Jelger Wiegersma and Jan Doise
At table 6, Jan Doise and Jelger Wiegersma find themselves in an unusual situation. Although they're sitting next to each other, Jan to Jelger's left, they will have to play first round. I spoke to both players before the draft and while Jelger strongly prefers blue/something, Jan said he would take whatever would come.
Jelger started off with a Concentrate over a Nantuko Disciple and a Firebolt, not really passing anything good in blue, according to plan. His next few picks were blue and green as Jan was picking up white cards, getting two Zealots and two Resilient Wanderers. When the white started drying up Jan started picking blue cards too and things were looking bleak for Jelger.
At the end of pack 1, both players have very decent decks, Jelger picking up Aven Fisher, Aven Windreader, Muscle Burst, Krosan Archer, Balshan Griffin, Thought Eater and Escape Artist.
Jan came out a little better with double Zealot, double Resilient Wanderer, Cephalid Looter, Aven Fisher and a very late Psionic Gift.
In pack 2, Jelger`s deck went from good to great as he got some needed bounce in Repel, his third three-power flier in another Windreader and some good filler cards, like Scrivener and Dreamwinder. This pack was really easy for Jelger as every pack seemed to contain only one good blue or green card.
Jan wound up with only a few playable cards this pack as Jelger was cutting off his blue and the white was not that deep. His great position for white not paying off for him as the only white cards he got were Beloved Chaplain, Second Thoughts and Kirtar`s Desire.`
Ahhhh, Torment. One of the more controversial sets Wizards has made. With the colors as unbalanced as they are, packs can turn out to be a real disaster for non-black players. That's exactly what happened to Jelger as he couldn't help but frown at his first pick Churning Eddy. His second pick more than made up for it though, as Jan decided to pass up Llawan, Cephalid Empress for a Skywing Aven, a decision disapproved by everyone I`ve asked after the draft. Llawan`s ability to "just win" seen as more valuable than the always good, but never broken Skywing Aven.
The packs dried up really fast after that, Jelger getting a Seton`s Scout and two Ghostly Wings as his only playable cards. Jan fared a little better with a Hydromorph Gull, a Breakthrough, two Militant Monks and a Teroh`s Faithful.
In the end, both players got pretty good decks and the winner of their match has a very good choice to win the table. I predict one of them to go 3-0 and the other to go 2-1 keeping the top16 dreams alive.