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Drafting Shards of Alara (SCA) Walkthrough Part 3 May 17, 2009

Posted by James in : all, strategy, tips, limited, draft , trackback

This is the final installment of my draft walkthrough.

I have been drafting a lot of Naya (green/white/red) and I don’t currently have much mana fixing to splash for other colors.

Pick 1

bant sojourners
bant sureblade
ethercaste knight
ethersworn shieldmage
godtracker of jund
grizzled leotau
kathari bomber
magefire wings
sigiled behemoth
vectis dominator
glory of warfare
lorescale coatl
mage slayer
skyclaw thrash

Of these cards Lorescale Coatl, Glory of Warfare, and Bant Sureblade are all worth taking as a first pick, but Lorescale Coatl is in the wrong colors.

In isiolation Bant Sureblade is probably a better card, but Glory of Warefare can be devistating in limited. I take the Glory of Warefare.

First Pick: Glory of Warfare

Pick 2

Bant Sureblade
Etherium Abomination
igneous pouncer
jhessian zombies
kathari bomber
naya hushblade
putrid leech
rhox brute
soul manipulation
veinfire borderpost
mage slayer
stun sniper
vithian renegades

I like Soul Manipulation and Putrid Leech a lot, but these are the wrong colors.

Rhox Brute, Stun Sniper, Mage Slayer, and Vithian Renegade are all good cards in the right colors.

Of these four cards I will go with Stun Sniper since it is one of the best cards I can use for creature removal. However, Vithian Renegades and Rhox Brute would also be strong picks. Mage Slayer can be quite powerful, but I would rather get more powerful creatures than an equipment like this. (The new Loxodon Warhammer would have to be taken because it is so much more powerful.)

Second pick: Stun Snipers

Pick 3

bant sojourners
deny reality
esper sojourners
fieldmist borderpost
jund sojourners
magefire wings
mistvein borderpost
naya hushblade
sewn-eye drake
vedalken ghoul
enlisted wurm
stun sniper

Of these cards Jund Sojourners, Naya Hushblade, Enlisted Wurm and Stun Sniper would all be worth taking.

Of these four cards Enlisted Wurm and Stun Sniper are the best. In isolation Enlisted Wurm might be the second best card in Shards of Alara. The only reason it won’t be played in Standard is because it’s an Aggro deck card with too high of a mana cost. Stun Sniper is very powerful removal, but I will still go with Enlisted Wurm.

Third Pick: Enlisted Wurm

Pick 4

architects of will
captured sunlight
cerodon yearling
demonic dread
deny reality
etherium abomination
valley rannet
mayael’s aria
ardent plea
mage slayer
zealous persecution

Of these cards I would consider playing Valley Rannet or Mage Slayer.

Although I am in pretty strong need of mana fixing (Valley Rannet), I will take the Mage Slayer because it is too strong of a temptation.

Fourth pick: Mage Slayer

Pick 5

cerodon yearling
deadshot minotaur
godtracker of jund
jhessian zombies
magefire wings
sewn-eye drake
trace of abundance
veinfire borderpost
violent outburst
skyclaw thrash

Of these cards, I like Deadshot Minotaur and Trace of Abundance.

Although I love Deadshot Minotaur, Trace of Abundance will give me some of the mana fixing that I need.

Fifth pick: Trace of Abundance

Pick 6

bant sojourners
leonin armorguard
sanctum plowbeast
soul manipulation
valley rannet
violent outburst
double negative
nulltread gargantuan
shield of the righteous

Of these cards Soul Manipulation is the best, but it is the wrong color. Valley Rannet will provide some of the much-needed mana fixing. There’s not much else worth mentioning.

Sixth pick: Valley Rannet

Pick 7

arsenal thresher
bant sojourners
breath of malfegor
esper sojourners
godtracker of jund
igneous pouncer
sigiled behemoth
kathari remnant

Sigiled Behemoth is the only card worth taking here.


Seventh pick: Sigiled Behemoth

Pick 8

leonin armorguard
magefire wings
monstrous carabid
stormcaller’s boon
valley rannet
sigil captain
thopter foundry

Valley Rannet and Leonin Armorguard are both worth taking. This time I will go with Leonin Armorguard.

Eighth pick: Leonin Armorguard

Pick 9

bant sojourners
deny reality
esper sojourners
fieldmist borderpost
magefire wings
vedalken ghoul

My original pack returns with nothing special. Fieldmist Borderpost is clearly the best card here. Even though it is the wrong color, I will take it anyway.

Nineth pick: Fieldmist Borderpost

Pick 10

breath of malfegor
demonic dread
jhessian zombies
sanctum plowbeast
violent outburst

Tenth pick: Sanctum Plowbeast

Pick 11

bant sojourners
deny reality
magefire wings
vedalken ghoul

Eleventh pick: Bant Sojourners

Pick 12

bant sojourners
deny reality
magefire wings

Twelvth pick: Bant Sojourners

Pick 13

captured sunlight
demonic dread

Thirteenth pick: Captured Sunlight

Pick 14

violent outburst

A second look at my picks

Alara Reborn tends to give you around 12 cards worth putting in your deck. I only needed 4 more carsd to make a complete deck, so making a deck with my picks won’t be a problem. I just took the following cards: Glory of Warfare, Stun Snipers, Enlisted Wurm, Mage Slayer, Trace of Abundance, Valley Rannet, Sigiled Behemoth, Leonin Armorguard, Fieldmist Borderpost, Sanctum Plowbeast, 2 Bant Sojourners, Captured Sunlight, and Violent Outburst. Of these cards 11 are on-color, but I only want to use 8 of them for my deck.

My deck

1 Oblivion Ring
1 Qasali Ambusher
1 Resounding Thunder
1 Yoked Plowbeast
1 Excommunicate
1 Akrasan Squire
1 Naturalize
1 Guardians of Akrasa
1 Scepter of Dominance
1 Dark Temper
1 Fiery Fall
1 Aerie Mystics
1 Dragonsoul Knight
1 Kranioceros
1 Aven Trailblazer
1 Glory of Warfare
1 Stun Snipers
1 Enlisted Wurm
1 Mage Slayer
1 Trace of Abundance
1 Valley Rannet
1 Sigiled Behemoth
1 Leonin Armorguard
7 Forest
5 Plains
5 Mountain

This deck is not completely satisfying. I wouldn’t want to have to play Laps of Certainty, Dragonsoul Knight, Naturalize, or Guardiands of Akrasa in an optimum draft deck. However, the assumption was that my opponents would always take the best cards during the draft, which makes it more difficult to make an optimun deck.

More Draft Help

Channelfireball.com has some videos on youtube that show an expert (Luis Scott-Vargas) draft on Magic Online. Unfortunately these are AAC drafts (Shards of Alara/Shards of Alara/Conflux.) Nonetheless, they might be helpful. You can find them here.

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