First Theros Block Draft

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On May 2nd, I placed first in the first Theros Block draft that I played in.  With Journey into Nyx just coming out officially that day it completed the Theros Block (Theros, Born of the Gods, and Journey into Nyx expansion packs)  This block will be legal to play in standard now for about 2 years.  Here is what I put together from the draft:

First Theros Block Draft

Creatures (13)
Doomwake Giant
Servant of Tymaret
Eater of Hope
Pharika’s Chosen
Warchanter of Mogis
Borderland Minotaur
Kragma Butcher
Oracle of Bones
Felhide Petrifier
Pensive Minotaur
Ragemonger
Akroan Crusader

Enchantments (2)
Ordeal of Erebos
Aspect of Gorgon

Instant (4)
Riddle of Lightning
Bile Blight
Spark Jolt
Lightning Strike

Sorcery (5)
Asphyxiate
Drown in Sorrow
Anger of the Gods
Flurry of Horns
Scouring Sands

Land (16)
Mountain
Swamp

 

Basically this was a Minotuar deathtouch deck.  Also enough removal to get to round 6 and 7.  The decks I went against were rather slow luckily as this deck is not the fastest either.  I think though that drafting in this formant might turn out be a slower game.  No god-packs were opened in this draft but many more are to come.

Of the 4 new cards that I played from Journey into Nyx, there are three that I think might have some standard viability.  First off is Flurry of Horns. For {4R} this card may be a little expensive, but with enough removal and some mana dorks this card can make a Minotaur deck possible. Helping make a Minotaur deck viable also is Felhide Petrifier.  With the ability to give all your Minotaurs deathtouch, it can keep your opponents at bay until you are ready to attack and at {3B} this card can be cast relatively easy.  Riddle of Lightning for {3RR} is well worth the 5 mana in my opinion.  Being able to scry 3 and then load the largest mana cost of the 3 at the top to ping a creature or player could be the final killing blow you need to win.  With these additions the Minotaur deck in standard just might be something viable especially when the Return to Ravnica block rotates out.

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