After not getting any real value at the PPTQ, I decided to enter an EMA draft the following day. I’m not going to lie, I just wanted to open expensive cards that I wouldn’t buy normally. Also I really love this format. Every game I’ve played of EMA has been amazing even if I lost horribly. Anyway, since I drafted twice back to back I’ll do the same summary style twice, but shortened for the sake of time.
I played an Esper Reanimate deck. My pick 1/pick 1 was Sylvan Library, pack 2/pick 1 was Wonder and pack 3/pick 1 was Extract from Darkness.
Round 1: Vs Bant Fliers
My opponent was splashing green for Armadillo Cloak, but I pacified his attacker and stabilized with a Twisted Abomination given Flying by Wonder which eventually got him both games.
Round 2: Vs Jeskai Tokens
So I had a turn 3 Jetting Glasskite and was pretty confident. However, my opponent had drafted/opened 3 Raise the Alarms + Intangible Virtue + Rally the Peasants…
Game 2 I tried to get value with Nausea (kill more than 2 tokens) letting my life get too low. The mortal mistake was when we were top-decking (which Oona’s Grace gave him an edge in that I could not ignore) I used Faith’s Fetters on his Elite Vanguard the turn before he cast Serra Angel. That was the end of my career then and there.
Round 3: Red/Green ???
My opponent scooped before we could play.
I tried to force UW fliers. My pack 1/pick 1 was Duplicant, pack 2/pick 2 was Sprite Noble and Pack 3 I saw Wasteland and suddenly had no more regrets over my rash decision-making. Anyway I splashed red for Rally the Peasants.
Round 1: Vs UW Fliers
We played the mirror even both pulling Brago. I pulled the trigger on Rally the Peasants too early and he rebuilt quickly to crush me. Game 2 he assembled Brago + Man o’ War + Wall of Omens while I was mana screwed. It was an absurd and unstoppable value engine. Did I mention he had a Counterspell to protect it too?
Round 2: Vs Abzan Wraths
I got blown out by Zealous Persecution game 1, but the really kicker was Wrath of God into Winter Orb with him having an Ichorid in graveyard.
Game 2 I boarded in Dragon Eggs, which actually allowed me a long more range, but in the end another Serra Angel finished me off.
At this point it was 11:30 on a Sunday night so for the greater good I dropped and went home.
I have no regrets because I got some value from the drafts. The EMA format is really very fun in my opinion at least. I think I drafted decent decks though again my record really stopped mattering to me after pulling the Wasteland. This is a short print set so there’s no reason not to indulge on it before it becomes rare like the earlier Modern Masters sets. Anyways, thanks for reading as usual.