I started off with my booster, and noticed that Red was very prominent, and so I started on that, taking an Oni (6/5 red haste creature) over the other cards present. The rare was the 8/8 creature that would never see light of day having a casting cost of 8cccc. Passing my cards to the left, we carried on.
By the time my initial cards had come back to me, I had 8 cards, and 7 of them where red! To me it seems that no other player was taking red, and I was cherry picking all the things I needed. I had a few more red haste creatures as well as multiple Path of Angers Flame (+2/+0 to all creature instant). Thinking I could possibly go mono red, I had ignored all the other cards I was being passed and it was only when I saw a Death of Thousand Stings that I went onto black as I took it. At this point I had also noticed a few of the black rats that reduce hand size, meaning the sting recycles faster.
When the whole booster had been drafted I was pretty much Black/Red again, although with a far better selection. I had taken a few cards not from my colours at this point, mostly green life based cards or couterspell type spells just in case others where waiting for them to return. Obviously not knowing what colours other people where taking - but I just thought red and black where being left.
With the next two boosters, things went even better for me. The person to my left passed me his cards that he had just opened and said 'depending on what colour you are playing, you will be pleased with that..' and I was indeed - it had a Feral Lightning and a red legendary creature, that when it died, it came back as a legendary enchantment giving all creatures +2/+2 flying and firebreathing. I took the legend.
I was also very surprised to see an artefact that gave flying to any creature passed to me as well, not once, but twice, and both where readily snatched up, and when a Feral lightning came my way....
Again, once or twice I deliberately took a card I didn't need to stop another person taking it – the most blatant one was MasuMaro (I took this as my card from the 14 offered) – I didn't want anyone playing green to potentially have a 14/14 creature, and took this over a few red and black cards. I also took the black vise type artefact, in additon to the green and blue cards from earlier.
My final deck (in my opinion obviously) was very good indeed. Mostly red, with 8 black cards, and the whole thing just looked very good. Nearly all the creatures I had drafted had haste, and the black rats reduced the hand of my opponent allowing me to easily reclaim my stings. Combined with the flying, the legendry creature enchantment….put it this way, when I showed it around to our lot, it was said that the deck looked pre constructed.
My Card of the day
Mountains x 11
Swamps x 6
B: Gnat Miser x 4
R: Oni of Wild Places x 2
R: Shinen of Furys Fire x 4
R: Homura Human Ascendant
R: Ghost Lit Raider
B: Death of a thousand stings x 4
R: Gaze of Adamaro
R: Feral Lighting
R: Captive Flame
R: Barrel Down Sokenzan
R: Path of Angers Flame
Art: Sortami Cloud chariot x 2
Deck Stats: 41 Cards
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