Ed Fear, the owner of a gaming store in Rochester, New York is drafting in pod three, being fed by Florida student Antonio De Rosa. Ed’s primary goal is to qualify for Pro Tour Yokohama and accumulate a few more points to help him get back on the train. A Top 8 wouldn’t make him too sad, either. His previous finishes include a boatload of Top 16’s, but he has yet to play during a Pro Tour day three. Antonio, being on the gravy train, is looking for nothing less than Top 8. De Rosa is a popular gravy trainer who tries to enjoy he game, though his competitive spirit shows in his consistently high finishes.
Ed’s choices were much more difficult. His first choice was a Swat over a Barkhide Mauler. His second pick was the Shock out of Antonio’s first pack. Suddenly going red behind a red drafter, Ed had to make a switch. He started taking soldiers, including a Glory Seeker and two Gustcloak Harriers. A late Piety Charm was a good signal that white would be around for pack three.
Now that Antonio was downwind of Ed, he was forced to focus on green creatures over red spells. A Snarling Undorak was taken over some high quality white cards. Elvish Vanguard was taken second. The rest of the pack was weak, providing only some vanilla creatures and a Skirk Commando.
Ed fared fairly well. The pack he opened, though, forced him to ship Havoc Demon to take Flamewave Invoker. The second pick Skirk Marauder was given a place in Ed’s deck, and Aven Redeemer fit in as well. Ed managed to flesh out his deck with some Gempalm Avengers and an Aven Warhark.
After the draft, Antonio was not optimistic about his chances of pulling the 3 – 0 he needed for Top 8. He believed that he drafted well, despite fighting over red with Fear. He ended up with a very fast red/green deck with a strong elf theme.
Immediately after the draft, Ed was afraid he did not pick up enough playable cards for his deck. His choice to stick with red despite getting next to none in pack one paid off as he ended up with three absolutely fantastic red cards: two Shocks and a Skirk Marauder. The Frenetic Raptor he snagged is a great asset against green decks, also. Ed believes that because he drafted a very fast deck, he has a very realistic possibility of pulling the 3 – 0 and making Top 8. “I passed a bunch of great cards, but the all cost five or six mana. By the time they go online, I should be winning the game anyway.”