Team Draft 3: USA vs. Japan

Posted in Event Coverage on August 9, 2003

By Brian David-Marshall

Brian David-Marshall is a New York–based game designer who has been involved with Magic since 1994, when he started organizing tournaments and ran a Manhattan game store. Since then, he has been a judge, a player, and one of the longest-tenured columnists on, as he enters his second decade writing for the site. He is also the Pro Tour Historian and one of the commentators for the Pro Tour.

After a disappointing draw in the first round today the American team rebounded with a victory against Brazil. If they won this round and Finland won as well they would clinch both berths in Sunday's finals.

The Japanese team was close behind them but they needed to win their next two rounds to do so. France was in the same boat paired off against Finland. If the US and Finland won this round next round would be irrelevant for the purpose of the cut to Sunday. All that would be left to play for was pride.

If France or Japan could win this round they would create all sorts of interesting possibilities including the possibility of another playoff like last year's.

Onslaught Pack One

Joshua Wagener Swat Pyrostatic Pillar
Gabe Walls Aven Fateshaper Unified Strike
Hisaya Tanaka Barkhide Mauler Aphetto Dredging
Kotaro Otsuka Dive Bomber Daru Cavalier
Osamu Fujita Erratic Explosion Slipstream Eel
Justin Gary Treespring Lorian Skittish Valesk

Onslaught Pack Two

Gabe Walls Essence Fracture Nova Cleric
Hisaya Tanaka Barkhide Mauler Foothill Guide
Kotaro Otsuka Dive Bomber Riptide Biologist
Osamu Fujita Erratic Explosion Thrashing Mudspawn
Justin Gary Vitality Charm Wirewood Pride
Joshua Wagener Screeching Buzzard Shepherd of Rot

Onslaught Pack Three

Hisaya Tanaka Elvish Warrior Nosy Goblin
Kotaro Otsuka Ascending Aven Trade Secrets
Osamu Fujita Avarax ?
Justin Gary Choking Tethers Daru Healer
Joshua Wagener Goblin Sledder Forgotten Cave
Gabe Walls Akroma's Blessing Ironfist Crusher

Onslaught Pack Four

Kotaro Otsuka Mistform Wall Chain of Silence
Osamu Fujita Kamahl, Fist of Krosa Fever Charm
Justin Gary Snarling Undurak Leery Fogbeast
Joshua Wagener Skirk Commando Thrashing Mudspawn
Gabe Walls Mistform Dreamer Renewed Faith
Hisaya Tanaka Wirewood Herald Embermage Goblin

Onslaught Pack Five

Osamu Fujita Ravenous Baloth Dwarven Blastminer
Justin Gary Ascending Aven Mistform Mask
Joshua Wagener Boneknitter Profane Prayers
Gabe Walls Dive Bomber Astral Slide
Hisaya Tanaka Symbiotic Elf Skirk Commando
Kotaro Otsuka Daru Healer Goblin Sledder

Onslaught Pack Six

Justin Gary Barkhide Mauler Leery Fogbeast
Joshua Wagener Solar Blast Aphetto Dredging
Gabe Walls Catapult Squad Wheel and Deal
Hisaya Tanaka Broodhatch Nantuko Lavamancer's Skills
Kotaro Otsuka Mistform Dreamer Piety Charm
Osamu Fujita Treespring Lorian Crown of Fury

Legions Pack One

Justin Gary Mistform Seaswift Keeper of the Nine Gales
Osamu Fujita Skirk Marauder Nantuko Vigilante
Kotaru Otsuka Daru Stinger Goblin Turncoat
Hisaya Tanaka Stonewood Invoker Sootfeather Flock
Gabe Walls Stoic Champion Totem Speaker
Joshua Wagener Gempalm Incinerator Flamewave Invoker

Legions Pack Two

Osamu Fujita Skirk Marauder Skirk Drill Sergeant
Kotaru Otsuka Daru Stinger Merchant of Secrets
Hisaya Tanaka Skinthinner Goblin Turncoat
Gabe Walls Nantuko Vigilante Daru Sanctifier
Joshua Wagener Crested Craghorn Corpse Harvester
Justin Gary Stonewood Invoker Soultiller

Legions Pack Three

Kotaru Otsuka Windborn Muse Daru Sanctifier
Hisaya Tanaka Skinthinner Embalmed Brawler
Gabe Walls Echo Tracer Deftblade Elite
Joshua Wagener Skirk Marauder Stoic Champion
Justin Gary Stonewood Invoker Nantuko Vigilante
Osamu Fujita Crested Craghorn Ridgetop Raptor

Legions Pack Four

Hisaya Tanaka Graveborn Muse Daru Sanctifier
Gabe Walls Daru Stinger Nantuko Vigilante
Joshua Wagener Aphetto Exterminator Goblin Turncoat
Justin Gary Canopy Crawler Crested Craghorn
Osamu Fujita Skirk Marauder Stonewood Invoker
Kotaru Otsuka Cloudreach Cavalry Skinthinner

Legions Pack Five

Gabe Walls Wingbeat Warrior Goblin Lookout
Joshua Wagener Goblin Goon Bloodstoke Howler
Justin Gary Mistform Seaswift Dripping Dead
Osamu Fujita Skirk Outrider Starlight Invoker
Kotaru Otsuka Liege of the Axe Covert Operative
Hisaya Tanaka Infernal Caretaker Wirewood Hivemaster

Legions Pack Six

Joshua Wagener Skinthinner Zombie Brute
Justin Gary Canopy Crawler Merchant of Secrets
Osamu Fujita Crested Craghorn Glowering Rogon
Kotaru Otsuka Lowland Tracker Daru Sanctifier
Hisaya Tanaka Stonewood Invoker Hundroog
Gabe Walls Shifting Sliver Magma Sliver

Scourge Pack One

Joshua Wagener Undead Warchief Vengeful Dead
Gabe Walls Dragon Scales Krosan Drover
Hisaya Tanaka Primitive Etchings Carrion Feeder
Kotaro Otsuka Raven Guild Initiate Chill Haunting
Osamu Fujita Wirewood Guardian Scattershot
Justin Gary Zealous Inquisitor Frozen Solid

Scourge Pack Two

Gabe Walls Aven Farseer Treetop Scout
Hisaya Tanaka Lingering Death Dragon Fangs
Kotaro Otsuka Shoreline Ranger Mercurial Kite
Osamu Fujita Goblin Brigand Stabilizer
Justin Gary Alpha Status Thundercloud Elemental
Joshua Wagener Bonethorn Valesk Temporal Fissure

Scourge Pack Three

Hisaya Tanaka Zombie Cutthroat Uncontrolled Infestation
Kotaro Otsuka Rush of Knowledge Decree of Silence
Osamu Fujita Carbonize Misguided Rage
Justin Gary Elvish Aberration Accelerated Mutation
Joshua Wagener Reaping the Graves Rock Jockey
Gabe Walls Noble Templar Temporal Fissure

Scourge Pack Four

Kotaro Otsuka Frontline Strategist Dragonstorm
Osamu Fujita Krosan Warchief ?
Justin Gary Fierce Empath Mistform Warchief
Joshua Wagener Vengeful Dead Rock Jockey
Gabe Walls Coast Watcher Astral Steel
Hisaya Tanaka Riptide Survivor Mercurial Kite

Scourge Pack Five

Osamu Fujita Siege-Gang Commander Dragonspeaker Shaman
Justin Gary Shoreline Ranger Mercurial Kite
Joshua Wagener Lingering Death Bonethorn Valesk
Gabe Walls Aven Farseer Rain of Blades
Hisaya Tanaka Dragon Fangs Goblin Brigand
Kotaro Otsuka Akroma's Zealot Temporal Fissure

Scourge Pack Six

Justin Gary Carbonize Dragon Breath
Joshua Wagener Undead Warchief Pyrostatic Pillar
Gabe Walls Shoreline Ranger Daru Spiritualist
Hisaya Tanaka Chartooth Cougar Accelerated Mutation
Kotaro Otsuka Noble Templar Wipe Clean
Osamu Fujita Dragon Fangs Death's-Head Buzzard

"My opponent has Siege-Gang Commander, Ravenous Balothand Kamahl... And he's still not winning," laughed Walls after the draft. His teammates were dubious but they were similarly excited about their own match-ups.

Justin Gary proudly displayed an Alpha Status, "This card is going to be retarded—and we took all the Vigilantes away from him." High fives all the way around. Justin would have had absurd green if Osamu hadn't (in)audibled into it after opening the Kamahl and Baloth in successive packs. "It was a horrid seat to go green in but he kept opening rares."

Joshua Wagener piped in, telling them Gabe had more to worry about than the rares, "He has two of the 4/1 provokes and the Krosan Warchief with Baloth. Its not good."

Justin was not worried because he believed the match-ups on either side of Walls were ridiculous, "Green on green battles tend to be about evasion. I have a lot and he has none."

Gabe was still shaking his head about the way his team was out-opened, "It figures the Japanese players would get Siege-Gang! It was such a high-powered draft. I have the worst deck at the table and it is insane."

Justin had played four colors in the previous two rounds and had not dropped a match yet. He managed to keep this deck to three colors. Actually he had to go up to three colors to maximize his two Crawlers. He played the Valesk as an off color morph and then decided to add the Carbonize and some other red.

Justin Gary, A Seat

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Joshua Wagener, B Seat

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Gabe Walls, C Seat

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Hisaya Tanaka, A Seat

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Koutarou Ootsuka, B Seat

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Osamu Fujita, C Seat

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