How to Draft M13 and the Mana Base by Tom Harle

How to Draft M13 and the Mana Base by Tom Harle

Today i’m going to talk you through a recently m13 8-4 draft and then talk a little bit more about something I touched on last time – limited mana bases and how you can try and affect them during the drafting process.

 

Today I’m going to talk you through a recently m13 8-4 draft and then talk a little bit more about something I touched on last time – limited mana bases and how you can try and affect them during the drafting process.

  Pack 1 pick 1:

guardians of akrasa How to Draft M13 and the Mana Base by Tom Harledeadly recluse How to Draft M13 and the Mana Base by Tom Harlerise from the grave How to Draft M13 and the Mana Base by Tom Harlesign in blood How to Draft M13 and the Mana Base by Tom Harleplummet How to Draft M13 and the Mana Base by Tom Harleforest How to Draft M13 and the Mana Base by Tom Harlefire elemental How to Draft M13 and the Mana Base by Tom Harletitanic growth How to Draft M13 and the Mana Base by Tom Harlering of thune How to Draft M13 and the Mana Base by Tom Harledoor to nothingness How to Draft M13 and the Mana Base by Tom Harlearchaeomancer How to Draft M13 and the Mana Base by Tom Harlebloodhunter bat How to Draft M13 and the Mana Base by Tom Harlecrusader of odric How to Draft M13 and the Mana Base by Tom Harlewarclamp mastiff How to Draft M13 and the Mana Base by Tom Harlefog bank How to Draft M13 and the Mana Base by Tom Harle

My Pick:

crusader of odric How to Draft M13 and the Mana Base by Tom Harle

Not the most exciting of packs to open – a terrible rare and no real stand out powerful cards for a first pick. In my opinion the choices are between Crusader, Fog Bank, Bloodhunter Bat or Deadly Recluse as the best cards in their colours. Fire Elemental is actually pretty decent in M13 and there is an argument for trying to cut red as it’s the only red card but its very easy to end up with a deck with too many expensive spells so I really dont want to start with a 5 drop.

Both the Ring and the Archaeomancer have the potential to be very powerful but rely on having a threshold of other card types which again I’m loathe to move in on first pick. Between the last 3 cards (Bat, Recluse, Crusader) I think it really comes down to colour preference and i’ve had quite a bit of success with white recently, especially with him being a soldier for War Falcon, and there’s a chance of either the Ring or Guardians tabling.

  Pack 1 pick 2:

wall of fire How to Draft M13 and the Mana Base by Tom Harlevampire nocturnus How to Draft M13 and the Mana Base by Tom Harlebloodthrone vampire How to Draft M13 and the Mana Base by Tom Harlescroll thief How to Draft M13 and the Mana Base by Tom Harledark favor How to Draft M13 and the Mana Base by Tom Harleplains How to Draft M13 and the Mana Base by Tom Harlering of thune How to Draft M13 and the Mana Base by Tom Harleattended knight How to Draft M13 and the Mana Base by Tom Harleduty bound dead How to Draft M13 and the Mana Base by Tom Harleprimal huntbeast How to Draft M13 and the Mana Base by Tom Harlegem of becoming How to Draft M13 and the Mana Base by Tom Harlegriffin protector How to Draft M13 and the Mana Base by Tom Harleshow of valor How to Draft M13 and the Mana Base by Tom Harlewild guess How to Draft M13 and the Mana Base by Tom Harle

My Pick:

attended knight How to Draft M13 and the Mana Base by Tom Harle

Again nothing jumps out as being amazing. I was tempted by the Ring but you do need at least 7 and ideally 9+ creatures of the colour to make the rings good and I’m not sure yet that’s going to happen.

Having a second one this close also increases the likely hood that one will table I think as it’s unlikely that there’ll be two drafters that set in heavy white this early in pack one. There’s no real reason to go off colour here so the pick is between the Knight and Griffin and I prefer the Knight for War Falcon reasons and its also lower on the curve, although the Griffin is arguably the more powerful card.

  Pack 1 pick 3:

aven squire How to Draft M13 and the Mana Base by Tom Harledeadly recluse How to Draft M13 and the Mana Base by Tom Harlekraken hatchling How to Draft M13 and the Mana Base by Tom Harleredirect How to Draft M13 and the Mana Base by Tom Harleisland How to Draft M13 and the Mana Base by Tom Harlecrippling blight How to Draft M13 and the Mana Base by Tom Harlewatercourser How to Draft M13 and the Mana Base by Tom Harletricks of the trade How to Draft M13 and the Mana Base by Tom Harlevile rebirth How to Draft M13 and the Mana Base by Tom Harlegoblin battle jester How to Draft M13 and the Mana Base by Tom Harlecleaver riot How to Draft M13 and the Mana Base by Tom Harletimberpack wolf How to Draft M13 and the Mana Base by Tom Harlemwonvuli beast tracker How to Draft M13 and the Mana Base by Tom Harle

My Pick:

aven squire How to Draft M13 and the Mana Base by Tom Harle

A very quick Aven Squire pick here as one of the key commons required for the white aggro deck and probably the most powerful card in the pack still too. Again nothing really stands out as being a good signal to what other colours might be open here.

  Pack 1 pick 4:

angels mercy How to Draft M13 and the Mana Base by Tom Harleduress How to Draft M13 and the Mana Base by Tom Harlevastwood gorger How to Draft M13 and the Mana Base by Tom Harlewelkin tern How to Draft M13 and the Mana Base by Tom Harleturn to slag How to Draft M13 and the Mana Base by Tom Harledivine favor How to Draft M13 and the Mana Base by Tom Harlephyrexian hulk How to Draft M13 and the Mana Base by Tom Harleisland How to Draft M13 and the Mana Base by Tom Harlering of kalonia How to Draft M13 and the Mana Base by Tom Harlegoblin battle jester How to Draft M13 and the Mana Base by Tom Harlespiked baloth How to Draft M13 and the Mana Base by Tom Harlerain of blades How to Draft M13 and the Mana Base by Tom Harle

My Pick:

welkin tern How to Draft M13 and the Mana Base by Tom Harle

Nothing in white worth playing so it’s time to start thinking about another colour. The the two Terns stand out as the best two cards and although Turn to Slag is the more powerful spell, I go with the Welkin Tern as it has less of a colour commitment and fits better into a uw aggro flyers deck than Slag does in a Wr aggro deck.

Wr is a little awkward in m13 I find, as you have a mix of exalted and Mogg Flunkies which dont really play well together. The single colour mana cost is a big deal here too as I find most white decks are pretty heavy white to support multiple 1 drops and Ajani’s sSnstrikers. Also no other colour provides Knights and Soldiers (except 1 or 2 in black I think) so if you go War Falcon you usually end up pretty heavy white.

  Pack 1 pick 5:

canyon minotaur How to Draft M13 and the Mana Base by Tom Harleglorious charge How to Draft M13 and the Mana Base by Tom Harlegiant scorpion How to Draft M13 and the Mana Base by Tom Harlewind drake How to Draft M13 and the Mana Base by Tom Harlewelkin tern How to Draft M13 and the Mana Base by Tom Harleturn to slag How to Draft M13 and the Mana Base by Tom Harleturn to slag How to Draft M13 and the Mana Base by Tom Harleplains How to Draft M13 and the Mana Base by Tom Harleprey upon How to Draft M13 and the Mana Base by Tom Harlefog bank How to Draft M13 and the Mana Base by Tom Harleclone How to Draft M13 and the Mana Base by Tom Harle

My Pick:

welkin tern How to Draft M13 and the Mana Base by Tom Harle

One good Tern deserves another I guess :P basically just more of the same here – Tern is better than Wind Drake due to costing less and you’re usually so full of 1 toughness guys that it’s not worth trying to mitigate the damage that Chandra’s Fury does.

There’s still quite a few good cards left so this must have been a pretty powerful pack to start with.

  Pack 1 pick 6:

tormods crypt How to Draft M13 and the Mana Base by Tom Harlesign in blood How to Draft M13 and the Mana Base by Tom Harlemountain How to Draft M13 and the Mana Base by Tom Harlehydrosurge How to Draft M13 and the Mana Base by Tom Harleduty bound dead How to Draft M13 and the Mana Base by Tom Harledragon hatchling How to Draft M13 and the Mana Base by Tom Harlebond beetle How to Draft M13 and the Mana Base by Tom Harleerase How to Draft M13 and the Mana Base by Tom Harleencrust How to Draft M13 and the Mana Base by Tom Harleclock of omens How to Draft M13 and the Mana Base by Tom Harle

My Pick:

encrust How to Draft M13 and the Mana Base by Tom Harle

Nothing to see here really – I dont really like Encrust but it does get the job done if we can afford the double blue. I could have taken Erase as a sb card against Pacifism and Oblivion Ring but they’re usually not hard to pick up.

  Pack 1 pick 7:

divination How to Draft M13 and the Mana Base by Tom Harleforest How to Draft M13 and the Mana Base by Tom Harleevolving wilds How to Draft M13 and the Mana Base by Tom Harlefog How to Draft M13 and the Mana Base by Tom Harleshow of valor How to Draft M13 and the Mana Base by Tom Harlefaiths reward How to Draft M13 and the Mana Base by Tom Harlewild guess How to Draft M13 and the Mana Base by Tom Harlecrimson muckwader How to Draft M13 and the Mana Base by Tom Harlevedalken entrancer How to Draft M13 and the Mana Base by Tom Harle

My Pick:

evolving wilds How to Draft M13 and the Mana Base by Tom Harle

A very late Muckwader but obviously no use to us in our colours. Divination and Entrancer arent what a uw skies aggro deck wants but Show of Valor is worth considering. Its not a very powerful card though and you dont ever really want more than 1 so the pick here is easily Evolving Wilds.

Note I’ve not got a splash yet but just the single double blue on Encrust is enough to start me thinking about how I’m going to shape my mana base.

 Pack 1 pick 8:

silvercoat lion How to Draft M13 and the Mana Base by Tom Harlewall of fire How to Draft M13 and the Mana Base by Tom Harlezombie goliath How to Draft M13 and the Mana Base by Tom Harleforest How to Draft M13 and the Mana Base by Tom Harlerummaging goblin How to Draft M13 and the Mana Base by Tom Harlediabolic revelation How to Draft M13 and the Mana Base by Tom Harlewar falcon How to Draft M13 and the Mana Base by Tom Harlespiked baloth How to Draft M13 and the Mana Base by Tom Harle

My Pick:

war falcon How to Draft M13 and the Mana Base by Tom Harle

Nice. The soldier Falcon plan kicks in and we get a nice late 2 power 1 drop flyer.

  Pack 1 pick 9:

plummet How to Draft M13 and the Mana Base by Tom Harleforest How to Draft M13 and the Mana Base by Tom Harlefire elemental How to Draft M13 and the Mana Base by Tom Harletitanic growth How to Draft M13 and the Mana Base by Tom Harlering of thune How to Draft M13 and the Mana Base by Tom Harledoor to nothingness How to Draft M13 and the Mana Base by Tom Harlewarclamp mastiff How to Draft M13 and the Mana Base by Tom Harle

My Pick:

ring of thune How to Draft M13 and the Mana Base by Tom Harle

It’s nice when a plan comes together. Obviously the Ring here is great and really going to give our deck some late game power. I really like the Rings in white and red decks as you generally have cheap small creatures so need something to power up a late game more than most BG decks.

  Pack 1 pick 10:

wall of fire How to Draft M13 and the Mana Base by Tom Harlebloodthrone vampire How to Draft M13 and the Mana Base by Tom Harledark favor How to Draft M13 and the Mana Base by Tom Harleplains How to Draft M13 and the Mana Base by Tom Harlegem of becoming How to Draft M13 and the Mana Base by Tom Harlewild guess How to Draft M13 and the Mana Base by Tom Harle

My Pick:

gem of becoming How to Draft M13 and the Mana Base by Tom Harle

Nothing here for us so just hate draft the card that I would least want to play against. Think thats the Gem here but it might be the wall. Neither is particularly powerful but the Gem is pretty good if you have a powerful expensive spell like Nicol Bolas in your deck.

  Pack 1 pick 11:

kraken hatchling How to Draft M13 and the Mana Base by Tom Harleisland How to Draft M13 and the Mana Base by Tom Harlecrippling blight How to Draft M13 and the Mana Base by Tom Harlevile rebirth How to Draft M13 and the Mana Base by Tom Harlecleaver riot How to Draft M13 and the Mana Base by Tom Harle

My Pick:

crippling blight How to Draft M13 and the Mana Base by Tom Harle

Again nothing for us so just take the best card which is definitely Blight. This card is actually really good in this format so probably shouldn’t be this late.

  Pack 1 pick 12:

angels mercy How to Draft M13 and the Mana Base by Tom Harledivine favor How to Draft M13 and the Mana Base by Tom Harleisland How to Draft M13 and the Mana Base by Tom Harlespiked baloth How to Draft M13 and the Mana Base by Tom Harle

My Pick:

spiked baloth How to Draft M13 and the Mana Base by Tom Harle

Just take the playable here.

  Pack 1 pick 13:

canyon minotaur How to Draft M13 and the Mana Base by Tom Harleglorious charge How to Draft M13 and the Mana Base by Tom Harleplains How to Draft M13 and the Mana Base by Tom Harle

My Pick:

glorious charge How to Draft M13 and the Mana Base by Tom Harle

Glorious Charge might make the cut in our deck – white can end up with Knights and Calls that make multiple guys at once and a combat trick is a combat trick.

  Pack 1 pick 14:

mountain How to Draft M13 and the Mana Base by Tom Harleclock of omens How to Draft M13 and the Mana Base by Tom Harle

My Pick:

clock of omens How to Draft M13 and the Mana Base by Tom Harle

Always take the card over the land. There’s an argument that says you might want your opponents to have Clock of Omens in their deck but most cards have some small use and if you lose to it you’re going to feel like a right idiot. 99% of the time the card is just unplayed anyway.

  Pack 1 pick 15:

forest How to Draft M13 and the Mana Base by Tom Harle

My Pick:

forest How to Draft M13 and the Mana Base by Tom Harle

So at the end of pack 1 I’m pretty happy with the direct the deck is going. We’ve got no removal yet but our creatures are pretty powerful and we’ve got the ring to give our deck some late game power.

  Pack 2 pick 1:

reliquary tower How to Draft M13 and the Mana Base by Tom Harlemerfolk of the pearl trident How to Draft M13 and the Mana Base by Tom Harleplummet How to Draft M13 and the Mana Base by Tom Harlevolcanic strength How to Draft M13 and the Mana Base by Tom Harleforest How to Draft M13 and the Mana Base by Tom Harleprey upon How to Draft M13 and the Mana Base by Tom Harlering of evos isle How to Draft M13 and the Mana Base by Tom Harledownpour How to Draft M13 and the Mana Base by Tom Harlebloodhunter bat How to Draft M13 and the Mana Base by Tom Harlemurder How to Draft M13 and the Mana Base by Tom Harlesearing spear How to Draft M13 and the Mana Base by Tom Harlesentinel spider How to Draft M13 and the Mana Base by Tom Harleaugur of bolas How to Draft M13 and the Mana Base by Tom Harleshow of valor How to Draft M13 and the Mana Base by Tom Harleground seal How to Draft M13 and the Mana Base by Tom Harle

My Pick:

searing spear How to Draft M13 and the Mana Base by Tom Harle

Sadly I open nothing very exciting for our deck – Show of Valor is an ok trick but you dont really want too many and it’s not really first pick quality. None of the blue cards are that exciting either, Ring and Auger can be powerful but we’re not going to have the support cards for either.

Obviously the other three colours all have powerful first pick removal spells and the Spear is the most splashable so thats the pick here.

  Pack 2 pick 2:

rancor How to Draft M13 and the Mana Base by Tom Harleravenous rats How to Draft M13 and the Mana Base by Tom Harlecanyon minotaur How to Draft M13 and the Mana Base by Tom Harlezombie goliath How to Draft M13 and the Mana Base by Tom Harleplains How to Draft M13 and the Mana Base by Tom Harlegiant scorpion How to Draft M13 and the Mana Base by Tom Harlewind drake How to Draft M13 and the Mana Base by Tom Harlevolcanic strength How to Draft M13 and the Mana Base by Tom Harleajanis sunstriker How to Draft M13 and the Mana Base by Tom Harlepublic execution How to Draft M13 and the Mana Base by Tom Harlewild guess How to Draft M13 and the Mana Base by Tom Harlemagmaquake How to Draft M13 and the Mana Base by Tom Harlevedalken entrancer How to Draft M13 and the Mana Base by Tom Harlefarseek How to Draft M13 and the Mana Base by Tom Harle

My Pick:

wind drake How to Draft M13 and the Mana Base by Tom Harle

Again nothing very exciting, with only 3 possible cards in our colours. The Entrancer really isnt aggressive enough and I was more interested in flyers than ground monsters. Also a big factor is that wind drake is only a single coloured mana and I have just picked up a splash red spell so double white on t2 might not always be possible.

  Pack 2 pick 3:

pacifism How to Draft M13 and the Mana Base by Tom Harlekindled fury How to Draft M13 and the Mana Base by Tom Harlenegate How to Draft M13 and the Mana Base by Tom Harleelvish visionary How to Draft M13 and the Mana Base by Tom Harlesafe passage How to Draft M13 and the Mana Base by Tom Harleswamp How to Draft M13 and the Mana Base by Tom Harletitanic growth How to Draft M13 and the Mana Base by Tom Harlewalking corpse How to Draft M13 and the Mana Base by Tom Harlechandras fury How to Draft M13 and the Mana Base by Tom Harleduskmantle prowler How to Draft M13 and the Mana Base by Tom Harlegem of becoming How to Draft M13 and the Mana Base by Tom Harleserpents gift How to Draft M13 and the Mana Base by Tom Harlefungal sprouting How to Draft M13 and the Mana Base by Tom Harle

My Pick:

pacifism How to Draft M13 and the Mana Base by Tom Harle

That’s more like it – a nice powerful removal spell and the best card left in the pack. A small reward for cutting white in pack one.

  Pack 2 pick 4:

centaur courser How to Draft M13 and the Mana Base by Tom Harleisland How to Draft M13 and the Mana Base by Tom Harleduress How to Draft M13 and the Mana Base by Tom Harlebladetusk boar How to Draft M13 and the Mana Base by Tom Harlemerfolk of the pearl trident How to Draft M13 and the Mana Base by Tom Harlescroll thief How to Draft M13 and the Mana Base by Tom Harlewar priest of thune How to Draft M13 and the Mana Base by Tom Harledivine favor How to Draft M13 and the Mana Base by Tom Harleattended knight How to Draft M13 and the Mana Base by Tom Harlereckless brute How to Draft M13 and the Mana Base by Tom Harleyevas forcemage How to Draft M13 and the Mana Base by Tom Harleflames of the firebrand How to Draft M13 and the Mana Base by Tom Harle

My Pick:

attended knight How to Draft M13 and the Mana Base by Tom Harle

I considered the Flames of the Firebrand to go with the Searing Spear but in the end decided to stay on target with the War Falcon plan and take the Knight. You need to make the threshold to make them playable and I wasnt 100% I was splashing the Spear yet.

  Pack 2 pick 5:

mogg flunkies How to Draft M13 and the Mana Base by Tom Harleguardians of akrasa How to Draft M13 and the Mana Base by Tom Harlerevive How to Draft M13 and the Mana Base by Tom Harlegiant scorpion How to Draft M13 and the Mana Base by Tom Harlevastwood gorger How to Draft M13 and the Mana Base by Tom Harlearbor elf How to Draft M13 and the Mana Base by Tom Harlescroll thief How to Draft M13 and the Mana Base by Tom Harletitanic growth How to Draft M13 and the Mana Base by Tom Harleplains How to Draft M13 and the Mana Base by Tom Harlereckless brute How to Draft M13 and the Mana Base by Tom Harlefirewing phoenix How to Draft M13 and the Mana Base by Tom Harle

My Pick:

guardians of akrasa How to Draft M13 and the Mana Base by Tom Harle

At this point I was starting to regret not taking the Flames and just abandoning the blue for red! I’d passed a few lateish Turn to Slags in pack 1 but not received anything to make me think red was open from the right so couldnt expect good red back in pack 3 anyway. Guardians serve a reasonable role in our War Falcon deck anyway and i’m usually pretty happy to have one in my deck.

  Pack 2 pick 6:

zombie goliath How to Draft M13 and the Mana Base by Tom Harledark favor How to Draft M13 and the Mana Base by Tom Harleplains How to Draft M13 and the Mana Base by Tom Harlenaturalize How to Draft M13 and the Mana Base by Tom Harlecrippling blight How to Draft M13 and the Mana Base by Tom Harlekrenkos command How to Draft M13 and the Mana Base by Tom Harlechandras fury How to Draft M13 and the Mana Base by Tom Harleyevas forcemage How to Draft M13 and the Mana Base by Tom Harlewar falcon How to Draft M13 and the Mana Base by Tom Harleprized elephant How to Draft M13 and the Mana Base by Tom Harle

My Pick:

war falcon How to Draft M13 and the Mana Base by Tom Harle

Another Falcon makes the pile and I’m pretty glad I’ve been picking up those Knights and Soldiers.

  Pack 2 pick 7:

kindled fury How to Draft M13 and the Mana Base by Tom Harlemogg flunkies How to Draft M13 and the Mana Base by Tom Harlemountain How to Draft M13 and the Mana Base by Tom Harleduress How to Draft M13 and the Mana Base by Tom Harleswamp How to Draft M13 and the Mana Base by Tom Harlekrenkos command How to Draft M13 and the Mana Base by Tom Harleblood reckoning How to Draft M13 and the Mana Base by Tom Harlegoblin battle jester How to Draft M13 and the Mana Base by Tom Harlerangers path How to Draft M13 and the Mana Base by Tom Harle

My Pick:

mogg flunkies How to Draft M13 and the Mana Base by Tom Harle

Nothing here for us so I just take the card that is probably the most powerful and the one I want to face the least.

  Pack 2 pick 8:

revive How to Draft M13 and the Mana Base by Tom Harlezombie goliath How to Draft M13 and the Mana Base by Tom Harlepillarfield ox How to Draft M13 and the Mana Base by Tom Harleharbor serpent How to Draft M13 and the Mana Base by Tom Harleswamp How to Draft M13 and the Mana Base by Tom Harlenaturalize How to Draft M13 and the Mana Base by Tom Harlereckless brute How to Draft M13 and the Mana Base by Tom Harlewar falcon How to Draft M13 and the Mana Base by Tom Harle

My Pick:

war falcon How to Draft M13 and the Mana Base by Tom Harle

A 3rd Falcon makes the deck really focused and really means I can focus on 2 drops soldiers.

Pack 2 pick 9:

reliquary tower How to Draft M13 and the Mana Base by Tom Harleplummet How to Draft M13 and the Mana Base by Tom Harlevolcanic strength How to Draft M13 and the Mana Base by Tom Harleforest How to Draft M13 and the Mana Base by Tom Harledownpour How to Draft M13 and the Mana Base by Tom Harleshow of valor How to Draft M13 and the Mana Base by Tom Harleground seal How to Draft M13 and the Mana Base by Tom Harle

My Pick:

show of valor How to Draft M13 and the Mana Base by Tom Harle

The Show of Valor tabled from our first pack which is nice, not sure it’ll make the cut but it’s not a bad combat trick, even if it is quite a bit worse than Titanic Growth.

 Pack 2 pick 10:

canyon minotaur How to Draft M13 and the Mana Base by Tom Harlezombie goliath How to Draft M13 and the Mana Base by Tom Harleplains How to Draft M13 and the Mana Base by Tom Harlevolcanic strength How to Draft M13 and the Mana Base by Tom Harlewild guess How to Draft M13 and the Mana Base by Tom Harlefarseek How to Draft M13 and the Mana Base by Tom Harle

My Pick:

volcanic strength How to Draft M13 and the Mana Base by Tom Harle

A potential sideboard card if I do play red.

  Pack 2 pick 11:

kindled fury How to Draft M13 and the Mana Base by Tom Harleswamp How to Draft M13 and the Mana Base by Tom Harletitanic growth How to Draft M13 and the Mana Base by Tom Harlegem of becoming How to Draft M13 and the Mana Base by Tom Harleserpents gift How to Draft M13 and the Mana Base by Tom Harle

My Pick:

kindled fury How to Draft M13 and the Mana Base by Tom Harle

Nothing much to see here – just taking the most playable card in the pack.

  Pack 2 pick 12:

island How to Draft M13 and the Mana Base by Tom Harledivine favor How to Draft M13 and the Mana Base by Tom Harlereckless brute How to Draft M13 and the Mana Base by Tom Harleyevas forcemage How to Draft M13 and the Mana Base by Tom Harle

My Pick:

reckless brute How to Draft M13 and the Mana Base by Tom Harle

  Pack 2 pick 13:

vastwood gorger How to Draft M13 and the Mana Base by Tom Harleplains How to Draft M13 and the Mana Base by Tom Harlereckless brute How to Draft M13 and the Mana Base by Tom Harle

My Pick:

reckless brute How to Draft M13 and the Mana Base by Tom Harle

  Pack 2 pick 14:

plains How to Draft M13 and the Mana Base by Tom Harlenaturalize How to Draft M13 and the Mana Base by Tom Harle

My Pick:

naturalize How to Draft M13 and the Mana Base by Tom Harle

Pack 2 pick 15:

mountain How to Draft M13 and the Mana Base by Tom Harle

My Pick:

mountain How to Draft M13 and the Mana Base by Tom Harle

Very happy with the deck now after pack 2. we’ve picked up 3 Falcons and the Knights and Soldiers to support them and a nice premium removal spell.

  Pack 3 pick 1:

essence drain How to Draft M13 and the Mana Base by Tom Harlepacifism How to Draft M13 and the Mana Base by Tom Harleessence scatter How to Draft M13 and the Mana Base by Tom Harleelvish visionary How to Draft M13 and the Mana Base by Tom Harlecentaur courser How to Draft M13 and the Mana Base by Tom Harlekraken hatchling How to Draft M13 and the Mana Base by Tom Harlegoblin arsonist How to Draft M13 and the Mana Base by Tom Harletormented soul How to Draft M13 and the Mana Base by Tom Harlemountain How to Draft M13 and the Mana Base by Tom Harlewalking corpse How to Draft M13 and the Mana Base by Tom Harlering of xathrid How to Draft M13 and the Mana Base by Tom Harleveilborn ghoul How to Draft M13 and the Mana Base by Tom Harletouch of the eternal How to Draft M13 and the Mana Base by Tom Harlewatercourser How to Draft M13 and the Mana Base by Tom Harlevolcanic geyser How to Draft M13 and the Mana Base by Tom Harle

My Pick:

pacifism How to Draft M13 and the Mana Base by Tom Harle

And another nice premium removal spell. Nothing much else to consider here – Pacifism is just the best card for our deck by a mile.

  Pack 3 pick 2:

divination How to Draft M13 and the Mana Base by Tom Harledisentomb How to Draft M13 and the Mana Base by Tom Harlearbor elf How to Draft M13 and the Mana Base by Tom Harleevolving wilds How to Draft M13 and the Mana Base by Tom Harlebloodthrone vampire How to Draft M13 and the Mana Base by Tom Harleisland How to Draft M13 and the Mana Base by Tom Harlering of evos isle How to Draft M13 and the Mana Base by Tom Harlering of valkas How to Draft M13 and the Mana Base by Tom Harlemind sculpt How to Draft M13 and the Mana Base by Tom Harledownpour How to Draft M13 and the Mana Base by Tom Harlebloodhunter bat How to Draft M13 and the Mana Base by Tom Harlekrenkos command How to Draft M13 and the Mana Base by Tom Harlegriffin protector How to Draft M13 and the Mana Base by Tom Harlevolcanic geyser How to Draft M13 and the Mana Base by Tom Harle

My Pick:

griffin protector How to Draft M13 and the Mana Base by Tom Harle

I did contemplate taking another Wilds and pushing for the red splash slightly harder but the deck currently doens’t have much late game (I think this was the first 4 drop) and it has some nice synergy with the Attendant Knights.

  Pack 3 pick 3:

silvercoat lion How to Draft M13 and the Mana Base by Tom Harlekindled fury How to Draft M13 and the Mana Base by Tom Harlemogg flunkies How to Draft M13 and the Mana Base by Tom Harleduskdale wurm How to Draft M13 and the Mana Base by Tom Harleunsummon How to Draft M13 and the Mana Base by Tom Harledeadly recluse How to Draft M13 and the Mana Base by Tom Harlesleep How to Draft M13 and the Mana Base by Tom Harlemountain How to Draft M13 and the Mana Base by Tom Harlehydrosurge How to Draft M13 and the Mana Base by Tom Harleservant of nefarox How to Draft M13 and the Mana Base by Tom Harlemark of the vampire How to Draft M13 and the Mana Base by Tom Harlearms dealer How to Draft M13 and the Mana Base by Tom Harlerangers path How to Draft M13 and the Mana Base by Tom Harle

My Pick:

sleep How to Draft M13 and the Mana Base by Tom Harle

Sleep is very much what this deck wants – coming out the gates fast you can sometimes get shut down by a single large creature, especially something like Serra Angel or the 4/4 vigilance spider so having something to break that stall is perfect. Double blue is something to bear in mind but it’s far too powerful an effect to pass up.

Pack 3 pick 4:

trumpet blast How to Draft M13 and the Mana Base by Tom Harleangelic benediction How to Draft M13 and the Mana Base by Tom Harleunsummon How to Draft M13 and the Mana Base by Tom Harleaven squire How to Draft M13 and the Mana Base by Tom Harlecanyon minotaur How to Draft M13 and the Mana Base by Tom Harleforest How to Draft M13 and the Mana Base by Tom Harlewind drake How to Draft M13 and the Mana Base by Tom Harlevastwood gorger How to Draft M13 and the Mana Base by Tom Harlewelkin tern How to Draft M13 and the Mana Base by Tom Harlefog How to Draft M13 and the Mana Base by Tom Harlecourtly provocateur How to Draft M13 and the Mana Base by Tom Harlevile rebirth How to Draft M13 and the Mana Base by Tom Harle

My Pick:

aven squire How to Draft M13 and the Mana Base by Tom Harle

Another perfect card for our 3 War Falcon deck and a very powerful card on its own.

  Pack 3 pick 5:

kraken hatchling How to Draft M13 and the Mana Base by Tom Harledark favor How to Draft M13 and the Mana Base by Tom Harleisland How to Draft M13 and the Mana Base by Tom Harlenaturalize How to Draft M13 and the Mana Base by Tom Harlecaptains call How to Draft M13 and the Mana Base by Tom Harlehydrosurge How to Draft M13 and the Mana Base by Tom Harlechandras fury How to Draft M13 and the Mana Base by Tom Harlemark of the vampire How to Draft M13 and the Mana Base by Tom Harlecower in fear How to Draft M13 and the Mana Base by Tom Harlewild guess How to Draft M13 and the Mana Base by Tom Harlecleaver riot How to Draft M13 and the Mana Base by Tom Harle

My Pick:

captains call How to Draft M13 and the Mana Base by Tom Harle

I noted the Cower in Fear here as a potential blow out against us but cant do much apart from remember its in the draft if I play against a black deck. Obviosuly Captains Call works with our Griffins, Falcons, Sleep and Glorious Charge so thats the pick.

  Pack 3 pick 6:

tormods crypt How to Draft M13 and the Mana Base by Tom Harlebloodthrone vampire How to Draft M13 and the Mana Base by Tom Harlemerfolk of the pearl trident How to Draft M13 and the Mana Base by Tom Harleindex How to Draft M13 and the Mana Base by Tom Harleswamp How to Draft M13 and the Mana Base by Tom Harleajanis sunstriker How to Draft M13 and the Mana Base by Tom Harlekrenkos command How to Draft M13 and the Mana Base by Tom Harleprimal huntbeast How to Draft M13 and the Mana Base by Tom Harleduskmantle prowler How to Draft M13 and the Mana Base by Tom Harlewarclamp mastiff How to Draft M13 and the Mana Base by Tom Harle

My Pick:

ajanis sunstriker How to Draft M13 and the Mana Base by Tom Harle

No choices this time, just take the only playable in our colours. He’s a nice one to have with the Ring though and with the Sleep in the mix I think the red is looking less and less likely to be splashed.

  Pack 3 pick 7:

sign in blood How to Draft M13 and the Mana Base by Tom Harlemountain How to Draft M13 and the Mana Base by Tom Harleglorious charge How to Draft M13 and the Mana Base by Tom Harleduress How to Draft M13 and the Mana Base by Tom Harlevastwood gorger How to Draft M13 and the Mana Base by Tom Harlemerfolk of the pearl trident How to Draft M13 and the Mana Base by Tom Harlewarclamp mastiff How to Draft M13 and the Mana Base by Tom Harlecourtly provocateur How to Draft M13 and the Mana Base by Tom Harlespiked baloth How to Draft M13 and the Mana Base by Tom Harle

My Pick:

courtly provocateur How to Draft M13 and the Mana Base by Tom Harle

Might be that a second Glorius Charge is better here as a board against Chandra’s Fury and Cower in Fear but I’ve had some nice success with Provocateur against exalted decks and have 1 charge already.

 Pack 3 pick 8:

wall of fire How to Draft M13 and the Mana Base by Tom Harlereliquary tower How to Draft M13 and the Mana Base by Tom Harleangels mercy How to Draft M13 and the Mana Base by Tom Harlebloodthrone vampire How to Draft M13 and the Mana Base by Tom Harledivine favor How to Draft M13 and the Mana Base by Tom Harlemountain How to Draft M13 and the Mana Base by Tom Harlering of evos isle How to Draft M13 and the Mana Base by Tom Harleboundless realms How to Draft M13 and the Mana Base by Tom Harle

My Pick:

boundless realms How to Draft M13 and the Mana Base by Tom Harle

  Pack 3 pick 9:

kraken hatchling How to Draft M13 and the Mana Base by Tom Harlegoblin arsonist How to Draft M13 and the Mana Base by Tom Harletormented soul How to Draft M13 and the Mana Base by Tom Harlemountain How to Draft M13 and the Mana Base by Tom Harleveilborn ghoul How to Draft M13 and the Mana Base by Tom Harletouch of the eternal How to Draft M13 and the Mana Base by Tom Harlewatercourser How to Draft M13 and the Mana Base by Tom Harle

My Pick:

touch of the eternal How to Draft M13 and the Mana Base by Tom Harle

  Pack 3 pick 10:

bloodthrone vampire How to Draft M13 and the Mana Base by Tom Harleisland How to Draft M13 and the Mana Base by Tom Harlering of evos isle How to Draft M13 and the Mana Base by Tom Harlering of valkas How to Draft M13 and the Mana Base by Tom Harlemind sculpt How to Draft M13 and the Mana Base by Tom Harledownpour How to Draft M13 and the Mana Base by Tom Harle

My Pick:

ring of valkas How to Draft M13 and the Mana Base by Tom Harle

  Pack 3 pick 11:

kindled fury How to Draft M13 and the Mana Base by Tom Harlemogg flunkies How to Draft M13 and the Mana Base by Tom Harlemountain How to Draft M13 and the Mana Base by Tom Harlehydrosurge How to Draft M13 and the Mana Base by Tom Harlerangers path How to Draft M13 and the Mana Base by Tom Harle

My Pick:

mogg flunkies How to Draft M13 and the Mana Base by Tom Harle

  Pack 3 pick 12:

trumpet blast How to Draft M13 and the Mana Base by Tom Harleforest How to Draft M13 and the Mana Base by Tom Harlevastwood gorger How to Draft M13 and the Mana Base by Tom Harlevile rebirth How to Draft M13 and the Mana Base by Tom Harle

My Pick:

trumpet blast How to Draft M13 and the Mana Base by Tom Harle

Pack 3 pick 13:

dark favor How to Draft M13 and the Mana Base by Tom Harleisland How to Draft M13 and the Mana Base by Tom Harlehydrosurge How to Draft M13 and the Mana Base by Tom Harle

My Pick:

dark favor How to Draft M13 and the Mana Base by Tom Harle

  Pack 3 pick 14:

merfolk of the pearl trident How to Draft M13 and the Mana Base by Tom Harleswamp How to Draft M13 and the Mana Base by Tom Harle

My Pick:

merfolk of the pearl trident How to Draft M13 and the Mana Base by Tom Harle

  Pack 3 pick 15:

mountain How to Draft M13 and the Mana Base by Tom Harle

My Pick:

mountain How to Draft M13 and the Mana Base by Tom Harle

A few shameless rare grabs and some dregs finish off the draft and I’m pretty happy with where I’ve ended up:

War Falcon How to Draft M13 and the Mana Base by Tom Harle3 War Falcon
1 Ajani’s Sunstriker
2 Aven Squire
2 Welkin Tern
1 Guardians of Akrasa
2 Attended Knight
1 Crusader of Odric
1 Wind Drake
1 Courtly Provocateur
1 Griffin Protector

1 Ring of Thune
1 Captain’s Call
2 Pacifism
1 Show of Valor
1 Glorious Charge
1 Encrust
1 Sleep

Sleep How to Draft M13 and the Mana Base by Tom Harle

1 Evolving Wilds
6 Island
10 Plains

Sideboard

1 Crippling Blight
1 Ring of Valkas
2 Mogg Flunkies
1 Boundless Realms
1 Searing Spear
1 Kindled Fury
2 Reckless Brute
1 Naturalize
1 Clock of Omens
1 Volcanic Strength
1 Forest
2 Mountain
1 Gem of Becoming
1 Trumpet Blast
1 Touch of the Eternal
1 Spiked Baloth
1 Merfolk of the Pearl Trident
1 Dark Favor

I did win the draft with most of my games being pretty 1 sided. Almost every game started with a Falcon attacking on t2 or 3 and then a nice timely Pacifism on the big blocker when needed. What I most wanted to illustrate with this draft was that by being in a strategy that maximises the power of your late pick commons I managed to get a very powerful deck and win the draft without any bomb mythics or rares, or even many powerful uncommons, just fast consistent creatures.

The Manabase

The second thing I wanted to touch on today was drafting with mana bases in mind. I mentioned a couple of times above where I was thinking of things like taking Wind Drake over Sunstriker because I wanted to be able to support double blue and wasnt as sure of t2 WW. Or taking the Evolving Wilds early to give myself the possibility of a splash later.

steam vents How to Draft M13 and the Mana Base by Tom HarleGenerally in more recent draft formats, AVR being the notable exception, there’s quite a deep pool of playable cards and so by the end of the draft its very easy to have 25-6 playables and have to cut down to around 23. In these cases its more of a possibilty that you can spend earlier picks on things like sb cards or mana fixing.

In some formats, like Coldsnap or Ravnica, the lands themselves were so powerful and the cards pools so deep that things like Snow Covered lands or the Ravnica Guild Karoo lands like Selesnea Sanctuary were first picks. Yes sometimes you were passing powerful spells for these lands but the overall composition of your final deck was better than if you were stuck with 17 basics.

Definitely something to consider in your next draft and I wouldnt be surprised if the new Return to Ravnica Gate lands were pretty high picks in the next draft set!

Were any of the pick decisions above different from your own? Was there anything I could or should have done differently? What would you have done in those situations? Please share your thoughts below.

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  1. In P3P3, did you consider Arms Dealer? You’re already pretty deep in red, it’s at worst good for 4 damage, and more goblins are almost always available as late picks (as in this case, when Krenko’s Command and Goblin Arsonist appeared)

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