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What’s the Pick? Origins Pack 1 Pick 2 with Huey

Scenario #1

First Pick: Pia and Kiran Nalaar

The Pack:

My Pick

Thopter Engineer.

This is either the best or second best card in the pack anyways, competing with Unholy Hunger, but after a first-pick Pia and Kiran Nalaar, this is an easy pick. The Thopter Engineer provides fodder to sacrifice and haste for their Thopters, both of which are extremely powerful synergies. I would look to aggressively draft as many more artifact synergies and aggressive red cards as I could moving forward from this point.

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Scenario #2

First Pick: Harbinger of the Tides

The Pack:

My Pick

Reave Soul.

The two best cards in the pack look to be Reave Soul and Undercity Troll. I’d opt to take the Reave Soul here, since black and blue typically make a better color pairing than green and blue. My instinct is that Reave Soul is also just the better card, but looking at Undercity Troll, I think it’s definitely possible that it’s better in the context of this format. Certainly if you play it on turn 2 on the play, and it becomes renowned, it will be extremely difficult to deal with. That being said, Reave Soul can kill most of the good common and uncommon creatures, often trading up 2 mana for your opponent’s 3-, 4-, or even 5-drop.

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Scenario #3

First Pick: Fiery Impulse

The Pack:

My Pick

Consul’s Lieutenant.

The best red card in the pack is Akroan Sergeant, which is a decent card, but not particularly exciting. The best card in the pack is Consul’s Lieutenant. Consul’s Lieutenant actually pairs very well with your first pick Fiery Impulse. Red/white aggressive renown is a powerful archetype in this format, as white and red both have a lot of cheap early creatures, and red has some efficient removal spells, including Fiery Impulse, which you are lucky enough to already have. Subterranean Scout in particular is nice in the archetype, as you can play it as a 2/1 if you have nothing else, but often it will be able to force through one of your 2-drop renown cards on a later turn.

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Scenario #4

First Pick: Nissa, Vastwood Seer

The Pack:

My Pick

Read the Bones.

Not a very exciting pick, but it’s not a very exciting pack. Black pairs well with green due to the Elf theme, and Read the Bones goes all right with your first-pick Nissa since it does a good job of helping you actually draw it. Nothing else in this pack really even feels like much of a consideration to me, especially after a first-pick Nissa. Maybe if you had taken an artifact card, you could gamble with Ghirapur Aether Grid or something, but it seems like you would need to have a lot of artifacts for that card to be playable.

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Scenario #5

First Pick: Kothophed, Soul Hoarder

The Pack:

My Pick

Read the Bones, again.

The best card in this pack is Claustrophobia, but after taking such a powerful black card first pick, I’d just take the Read the Bones here. It’s a very good card in a slow controlling black deck, which you are aiming to draft at this point, and it helps you find your first-pick bomb rare, as it did with Nissa. Claustrophobia is also great in a control deck, and it’s possible it’s a better pick here, but there isn’t a lot of quality card draw in Magic Origins, so my instinct is to just take the Read the Bones second-pick here and lock some up.

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What do you guys think about this edition’s scenarios? I think Scenario #5 is likely the closest, but it’s certainly possible that I’ve missed something else. Let me know in the comments!

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