On to week 4 and again we have a single pod of 12 at the table for another round of M13 draft.

Pack 1's open around the table with a good number of groans, probably a lot of pretty awful rares out there. My pack 1 has a lot of really average cards and a Clone, so that is my pick 1. Next pack is similarly average but includes a Searing Spear; easy pick (the rare in the pack was Wit's End, explaining my neighbours groan). As the pack continues I get a Rancor, Divination, Rummaging Goblin, and some green creatures. It seems I still have 3 options to focus on going ahead.


Pack 2 I see a good number of decent green creatures, picking up a Primal Huntbeast, Centaur Courser, Flinthoof Boar, and 2 Timberpack Wolves. It seems that green is going to form the core of my deck with quite possibly a splash of red to take advantage of the boar's boost. Having said that, the red picks I get from this pack are rather weak and the splashable blue is great, 2 Essence Scatters, an Unsummon, and Faerie Invaders!


Pack 3 is pretty average with only a few exceptions, a Sentinel Spider, a second Flinthoof Boar, a Deadly Recluse, Bladetusk Boar, and a second Faerie Invaders. With that, I was totally ready to create a green deck with a splash of .... red? blue? I didn't really know! So in the end I made a core deck of green along with 2 interchangeable splashable modules, 1 blue, 1 red.
Deck

2x Arbor Elf
1x Rancor
1x Prey Upon
2x Flinthoof Boar
3x Timberpack Wolf
1x Deadly Recluse
1x Farseek
1x Titanic Growth
2x Centaur Courser
1x Primal Huntbeast
1x Sentinel Spider


11x Forest
Splash Modules

1x Goblin Arsonist
1x Searing Spear
2x Volcanic Strength
1x Rummaging Goblin
1x Bladetusk Boar
1x Mindclaw Shaman


6x Mountain

OR

1x Unsummon
2x Essence Scatter
1x Divination
1x Clone
2x Faerie Invaders


6x Island
Sideboard

1x Naturalize
1x Plummet
1x Bountiful Harvest

1x Trumpet Blast
1x Goblin Battle Jester
2x Fire Elemental

1x Index
1x Hydrosurge
1x Welkin Tern
1x Scroll Thief
 
 
This week we once again had a single large pod, this time with 12 people, and set to drafting M13 once more.

My first pack opened up to reveal a Sublime Archangel. This was an almost immediate first pick, though I was sad to pass on an Oblivion Ring. The Archangel gave me an immediate focus/theme to attempt to draft revolving around exalted and massing evasive creatures. With enough exalted and flying hanging around it'd be a real struggle for other players to cope with the sheer damage potential. Carrying on with the first pack I grabbed a War Falcon, Attended Knight, Aven Squire, and considered splashing into blue with a Fog Bank and Faerie Invaders.

The second and third packs both pretty much stayed on the same theme, I grabbed a ton of cheap white creatures, got as much flying as I could, and picked up some more exalted here and there. Of note I took a Cathedral of War which is a nice bonus for any deck trying to push some exalted. Even better I picked up 2 Arctic Avens, a very solid card in any W/U deck; 1 and blue for a (probably) 3/2 flyer that can gian lifelink for W? Sign me up!

By the end of the draft I had the following deck and sideboard ready to go:
Deck

2x War Falcon
2x Aven Squire
1x Silvercoat Lion
1x War Priest of Thune
1x Ajani's Sunstriker
1x Attended Knight
2x Griffin Protector
1x Sublime Archangel
1x Serra Angel
1x Pacifism
1x Safe Passage
1x Divine Verdict

2x Jace's Phantasm
2x Fog Bank
1x Welkin Tern
2x Arctic Aven
1x Faerie Invaders

1x Ring of Thune

1x Cathedral of War
9x Plains
6x Island
Sideboard

1x Warclamp Mastiff
1x Guardians of Akrasa
1x Prized Elephant

1x Master of the Pearl Trident
1x Watercourser
1x Courtly Provocateur
2x Harbor Serpent
1x Downpour
3x Mind Sculpt
1x Encrust

1x Zombie Goliath
1x Vile Rebirth
1x Dark Favor

1x Bountiful Harvest
Results of the matches, the final results, and the deck in 3 cards can be found below the fold (or at least they will be when I get to writing them).