Draft 1: Brian Kibler

Posted in Event Coverage on February 24, 2002

By Randy Buehler

Oh, what could have been.

Brian Kibler, 7-0 and drafting at table #1, opened up his first pack of Odyssey and took a long, hard look at Resilient Wanderer. White is by far the least popular color in the format and for good reason, but it's still usually good enough to support two drafters and if there's only one white drafter, he's in a real good position to win the table. With everyone else knowing that white's terrible, Kibler thought going in early and cutting it off might be the way to go. The problem, though, is that if anyone else anywhere near him opens a good white card or switches in early then he could fall flat on his face.

In the end, Kibler made the safe pick: Repel.

When he picked up his next pack, Kibler immediately shook his head. There was a Mystic Zealot staring back at him, which would have been perfect for his white plan. Oh well, he seemed to say to himself, I'll take this Gravedigger and try for the stock blue-black deck that every pro is supposed to want to draft. Aven Fisher was then an obvious third pick and pack four was pretty dry already and gave him a Frightcrawler.

Pack number five caused much head shaking fro the always demonstrative Kibler. Patrol Hound, Hallowed Healer, and Divine Sacrament stared back at him! Kibler explained later that the Sacrament is one of his favorite cards, so he had to switch in now. Of course, by now he had passed Mike Emmert a Wanderer, a Zealot, and (now) a Hallowed Healer so Emmert was in white to stay.

Kibler did fairly well in the rest of pack 1, picking up Second Thoughts and a pair of Aven Cloudchasers from packs 6, 7, and 8. However, Emmert cut him off big time in the second set of packs:

  • First pick: Hallowed Healer
  • Second pick: Mystic Zealot
  • Third pick Wayward Angel
  • Fourth pick: Hallowed Healer
  • Fifth pick: Hallowed Healer
  • Etc (including 11th pick Patrol Hound)

All those cards could have been Kibler's if he'd had the courage to go with his convictions in the very first pack. But he didn't. Instead he wound up picking up green in the second Odyssey pack for Roar of the Wurm, Springing Tiger, Krosan Beast, and Krosan Archer. Needless to say his green-white deck didn't do all that well in Torment. He did have six non-white drafters in a row feeding him, so the Militant Monks and Spirit Flares never dried up. With neither of his neighbors drafting black, that never dried up either. Nonetheless, Kibler wound up forced to play a three color W-g-u deck once he sat down for deck construction.

Oh, what could have been ...

Brian Kibler

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