Saturday, 2:00 p.m. - Drafting With Yu Chao

Posted in Event Coverage on July 2, 2011

By Chapman Sim

Good players are not lacking in China and I have the honor of sitting down with Yu Chao today. Beneath his gentle demeanor, he is a deceptively strong opponent you do not want to encounter. Currently the highest rated player in China, Yu Chao is possibly known for his exceedingly superior drafting capabilities. He made Top 8 of his Nationals last year, no thanks to the constructed portion (he went 3-3 playing Jund), but because he went 6-0 in the booster draft portion. Let us sit down and see what insights he has to offer us for his first draft of the day!

Booster One (New Phyrexia)

Yu was happy to open a Lashwrithe but his happiness was very short-lived. Black dried up almost immediately and Yu could only be content with two Blighted Agents and Glissa's Scorn by pick five. This twist of events was not totally unfortunate though, as Infect seemed pretty open to him. He managed to snag a Vapor Snag and eventually tabling another two Blighted Agents and double Psychic Barrier, giving him a relatively good start.

1st Lashwrithe
2nd Glissa's Scorn
3rd Blighted Agent
4th Conversion Chamber
5th Blighted Agent
6th Leeching Bite
7th Vapor Snag
8th Blighted Agent
9th Psychic Barrier
10th Blighted Agent
11th Psychic Barrier
12th Chained Throatseeker
13th Scrapyard Salvo
14th War Report

Better Than Red Sun's Zenith!

Booster Two (Mirrodin Besieged)

Being already heavily cemented in Blue Green Infect, he was faced with the decision of Blightwidow and Plague Myr. Red Sun's Zenith did not even interest him as he flipped it behind the booster without hesitation. He decided to go for the infectious Giant Spider and followed up pick two with Plague Myr. Core Prowler gave him a light touch of proliferation and a second Blightwidow  joined his pile soon after. He was able to pick up a couple of Steel Sabotages and a Pistus Strike, giving this color combination some required sideboard removal spells.

1st Blightwidow
2nd Plague Myr
3rd Core Prowler
4th Blightwidow
5th Steel Sabotage
6th Mirran Mettle
7th Viridian Emissary
8th Phyrexian Digester
9th Pistus Strike
10th Steel Sabotage
11th Ogre Resister
12th Neurok Commando
13th Kemba's Legion
14th Phyresis

Booster Three (Scars of Mirrodin)

Yu was not blessed with good luck though and was forced to counterdraft Geth, Lord of the Vault before picking up a couple of Untamed Mights. He lamented that the 3rd booster did almost nothing to improve his already solid deck, and was relatively disappointed with the outcome. He was able a pick up a Sylvok Lifestaff to go with his quadruple Blighted Agents, but that was about it for him. Overall, this booster was not merciful to him and he would have liked to receive some bombs in his color.

1st Geth, Lord of the Vault
2nd Untamed Might
3rd Fume Spitter
4th Silver Myr
5th Untamed Might
6th Disperse
7th Sylvok Lifestaff
8th Vedalken Certarch
9th Twisted Image
10th Carrion Call
11th Withstand Death
12th Bleak Coven Vampires
13th Riddlesmith
14th Whitesun's Passage

When asked if he was able to go 3-0 with this deck, he humbly mentioned that it would not be an easy task. "2-1 would be a more realistic score but I honestly would not mind winning the pod." A quartet of unblockable "infectors", a light touch of removal, pump spells and countermagic should allow him to go all the way. Good luck, Yu!

Yu Chao

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