One of the great things about Limited Pro Tours is seeing how the pros value different cards. I don't mean the minor pick order differences from player to player, but rather the sort of out of the blue deviation from conventional wisdom. Playing the kinds of cards that cause spectators to go wide-eyed with shock. Draft picks that leave people choking with surprise.
Rich Hoaen, who 7-0'd the first day thanks to black-white Clerics, had a similar experience. He first picked Cruel Revival, then got handed a pack with Barkhide Mauler. He didn't even blink as he sent it to the back in favor of the lowly Medic. The rewards were many many quality late picks.
But if the rising stock of the Medic as a result of the black-white Clerics archetype is a surprise, eyebrows should be going through the roof as a result of Jeff Cunningham's latest endorsement: Trickery Charm.
Says Cunningham, "Trickery Charm flat-out won me a game." He describes the situation as him with nothing but lands and an Erratic Explosion in hand, a flier on board versus his opponent's pair of guys. He drew the Charm and checked the top four. Backslide, land, land, Aven Fateshaper. He reset the cards, blew up one of the dorks, clearing away the lands, and then rode Fateshaper to victory. Not bad at all.