Blue Invasion Draft

Beyond Dominia: The Limited Magic Mill: Blue Invasion Draft

By Winky on Friday, December 08, 2000 - 03:11 am:

Hey, a couple weeks ago I posted a little analysis on what I thought about black cards in Invasion booster draft. Now I thought I would continue on with Blue.
Blue is a very strong color, pairing well with either black or white's cards. U/B is a very aggressive deck with Urborg Drake, Urborg Phantom, Urbord Emissary, Duskwalker, Fairie Squadron, Vodalian Zombie, Tower Drake, Tidal Visionary.
U/W is more of a control deck using tappers, Obsidian/Crimson acolyte + Tidal Visionary combos (VERY mean), and other things while their skies (tower drake, glimmering angel, razertooth griffin, and Faire Squadron) take care of the job.
Well, here's what I think about the Blue cards:

Barrin's Unmasking
It's at best a boomerang, at worse a rescue. Who played those in draft? Still, it fits in the sideboard well in an aggressive deck.

Blind Seer
A hill giant at worse, this guy with the right deck can wreck. It can make your djinns be big, make weavers count for any creature, and protect from black destruction or other protection.

Breaking Wave
Eh...too weird to really rely on. Still, it has potential. If anybody's seen a limited play where this has done well, please post it or e-mail me, I'd love to hear it!

Collective Restraint
Kinda like Propaganda, it's pretty good, but not amazing.

Crystal Spray
You'd have to find a good way to play this, but then again, it can thin your deck.

Fits in sideboard well, but nothing really to use it on.

Distorting Wake
Wow, return all their creatures and attack for huge ammounts. This kinda works like Plauge Wind. Still, if your attack doesn't win it for you, they may recover quickly.

Dream Thrush
I've never really played this card, but I've heard amazing things. Mana efficiency for you, mana screw them, landwalk, ect. He makes your Vodalian Serpents attack!

Empress Galina
The only time I had a chance to play her, I took Fairie Squadron instead. A 1/3 for 5 sucks, so she'd only remain in your sideboard. She does get rid of the occasional Dragon or what not, but the chances of seeing a Legend that doesn't have protection from legends is very very low.

Essence Leak
Great sideboard card, and it can replace most of your non-creature cards, all of your blue ones.

Better in U/W, but depends on your deck. The only time I've played it was in an agressive deck where it didn't get played once.

Fact or Fiction
Amazing card drawing, just watch it in a slow deck, you might deck yourself. :)

Farie Squadron
3/3 F-L-Y-E-R-S A-R-E G-O-O-D.

Mana Maze
Doesn't do much, unless you have Blind Seer and instants to play on their upkeep.

Manipulate Fate
Great with Wash Out against 2 different colored creatures. Good with Reckless Spite against black, plus the whole bit.

Metathran Aerostat
2/2 flyers are good, and the ability is better than you think. I blocked and killed a creature with it, then used its ability to play Tower Drake and return it to hand. :)

Metathran Transport
A nice defensive creature, but the ability isn't that great.

Metathran Zombie
Overrated, only good in defensive black decks. Your U/B deck would probably only be defensive if you have these. Still, your call.

I don't really like it, but it's a 1 mana cantrip, and it will always but usefull.

Phantasmal Terrain
Chubby, but I've heard somebody at a tourney I played won with this card, but I don't know how. Hmmmm....

I've played U/B with 8 noncreature cards, 2 of these in sideboard, and won undefeated. Still, It really depends on your deck, plus a lot of people like it.

Pretty good, but only if that's what you wanna do. Don't play it agressively.

Psychic Battle

Rainbow Crow
It's fun to say rainbow crow. 2/2 flyers are good, but it is slightly overcosted. The ability protects it from a lot though.

My opinion is why play this instead of exclude, but I'm more and more learning. Bouncing is great early in a beaty deck, and no card disadvantage.

Saphire Leech
I've passed this before, I don't remember for what. A 2/2 Flyer for 2 is good, but the ability hurts.

Shimmering Wings
I don't really like creature enchantments besides shackles, but a lot of people really like it. You decide.

Shorelind Raider
2/2 for 3 is surprisingly good, and you'd be surprised how much this guy will help you out!

Sky Weaver
I love all the weavers, 2/1 for 2 is just beatalicious. The ability is REALLY good too.

Stormscape Apprentice
Tapping is great, just good. This guy is pretty speedy too. The black ability isn't amazing, but worth playing.

Stormscape Master
All the masters are great. Protection is great, especially if you can choose which creature gets it and what color he's protected from. If you can set up a great defense, the black ability will just win it for you.

Sway of Illusion
Cantrip, but it can be really great if you draw it late to remove 3 land and improve your draws. Still, it sticks in your hand if you draw it early, and that can't be good.

Teferi's Response
Draft it, people want it! Kidding. Just see the look on your opponents face when their Keldon Necropolis is nuked!!

Tidal Visionary
1 drop that works with protection, black's nuke, acolytes (mean), weavers, djinns, etc. Take it!!

Tolarian Emissary
Ehh...Iffy, nice sideboard, decent body.

Tower Drake
2/1 flying for 1 is great, even in black. The ability is awesome. Watch out for zap and cursed flesh if playing u/w.

Traveler's Cloak
Cantrip Cloak of Mists...I thought nothing could be better when playing masques block. For some reason, this bad boy was multiples in my sideboard.

Vodalian Hypnotist
Great ability!! Don't even touch if it you're playing U/W though.

Vodalian Merchant
I would have loved it if it were 2/1 instead, but that's not blue's style. Pretty good ability, but I don't know...

Vodalian Serpant
Don't play w/o kicker, a 6/6 wall is great. If your opponent is blue, all hell is breaking loose.

Wash Out

Well-Laid Plans
Playable if you have 4 tidal visionary's, and good for mirror if you have more evasive creatures.

Worldly Counsel
I just don't like cards like this, your call.

Zanam Djinn
Great Djinn, big big flyers are great.

That's about it, hope you enjoyed. This is my point of view, play and decide what you think. Good Luck!

By Rakso, the Patriarch and Rules Ayatollah (Rakso) on Friday, December 08, 2000 - 05:45 am:

Probe and Prohibit rated that low? I don't think so.

And Fact or Fiction at 9 is still too low!

List is great, but I'm ribbing you about never having played with Impulse before. :)

By Nevyn, the Village Idiot (Nevyn) on Friday, December 08, 2000 - 04:21 pm:

FoF at 9 is just about right actually.

Despite the UUU, distorting wake should be 10 then.

Probe is at least 7

Hypnotist is slightly overrated because of the tempo involved, but still good.

Repulse is better than exclude because of the symmetry with discard and the ability to fizzle game winning enchantments (on pro black creatures nonetheless) , as well as it's ability to do combat tricks, where it becomes pure card advantage.

I think you underrated rainbow crow a bit. There is only one other non-rare flyer (unless u count battleflies. i dont) that black removal can't kill, and the cost is not that bad.

Oh, and read your summary of what blind seer can do again. Does that sound like a 7 to you, cos' it sounds like 8 or 9 to me.

By Winky on Sunday, December 10, 2000 - 03:42 am:

Hey, thanks guys. I actually agree with you on a lot of it, now that I've played a little more blue. Any comments are appreciated!

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