FNM Shards Draft December 5, 2008Posted by Norm in Draft, Shards of Alara.
Tags: Draft, FNM, Magic: The Gathering, Naya, Realm Razer, Shards of Alara, Sigiled Paladin
Tonight was the first time in a while I was able to make a FNM. We are drafting Shards of Alara and I felt pretty good about my deck. I got double Sigiled Paladin and double Lightning Talons. I didn’t have the greatest mana curve but a good deck overall with Realm Razer. I was hopeful to sweep the night since we are only playing three rounds.
Match One I play a guy who had about 8 creatures and didn’t have a very good deck. I beat down in 10-15 minutes so I sat around for most of the round while other people went to time.
Match Two I get one Plaines and three Forest with a hand full of red. I never had a chance. Game two my deck shows up with Wild Nacatl and Incurable Ogre my opponent can’t catch up on tempo and I win with a Soul Fire to the head. Game three we fight it out. I get a slower hand and she quickly gets Rhox Warmonk with other exalted creatures. I stabilize at 3 life killing the rino with Souls Fire. I play double Ogre and Cavern Thoctar and finish in three turns.
This was a really good match and I felt we both played well, but I was able to pull out the win.
Match Three was really frustrating. Since we are only playing three rounds it is important to win this game to pick any of the good cards at the end. Game one I mulligin down to five. I was confident that if I could get a decent hand I would be ok. I get Sigiled Paladin and go to work but my opponent gets back to back Blightning and I’m in topdeck mode. I would have been ok but he gets all his removal and I couldn’t keep up. I did have Realm Razer in my hand before the Blightnings but was one mana shy.
Game two I get turn two Paladin, turn three Lightning Talons and turn four Ogre. My opponent didn’t drop a creature until turn 4 so I had this in the bag.
Game three I get totally mana screwed. I kept an ok hand and never drew the third land until turn 5 or 6. I did miss play once letting my paladin die to a Jund Charm. But even that wouldn’t have mattered with my mana suck. What is frustrating is that I think I had the better deck. Too bad it didn’t show up.
I pick third in rare draft and miss a Tezzeret.