Saturday, February 23, 2013

Crack-a-Pack #9

You're drafting Rafiq of the Many vs. Nicol Bolas (The Cube!). It's pack 1, pick 1 and you open the following cards:

What would you pick?

After making a new changes to the cube, I thought I'd throw up another crack-a-pack, and it's a good one:
  • Wrath of God - Wrath effects are as good in this format as they ever were in any other format. This might be one of the top 5 cards in the cube.
  • Mana Leak - The best counter spell in the cube.
  • Angelic Benediction & Frontline Sage - A pair of cards that you'd be happy to fit into any exalted bant deck.
  • Noble Hierarch - I'm half convinced that this is the #1 overall best card in the cube. If it's not the best card, it's still the most expensive. I keep on going back and forth with a couple other cards, but it's interesting.
  • Sublime Archangel - May be the most powerful exalted card in the cube. But it's still the 2nd most expensive.
  • Sleep - This card can win games on the spot and a fine card for any grixis control deck.
  • Primordial Hydra - This is one of the cards that I fear might be too powerful for the cube. The only reason I haven't gotten rid of it is because I needed a green spell with X in its casting cost. It may just be a vanilla creature, but it's a vanilla creature that demands a response from your opponent immediately.
  • Wort, the Raidmother - This is one of my pet cards that I try to force into every deck. She fits into both bant & grixis, she creates goblin tokens, and for the rest of the draft you'll be looking for good instants & sorceries to abuse.
  • Talrand, Sky Summoner - A limited bomb in the right deck. If you want to have fun jamming as many instants & sorceries as possible, this is your pick (and maybe follow up with Wort, Raidmother?).
  • Bladetusk Boar - In a format with a lot of exalted, evasion might be just the thing you need for your deck. It isn't a secret why this boar was included in M13.
  • Rise/Fall - Multipurpose card with multiple spells with multiple tricks.
  • Mindclaw Shaman - Some people swear by this card in M13 draft, but I always thought it was more of a "cross your fingers" fun card. It's either a blow out (grabbing something like Cruel Ultimatum) or an over priced 2/2 creature.
  • Earthquake - Both a wrath effect and direct damage.
  • Crippling Blight - A fine semi-removal spell in any aggressive deck.

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