodlord
Black Knight
Vampire Hexmage
Doom Blade
Diabolic Edict
Entomber Exarch
Go for the Throat – I saw none of this removal except the Edict.
Keening Banshee
Rune-Scarred Demon
Child of Night
Grave Titan
Skythirix, the Blight Dragon – “Killed Jace, but overall not terribly useful.”
Aside: STOP TAKING INFECT CREATURES IF YOU ARE NOT INFECT OR ITS A BLIGHTWIDOW. There are not enough infect cards for everyone to build an infect deck, let those who want to do it do it. End Aside.

2x Island
3x Mountain
9x Swamp
Arcane Sanctum
Evolving Wilds
Darkslick Shores


~ by Andrew Couture on October 6, 2011.

2 Responses to “Cube Draft 7”

  1. awww, did you want infect?

  2. If you had picked up one more creature, you could have had a fine infect deck. Especially if that creature was Skittles. Your deck didn’t quite have the critical mass it needed, and Emily and Gage both had one infect creature in their decks that weren’t terribly relevant.

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