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Innistrad Draft on the side at SCG States

I was not able to play in the main event at SCG Autum States 2014, but I did go down to the tournament site hoping to get in a Khans draft. When I saw they were trying to fire an Innistrad draft as well, I jumped at the chance. There’ll be plenty more time for Khans!

I first-picked a Morkrut Banshee and then a Dead Weight, but subsequent picks moved me into white and red. I ended up with a pretty okay aggro deck.

I was barely there on playables, could have used another burn spell or two. I think I could have maindecked the second Avacynian Priest instead of an Unruly Mob, otherwise I feel decent about this build.

Round 1 vs Spider Spawning: I was a little intimidated, this guy seemed very confident in the format and had drafted one of the strong graveyard synergy decks, using self-mill plus Spider Spawning and Gnaw to the Bone to great effect. Oh, and he also played Delver of Secrets on turn 1 of game 1 and flipped it on turn 2. Nonetheless, I was attacking and doing stuff, managed to kill the Delver… but ultimately the guy milled through his entire deck, gnawing and spawning me out. Game 2, I had turn 1 Stromkirk Noble, plus a couple other dorky attackers and it was a quick beat. Game 3, opponent whiffed on a couple of his set-up milling turns and I kept pressuring with a curve of attackers, taking the match.

Round 2 vs Blue-White Mill: This guy also seemed to be an Innistrad afficianado and went in on another mill deck. He was playing multiple Ghoulcaller’s Bells and at least one Curse of the Bloody Tome, and splashing black for a Nephalia Drownyard. Game 1, he milled me out. Game 2, he didn’t do much and I aggro’d him. Game 3, he got me down to 9 cards in my deck but I went wide on the board and was able to kill him. I drew my sideboarded Urgent Exorcism to destroy an early Curse of the Bloody Tome before it did any work.

Round 3 vs Green-White: This was a scary deck full of multiple Travel Preparations, Gatstaf Shepherds and a Moldgraf Monstrosity way up at the top end. Game 1, I had a good curve and got there without too much trouble. Game 2 was very grindy and I fell as low as 4 before stabilizing the board. I had sided in the second Avacynian Priest and drew both, which turned out to be crucial. I made (I believe; maybe I’m fullacrap) a disciplined play in trading my Geist-Honored Monk with one of his guys who was carrying a Butcher’s Cleaver, leaving him with 2 creatures in play that I could then keep on lock with the pair of Avacynian Priests. A late-game Stromkirk Noble actually did a lot of heavy lifting and although opponent did cast a Moldgraf Monstrosity, it was too late at that point as I had two tappers online and had gained a chunk of life back with my own Butcher’s Cleaver.

So now I have 8 packs of Innistrad that I don’t know what to do with.

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