Hi everyone, it’s time to move from Pack 1 Pick 1 to Pack 1 Pick 2 in Magic Origins draft. Maybe after the Pro Tour when I’ve had the opportunity to do a ton of drafts with my teammates on The Pantheon I’ll do some more Pack 1 Picks 1 sets before doing more Pack 1 Pick 2. For now, let’s see what we’d take out of some second picks:
First Pick: Ghirapur Gearcrafter.
The natural tendency after a first-pick red card is to take a red card, but the red in this pack is very weak. Claustrophobia is the best card in the pack, so I’d easily take it here. It is also worth noting that blue likely pairs very well with red since those are the two colors with the artifact-based cards and artifact synergies in Origins, and you already have one card that works well with artifact synergies in your first pick: Ghirapur Gearcrafter. Even though the color combination might be powerful, after two cards you certainly aren’t locked in to that deck, especially considering both of your cards are powerful on their own.
First Pick: Jhessian Thief.
The best card in the pack is Unholy Hunger. However, your first pick is blue, and Separatist Voidmage has great synergy with Jhessian Thief. Naturally a removal spell also has good synergy with Jhessian Thief, but it costs 5 instead of 4 and is a different color. Curving Jhessian Thief into Separatist Voidmage on the play will be enough to win games with very little help, and although Unholy Hunger is a bit better, Separatist Voidmage is still a very powerful card which keeps you in one color.
First Pick: Whirler Rogue.
This is another example where the best blue card is nowhere near as good as the best card in the pack—Lightning Javelin. A 4-mana removal spell is a little pricey, but you get a little value added from the scry 1. As discussed earlier, red pairs decently with blue, so I’m happy to take the Lightning Javelin here.
First Pick: Soulblade Djinn.
Wow, what a pack. There are great cards of every color except for green. By taking the Wyvern you are basically saying that you will play blue/white. Soulblade Djinn is a bomb that you really want to be sure you’ll play. Given that you are going to go to reasonable lengths to play it by taking the Wyvern, you are sort of committing to a second color. I think the Wyvern is enough better than the other cards, and has enough synergy with your first pick, that it’s worth it. I have been very impressed by Thunderclap Wyvern and would be happy to take it here over the red or black removal spells or the Voidmage. If you don’t end up getting to play white, it’s unfortunate, especially if you end up in red or black, but the upside is very high. Naturally, I would prioritize fliers a little bit higher, although most fliers tend to be a pretty high priority anyways.
First Pick: Gilt-Leaf Winnower.
This is somewhat similar to the previous situation, except that the other cards aren’t nearly as good. The second-best pick is probably Eyeblight Assassin, and Possessed Skaab, although it’s two colors, is simply so much better that it’s worth taking. It is also great in combination with your first-pick Gilt-Leaf Winnower, as a card with that much impact is great to return to your hand, killing a creature, and trading for another creature or two in combat.
Some of these choices I think are up for debate. Do you think I made the correct choices? If not, let me know in the comments. How are you liking Origins draft so far? What are your favorite archetypes? I’ll be back with the second edition of Pack 1 Pick 2 soon. Until then, happy drafting!