Draft Viewer: Coldsnap at US Nationals

Posted in Arcana on August 1, 2006

By Wizards of the Coast

The Draft Viewer is back! Table 1 had four people that would end up in the Top 8 (Luis-Scott Vargas and Paul Cheon, who both made the team; Ben Zoz, the alternate; and Alex Kudlick), two big-time pros (Gabe Walls and Billy Moreno), and Ken Nowell and Owen Turtenwald, who stood at 6-1 after seven grueling rounds of Constructed (Standard) and Draft (Ravnica Block).

The Draft Viewer allows you to watch every aspect of a draft: every decision affects all the other players, so you can watch a single pack as it flies around the table, or just stick with one player and watch what he picks. Watching eight players on the top of their game is one of the best ways to get better!

One of the peculiarities of drafting triple-Coldsnap is that, since it's three packs of a small set, players have the opportunity to draft multiples of key cards. To be a top drafter, one has to carefully balance that against the need to draft Snow-Covered Lands before they're all gone.

Incidentally, two people first-picked Zombie Musher: one went 3-0 and the other went 0-3. Go figure.

Ben Zoz

First Pick: Zombie Musher
First Snow-Covered Land Picked: Fifth (Pack 3)
Total Snow-Covered Lands Drafted: 1
Most Multiple Card: 5 Krovikan Mist
Draft Result: 3-0

Surging Flame
Luis-Scott Vargas

First Pick: Surging Flame
First Snow-Covered Land Picked: Fifth (Pack 1); Fourth (Pack 2)
Total Snow-Covered Lands Drafted: 5
Most Multiple Card: 4 Surging Flame
Draft Result: 2-1

Alex Kudlick

First Pick: Stalking Yeti
First Snow-Covered Land Picked: Eighth (Pack 1); First (Pack 2); Fourth (Pack 3)
Total Snow-Covered Lands Drafted: 4
Most Multiple Card: 5 Sun's Bounty (all 14th-pick or later, so it's not like he was actively looking for them)
Draft Result: 2-1

Paul Cheon

First Pick: Into the North
First Snow-Covered Land Picked: Third (Pack 2)
Total Snow-Covered Lands Drafted: 3
Most Multiple Card: 3 Rune Snag
Draft Result: 2-1

Gabe Walls

First Pick: Gelid Shackles
First Snow-Covered Land Picked: Fifth (Pack 1); Tenth (Pack 3)
Total Snow-Covered Lands Drafted: 5
Most Multiple Card: 4 Boreal Centaur
Draft Result: 1-2

Kjeldoran Outrider
Owen Turtenwald

First Pick: Surging Flame
First Snow-Covered Land Picked: Third (Pack 2); Sixth (Pack 3)
Total Snow-Covered Lands Drafted: 4
Most Multiple Card: 5 Kjeldoran Outrider
Draft Result: 1-2

Billy Moreno

First Pick: Aurochs Herd
First Snow-Covered Land Picked: Sixth (Pack 1); Sixth (Pack 3)
Total Snow-Covered Lands Drafted: 4
Most Multiple Card: 3 Martyr of Ashes
Draft Result: 1-2

Ken Nowell

First Pick: Zombie Musher
First Snow-Covered Land Picked: First (Pack 3)
Total Snow-Covered Lands Drafted: 2
Most Multiple Card: 4 Surging Dementia
Draft Result: 0-3

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