After not being able to go draft for a while, I finally managed to get to Hemel to do a M12 draft yesterday. So this post will briefly cover that, and after look at the packs I won and think about first picks from them.
I don't think the draft went too well, it was a bit all over the place, starting with an Acidic Slime and then picking up a Mind Control (I think the person who passed it picked up a Planeswalker...). I also get some red cards, so wasn't sure where I would end up. In the second pack, I opened a range of cards, but picked a Doom Blade and seemed to stick to blue, picking up the Illusion Lord and a few Illusion Dragons on the way.
The deck in the end was almost a mono blue deck, and I could have splashed green, or red, or black and either green or red. I didn't want to go mono blue because it would require playing sub-par cards, and really wanted to play the Doom Blade, even as the only black card, and decided that the red cards were stronger than the green (mainly because two shocks is removal vs a green web). Plus red had a dragon.
This is roughly the deck I ended up playing:
I probably over compensated on colour fixing (playing more mountains than I needed to I am sure), but wanted to ensure I could cast the shocks fairly early (for speed vs. bloodthirst decks).
In the first round, I played Jim, who was playing a fairly speedy black white deck. I lost both games pretty quickly to something being given protection from creatures, which I couldn't do much about in time before being killed.
After playing the two matches, Jim asked if he could playtest his Vintage Deck against me in preparations for UK Nats (I had brought along a Legacy Goblins deck and he suspected he might see a few goblin decks). The first game went something like this:
Me: "Mountain, Go"
Jim: "Black Lotus, sacrifice for UUU, play Ancestral Recal,