Drafting with Timothée Simonot

Posted in NEWS on June 29, 2014

By Olle Rade

With a Grand Prix title to his name and a win at last year's World Magic Cup, Timothée Simonot is a well established name on both the French and the European Magic scene. Let's put ourselves in his shoes for a second. We've finished Day One undefeated. We probably need a 3-2-1 record on Day Two to make Top 8. What goodies are we hoping to open in Journey into Nyx? How can we take full advantage of your knowledge of a format we have been playing non-stop over the course of the last eight months? I took a look at every pick Timothée Simonot did in the draft. Let's find out what his options were, and how far they will take him at the Grand Prix.

The, oh so precious, pack one greeted the Frenchman with some interesting options. The rare was Launch the Fleet, maybe not an ideal first pick even if you do end up with a White heroic-based deck. The other noteworthy cards were Sightless Brawler, Nyx Infusion, Ravenous Leucrocota and a Dacra Mystic. Simonot took his time before settling for Dacra Mystic.

The second pack revealed his preference for Blue, when he took Pin to the Earth over Grim Guardian, Tethmos High Priest and another Launch the Fleet. It seemed like the Blue would keep coming, as pack three held Hubris, Cloaked Siren and Whitewater Naiads. However, it also had a powerful gold card in Fleetfeather Cockatrice. This pick being one of the hardest for Simonot in the draft, he finally went with the flying deathtoucher. As it turned out, that was all the Bleu the Frenchman would see from his right, as his neighbor Mikael Magnusson was also in favor of the French national color.

The rest of Journey into Nyx panned out as follows:

Card taken Also in the pack
Font of Fertility Feast of Dreams, Gnarled Scarhide, Cast into Darkness
Oakheart Dryads Aerial Formation, Nature's Panoply
Ravenous Leucrocota Bladetusk Boar
Font of Fertility Satyr Grovedancer, Nature's Panoply, Bassara Tower Archer
Goldenhide Ox Hunter of Mortals, Pheres-Band Thunderhoof
Font of Fertility
Desecration Plague
Gluttonous Zombie
Deadbringer Lampads
Ritual of the Returned
Font of Ire

Born of the Gods was next, and Simonot looked to add to his Green/Blue deck, with the option of additional splashes via his three copies of Font of Fertility.

All of his Born of the Gods picks:

Card taken Also in the pack
Pheres-Band Tromper Unravel the Aether, Nullify, Akroan Skyguard, Akroan Phalanx
Ephara's Enlightenment Stratus Walk, Reap What is Sown, Temple of Plenty
Ghostblade Eidolon Pheres-Band Tromper
Fall of the Hammer Spirit of the Labyrinth, Deepwater Hypnotist
Snake of the Golden Grove Excoriate, Reap What is Sown, Oreskos Sun Guide
Divination Mortal's Resolve
Snake of the Golden Grove Divination, Great Hart
Nullify Akroan Phalanx
Sphinx's Disciple
Scouring Sands
Archetype of Aggression
Stratus Walk
Culling Mark

Knowing that Green would probably be open in Theros, as he had seen it flow in Journey into Nyx, the real question was if Blue would keep coming his way. And what gold cards he might pick up to splash in his three or even four color deck.

All the Theros picks:

Card taken Also in the pack
Voyaging Satyr Nylea's Disciple, Spear of Heliod, Hopeful Eidolon, Wingsteed Rider
Nylea's Emissary Wavecrash Triton
Griptide Voyaging Satyr, Centaur Courser
Horizon Chimera Nemesis of Mortal's, Agent of Horizons
Pharika's Mender Coastline Chimera, Pheres-Band Centaurs
Nessian Asp Vaporkin
Vulpine Goliath
Temple of Triumph Feral Invocation
Ill-tempered Cyclops Viper's Kiss
Ordeal of Nyela
Vulpine Goliath
Cutthroat Maneuvers Priest of Iroas

When discussing his picks after the draft, Simonot was happy, but a bit disappointed in some of his picks. Claiming he should have stayed more open, and realizing earlier that he wasn't that deep in Blue. If he had, he might have ended up Green/White, just splashing the Blue cards and the Fall of the Hammer and Pharika's Mender, which he was splashing regardless. That was he would have been able to take the Spear of Heliod in his third pack. Now leaving him with a strong deck, although without any super powerful rares to completely take over games.

We'll see how his deck ended up and make sure to give you his final build in a feature match from the first draft.