DRAFTING WITH ANDREJS PROST

Posted in GRAND PRIX STRASBOURG 2014 - COVERAGE - EVENTS on November 30, 2014

By Tobi Henke

The captain of the Latvian national team was one of the many World Magic Cup competitors to make a stop at this Grand Prix before heading to Nice next week. Currently residing in the United States, Prost had of course all the more reason to make the most of his long-distance trip—and he was, starting the Grand Prix with an impressive 11-1.

Now he only needed two more wins to turn that into his second career Grand Prix Top 8 (and match his two Pro Tour Top 8s). Obviously, to get there, he first needed to draft another strong deck.

Andrejs Prost

He began the draft by picking Arc Lightning over Swarm of Bloodflies and a couple of common lands. Next was Debilitating Injury over Ivorytusk Fortress and Mardu Hordechief. He did get around to pick Swarm of Bloodflies third, and his fifth pick was Jungle Hollow, taken over Longshot Squad and Dragonscale Boon.

Pick five marked a return to red, with War-Name Aspirant over Rite of the Serpent and Sagu Archer. Then came Bitter Revelation, then Wind-Scarred Crag, and then Wooded Foothills over a second Bitter Revelation. He did get a second Bitter Revelation anyway as his ninth pick, and the rest of pack one gave him Kin-Tree Warden, Trumpet Blast, Heart-Piercer Bow, Barrage of Boulders, and Firehoof Cavalry.

At this point Prost mainly had black and red cards, basically leaving nowhere else to go but Mardu. However, in Khans of Tarkir draft you never really know. A deck based in red and black, though unlikely, was certainly not out of the question.

The second pack continued with a black first pick in Ruthless Ripper, which Prost chose over Throttle and Chief of the Edge. He finally did venture into white, however, taking a second-pick Highspire Mantis out of a booster which also had Disowned Ancestor and Raiders' Spoils. Next up was Mardu Skullhunter, eschewing yet another Throttle, followed by Leaping Master and Mardu Hordechief—again passing Throttle.

Delving into Mardu full throttle now, Prost next picked up Bloodfell Caves, Timely Hordemate, Rush of Battle, Krumar Bond-Kin, Raiders' Spoils. His final few cards in this round were Erase, Unyielding Kumar, Windstorm, and Siegecraft.

His first pick in pack three was another Debilitating Injury in favor of Crackling Doom—a decision Prost would later come to regret—followed by Take Up Arms over Mardu Hordechief and Throttle. Pick three was Chief of the Scale over Arrow Storm, pick four was Ride Down over Abzan Battle Priest, and pick five, for lack of options, was Sage-Eye Harrier.

Black and white cards continued to come his way, though, with a pretty late Swarm of Bloodflies, followed by Feat of Resistance, and Smite the Monstrous. Prost's final six picks of the draft, for the sake of completeness, were Bloodfire Expert, Krumar Bond-Kin, Rakshasa's Secret, Molting Snakeskin, Kheru Dreadmaw, and Taigam's Scheming.

Prost ended up with a solid black-white deck splashing red. He wasn't entirely happy with how the draft had gone, both with a few of his own picks as well as some of the other drafters' apparent decisions, but stated: "I still got a good deck."