What would you take?
Personally, I wouldn’t go green with this pack. If I take Garruk then I also want Rofellos. Problem is, rofellos might be good enough to put someone into green. That means that if I take Garruk, then i probably will be fighting for good green cards the entire draft. The same goes if I take Rofellos. So, green is out for me.
Blue has some tasty treats to offer in this pack. The shackles are super strong and if we are going to go blue, they are probably the first blue card I would take. Then i would be happy to get back any of the other blue cards. Clique is awesome specially if we manage to get some way to abuse it – a-la cards like recurring nightmare or crystal shard. Same goes for cloudskate. Tezzeret probably won’t wheel but, if it did, I’d certainly hop aboard that gravy train. Yeah, blue is looking pretty badass right now. Nevertheless, I’m not feeling it. When taking shackles, you have to figure that someone is going to take TEZ and Clique will probably be gone too. Spellskite is a card that I love in blue builds and that certainly should NOT come back. So, I don’t think I would take a blue card first.
Do yourself a favor: Don’t view a lone Stromkirk noble as an opening to start forcing mono red. That’s foolishness.
Black is looking mighty fine. The cards aren’t so good that they jump out of the pack because of the huge shadow being cast by two planeswalkers, bomb-tastic blue cards, and green-ramp gold. So, I think it might be our best bet to make an early commitment to black. If we take the Phyrexian Arena, that leaves black sun’s zenith, tragic slip, and Geth – all of which have a pretty high likelihood of wheeling.
It’s probably not the right pick and it’s not the most powerful, but drafting is about having fun and improving your strategies. And, its completely subjective. Hah!
So lets hear it. What would you take?