Draft 1: Pod 3

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By Ben Ronaldson

The Seating for Pod 3

Martin had the unfortunate task of starting this draft:

Set 1

Booster 1

Pod 3

Martin: Dirty Wererat
Bram: Pulsating Illusion
Julian: Nantuku Disciple
Dehlinger: Aven Cloudchaser
Frederico: Halberdier
Jakub: Morgue Theft
Lippert: Rites of Spring
Eivind: Embolden
Eivind 2: Words of Wisdom

As might be expected, each of these players then went on to play their respective first pick colours. The interesting decisions in this booster were in the early picks: Despite green tending to be the preferred colour in Sealed Deck, the players at this table were painfully aware that it could easily get over-drafted. As a result Martin chose to go black in first position as it is hard to force an over-drafted colour from there. Then Bram also chose to take the blue card over the Nantuku Disciple. This was understandable as a lot of the top Pro Tour players have taken a heavy preference to playing blue cards in this draft format.

Booster 2

Bram: Treetop Sentinel
Julian: Acceptable Losses?!?
Dehlinger: Shelter Frederico: Barbarian Lunatic
Jakub: Dirty Werecat
Lippert: Krosan Avenger
Eivind: Words of Wisdom
Martin: Crypt Creeper

I guess my only query from this booster was the Acceptable Losses. Either Julian knows something I don't, or that was a misguided pick that should probably have been either the Barbarian Lunatic (better red card) or Shelter.

Booster 3

Julian: Beast Attack
Frederico: Thermal Blast
Jakub: Patriach's Desire
Lippert: Blazing Salvo
Eivind: Angelic Wall
Martin: Zombie Assasin
Bram: Auromancer

Martin also managed to pick up a tenth pick Diabolic Tutor.

Booster 4

Dehli: Thought Devourer
Frederico: Rabid Elephant
Jakub: Repel
Lippert: Gorilla Titan
Eivind: Mystic Zealot
Martin: Krosan Avenger
Bram: Syncopate
Julian: Leaf Dancer

Booster 5

Frederico: Iridescent Angel
Jakub: Ghastly Demise
Lippert: Werebear
Eivind: Aven Flock
Martin: Crypt Creeper
Bram: Aven Cloudchaser
Julian: Skyshooter

I was not sure if there was just no card strong enough for Dato to not hate the Angel at this stage. Maybe he thought he might move into one of blue or white and then splash a third colour for the Angel, but I think I would have taken the Werebear here.

Booster 6

Jakub: Aven Windreader
Lippert: Liquid Fire
Eivind: Master Apothecary
Martin: Afflict
Bram: Hallowed Healer

Booster 7

Lippert: Shower of Coals
Eivind: Aether Burst
Martin: Morbid Hunger
Bram: Patrol Hound
Julian: Leaf Dancer
Dehli: Embolden

Amazingly Julian managed to wheel a twelfth pick Lithatog when there was very little else in the booster at all.

Booster 8

Eivind: Beloved Chaplin:
Martin: Elephant Ambush
Bram: Second Thought
Julian: Krosan Archerr
Dehli: Pilgrim of Justice
Frederico: Leaf Dancer
Jakub: Childhood Horror
Lippert: Seton's Desire
Lippert 2: Psionic Gift (hate draft).

So, after one round of boosters these were the colours the players adopted:

As expected there were alternate green players at this draft table. It came as no surprise that there were alternate blue players here too. Julian was well positioned for red cards on this table, as was Eivind for white, but the only colour only drafted by two players on the table was black, which Jakub was very well seated for.

Set 2 (Anti-clockwise)

Booster 1

Eivind: Cephalid Broker
Lippert: Squirrel Nest
Jakub: Cephalid Looter
Frederico: Thermal Blast
Dehli: Afflict
Julian: Krosan Avenger
Bram: Dematerialise
Martin: Nantuku Disciple

Booster 2

Lippert: Dwarven Strike Force
Jakub: Repel
Frederico: Barbarian Lunatic
Dehli: Kirtar's Wrath
Julian: Diligent Farmhand
Bram: Words of Wisdom
Martin: Krosan Archer

Booster 3

Jakub: Ghastly Demise
Frederico: Barbarian Lunatic
Dehli: Resilient Warrior
Julian: Repel
Bram: Aven Cloudchaser
Martin: Skeletal Scrying

Booster 4

Frederico: Springing Tiger
Dehli: Aven Flock
Julian: Epicenter
Bram: Angelic Wall
Martin: Twigwalker
Eivind: Aven Fisher

Booster 5

Dehli: Second Thoughts
Julian: Moment's Peace
Bram: Luminous Guardian
Martin: Whispering Shade
Eivind: Chamber of Manipulation
Lippert: Diligent Farmhand

Booster 6

Julian: Fierbolt
Bram: Aven Flock
Martin: Nantuku Disciple
Eivind: Syncopate
Lippert: Barbarian Ring

Booster 7

Bram: Nomad Decoy
Martin: Ghastly Demise
Eivind: Bomb Squad
Lippert: Muscle Burst
Jakub: Face of Fear Frederico: Pilgrim of Justice
Dehli: Cephalid Scout
Julian: Halberdier

Booster 8

Martin: Wild Mongrel
Eivind: Aven Windreader
Lippert: Metamorphic Wurm
Jakub: Aether Burst
Frederico: Limestone Golem
Dehli: Hallowed Healer
Julian: Cartographer

This booster was stunning, as nobody chose to hate draft a Morbid Hunger, that made it back round to Jakub Slemr as a thirteenth pick! That card was a bit of a life saver for the former World Champion, as his deck, despite being only one of the two black decks on the table, was looking very thin at this stage. Notice how few good picks he had in the second set of boosters.

Set 3

The third set passed with very few broken cards emerging, other than Christoph Lippert receiving a Kamahl, Pit Fighter.

The first booster was intriguing though, as Martin Scheuchenstuhl chose to take a Rabid Elephant over a Painbringer, which managed to find its way to Jakub.

The only other noticeable incident was when Lippert hate drafted a Syncopate from Nitter, the European Champion had to make a panic pick and missed a Sphere of Reason, which was a very powerful card on the four blue player table.

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