In Thopters we trust, Magic Origins draft stolen by Pia and Kiran Nalaar!

I went to the Redcaps for a Magic Origins draft to celebrate the actual set release. This draft, much like the Modern Masters draft was the rare occurrence where:

  • I opened no cards of high monetary value
  • I forgot my mat at home
  • I did extremely well

That last part might be a give away, but let’s get started.

My Deck:

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I played Blue/Red Artifacts (Draft gold) with these as my first picks:

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I was in a pod of 8, where 2 other people were also drafting UR. There were also 3 Pia and Kiran Nalaar in the pod, but not a single Thopter Spy Network

Match-Ups:

Round 1: Vs Red/White Aggro (Topan Freeblade Voltron)

I really like Red/White in limited. White is the strongest color by far in Origins (I hate-drafted Sentinel of the Eternal Watch in fear of its power). Though I chose to play blue for Whirler Rogue.

Anyway my opponent dropped Topan Freeblade on turn 2 both games. However, each game it was perpetually walled off by Guardians of Meletis game 1, and then game 2 by Sigled Starfish. Both of these were the match MVPs, especially the Scryfish which came down turn 2 to fix my draws for the entire game.

Win 2-0

Round 2: Vs Green/Black Control

My opponent was a really nice guy. We both drafted next to a guy who opened Jace, Kytheon and Archangel of Tithes. In addition to sharing mutual jealously and salt, we knew each other’s decks pretty well (though knowledge that he had beaten the guy who opened all of those Mythics made me quite happy). If all that wasn’t enough, he even main-boarded Demonic Pact, which makes him a bro by default.

So Pia and Kiran came down every game, but this round I had the opportunity to Disperse them to get even more Thopter tokens. Game 1 I took by swinging wide after Chief of the Foundry made the thopters too big to block. Game 2 we entered a boardstall until I started swinging with 4 boosted thopters alongside a Ringwarden Owl. He had a Revenant to block with, but none of his other creatures died to get it larger than a 3/3.

Win 2-0

Round 3: Vs Red/Blue Artifact Mirror

My opponent and I split the prize and played for fun. He was one of the regular veterans so I’m not if I could beat him if we played seriously. We raced 2 games in a row and I outpaced him both times.

Win 2-0

Pia and Kiran Nalaar was the MVP of the night. Each game I won by just swinging in the air with thopters. Ghirapur Gearcrafter was also useful, though at 3 mana Thopter Engineer is just a better card (though I was very happy with my 2 Gearcrafter commons!). The point of this post is pretty much to push playing Thopters in limited. They’re a lot of fun and they do wonders when paired with cards like Fiery Conclusion.

I’m really happy to blog about winning for a change. Hopefully, this will either continue or I’ll get out while I’m ahead and wait for Battle for Zendikar to come out in the fall. I’m focusing on some new decks at the moment, but that will have to wait for a later post.

Thanks for reading!

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