So the 2011 World Championships — the last “real” World Championships — is going to be upon us in just a few hours.
As is typical behavior, a bunch of us misers got together on Twitter for #WorldsDraft2011
- Paul Rietzl – Pro Tour Champion, writer of the bestest tournament report in 10 years
- Tom Martell – TrollSlayer
- Osyp Lebedowicz – Pro Tour Champion emeritus, Latin Dance Champion, and creator of the television show Seinfeld; noted liar
- Phil Napoli – finalist in last weekend’s PTQ; basically the only adult I know who can spike a PTQ regularly, actually. All around good man.
- Yours Truly – Champion of many a PT Draft (no other credentials)
Being in fifth position is kind of horrible in this draft. Paul has a huge leg up as we were not playing the “LSV is banned” rule; so of course he was going to take first pick LSV.
Tom took the predictable second-pick PVDDR pick; I took Juza over PVDDR in a similar position in last year’s Worlds Draft, and despite PV making Top 4 (and Juza not making Top 8 ) I was able to win that one. In the same spot I would have probably taken Jon Finkel way out of position [more on that later].
Osyp took PoY leader Owen Turtenwald, Phil took the aforementioned Juza, and left me with the wheel.
In wheel position I was planning to take Jon Finkel and Martin Juza, but of course Phil had just taken Juza.
- Luis Scott-Vargas
- Owen Turtenwald
- Martin Juza
- Jon Finkel
I went with Shouta Yasooka for my wheel pick. In hindsight this was only an okay pick; I could see taking Neeman, Watanabe, or Wrapter in that spot easily (I took Wrapter second pick in last year’s draft and he was a pivotal Top 16).
Phil took Shuuhei Nakamura, Osyp took a mighty Jeremy Neeman, Tom got Watanabe, and Paul finished out the second round with CawBlade PT Champion Ben Stark (a fine choice).
- Shouta Yasooka
- Shuuhei Nakamura
- Jeremy Neeman
- Yuya Watanabe
- Ben Stark
Paul wheeled Brian Kibler, Tom went with the first fellow drafter by taking Paul, Osyp took Wrapter (probably the second- or third-best pick of the draft), Phil took Patrick Chapin (completing the New Jersey one-two punch of taking my next two intended picks), and I finished off with Anton Jonsson.
Here is the secret of PT Draft. Well, the second part of the secret, anyway. The first part is to never take a player you are not willing to cheer for (same as in real life). The other one is to take the players you want to take, even if you are seemingly out of position. Like last time I took second-pick Wrapter and some people were like WTF was that pick… If I hadn’t taken him there, I would certainly have lost him to Chapin. While I wanted Wrapter, Chapin, and Juza, the only two players I absolutely unconditionally wanted for my draft were Finkel and Anton (I intended to take Anton last). So I just took him third there, whatever.
- Brian Kibler
- Paul Rietzl
- Josh Utter-Leyton
- Patrick Chapin
- Anton Jonsson
For the second half of my wheel pick, I went with David Ochoa. Ocho is the US National Finalist, giving him a little extra skin in the game; plus he is on the right team, etc.
Phil followed up with Gau (superb pick… a force auto-pick I made for the Nagoya draft, helping me lock that one up); Osyp went with PT Philadelphia poisoner Sam Black, Tom picked himself, and Paul stole a late-pick Gabriel Nassif. I think you can see the superb value that many of my competitors bogarted on this round. Tom picking Tom ensured he would lead all #WorldsDraft2011 participants in number of drafters drafted… and Tom is a great pick regardless!
- David Ochoa
- Gudenis Vidugiris
- Sam Black
- Tom Martell
- Gabriel Nassif
Paul thought he had the wheel, and took Lukas Jaklovsky; I tried to stop the draft at this point, but Tom said “did you really want Kenny Oberg” and left to go pick up Gabriel Nassif at the train station. Osyp said to just continue the draft and took Lucas Blohon. Phil took last year’s overall first pick Brad Nelson, and I got who I wanted for last pick, anyway: MTGO superstud Reid Duke. I playtested a little with Reid for this one and he beat me like a drum. He was also one of the most impressive players I have sat across the table from this year. I was very happy to nab Reid with my last pick.
- Lukas Jaklovsky
- Kenny Oberg
- Lucas Blohon
- Brad Nelson
- Reid Duke
- Paul Rietzl: Luis Scott-Vargas, Ben Stark, Brian Kibler, Gabriel Nassif, Lukas Jaklovsky
- Tom Martell: PVDDR, Yuya Watanabe, Paul Rietzl, Tom Martell, Kenny Oberg
- Osyp Lebedowicz: Owen Turtenwald, Jeremy Neeman, Josh Utter-Leyton, Sam Black, Lucas Blohon
- Phil Napoli: Martin Juza, Shuuhei Nakamura, Patrick Chapin, Gaudenis Vidugiris, Brad Nelson
- Michael J Flores: Jon Finkel, Shouta Yasooka, Anton Jonsson, David Ochoa, Reid Duke
Paul made great use of his first pick, and has an overall superb team of LSV headlining a squad of 80% past and future HoF’ers.
Tom’s team is just gross. He could easily blow this one out of the water; probably has three guys in the Top 16 or better.
Osyp’s team is pretty good; originally I thought he had the worst team, but now I think Phil does. Sorry bros!
I am obv going to win (as usual). [actually, I think tonight’s draft went rough for YT]
What do you guys at home think?
Forgot to attach a sketch to the rasslin’ post :/
Here is a re-draw (brush style) of the Iron Man action figure one I posted a few weeks back: