And another winning Innistrad draft deck
O.K., seems like I’m on a roll right now. (It will be a frustrating experience when I start having normal amounts of luck again.) The deck I drafted this time was almost as bomb-driven as my last, but in two colors and with better synergies. Its removal could have been better, and ideally I would have had a few more two-drops, but it was reasonably fast, consistent and powerful. And yes, I had Mentor of the Meek & Bloodline Keeper in play together in two games (although in one game I was still endlessly on defense). Village Bell-Ringer is really nice support for the Keeper, BTW, and Mentor with all those token-producing cards… well, see for yourself:
Mentor of the Meek
Mask of Avacyn
Bonds of Faith
Moan of the Unhallowed
Smite the Monstrous
Although I really liked to put the Mask of Avacyn on my spoiler rares, I sided it out once for a Spare of Evil, because it was slow. Actually, I would have sided it out every match for that reason, but the other matches were against decks with lots of humans, so Spare made no sense, and my other options weren’t better – I didn’t really need my 3 Ghoulcaller’s Chant, my 2 Manor Skeleton or that Skeletal Grimace. The Mask pulled its weight, I just wished I’d had a simple Moment of Heroism instead – I got routinely into trouble whenever my opponents played one of those.
Still, I drew very well this time, often falling into a good curve although this deck didn’t have as many 2-drops as earlier ones which failed to produce them. I got lucky with the screen time of my spoilers as well as with a few less than optimal draws from my opponents, and I believe at least one opponent threw a game away by killing my Doomed Traveler with his Skirsdag Cultist instead of my Village Cannibals, which grew to 4/4 from that (he sacrificed a human).
I’m just a little disappointed that these rares aren’t worth much. But then again, I draft for fun – expected value is only important in justifying the money I spend. Right now I do clearly better than -4 tix per draft overall, but I must assume that this won’t hold long. Anyway, I won’t be drafting with that frequency much longer – I have other things to do (I need to remind me of this). So, don’t expect as many more posts with game-wining decklists from me in the future!