Scent of a Gamer

From the computer to the tabletop, this is all about games. Updated each week-end.

The breadth of Kaladesh Draft

It’s a couple of months after the release of Magic’s Kaladesh set. With sets of recent years, by this time draft enthusiasm is winding down and people are looking forward … Continue reading

December 4, 2016

Draft of a Gamer: aye aye, chief

  Pack 1, pick 1: Ovalchase Dragster The first pack had no ‘wow’ factor at all. A few smiles from other players around the table told of more impressive cards … Continue reading

October 15, 2016

Draft of a Gamer: losing energy

While the second Kaladesh draft was less successful than the first, the lessons were more apparent. This format is fast. Vehicles are good – but in the right deck at … Continue reading

October 8, 2016

Draft of a Gamer: the curve

In my first Kaladesh draft I built an unexceptional deck with a good mana curve, and I think this was the key advantage of my deck over others at the … Continue reading

October 1, 2016

Draft of a Gamer: Winning Compulsion

This story is really about three great matches played against three fantastic opponents. By game 2 in each I knew that, win or lose, the match would be memorable for … Continue reading

May 1, 2016

Draft of a gamer: a dream revisited

I looked forward to my next opportunity to draft after last time. The Oath/Oath/Battle format is quite diverse, with a lot of different viable strategies even within colours. I opened … Continue reading

March 13, 2016

Draft of a gamer: the dream

What I thought was a rare-drafting trainwreck turned into my first 3-0 since I started the Draft of a gamer series. The way the games went was interesting in itself, … Continue reading

February 28, 2016 · 1 Comment

Draft of a Gamer: Mardu surprise

In essence the surprise was that I had a playable deck after some poor drafting decisions stemming from a silly first pick. Pack 1, pick 1: Cliffhaven Vampire True, the … Continue reading

February 13, 2016

Draft of a gamer: colorless commitment

  My second Oath of the Gatewatch draft was an interesting one. First I realised I am now a store regular. There were 11 people in the draft and I … Continue reading

February 6, 2016

Draft of a Gamer: Back in black (and white)

Oath of the Gatewatch was a good time to get back into the habit of drafting regularly, and if the first time is any indication, I will definitely be back … Continue reading

January 23, 2016

A draft oddity

Work, study, and family have left little time for gaming of late, but I managed to squeeze in a Battle for Zendikar draft of Magic Online. I’ve also used the … Continue reading

October 18, 2015

Draft of a Gamer: getting a grip

My second Battle for Zendikar draft ended the same way as the first; 1-2. However this time I feel a lot better about the draft itself. Pack 1, Pick 1: … Continue reading

October 11, 2015

Draft of a Gamer: battles lost, battle won

My first Battle for Zendikar draft was a blast, even if I didn’t get the result I wanted. As a first taste of a new set, I enjoyed this one … Continue reading

October 3, 2015

Draft of a gamer: Shaken off

This was a disappointing Magic Online draft that at least paid for itself. That is the silver lining though as this draft reminded me yet again that I still have … Continue reading

September 13, 2015

Draft of a gamer: salvage operation

Between work and study it has been a while since I have been able to draft at my local store. With Magic Online’s latest shenanigans jacking up the cost of … Continue reading

August 30, 2015

Draft of a Gamer: something from nothing

This was a frustrating draft for the draft potion, but in the games I pleasantly surprised myself. My deck was the opposite of what I’d like a Magic Origins draft … Continue reading

August 22, 2015

Draft of a gamer: a better blue/green

Magic: Origins is certainly more popular than Dragons of Tarkir in my local store. For my second draft in a row there have been two tables, where previously we sometimes … Continue reading

August 1, 2015

Draft of a Gamer: Learning Curve

My first draft with Magic Origins did not go so well. After my lessons learned in Khans of Tarkir and Dragons of Tarkir, I found the return to mono-colour action … Continue reading

July 19, 2015 · 1 Comment

Draft of a Gamer: Sultai Slam

I find myself home alone this week-end, so what else to do but draft online? I jumped back in quickly after my previous draft and tried to take things seriously … Continue reading

July 5, 2015

Draft of a Gamer: Red/Green skies

I am still enjoying the Dragons of Tarkir draft format, though soon enough Magic: Origins will be upon us to deliver a new set of drafting challenges. This draft report comes … Continue reading

July 4, 2015 · 1 Comment