Team Draft 3: USA vs. Japan



After a disappointing draw in the first round today the American team rebounded with a victory against Brazil. If they won this round and Finland won as well they would clinch both berths in Sunday's finals.

The Japanese team was close behind them but they needed to win their next two rounds to do so. France was in the same boat paired off against Finland. If the US and Finland won this round next round would be irrelevant for the purpose of the cut to Sunday. All that would be left to play for was pride.

If France or Japan could win this round they would create all sorts of interesting possibilities including the possibility of another playoff like last year's.


Onslaught Pack One

Joshua Wagener Swat Pyrostatic Pillar
Gabe Walls Aven Fateshaper Unified Strike
Hisaya Tanaka Barkhide Mauler Aphetto Dredging
Kotaro Otsuka Dive Bomber Daru Cavalier
Osamu Fujita Erratic Explosion Slipstream Eel
Justin Gary Treespring Lorian Skittish Valesk

Onslaught Pack Two

Gabe Walls Essence Fracture Nova Cleric
Hisaya Tanaka Barkhide Mauler Foothill Guide
Kotaro Otsuka Dive Bomber Riptide Biologist
Osamu Fujita Erratic Explosion Thrashing Mudspawn
Justin Gary Vitality Charm Wirewood Pride
Joshua Wagener Screeching Buzzard Shepherd of Rot

Onslaught Pack Three

Hisaya Tanaka Elvish Warrior Nosy Goblin
Kotaro Otsuka Ascending Aven Trade Secrets
Osamu Fujita Avarax ?
Justin Gary Choking Tethers Daru Healer
Joshua Wagener Goblin Sledder Forgotten Cave
Gabe Walls Akroma's Blessing Ironfist Crusher

Onslaught Pack Four

Kotaro Otsuka Mistform Wall Chain of Silence
Osamu Fujita Kamahl, Fist of Krosa Fever Charm
Justin Gary Snarling Undurak Leery Fogbeast
Joshua Wagener Skirk Commando Thrashing Mudspawn
Gabe Walls Mistform Dreamer Renewed Faith
Hisaya Tanaka Wirewood Herald Embermage Goblin

Onslaught Pack Five

Osamu Fujita Ravenous Baloth Dwarven Blastminer
Justin Gary Ascending Aven Mistform Mask
Joshua Wagener Boneknitter Profane Prayers
Gabe Walls Dive Bomber Astral Slide
Hisaya Tanaka Symbiotic Elf Skirk Commando
Kotaro Otsuka Daru Healer Goblin Sledder

Onslaught Pack Six

Justin Gary Barkhide Mauler Leery Fogbeast
Joshua Wagener Solar Blast Aphetto Dredging
Gabe Walls Catapult Squad Wheel and Deal
Hisaya Tanaka Broodhatch Nantuko Lavamancer's Skills
Kotaro Otsuka Mistform Dreamer Piety Charm
Osamu Fujita Treespring Lorian Crown of Fury

Legions Pack One

Justin Gary Mistform Seaswift Keeper of the Nine Gales
Osamu Fujita Skirk Marauder Nantuko Vigilante
Kotaru Otsuka Daru Stinger Goblin Turncoat
Hisaya Tanaka Stonewood Invoker Sootfeather Flock
Gabe Walls Stoic Champion Totem Speaker
Joshua Wagener Gempalm Incinerator Flamewave Invoker

Legions Pack Two

Osamu Fujita Skirk Marauder Skirk Drill Sergeant
Kotaru Otsuka Daru Stinger Merchant of Secrets
Hisaya Tanaka Skinthinner Goblin Turncoat
Gabe Walls Nantuko Vigilante Daru Sanctifier
Joshua Wagener Crested Craghorn Corpse Harvester
Justin Gary Stonewood Invoker Soultiller

Legions Pack Three

Kotaru Otsuka Windborn Muse Daru Sanctifier
Hisaya Tanaka Skinthinner Embalmed Brawler
Gabe Walls Echo Tracer Deftblade Elite
Joshua Wagener Skirk Marauder Stoic Champion
Justin Gary Stonewood Invoker Nantuko Vigilante
Osamu Fujita Crested Craghorn Ridgetop Raptor

Legions Pack Four

Hisaya Tanaka Graveborn Muse Daru Sanctifier
Gabe Walls Daru Stinger Nantuko Vigilante
Joshua Wagener Aphetto Exterminator Goblin Turncoat
Justin Gary Canopy Crawler Crested Craghorn
Osamu Fujita Skirk Marauder Stonewood Invoker
Kotaru Otsuka Cloudreach Cavalry Skinthinner

Legions Pack Five

Gabe Walls Wingbeat Warrior Goblin Lookout
Joshua Wagener Goblin Goon Bloodstoke Howler
Justin Gary Mistform Seaswift Dripping Dead
Osamu Fujita Skirk Outrider Starlight Invoker
Kotaru Otsuka Liege of the Axe Covert Operative
Hisaya Tanaka Infernal Caretaker Wirewood Hivemaster

Legions Pack Six

Joshua Wagener Skinthinner Zombie Brute
Justin Gary Canopy Crawler Merchant of Secrets
Osamu Fujita Crested Craghorn Glowering Rogon
Kotaru Otsuka Lowland Tracker Daru Sanctifier
Hisaya Tanaka Stonewood Invoker Hundroog
Gabe Walls Shifting Sliver Magma Sliver

Scourge Pack One

Joshua Wagener Undead Warchief Vengeful Dead
Gabe Walls Dragon Scales Krosan Drover
Hisaya Tanaka Primitive Etchings Carrion Feeder
Kotaro Otsuka Raven Guild Initiate Chill Haunting
Osamu Fujita Wirewood Guardian Scattershot
Justin Gary Zealous Inquisitor Frozen Solid

Scourge Pack Two

Gabe Walls Aven Farseer Treetop Scout
Hisaya Tanaka Lingering Death Dragon Fangs
Kotaro Otsuka Shoreline Ranger Mercurial Kite
Osamu Fujita Goblin Brigand Stabilizer
Justin Gary Alpha Status Thundercloud Elemental
Joshua Wagener Bonethorn Valesk Temporal Fissure

Scourge Pack Three

Hisaya Tanaka Zombie Cutthroat Uncontrolled Infestation
Kotaro Otsuka Rush of Knowledge Decree of Silence
Osamu Fujita Carbonize Misguided Rage
Justin Gary Elvish Aberration Accelerated Mutation
Joshua Wagener Reaping the Graves Rock Jockey
Gabe Walls Noble Templar Temporal Fissure

Scourge Pack Four

Kotaro Otsuka Frontline Strategist Dragonstorm
Osamu Fujita Krosan Warchief ?
Justin Gary Fierce Empath Mistform Warchief
Joshua Wagener Vengeful Dead Rock Jockey
Gabe Walls Coast Watcher Astral Steel
Hisaya Tanaka Riptide Survivor Mercurial Kite

Scourge Pack Five

Osamu Fujita Siege-Gang Commander Dragonspeaker Shaman
Justin Gary Shoreline Ranger Mercurial Kite
Joshua Wagener Lingering Death Bonethorn Valesk
Gabe Walls Aven Farseer Rain of Blades
Hisaya Tanaka Dragon Fangs Goblin Brigand
Kotaro Otsuka Akroma's Zealot Temporal Fissure

Scourge Pack Six

Justin Gary Carbonize Dragon Breath
Joshua Wagener Undead Warchief Pyrostatic Pillar
Gabe Walls Shoreline Ranger Daru Spiritualist
Hisaya Tanaka Chartooth Cougar Accelerated Mutation
Kotaro Otsuka Noble Templar Wipe Clean
Osamu Fujita Dragon Fangs Death's-Head Buzzard

"My opponent has Siege-Gang Commander, Ravenous Balothand Kamahl... And he's still not winning," laughed Walls after the draft. His teammates were dubious but they were similarly excited about their own match-ups.

Justin Gary proudly displayed an Alpha Status, "This card is going to be retarded—and we took all the Vigilantes away from him." High fives all the way around. Justin would have had absurd green if Osamu hadn't (in)audibled into it after opening the Kamahl and Baloth in successive packs. "It was a horrid seat to go green in but he kept opening rares."

Joshua Wagener piped in, telling them Gabe had more to worry about than the rares, "He has two of the 4/1 provokes and the Krosan Warchief with Baloth. Its not good."

Justin was not worried because he believed the match-ups on either side of Walls were ridiculous, "Green on green battles tend to be about evasion. I have a lot and he has none."

Gabe was still shaking his head about the way his team was out-opened, "It figures the Japanese players would get Siege-Gang! It was such a high-powered draft. I have the worst deck at the table and it is insane."

Justin had played four colors in the previous two rounds and had not dropped a match yet. He managed to keep this deck to three colors. Actually he had to go up to three colors to maximize his two Crawlers. He played the Valesk as an off color morph and then decided to add the Carbonize and some other red.

Justin Gary, A Seat
Team USA
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Main Deck

40 cards

9 Forest
6 Island
3 Mountain

18 lands


1 Ascending Aven
1 Barkhide Mauler
2 Canopy Crawler
1 Crested Craghorn
1 Elvish Aberration
1 Elvish Soultiller
1 Fierce Empath
2 Mistform Seaswift
1 Mistform Warchief
1 Shoreline Ranger
1 Skittish Valesk
1 Snarling Undorak
2 Stonewood Invoker
1 Treespring Lorian

17 creatures
1 Accelerated Mutation
1 Alpha Status
1 Carbonize
1 Choking Tethers
1 Vitality Charm

5 other spells
Joshua Wagener, B Seat
Team USA
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Main Deck

41 cards

1 Forgotten Cave
6 Mountain
11 Swamp

18 lands


1 Aphetto Exterminator
1 Boneknitter
1 Corpse Harvester
1 Crested Craghorn
1 Flamewave Invoker
1 Gempalm Incinerator
1 Goblin Goon
1 Goblin Sledder
1 Goblin Turncoat
1 Screeching Buzzard
1 Shepard of Rot
1 Skinthinner
1 Skirk Commando
1 Skirk Marauder
1 Thrashing Mudspawn
2 Undead Warchief
2 Vengeful Dead

19 creatures
1 Lingering Death
1 Reaping the Graves
1 Solar Blast
1 Swat

4 other spells
Gabe Walls, C Seat
Team USA
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Main Deck

40 cards

8 Island
10 Plains

18 lands


2 Aven Farseer
1 Aven Fateshaper
1 Catapult Squad
1 Coast Watcher
1 Daru Sanctifier
1 Daru Stinger
1 Deftblade Elite
1 Dive Bomber
1 Echo Tracer
1 Ironfist Crusher
1 Mistform Dreamer
1 Noble Templar
1 Shoreline Ranger
1 Stoic Champion
1 Wingbeat Warrior

16 creatures
1 Akroma's Blessing
1 Astral Steel
1 Dragon Scales
1 Essence Fracture
1 Renewed Faith
1 Temporal Fissure

6 other spells
Hisaya Tanaka, A Seat
Team Japan
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Main Deck

40 cards

9 Forest
9 Swamp

18 lands


2 Barkhide Mauler
1 Broodhatch Nantuko
1 Carrion Feeder
1 Elvish Warrior
1 Embalmed Brawler
1 Goblin Turncoat
1 Graveborn Muse
1 Hundroog
1 Infernal Caretaker
2 Skinthinner
1 Sootfeather Flock
2 Stonewood Invoker
1 Symbiotic Elf
1 Wirewood Herald
1 Zombie Cutthroat

18 creatures
1 Accelerated Mutation
1 Aphetto Dredging
1 Lingering Death
1 Primitive Etchings

4 other spells
Koutarou Ootsuka, B Seat
Team Japan
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Main Deck

40 cards

8 Island
10 Plains

18 lands


1 Ascending Aven
1 Cloudreach Cavalry
1 Daru Healer
1 Daru Sanctifier
2 Daru Stinger
2 Dive Bomber
1 Frontline Strategist
1 Karona's Zealot
1 Liege of the Axe
1 Lowland Tracker
1 Mistform Dreamer
1 Mistform Wall
1 Noble Templar
1 Raven Guild Initiate
1 Riptide Biologist
1 Shoreline Ranger
1 Windborn Muse

19 creatures
1 Chain of Silence
1 Piety Charm
1 Rush of Knowledge

3 other spells
Osamu Fujita, C Seat
Team Japan
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Main Deck

40 cards

9 Forest
9 Mountain

18 lands


1 Avarax
1 Branchsnap Lorian
2 Crested Craghorn
1 Goblin Brigand
1 Kamahl, Fist of Krosa
1 Krosan Warchief
1 Nantuko Vigilante
1 Ravenous Baloth
1 Siege-Gang Commander
1 Skirk Drill Sergeant
3 Skirk Marauder
1 Skirk Outrider
1 Stonewood Invoker
1 Treespring Lorian
1 Wirewood Guardian

18 creatures
1 Carbonize
2 Erratic Explosion
1 Scattershot

4 other spells


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