Hi everyone! Welcome back for another rendition of What’s the Pick? Pack 1 Pick 2 with Eldritch Moon. In Pack 1, Pick 2, we’ve already selected a card first overall, which is listed in each scenario, and then we’re passed a pack from a lucky player on the right of us who selected his or her rare first pick overall. I’ll do my best to explain why I make a pick, based on things like staying on color, power level, etc. Let’s get to the packs!
Your first pick: Ulvenwald Captive
This isn’t a particularly strong second pick, although Kessig Prowler is a pretty good card. I’d be happy to move into another color if there were a premium card of another color, but given the options, that isn’t even available. It’s arguable that Kessig Prowler is the best card remaining in the pack. Even if it’s not, it’s so close that I’d just stay on color here.
Your first pick: Spell Queller
This is a pretty close pick between Wretched Gryff and Incendiary Flow. Incendiary Flow is a much better card, but you’re a little handcuffed by the fact that your first pick was a gold card. If you take Incendiary Flow, you’re conceding that only one of your first two picks won’t go into your deck, unless you decide to play 3 colors, which you should try to avoid. Spell Queller is a very powerful card, so you don’t want to relegate that to your sideboard either. If the pick was much worse than Wretched Gryff I’d consider taking Incendiary Flow, but I think Wretched Gryff is strong enough to stay on color.
Your first pick: Stromkirk Condemned
This isn’t the most exciting pack, but Markov Crusader is a good card. It’s not the best card in the pack (Ulvenwald Captive is) but it does have great synergy with your first pick Stromkirk Condemned. Naturally after first picking the Condemned, you want to be Vampires anyways. The best Vampire decks are black-red, so you’re happy to continue down that path in either direction, and Markov Crusader does just that.
Your first pick: Guardian of Pilgrims
Sometimes a pack is opened that is randomly so bad that we end up taking something like a Guardian of Pilgrims. In instances where I’ve first picked a card that is simply not even a good card—a fine card at best—I’m typically planning to move forward with the draft almost as if I never took a card. When I pick up my second pack, I basically draft as if that were my opening pack and take the best card. In this case, that card is Boon of Emrakul. The fact that you also have a white 2/2 will be all right if you end up white, and could push a tiebreaker for a future pick, but whether or not you get to play it should not factor into your decisions much.
Your first pick: Hanweir Garrison
Pretty good pack here—great cards of every color. The best card in the pack by far is Murder. That being said, your first pick is a very strong rare red card, and I would stay on color in this scenario. You definitely want to play Hanweir Garrison in your deck, and you’d like to play whichever card you choose out of this pack as it is going to be an extremely strong card. I am happy to take Galvanic Bombardment in this scenario, and solidify myself in red.
Thanks everyone for reading. Please let me know in the comments what you thought of the decisions this week. Also, I’ve already done a lot of Pack 1 Pick 1 for Eldritch Moon, and likely won’t go back to it before the release of Kaladesh, but for future sets, how strongly do you all prefer Pack 1 Pick 1 vs. Pack 1 Pick 2? Would you prefer a mix with more Pick 1, more Pick 2? Let me know!