Drafting War of the Spark with Pros #1

Jeremy Dezani

Jeremy Dezani

Introduction

Today, we will draft with: War of the Spark

I did a simulation of the 8 first pick of a draft and asked 4 Hareruya Pros Players what they would pick.

Here are the 4 gentlemen who accepted to participate in this experience:

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It will be interesting to see if they will do the same choices or not.

Pick 1

Blast ZoneNarset, Parter of VeilsMowu, Loyal CompanionDesparkTrusted PegasusCallous DismissalKasmina's TransmutationAid the FallenToll of the InvasionBlindblastGoblin AssailantArboreal GrazerBloom HulkSaheeli's Silverwing

Javier Dominguez

Trusted Pegasus

Even though there are fine playable cards of other colors I just think 《Trusted Pegasus》 is the best card of the pack.

Petr Sochurek

Narset, Parter of Veils

《Narset, Parter of Veils》 requires some setup to be good, but I believe that it’s power level is high enough to justify that, the second best card is 《Bloom Hulk》, but there are a lot of 4 drops in the set and it’s also less important in the best green decks (the x-color ones)

Lee Shi Tian

Bloom Hulk

I want to pick 《Narset, Parter of Veils》, but my experience told me blue is over-drafted all time. I don’t mind sending the player on my left to blue spell based deck (where 《Narset, Parter of Veils》 shines) and I draft a creature based Proliferate deck.

Jason Chung

Narset, Parter of Veils

I prefer first picking a planeswalker especially one as powerful as 《Narset, Parter of Veils》. At the minimum, it fetches two non-land cards as long as we fill our decks with spells.

Pick 2

Angrath's RampageLeyline ProwlerUgin's ConjurantIronclad KrovodLoxodon SergeantWanderer's StrikeCrush DissentOb Nixilis's CrueltyDemolishGoblin AssailantKraul StingerPrismiteSaheeli's Silverwing

Javier Dominguez

Wanderer's Strike

《Ob Nixilis’s Cruelty》 is clearly a better card to me, but I think staying in the white color is better here.

Petr Sochurek

Ugin's Conjurant

This is a close pick again, but it’s still super early and I know for sure that I will put 《Ugin’s Conjurant》 in my deck regardless and it’s going to be great (always fills a curve + great late game).

Lee Shi Tian

Wanderer's Strike

A good removal and Proliferate is simply good and in line with what we did in pack one.

Jason Chung

Angrath's Rampage

If we want to stay open we could pick 《Ugin’s Conjurant》 but I prefer the more powerful pick in the planeswalker.

Pick 3

Vizier of the ScorpionSaheeli, Sublime ArtificerIronclad KrovodTrusted PegasusWall of RunesSpark HarvestSpark ReaperSamut's SprintArlinn's WolfKraul StingerSteady AimIron Bully

Javier Dominguez

Trusted Pegasus

More Pegasus, yay!

Petr Sochurek

Saheeli, Sublime Artificer

It’s possible that the black card is a better pick, but 《Saheeli, Sublime Artificer》 keeps my option more open.

Lee Shi Tian

Trusted Pegasus

It is good with fatties where it provides a good way to connect some big damages in late game. I will keep my eye on any 《Wardscale Crocodile》 as they are very good buddies.

Jason Chung

Saheeli, Sublime Artificer

We have already picked up two controlly noncreature spells so Saheeli slots perfectly into our gameplan.

Pick 4

Angrath's RampageHeartwarming RedemptionMartyr for the CauseKiora's DambreakerTotally LostSpark ReaperToll of the InvasionUnlikely AidGoblin AssailantSnarespinnerThundering Ceratok

Javier Dominguez

Martyr for the Cause

The curve is the most important thing in a 《Trusted Pegasus》 deck, and it’s not like the other options are very exciting either.

Petr Sochurek

Toll of the Invasion

Best card in the pack that goes well with my walkers.

Lee Shi Tian

Thundering Ceratok

It’s big and the Trample ability is relevant in many situations.

Jason Chung

Angrath's Rampage

Another removal spell, we are aiming to be a control deck looking for some mana fixing to allow us to play Grixis.

Pick 5

Merfolk SkydiverCharmed StrayLoxodon SergeantTeyo's LightshieldCrush DissentKiora's DambreakerTotally LostAid the FallenSamut's SprintReturn to Nature

Javier Dominguez

Merfolk Skydiver

I will try to draft white if possible, but the power level of this card is too high compared to the rest of the deck.

Petr Sochurek

Merfolk Skydiver

Broken uncommon, not close.

Lee Shi Tian

Merfolk Skydiver

It is a fine splash lot of the time. Also, we could go UG if white turns out to be closed. Green is capable of splashing in the set.

Jason Chung

Aid the Fallen

Another spell that interacts well with our planeswalkers including getting them back. It will be easy to get a two for one too since we already have multiple walkers.

Pick 6

Dovin's VetoBulwark GiantCharmed StrayMakeshift BattalionKiora's DambreakerNahiri's StonebladesRaging KronchForced LandingWardscale Crocodile

Javier Dominguez

Makeshift Battalion

I keep trying to draft the white aggro deck.

Petr Sochurek

Kiora's Dambreaker

You obviously don’t want to play many 6 drops so the 5/6 isn’t a high pick, but there is nothing in this pack anyway (the 4/3 isn’t great in UR) and it’s going to be good in my deck, so I would just take it.

Lee Shi Tian

Wardscale Crocodile

See pick 3

Jason Chung

Kiora's Dambreaker

Unfortunately no good cards in our color, but the other way to look at it is the person we are passing to is unlikely to be in our colors.

Pick 7

The WandererDefiant StrikeMakeshift BattalionMartyr for the CauseRising PopulaceBanehoundTithebearer GiantGrim Initiate

Javier Dominguez

Martyr for the Cause

While I think 《Makeshift Battalion》/《Rising Populace》 are slightly better cards, I still go with the curve.

Petr Sochurek

The Wanderer

Potentially a very strong card that I can play/sideboard/splash.

Lee Shi Tian

The Wanderer

I have no clue how the card still in the pack. Remember you can Proliferate opponent’s creature with +1/+1 counters to put them into 《The Wanderer》 range.

Jason Chung

The Wanderer

Although this planeswalker isn’t very good, it is quite late and also combos with some cards that exist in the format (《Command the Dreadhorde》) and we don’t sacrifice much picking it.

Pick 8

Ob Nixilis, the Hate-TwistedBattlefield PromotionContentious PlanDuskmantle OperativeUnlikely AidSarkhan's CatharsisSaheeli's Silverwing

Javier Dominguez

Battlefield Promotion

At this point, I’m clearly a white drafter for this draft and this is an excellent trick.

Petr Sochurek

Ob Nixilis, the Hate-Twisted

Still not really sure which colors I am, so sticking to picking the best cards, 《Ob Nixilis, the Hate-Twisted》 can be very powerful.

Lee Shi Tian

Battlefield Promotion

Good combat trick for fatties. Also could lead to potential Proliferate value afterward.

Jason Chung

Ob Nixilis, the Hate-Twisted

Lol. Nice 8th pick.

Conclusion

The first pick was very close and it influenced the players a lot during the rest of the draft.

You can see people opinions about this pick here.

War of the Spark is a very good set to draft where some pick can be very interesting.

Jeremy Dezani

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Jeremy Dezani

Jeremy Dezani He was the 2013-14 Player of the Year with his crowning achievement taking place at Pro Tour Theros where he won in spectacular fashion with Blue Devotion back in 2013. He has a stunning over 10 Grand Prix Top 8s to his name including 3 wins and Runner-up 4 times. He will also be the first Non-Japanese player to join the ranks of the Hareruya Pros. Read more articles by Jeremy Dezani