Draft AKH With Jeremy Dezani

Jeremy Dezani

Jeremy Dezani

Hello everyone!

Today is draft day. So, let’s draft together!

■Pack 1

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Gideon of the Trials

The pick is obviously 《Gideon of the Trials》. The Card is great in any circumstances, in any deck, be it control or aggressive and it protects itself pretty well.

Second best card is 《Magma Spray》. Assuming the player on my left picked a mono-colored card, he will pick it and play red. The other possibility for him is to pick 《Essence Scatter》 or 《Cartouche of Knowledge》 after a Blue first pick.

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Oketra's Attendant

《Oketra's Attendant》 is a card advantage card. Cycling it then create a 3/3 flying make your deck consistent. It is the best card in the pack and also a white card that is perfect. We give an 《Enigma Drake》 after a pack with 《Essence Scatter》 and 《Magma Jet》, dodge red and blue as second colour should be a good idea.

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Trial of Ambition

The only white card here is 《Impeccable Timing》. It is a decent card but not great as a 3rd pick. The best card is 《Trial of Ambition》. Players on my right pass it and pick a common and another uncommon. I expect them to not want black cards.

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Soulstinger

《Soulstinger》 is a good control card, especially against aggressive strategy. Putting counter on himself make him annoying and he could kill 2 small creatures or one bigger. Other good cards are blue, players on my right are probably playing green.

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Essence Scatter

No white and black cards. It is really clear that players don’t play blue. I pick Essence Scatter as a plan B.

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Wasteland Scorpion

We still have 2 good blue common cards in the pack. My 2 best cards are white, hard to not play Gideon. So, my choice is between UW and BW. I pick 《Wasteland Scorpion》 because 《Trial of Ambition》 is a better card then 《Essence Scatter》 and because I expect the player on my left to not be playing black.

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Wayward Servant

《Cartouche of Solidarity》 makes 《Wasteland Scorpion》 a first strike deathtouch creature and works well with 《Trial of Ambition》. The only zombie I have is a 《Oketra's Attendant》 copy, but 《Wayward Servant》 as a pick 7 is a great signal from the other drafters. It is only pack one and I can get another 《Wayward Servant》 later in this pod so I’ll try the zombie deck.

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Time to Reflect

Let’s continue with the zombie deck and pick this 《Swords to Plowshares》.

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Evolving Wilds

I will not play a lot of one drops in this deck. 《Evolving Wilds》 increase the stability of the deck and the chance to have a turn 3 《Gideon of the Trials》.

Pack 1: Pick 10 to 15

Oashra CultivatorRenewed FaithIllusory WrappingsBlazing VolleyFlingMountain

■Pack 2

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Cursed Minotaur

《Angler Drake》 is great put I will focus on BW zombies. 《Cursed Minotaur》 is better than Those Who Serve.

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Cast Out

《Fan Bearer》, 《Cast Out》 and 《Final Reward》 are the cards here. The black card is a piece of removal but not as good as 《Cast Out》. It’s between the 2 white cards, one is a zombie that is cool but 《Cast Out》 is just too good and deals with any bomb card.

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Unwavering Initiate

《Unwavering Initiate》 is great because it can trade with another creature and you gives value with Embalm. Also, the copy is a zombie.

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Wayward Servant

Yeah someone opened a 《Wayward Servant》 and as expected we get it. Nobody is playing BW zombie at the table, so an Easy pick. But seeing a 《Curator of Mysteries》 Pick 4 surprise me a lot.

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Blighted Bat

Another 3cmc Zombie. Here again I prefer 《Blighted Bat》 over Those Who Serve.

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Oracle's Vault

《Oracle's Vault》 is great for card advantage in a long game plan. Having 《Gideon of the Trials》 and 《Oracle's Vault》 on the board together is a dream that can now come true. I love 《Ruthless Sniper》 but I’m not making a Cycling deck here.

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Soulstinger

A 2nd 《Soulstinger》 is not the best card for a zombie deck but it is still a good card which controls a non-flying board pretty well.

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Unburden

It is not rare to side in 《Unburden》 on the draw. The problem of Mind rot is it become weak in limited late game when your opponent doesn’t have any card in hand and only lands. The Cycling solved this problem.

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Winged Shepherd

The only card for my deck. 《Winged Shepherd》 don’t have an impressive body for 6 mana we can have it something better, but it is still a flying creature and if you feel like you can’t cast it at the right time it costs only one mana to cycle it. Personally, I don’t think it is so bad and I don’t mind playing it in my deck.

Pack 2: Pick 10 to 15

Those Who ServePainted BluffsRenewed FaithForsake the WorldlyStinging ShotMountain

Having Those who serve back is great. Forsake the Worldly and Renewed Faith are great in Sideboard.

■Pack 3

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Horror of the Broken Lands

Same as booster 2 I am not opening a great pack. I don’t think 《Approach of the Second Sun》 is a good card in my deck. Unfortunately, I am opening good Blue uncommon.

I like Horror of the broken Lands in general, it is not really synergistic in my actual deck but I don’t have a lot of choices from this booster.

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Bone Picker

《Festering Mummy》 and 《Sparring Mummy》 are zombies but definitely not the best. No joke. 《Bone Picker》 is an easy pick. 3/2 Flying deathtouch for 4 mana is far above the average stats.

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Unwavering Initiate

2nd 《Unwavering Initiate》 makes the deck so consistent. Cartouche could be also great and it’s not wrong to pick it too because of Black Trials and Scorpion . I like really much Vizier of deferment but it is not what I am aiming for here.

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Seraph of the Suns

《Seraph of the Suns》 is great in maybe 25 % of matchups. Decks who don’t play multiple 《Final Reward》, Compulsory Rest etc… Green and Red decks could be weak against it, having it in sideboard is an option.

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Sacred Cat

《Sacred Cat》, not really exciting but there is nothing else.

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Compulsory Rest

Having Pick 6 Removal is lucky. Especially when this one costs only 2 mana.

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Gust Walker

Getting the best white common so late in the draft is awesome. My mana curve was a little high, 2 perfect picks in a row with this Compulsory Rest Then 《Gust Walker》, cutting white in the draft finally paid off.

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Oketra's Monument

《Oketra's Monument》 is the best monument in AKH. It increases your board presence very fast if you play enough creatures in your deck.

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Approach of the Second Sun

I could side in 《Approach of the Second Sun》 against some decks. I don’t want to play 《Mighty Leap》 in my deck, only removal.

Pack 3: Pick 10 to 15

Cascading CataractsVizier of DefermentSlither BladeHekma SentinelsHyena PackForest

《Vizier of Deferment》 is back as pick 11 and I will play it.

■DECK


Jeremy Dezani – WB
Amonkhet Draft

8 《Plains》
7 《Swamp》
1 《Evolving Wilds》

-Lands (16)-

2 《Wayward Servant》
1 《Gust Walker》
2 《Unwavering Initiate》
1 《Blighted Bat》
1 《Cursed Minotaur》
1 《Those Who Serve》
1 《Vizier of Deferment》
1 《Wasteland Scorpion》
2 《Soulstinger》
1 《Bone Picker》
1 《Horror of the Broken Lands》
1 《Oketra's Attendant》
1 《Winged Shepherd》

-Creatures (16)-
1 《Time to Reflect》
1 《Unburden》
1 《Compulsory Rest》
1 《Trial of Ambition》
1 《Cast Out》
1 《Oketra's Monument》
1 《Oracle's Vault》
1 《Gideon of the Trials》

-Spells (8)-
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I am pretty happy with the result, I had a 2 great first picks in pack one but I instead opened a poor pack 2 and 3. Fortunately the read on the table helped me get good cards later in the draft.

This is why reading the table and understanding what the other players are doing is important. I played 16 lands because all my higher curve spells have cycling. I decided to play one more Plains than Swamp, increasing the chances of casting Gideon on time.

■Result

3-0

Thank you for reading. I hope you are enjoying Amonkhet Limited as much as I do.

Jeremy DEZANI

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