Did an Unstable draft at the store tonight. I would have preferred Iconic Masters but the majority present voted for Unstable and I’m no wet blanket! I first-picked a foil Grusilda, Monster Masher, which is basically like The Scarab God.

Since I took that first, I just focused on taking black and red cards to fill out a deck. I did not try too hard to read the other cards to “learn” the set during the draft portion. I figured I’d just draft a quasi-normal deck and play quasi-normal Magic. I did also take a Phoebe, Head of S.N.E.A.K. since it was another rare with a seemingly powerful, repeatable ability.

I took a couple of the “contraption” cards but to be honest (and maybe I’m just dumb) I could not get my head around how they worked so I just left them out.

My round one opponent had Spike, Tournament Grinder and also happened to have a bunch of targets physically with him, so one game he literally had Sol Ring and Umezawa’s Jitte in play. Lucky for me he had otherwise poor draws and couldn’t leverage THE FRICKIN’ UMEZAWA’S JITTE HE HAD IN PLAY.

Round two opponent had a green-red die-roll/counters deck, I barely got there in the first game by grinding hard with Grusilda, Monster Masher many, many times, and I had to fade a few consecutive die rolls on the last turn. The second game, he had huge guys while I had nothing, then in the final game I curved Dirty Rat into Half-Orc, Half- into Hazmat Suit (Used) and rode that pretty hard all the way. Split the finals.

So, while I did win, and while I did have fun… I don’t think I’ll draft this again any time soon. I like spewing and screwing around probably more than a lot of people but paying an entry fee to do so kind of stresses me out in a weird way. For example, one of the games in round two, opponent had some effect that let him re-roll every die roll, plus some equipment that let him ping me then roll a die to untap the pinger and repeat… and he nearly killed me from 10 or something by doing that, and I had to fade those last couple rolls. That’s not fun for me. I mean, I’m not a dick about it. I can shrug that off like I can shrug off One With the Wind on Jade Guardian at this point but if I’m choosing whether I want that to be what’s going on, I’ll say “no thanks.”

I cracked my prize packs for funsies. The tokens are really sweet, I like those. Some of the cards will definitely make it into my cube. The lands… I’m sorry, they’re not that cool. As good as they may look, they will be diminished by overuse. They are the Ugg Boots of basic land. They are pumpkin spice latte lands.

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