The 3-0's Speak

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The recipe for a 3-0 performance in draft is usually good drafting, good play, and a little bit of luck. In an effort to shed a some light on the subject, here's a short look at how the pod winners managed to do it.

Pod 1: Brian Hegstad

Making Hegstad's victory all the more ridiculous was that his pod were unanimous in their belief that he had drafted the worst deck at the table. Not only was he drafting blue, but it was even worse than usual. After the draft he was sure he'd wind up 1-2, but he just kept winning. He was at a loss to explain why it happened, but said that most of his victories came at the hands of his fliers. His opponents didn't have ways to handle them, and he just managed to push through enough damage.

Pod 2: Antonio De Rosa

De Rosa knew exactly why he was able to take his table: Busty red spells. Somewhere between Insurrection, Rorix Bladewing and Slice and Dice his deck went from sensational to unstoppable. He counted himself fortunate that he was able to find an oasis of red, unlike at so many tables where the demand for burn spells caused train wrecks. De Rosa figured his deck was about the third best at the table, but pointed out that if he gets his best cards it would leave his opponents few outs.

Pod 3: Bob Maher, Jr.

Beating out Ken Krouner for the number one spot, Maher was pleasantly surprised to find himself 3-0. His deck, he figured, was a 2-1, deserving more credit than the others at his table gave it. For him, the very first pick of the draft was the key. He was in seat one and facing Mistform Skyreaver and Shock. Though he liked Shock more, he knew he faced a 50-50 chance of being cut off of red. He sucked it up and took the huge flyer, and never looked back.

Pod 4: Allen Sun

Sun had no idea he would do as well as he did. Despite being one of only two white drafters at the table, his deck was not very exciting. Nearly mono-white, the key to his success was more about what wasn't at his table: A shortage of Sparksmiths, Wellwishers and the like. His lack of removal didn't come back to haunt him. Also, he managed to score himself a Shared Triumph, which gave his cleric deck a much-needed shot of beatdown.

Pod 5: Phil Freneau

Freneau knew he was looking at a winner as he exited his draft. He sat next to Jeff Cunningham, and the two had co-operated beautifully, sending very clear signals about what they wanted to draft. Cunningham wound up green-red, and Freneau black-white. The two faced each other when they were 2-0, with Freneau emerging the victor. It was a testament to the power of co-operative drafting.

Pod 6: Robert Bayardo

"Brightstone Ritual, man, Brightstone Ritual." Bayardo wasn't entirely serious when he said it, but it was key to his strategy. With Butcher Orgg and Rorix Bladewing in his stack, he wanted a way to accelerate them into play, the better to wreck his opponents. Bayardo is baffled to be doing so well, he'll be the first to tell you. He'd never even Rochester Drafted before today. He also has no illusions that his good fortune will continue. His is, however, having a great time.

Pod 7: Mike Turian

Called by many one of the greatest minds for Limited, it's no surprise to see Mike Turian outmaneuver his opposition and conquer his draft pod. The way his draft went, he would have been satisfied with nothing less than a 3-0 performance. Capitalizing on a conflict between his right-hand opponents, that saw one drafting red-green in front of green-black, Turian was in prime position to collect white-red. Often, the green-red player would take a green card, leaving a solid red card to find it's way to Turian's pile. When that wasn't happening, he was getting plenty of shots at great white cards.

Pod 8: Rory Draxler

Rory Draxler also found himself in a prime position to jump on white. One of only two at his table to choose plains, Draxler found himself buried under and Avalanche of efficient creatures. Unfortunately, he was squeezed for a second colour on all sides. He eventually chose to keep it to a bare minimum, splashing only a single Tribal Unity as a monster finisher. He knew his deck was powerful, but was Shocked to wind up 3-0.

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