Posted in GRAND PRIX ORLANDO 2014 - COVERAGE - EVENTS on October 5, 2014

By Rich Hagon

Rich Hagon combines a deep knowledge of the players of the Pro Tour with a passionate love of the game. He's a regular commentator for Pro Tour and Grand Prix live video coverage, and is the official Pro Tour Statistician. He has been covering Magic events since 2006.

So earlier this afternoon we set you a deckbuilding challenge, based around the draft pool of Harry Corvese. As you may recall, I was curious about many of the picks, in particular the simply vast quantity of non-basic lands he drafted. Could he possibly find enough playables? First up, here's what he ended up playing:

Harry Corvese – 5 color

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With one round to go, Corvese was at 1-1, and about to play for a potential slot in the Top 8. Nonetheless, he took a few minutes to explain some of his thinking on that avalanche of land:

'So obviously I opened up GB, looking to head towards Sultai. Since I got beaten by Frank Lepore in the first round, who was sitting to my right, I got to confirm that he was Sultai, which clearly wasn't great for me. In pack two I began to set up towards the full five color deck that was based in Abzan.'

So far so good, but it was pack 3 that had me truly puzzled. Why keep on taking yet more lands?

'It might look like the classic 5 color idea would be to take all of the fixing in pack 1, be a bit more balanced in pack 2, and then you can take literally anything in the last pack. I couldn't do that, because I started in on the plan later. Even so, the goal in the last pack isn't actually to take the absolute best card regardless of color. If you can get a couple of genuine bombs into your deck, you don't need to get too greedy – those will win you the game anyway, so the key is to make the mana rock solid, and to fill out your curve with morphs.'

'Going into pack 3, I had the fewest sources of red mana among the colors, so I was going to prioritize red mana very highly. That's why Swiftwater Cliffs, Bloodfell Caves, and Mystic Monastery were so important to me. I have Ivorytusk Fortress, and I have Surrak Dragonclaw to win me the game.'

And he has every non-basic in the multiverse!