Hi everyone. It’s time for another edition of Pack 1 Pick 2 with Modern Masters 2015. I have really liked both Modern Masters formats, and it’s kind of a bummer that there are no more premier events that feature it as a format. Maybe if I’m fortunate enough to get into this year’s World Championships, it will be a format there. In any case, at least it’s fun enough to keep drafting it. Here are the packs:
First Pick: Cytoplast Root-Kin.
Bestial Menace is simply a ridiculously good card. It’s green, which your first pick Cytoplast Root-Kin also is. They don’t play particularly well together as far as archetypes go, but curving them turn 3 into turn 4 will be good in nearly any deck. From here, you could try to play tokens, graft, or even a green-based 4- or 5-color control/ramp deck. Both of those cards are so good that they will be great in each of those archetypes.
First Pick: Battlegrace Angel.
There really isn’t anything else to consider here. Spectral Procession is the best card in the pack, and it pairs exceptionally well with Battlegrace Angel. Battlegrace Angel is so powerful that you can gladly play any of the white archetypes and put it in your deck. Spectral Procession is actually an extremely good second pick, as it allows you to go into WG tokens or BW Spirits. It’s even powerful enough that you could end up in a white equipment-based deck. It is worth noting that there’s a Devouring Greed in the pack that would be great in combination with the Spectral Procession. It’s unlikely that you will get it on the wheel, but it’s possible, and if you do, you’ll have a solid shot at a great Spirits deck.
First Pick: Profane Command.
The best black card in the pack is Thief of Hope. It’s decent with Profane Command, as you can recur it and in turn recur more copies of Nameless Inversion if you are lucky enough to get any. Lightning Bolt is too good, though. Both cards are good in BR Elementals and BR Bloodthirst and I’m fine trying to move into either of those decks at this point.
First Pick: Indomitable Archangel.
Sunlance is a solid card, not a bomb. This is not a super exciting pack. There is an argument for Scion of the Wild, but having two double-colored cards after two picks is not where you want to be. Also, there is very little synergy between the Scion and the Archangel. Picking up a second-pick cheap and efficient removal spell, though, is rarely something to complain about. At this point, any white deck is still on the table. Affinity will best abuse the Archangel, but in any case you get a 4/4 flier for 4, which is powerful in any deck.
First Pick: Wolfbriar Elemental.
The two choices here are Scion of the Wild and Mulldrifter. Mulldrifer is just the better card, I think. Elementals is a very strong archetype and Wolfbriar Elemental is, naturally, an Elemental as well. I would plan to try to draft an Elemental deck now and take Smokebraiders very aggressively. Scion of the Wild is a defensible pick if you have a very, very, strong preference for drafting WG tokens over Elementals, but that’s not my stance at this point. Wolfbriar Elemental makes tokens, and is very good in combination with Scion of the Wild. The tokens decks don’t want to be super high on land count, though, so Wolfbriar Elemental will most often be played with only kicker 1.
The picks we started this week seem very above average. What did you guys think about the picks this time? Anything major that I overlooked? Let me know in the comments and thanks, as always, for reading. See you next time!