I felt really good about this draft. While I was playing in the Swiss queues with people who may be unfamiliar with the format and its archetypes, I still think this is a good example of how staying open and reading signals can pay off. While Spiritmonger is clearly pretty busted in this format, the real heroes of this deck were the Wild Mongrels filling up the two drop slot and always threatening to mess with combat math. Wild Mongrel rules.

At age 15, while standing in a record store with his high school bandmates, Shawn Massak made the uncool decision to spend the last of his money on a 7th edition starter deck (the one with foil Thorn Elemental). Since that fateful day 11 years ago, Shawn has decorated rooms of his apartment with MTG posters, cosplayed as Jace, the Mindsculptor, and competes with LSV for the record of most islands played (lifetime). When he’s not playing Magic, Shawn works as a job coach for people with disabilities, plays guitar in an indie-pop band, and keeps a blog about pro-wrestling.

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