Hi again! I’m back with another edition of Pack 1 Pick 2 for Dragons/Dragons/Fate booster draft. Let’s get to the packs:
First pick: Draconic Roar
This is an easy one. Your first pick is a very good red removal spell, and you get passed a pack with very few enticing cards. Twin Bolt is definitely the best card in the pack, and, of course, is another good red removal spell. I’d take Twin Bolt here, be very happy about it, and do my absolute best to end up playing red.
First pick: Anafenza, Kin-Tree Spirit
Epic Confrontation is the best card in the pack by a decent amount. There are a few issues at play here, though. First of all, Anafenza is a white card, and in addition it’s a WW 2-drop. This means you want your deck to play more Plains than you would if you had an even better white card, like Sunscorch Regent. If you draw Anafenza and are unable to cast her on turn two, she loses a lot of her power. Anafenza rewards you for having a ton creatures in your deck to power her triggered ability. I wouldn’t advocate taking Misthoof Kirin over something like Pacifism, but needing creatures is still a relevant factor. The combination of these things make the Misthoof Kirin the pick here over Epic Confrontation.
First pick: Sunscorch Regent
There are a lot of very good cards in this pack: Flatten, Tail Slash, Epic Confrontation, and Swift Warkite. Depending on your first pick, Flatten, Tail Slash, and Epic Confrontation would all probably be somewhat common second picks. In this instance, your first pick is a white card and you’re deciding between a red, green, or black card. Unless you have a very good reason to prefer one color over another, I’d generally just take the best card. In this case, although I do prefer white/red to white/black or white/green, I don’t think that preference is strong enough to make up for the difference in power between Tail Slash and Flatten.
First pick: Flatten
The best black card in the pack is Vulturous Aven, which is a very good card, but nowhere near as good as Roast. In this case, the deciding factor for me choosing Roast is that I believe black/red is the best color combination in the format. If there were a hypothetical blue card that was exactly equal in power level to Roast, I think I might just prefer taking Aven here to try to stay black.
First pick: Dragonlord Silumgar
Not exactly what you’re hoping for in a 2nd pick, but still what I would take. Silumgar has put you solidly into blue and black, and the best strategy for blue/black decks in this format is a controlling exploit deck. Naturally, Palace Familiar is great in those decks due to its ability to interact so positively with exploit. Even without drawing an exploit creature, sometimes Palace Familiar is able to hold off an early 1-toughness creature, which can also prove useful for a control deck.
That all for this edition of Pack 1, Pick 2. Please let me know in the comments what, if anything, you disagreed with this time, and I’ll be back soon with some more. Thanks for reading!