Feature: From Draft to Block Constructed

Posted in Event Coverage on May 12, 2012

By Steve Sadin

Sometimes synergies that are found in draft decks are powerful enough to build entire Constructed decks around. And, no, I'm not just thinking about decks that are built on a budget. Rather, I'm looking at decks that are currently being piloted by players (whose deck building decisions are completely unhindered by card availability concerns) at the Pro Tour.

Two time Pro Tour Top 8 competitor Andrew Cuneo decided to play a Three-Color Self-Mill Deck that shares a kernel with the Blue-Green Self-Mill decks from Dark Ascension/Innistrad Limited.

Andrew Cuneo's Three-Color Self-Mill

Cuneo's deck looks to fill its own graveyard up as quickly as possible with cards like Mulch, Tracker's Instincts, and Armored Skaab. Once you've loaded up your graveyard, you can then gain a ton of life with your Gnaw to the Bones, buying the time that you need to win the game with Laboratory Maniac, Ghoultree, or by "looping" your best spells back into your deck with Runic Repetition plus Memory's Journey.

MulchTracker's Instincts
The popular Self-Mill archetype from Innistrad Limited inspired some of the decks seen in the Constructed portion of Pro Tour Avacyn Restored.

Personally, when I was drafting Blue-Green Self-Mill decks in Innistrad, it generally felt like I was playing a Constructed deck. So it wasn't a huge surprise to me that someone decided to use the engine for a Block Constructed deck...

The Limited inspired deck that did shock me, however, was Fight Club: the Mono-Green concoction that Justin Plocher decided to pilot this weekend.

Justin Plocher's Fight Club

Yes, that's really a Constructed deck with Blazing Torch, Young Wolf, and Nightshade Peddler. And yes, Justin did extremely well with it: finishing the event with an 8-1-1 record in Constructed.

Nightshade Peddler
Nightshade Peddler: coming to a major Constructed event near you!

So the next time that you have a draft deck that you think could be good enough to turn into a Constructed deck, you should try to build it. You just might wind up building a Pro Tour caliber deck!

Want to learn more about Fight Club? Then be sure to watch the deck tech that Justin Plocher did with Brian David-Marshall.

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