It's time for another visit from our three-time Shark winner and 2015 Pimpvitational Champion Elof Gottfridsson. This time he's setting his constructed creations aside and takes us into the world of 93/94 cube drafting. Enjoy! /Mg out
Quite recently I participated in my second 9394 cube draft. My
first time was a few years ago, it was former Swedish Nationals champion Martin
Berlin that brought his cube with him before a noobcon. His list was a
bit different from "normal" cubes as he had 4 City of Brass and 4
Mishra's Factory, to smooth peoples mana bases and to make Mishra a bit
better (like it needs to be better...). He also added a few cards from
Fallen Empires to make WW a little better. His list can be found here.
that draft I messed up a bit. If I recall correctly I took an early
Mishra's Workshop not knowing if it was supported in the cube or not, and
to be honest with you, my experience with 9394 wasn't that big at the
time. I think I played 3 colors with an awful manabase and I was of
course paired against Berlin himself in round one. I think he won a
somewhat, but not really, tight game one on the back of an Control
Magic. The second game ended very quick with Berlin going something like
land-Ritual-Mana Vault-Shimian Stalker. 5 turns of attacking later I
Fast forward a couple of years and I would get another
try at an old school cube, this one I even helped create! The entire
list can be found here.
owner of the cube is non other than BSK 2013 winner Henrik "Brorsan" Jerberg,
famous for playing aggressive 9394 decks like WW, UR burn and RG beats.
Henrik also seeded some cards in the cube, to make it a bit more
balanced. All lands and power, Icy Manipulator and some other really broken cards
where separated and added randomly to every pack so that each pack
contained 2. This made packs more balanced and I would recommend it
a truly awesome event that really needs to be talked about. Henrik got
the idea a few years ago and started planning. The first invitational
was simple, it was a M11 draft and the winner would take it all. I got
really lucky that year and drafted an aggressive UW skies, after
starting the draft with taking Scroll Thief in all of the first 3 packs!
The year after that the format was Modern Masters draft and after that
auction of all 8 decks from Pro Tour 1996. I managed to win the masters
draft and then the hole thing on the back of Leon Lindbeck's Necropotance
deck, a deck that includes 4 Strip Mines, 4 Dark Rituals and 4
Necropotence. And finally, last year I was dethroned in the finals
against "Kungen of Rolfstorp", famous for having the Kingvitational 9394
tournaments. That year we did Time Spiral two headed giant sealed
followed by a chaos draft containing one pack each of 24 editions,
starting from Mirage-block. The visions pack contained a pack fresh
Vampiric Tutor! The top 4 was then decided by 1999 world championship
decks auction. I managed to get Kai Budde's Wildfire but got unlucky
against a horde of green stompies in the finals.
In game 2
kungen's early creatures destroys me while my few kritters don't get to
play very long. I have a few outs, but find none and succumb to kungen's
In the final game kungen takes 2 mulligans and still managed to put up early pressure. I managed to survive the early onslaught
and get one of my many engines going. If I recall correctly I
eventually Braingeyser him out.
Round 2 I face of against Adde
"JummJumm" Leo, a very close friend. I have no idea what he is playing since
I didn't get to scout him. Apparently he is playing green, with a lot of
small creatures. I get in trouble when he has a small army but just in
time I get to play Rasputin and he is a powerhouse in this situation,
making sure that Adde can't attack profitably and he also allows me to
untap Monolith, draw card with Tome and all sorts of shenanigans. I managed to take the game a few turns after that.
In game 2 Adde
cast lots of creatures again and also a Time Walk. I try to put up some
resistance but the deck won't deliver and I am once again locked into
having to fight out a third game.
In the final game Adde casts
lots of big green creatures like Erhnam, Ifh-Biff, if I recall correctly
I Counterspell one and Wrath away another and even manged to steal one
of a Control Magic. Adde has a Chaos Orb but I somehow manged to win
anyway, awesome! On to the finals!
Round 3, final and the challenger is none
other than all around good guy Mats, nick named -"Mys-Mats" (kind of
like "Cosy-Mats"). He is playing an aggressive base red deck that I
scouted in the previous rounds. In game one I get horribly crushed since
he got to go first and started with a Black Vise. My hand is slow so I
end up taking a lot of damage. I did manage to stem some of the bleeding
by playing a Recall for 0 on turn 1 but eventually get crushed by
Manabarbs since I didn't draw my Disenchant in time.
All in all everyone had a really nice time and
games tended to go longer than anticipated and people really seemed to
liked it. We also so several interesting interactions like Mats casting a
Detonate for 8 on an Aladin's Ring for the game. One guy had both Sol
Ring and Black Lotus but got unlucky (and also said that he build the
deck wrong, splashing and taking green cards when he should not) and
went 0-3, clearly power isn't everything.
That's it for this
time. Next up is some Troll Disco tech, or if people are interested and want
to, I'll write about another cube draft.