Cube Draft 8
Well, yesterday was pretty sweet. The cube is getting quite a bit of acclaim from my amigos. I like that the decks that can be built are interesting and different every time. This week, we had an Esper Reanimator deck piloted by Victor, a UB Poison deck piloted by Steve, a GW Poison deck piloted by Emily, a Boros Control deck piloted by Greg, a Jund Aggro Deck piloted by Rob, an All American Planeswalker deck piloted by Austin. I piloted a pretty sweet BuG Midrange deck. I wanted to prove that not only was green a sweet color to base your deck around, it is also a pretty sexy method of splashing.
Here is the deck that I piloted to 3-0.
Chameleon Colossus – My P1P1
Briarhorn – Still a beating
Primordial Hydra – P1P3
Plow Under – It tabled, and I was SO happy.
Search for Tomorrow
So, I had 3 green mana fixing spells (and a Growth Spasm that I didn’t run) which let me splash the following:
Dismember (not that I actually needed the black mana)
Inquisition of Kozilek
Bribery – This card on turn 4 was frequently a beating. I also was passed a Damnation and yelled, “Oh yeah! Snap pick!” The card directly behind the Damnation was Bribery, so I had to sheepishly put the Damnation back into the pack and take the card that says “I win the game”. Phyrexian Metamorph
I also had a pretty strong mana base:
Simic Growth Chamber
Once again, I probably should have had one less forest for one more swamp since I had 2 G/U fixers and no G/B.
My match history should have actually been 2-1, but I got lucky. Rob’s deck was nuts.
He leads off with a Kird Ape off of a Copperline Gorge. Then he follows up with a forest, bashes me for 2, then drops a Stormblood Berserker. I am sweating a bit as he clocks me to 13 on turn 3 after he killing my dude. Turn 4 he drops a Bear Umbra onto his Beserker. I scoop.
I lead off with a turn 3 Phyrexian Arena. I am getting pinged for damage by me and him. He drops a Shrine of Burning Rage and I am facing down inevitability from both sides- at once! However, drawing cards is pretty good I hear. I am sitting at 7. I see his shrine is at 6 counters and I frown at my Phyrexian Arena. He drops a post-combat Bloodbraid Elf and I sigh audibly as I just dodged a bullet. I am still dead on board once he untaps with his shrine set to 7. I draw, going to 6, then draw again. I rip Bribery and Maelstrom Pulse. I Pulse his shrine, then Bribery his Rampaging Baloth, drop a land, making a baloth, and then pass the turn back. Eventually, I Profane Command him and my creatures, dealing him 24 damage in one turn and its off to game 3.
This game, I dropped a Bribery, grabbing his Grave Titan, cast Rancor on it, and then cast Death, targeting Briarhorn. I bached him with an 11/9 Trample creature since I used my Zombies to block/eat kill spells. I then Profane Command him again for lethal.
I started out playing, saying, “My plan is to kill myself until I win.” It wouldn’t have worked against the pile of aggro that I faced down, but for some truly unfortunate misplays. My other matches were significantly easier since I wasn’t facing a very fast clock from my opponents as well as myself.
I played against Greg with his Boros Control deck. Game 1 wasn’t terribly interesting. It involved a Mirran Crusader against a B/G/u Deck with no lands.
I Inquisition of Kozilek’d away his Mirran Crusader, then mana ramped into Plow Under followed up by Mystic Snake then a Briarhorn (I love flash creatures). I closed out the game with a Primordial Hydra set to 5. He played Sun Titan, rebuying Standard Bearer, but he had to block my 10/10 trampling Hydra and was sad.
I could have either turn 1 Inquisition of Kozilek, or suspend Search for Tomorrow. I chose to suspend. Turn 2, I could either play a bounce land or cast Inquisition of Kozilek. I chose to bounce. His turn 3 sees a Mirran Crusader, and I kick myself since I can’t actually kill it. My Search for Tomorrow resolves, I grab a swamp, play Inquisition of Kozilek, take something, but I leave him with Burst Lightning. I then drop another land, and pass the turn. I rip and play Demonic Tutor, almost grabbing a Phyrexian Metamorph to deal with his Mirran Crusader, but I remember his Burst Lightning. I change my mind and grab a Bribery, figuring that if I cant kill his Crusader, he probably can. I take another 4 from his Crusader, then pass the turn back. I play Bribery, Almost taking his Sun Titan, but I realize I don’t have anything to get back. Then I almost take his Baneslayer Angel since I am at 6 life, but then, I see the God-Card. I grab his Akroma, Angel of Wrath. I clock him for 6 and pass the turn, then I play Blastoderm and he knows that he is in trouble. I untap, play a forest, then cast Life, allowing me to swing for lethal after Dismembering his leveled-up Student of Warfare during his end step.
I mulliganed to 5. All I did for the first 3 turns was generate mana then I played Forbidden Alchemy, grabbing Chameleon Colossus which I then played. Rancour’s U/B Contolling Infect deck couldn’t really deal with pro black, and he lost pretty handily.
I played a turn 2 Putrid Leech vs his turn 2 Bloodghast. I then enchanted it with Rancor, and started bashing away, racing his Vampire Nighthawk and his Bloodghast (Yes, he was a poison deck, I don’t know why he was running Bloodghast and not using the Nighthawk for defense. I guess it was just inexperience. It takes a while to get used to the idea that attacking isn’t always better than sitting tight and watching what your opponent does). Anyway, I followed up my Rancor’d up Leech with a Blastoderm and a Briarhorn to put away the lethal damages.