Drafting Dominaria with Pros #2

Jeremy Dezani

Jeremy Dezani

Today, we will draft with the new set: Dominaria!

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

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

You can see their profiles, more in details, here: Hareruya Pros

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

PICK 1

Kazarov, Sengir PurebloodUrza's TomeValduk, Keeper of the FlameIcy ManipulatorGrow from the Ashes Serra DiscipleAdamant WillSergeant-at-ArmsBefuddleDeep Freeze Cabal EvangelBaloth GorgerAdventurous ImpulseShivan FirePlains

Luis Salvatto

Pick
Icy Manipulator

I think 《Kazarov, Sengir Pureblood》 is like a “trap” here, it is a good card, but paying 7 mana for a spell, means to win the game if we are ahead, or at least come back to the game if we are behind. I am happy about starting my draft with a really good colorless card: 《Icy Manipulator》. Special mention to 《Baloth Gorger》, usually a 4/4 costing 4 is good in draft, and depending on how fast/slow is the format, 《Urza's Tome》 can be a good card also.

Christian Calcano

Pick
Icy Manipulator

I think 《Kazarov, Sengir Pureblood》might be too slow for draft and while 《Shivan Fire》 is good. I’d rather have a colorless card that is effectively a removal spell for their best creature every turn.

Yuta Takahashi

Pick
Icy Manipulator

The second most powerful card in the set behind 《Karn, Scion of Urza》 .The rare is also good but it has to be regarded as a multi-color, so generally, picking colorless first will make deck constructing more flexible.

Grzegorz Kowalski

Pick
Shivan Fire

I’m not sure how fast is this format, and how to evaluate cards, so I’ll just make a safe pick with removal.

Players’ Choice:

Icy ManipulatorIcy ManipulatorIcy ManipulatorShivan Fire

PICK 2

Gilded LotusMerfolk TricksterKnight of MaliceArvad the CursedUnwind Relic RunnerHealing GraceBroken BondSoul SalvageNavigator's Compass Corrosive OozeHomarid ExplorerGhitu JourneymagemtgForest

Luis Salvatto

Pick
Knight of Malice

I believe this is a weak pack. I pick the best card, a 2/2 first strike with an upside.

Christian Calcano

Pick
Knight of Malice

Two mana for a 2/2 first strike is a great rate, and its abilities are all upside so hard to go wrong with this pick I feel. 《Merfolk Trickster》 seems ok, but it’s not a 2 drop in the sense that casting it on turn 2 will rarely get you the value that you want out of a card like this. 《Arvad the Cursed》 seems pretty powerful to me, but not really looking to pick a gold card this highly unless I’m convinced BW is the way to go.

Yuta Takahashi

Pick
Knight of Malice

We must pick any good 2 drops as early as possible.

Grzegorz Kowalski

Pick
Knight of Malice

2/2 first strike for 2 is great. This one even has an upside.

Players’ Choice:

Knight of MaliceKnight of MaliceKnight of MaliceKnight of Malice

PICK 3

mtgGaea's BlessingShield of the RealmZhalfirin VoidNavigator's Compass Baloth GorgerGift of GrowthDark BargainInvoke the DivineHomarid Explorer ChargeFungal InfectionSyncopatemtgSwamp

Luis Salvatto

Pick
Baloth Gorger

Here I believe 《Baloth Gorger》 is the best card in the pack.

Christian Calcano

Pick
Dark Bargain

Nothing really exciting in this pack, so I would just take the 《Dark Bargain》. Looking at the top 3 taking 2 at instant speed seems solid. There’s definitly an argument for 《Fungal Infection》 as that card seems like it could be quite good in combat, but that’s the type of card that I see going up in value as the format progresses depending on how the games play out.

Yuta Takahashi

Pick
Baloth Gorger

It’s huge. No need to explain. 《Fungal Infection》 is the second one in the pack, but you should pick creatures over spells in priority in early stage.

Grzegorz Kowalski

Pick
Baloth Gorger

4/4 for 4 is usually great in limited, this gets better in the lategame.

Players’ Choice:

Baloth GorgerDark BargainBaloth GorgerBaloth Gorger

PICK 4

mtgHallar, the FirefletcherRona, Disciple of GixmtgCall the Cavalry Sergeant-at-ArmsBlessing of BelzenlokBloodstone GoblinRelic RunnerUnwind Vodalian ArcanistDemonic VigorGaea's ProtectormtgIsland

Luis Salvatto

Pick
Rona, Disciple of Gix

Nothing exciting here, maybe Rona is good in lategame. The 2/2 stats are bad, but maybe if we end up in a UB control, is a good card for our deck.

Christian Calcano

Pick
Rona, Disciple of Gix

I think the other black cards in this pack are playable, but Rona has the most upside for sure. We already have 1 Historic spell and this early in the draft we can look for more further down the road.

Yuta Takahashi

Pick
Rona, Disciple of Gix

Can reuse 《Icy Manipulator》 even if it has been destroyed .If it’s your 4th pick, it allows you to go for “Historic” after.

Grzegorz Kowalski

Pick
Hallar, the Firefletcher

Good uncommon in our colors. 3/3 trample for 3 is enough to make this card good, and I expect some green and red cards to have kicker.

Players’ Choice:

Rona, Disciple of GixRona, Disciple of GixRona, Disciple of GixHallar, the Firefletcher

PICK 5

mtgMemorial to WarSlinn Voda, the Rising DeepmtgDark Bargain Mammoth SpiderArbor ArmamentArcane FlightWarlord's FuryRun Amok UnwindAdamant WillmtgmtgForest

Luis Salvatto

Pick
Slinn Voda, the Rising Deep

I don’t think this card is good enough because it’s too expensive, but there is nothing too special beside 《Dark Bargain》 and 《Mammoth Spider》.

Christian Calcano

Pick
Arcane Flight

Not super thrilled about this pick to be honest. thought we don’t really want to take another 《Dark Bargain》 here as I feel it gets worse in multiples. At the very least 《Arcane Flight》 could outright win you a game depending on the matchup.

Yuta Takahashi

Pick
Mammoth Spider

It’s a good creature who can stop most commons. 《Slinn Voda, the Rising Deep》 seems a little too expensive.

Grzegorz Kowalski

Pick
Arbor Armament

Looks like a nice combat trick for one mana. I like that!

Players’ Choice:

Slinn Voda, the Rising DeepArcane FlightMammoth SpiderArbor Armament

PICK 6

mtgZhalfirin VoidWhisper, Blood LiturgistmtgTragic Poet Broken BondBlessed LightArtificer's AssistantDemonic VigorPowerstone Shard Tolarian ScholarmtgmtgmtgMountain

Luis Salvatto

Pick
Zhalfirin Void

I like this land a lot. I think there is not too many double cost, and you can afford playing a colorless land in a 2 colors deck. Special mention to 《Powerstone Shard》, maybe having 2-3 of this is a good way to play 8+ cc spells.

Christian Calcano

Pick
Blessed Light

I know there are other Blue/Black cards in this pack, but I don’t think this card should ever be in a pack this late. Exile any creature at instant speed and it’s able to splash? Sign me up, I’ll be looking for a 《Navigator's Compass》 for sure.

Yuta Takahashi

Pick
Blessed Light

I’d never expected that I was able to pick a good removal in such a middle of the draft! Started considering white essences into my green-based, multi-color deck.

Grzegorz Kowalski

Pick
Broken Bond

Not sure how good this is, but set seems to be very artifact-oriented. In worst case we just get a decent sideboard card.

Players’ Choice:

Zhalfirin VoidBlessed LightBlessed LightBroken Bond

PICK 7

Hinterland HarbormtgmtgmtgHomarid Explorer Skirk ProspectorCabal PaladinChargeFrenzied RagePegasus Courser Gift of GrowthmtgmtgmtgForest

Luis Salvatto

Pick
Gift of Growth

I like a lot of the tricks that untap creatures. +2/+2 also untapping for 2 mana is a good deal, with an upside paying 2 more.

Christian Calcano

Pick
Pegasus Courser

《Cabal Paladin》, four mana for a 4/2 is just not a good enough rate in my opinion. 《Pegasus Courser》 however seems quite solid and now we’re positioned to be able to go UB or BW going forward.

Yuta Takahashi

Pick
Hinterland Harbor

Because my deck seems to be multi-color, I prefer to pick a fixer. Otherwise, my second choice would be 《Pegasus Courser》.

Grzegorz Kowalski

Pick
Gift of Growth

Medium pump spell. We have one better already, but this might be worth playing if we get more kicker synergy later.

Players’ Choice:

Gift of GrowthPegasus CourserHinterland HarborGift of Growth

PICK 8

mtgmtgmtgmtgGhitu Lavarunner Cabal PaladinDemonic VigorSerra DiscipleBenalish Honor GuardVodalian Arcanist Excavation ElephantmtgmtgmtgSwamp

Luis Salvatto

Pick
Vodalian Arcanist

At this moment we don’t know what colors we will play, but we need 2 drops and this seems playable.

Christian Calcano

Pick
Benalish Honor Guard

《Serra Disciple》 might end up being better, but you definitely need to draft a critical mass of Historic spells for it to be playable. At least the 《Honor Guard》 is good enough on its own.

Yuta Takahashi

Pick
Benalish Honor Guard

Picking a card for our 2 drops. There was a pegasus in the pool and I regret not picking white.

Grzegorz Kowalski

Pick
Ghitu Lavarunner

The only card in our colors.

Players’ Choice:

Vodalian ArcanistBenalish Honor GuardBenalish Honor GuardGhitu Lavarunner

The 8 Picks Together

Luis Salvatto

Icy ManipulatorKnight of MaliceBaloth GorgerRona, Disciple of Gix Slinn Voda, the Rising DeepZhalfirin VoidGift of GrowthVodalian Arcanist

Christian Calcano

Icy ManipulatorKnight of MaliceDark BargainRona, Disciple of Gix Arcane FlightBlessed LightPegasus CourserBenalish Honor Guard

Yuta Takahashi

Icy ManipulatorKnight of MaliceBaloth GorgerRona, Disciple of Gix Mammoth SpiderBlessed LightHinterland HarborBenalish Honor Guard

Grzegorz Kowalski

Shivan FireKnight of MaliceBaloth GorgerHallar, the Firefletcher Arbor ArmamentBroken BondGift of GrowthGhitu Lavarunner

Conclusion

It is pretty interesting how these 4 players are agree that《Kazarov, Sengir Pureblood》is too slow and 《Knight of Malice》is too good. Many non pro player would have jump on the rare. After this 8 picks, players are not really sure about the colors they wanna play. They stay open to at least 3 colors and start to pick fixers to be able to splash.

Thank you for reading,

Jeremy Dezani

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