Drafted OtG again today, with mixed results. Two more decks and a pleasant surprise.
The first deck was Dimir Devoid, with an emphasis on generating Colorless.
Removal in this deck could have been better, but I drafted Gruesome Slaughter (not a great card in a vacuum, but with all my creatures and tokens being colorless) hoping it would be a mid to late game equalizer. This deck was super aggressive, with lots of evasion. Overall it worked great and I won all 3 of my matches (albeit 2-1 every time). Bearer of Silence was great in this deck, but never really forced the sacrifice of anything noteworthy when triggered. The 2 for 1 was nice, but it usually ended up being a token or lesser tapped creature. Never was able to trigger Mindmelter's ability, and the few times I could have, chose to beef Havoc Sower (with enough colorless, this can get out of control fast especially with something like Slip Through Space).
Deck 2 was sadly in the same colors, and was drafting in the same direction, so I chose to focus more on the Colorless mechanic.
(+1 Swamp tucked underneath the stack)
1st Pick 1st Pack ended up being Dread Defiler, most my first picks ended up being Black/Blue so I saw early that the possibility of drafting in that direction was possible. Dread Defiler had such a cool ability, and the natural "grind' of this format (my prior experiences successfully generated lots of Colorless with Black) made me think that I might be able to trigger the ability several times, ideally after make some large creature trades. Grip and Drowner were also welcomed as I know they would help me hold down the board. Overally, I was happy with the removal I was running, the deck had plenty of it, but I never was able to get this deck to work effectively. I won a few games but lost every match (1-2, 0-2. 1-2).
Because I won the first Draft I got the Clash of Wills promo, and in my second draft pulled a Windswept Heath.
Not a bad bonus for the second deck going down in flames!
I am excited to see how this deck can fair against the top ranks. I mean, from what I can see, it should be an interesting opponent. I love that you were able to do this on your own too. In the past, I have seen people just copy other people's work, and I do not enjoy decks that are like that. I hope that I can see you go far in the tournament this year, I will be rooting for you.
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