Hi everyone! It’s time for the next installment in the Dragons of Tarkir Pack 1 Pick 2 series!
The first pick: Pristine Skywise
Wow, this pack is bad. You’re certainly looking to take the best blue or white card, to go with your first-pick Pristine Skywise. This pack practically has no good cards at all of any color. Sometimes, getting passed a pack like this can feel frustrating, but I try to look at the upside whenever I get one of these stinkers. You’re getting a card in Silumgar Spell-Eater that’s pretty good, and figures to almost always make your deck.
After the Glade Watcher and Reckless Imp, the rest of the table is getting virtually nothing. Also, it’s quite possible that not a single additional white or blue card from this pack gets played. This will create, to some extent, fewer blue and white players at the table and help you later in the draft. Center Soul and Dirgur Nemesis are somewhat “playable” but I wouldn’t expect people to be at all excited about them.
The first pick: Aerie Bowmasters
Here the draft started with a very mediocre card in Aerie Bowmasters. Because of how average that pick is, you’re much less inclined to try to stay green than you would be if you had a bomb of some kind. That being said, the fact that you started with a green card does matter somewhat, and I’d still take a slightly worse card in some instances to stay on color.
Not in this pack, though. Pacifism is by far the best card in the pack, and the best green card, Sunbringer’s Touch, is not even really a consideration. After selecting Pacifism here, I would plan to stay totally open and focus my attention on white instead of green.
The first pick: Dromoka’s Command
A premium quality gold card does encourage you to stay on color even more that usual, since when you take a card of yet another color it’s even more unlikely than normal that you’ll get to play both. That being said, Flatten is the best common in the set, and better than even most of the uncommons. The other choice from this pack is Misthoof Kirin, which is also a very good card, but nowhere near on the level of Flatten. I do think there is even an argument here that because Dromoka’s Command is so good, you should take the Kirin, but I reject that argument on the basis of Flatten’s power. From here, I’d intend to either stay black, and abandon the Command, or stay white/green and abandon the Flatten, depending on what comes. There is also a corner-case where you wind up playing both cards in some kind of multicolor green control deck or something like that.
The first pick: Shaman of Forgotten Ways
Shaman of the Forgotten Ways is basically a bomb rare. It encourages you to stay green and draft creatures to abuse it. The best card in this pack is probably Enduring Victory, but it’s both white and a mediocre followup to Shaman of the Forgotten Ways. Aerie Bowmasters is not a super exciting pick, but the decision here is to take it anyway and stay on color, then find a more suitable second color and get value from your first-pick mythic rare.
The first pick: Twin Bolt.
Swift Warkite is extremely powerful, that is virtually always a 2-for-1. Your first pick was red, so its not a stretch to take a black/red gold card over another red card, especially when the power level disparity is as great as Swift Warkite vs. Sabertooth Outrider. After the Warkite here, I’d look to play an aggressive RB dash deck.
I would also like to point out that taking a gold card after a mono-colored card is not quite as simple as taking a card of a second color, because if you end up abandoning the first color, red, you lose both cards instead of just one. This is just something to keep in mind, it doesn’t change the pick at all in this case.
Thanks for checking out this installment of the series, and I’ll be back soon with some more Pack One, Pick Two!