Drafting with Park Jun Young

Posted in Event Coverage on January 31, 2016

By Chapman Sim

Park Jun Young is one of the core members of MTG Mint Card and is most well-known for winning Grand Prix Minneapolis with Scapeshift. Aside from that accolade, he has three other Grand Prix Top 8s to his name, and is one match win away from his fifth lifetime Grand Prix Top 8. He also recently competed at the World Magic Cup in Barcelona as a member on the South Korean team, and continues to be one of the most well-respected players in the region.

Park Jun Young, Grand Prix Minneapolis 2014 Champion

After crushing the Sealed Deck portion in Day 1, he went on to run the tables in the first Booster Draft. Currently the sole undefeated player from the initial field of 2656, he needs just a single victory to bump his 12-0 record into 13-0.

Clearly grasping the brand new Limited format quickly, let's sit down and see how he masterfully crafts a Blue-Black Devoid deck in Pod 2. How do you prioritize colored and non-colored spells? And how high do you need to start fixing your mana and grab some Wastes? These are all questions that are waiting to be answered.

Pack 1: Oath of the Gatewatch

Oblivion Strike was an easy pick over Isolation Zone and Mindmelter, whereas Gladehart Cavalry wasn't even up for consideration. Black was immediately unavailable in the next Booster, and Park settled for Gravity Negator, a card that was good on its own and great once you manage to find a colorless mana source. Thought Hemorrhage was his choice over Flayer Drone, while Hedron Crawler was his 4th pick, followed by Cultivator Drone and Seer's Lantern. He certainly had no shortage of colorless mana producers and would seek to find some payoff cards in his second booster.

Pack 2: Oath of the Gatewatch

Pact 2 was terribly disappointing though, and offered only Seer's Lantern, Boulder Salvo and Visions of Brutality. Not deviating from the colorless theme, Park reluctantly settled on the Black Devoid enchantment before picking up Spatial Contortion which he definitely had no problem casting. The third pack consisted Crush of Tentacles and Oblivion Strike, which had Park ponder for a long time. Creating an Octopus is always more fun, but he wasn't certain if it was the correct pick at all.

"Oblivion Strike is definitely the safer pick, but Crush of Tentacles is way more powerful. It's not a Mythic Rare for nothing, and I just couldn't resist."

A 4th pick Prophet of Distortion was perfect for helping him activate Surge, and to fuel his resource hungry deck. Holdout Settlement, Unnatural Endurance and Comparative Analysis weren't particularly spectacular, but are decent enables and fillers if required. The Seer's Lantern tabled, and that must have made Park really happy, even though he ended up only playing one copy in the end.

Pack 3: Battle for Zendikar

In the final booster, Park determined that Dominator Drone was better than Malakir Familiar, and Bane of Bala Ged was an excellent kill condition his deck needed. The third pack offered a myriad of goodies, including Dominator Drone, Sludge Crawler, Barrage Tyrant, Wave-Wing Elemental and so on.

What did Park want? A second Dominator Drone it is. And then a third one from the next Booster, shipping Hedron Archive. Tightening Coils and Tide Drifter were the next picks, and Park's deck was nearly complete. A seventh-pick Breaker of Armies and a tabled Wave-Wing Elemental provided additional kill conditions he could consider.

Assembling the Deck

The Blue-Black Devoid deck is characterized by its ability to benefit from colorless cards, and now that Oath of the Gatewatch is in the mix, its ability to benefit from colorless mana. His payoff cards are Gravity Negator, Prophet of Distortion, Sky Scourer and triple Dominator Drone. While decent, these cards don't quite pack a punch like Vile Aggregate, Endbringer or Reality Smasher. Deepfathom Skulker, Dimensional Infiltrator and Bearer of Silence would have also been sweet and these are cards that you should be looking out for but it is unlikely for these cards to be shipped, Park explained.

"The Mindmelter didn't table, and that indicates that someone might have also moved into Blue-Black. This is probably why my deck's power level isn't as high.

Park made the wise choice of picking up his colorless mana sources quickly, as demonstrated by his picking of Cultivator Drone, Hedron Crawler, Unknown Shores and Holdout Settlement early. Not only does it deprive players to his left precious sources of colorless mana, it would improve his chances to pick up better cards in Pack 2. This move also allows him to make better decisions in Pack 2, where he was able to instantly decide whether or not to draft Spatial Contortion.

After some tweaking, he eventually decided that Oracle of Dust and Mind Raker were good enough to play, and Witness the End was one of the finishing touches to make them better.

"I do have some decent sideboard cards though. I devoted some of my later picks to grab Negate, Overwhelming Denial and Void Shatter, and I will be able to sideboard them in if required. I just can't believe I was forced to first-pick Visions of Brutality from Pack 2! That card is really quite bad!"

Park's deck is looking very solid indeed, but he thinks that it is "only so-so". The Silver Pro was "Devoid" of Pro Tour invites and would not be attending Pro Tour Oath of the Gatewatch in Atlanta next weekend. However, you could very well see him at Pro Tour Shadows over Innistrad in Madrid.

It all depends on how well he does with his Blue-Black Devoid deck!

Park hopes to harness the power of the OCTOPUS!

Park Jun Young's Blue-Black Devoid

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