Rivals of Ixalan Fantasy Draft
Posted on Jan. 2, 2018, 4:14 p.m. by PhotogenicParasympathetic
A couple of other users and I did this for Kaladesh and it was a lot of fun- I wanted to bring it back, and see if more people wanted to give it a shot.
Basically, the premise is this. After the full spoilers, but before prerelease, 6-8 people group up (if there are more than that interested, I'll set up pods). Each player gets to pick a card from the RIX spoilers that is "banned" - that is, that no one in their pod can draft. Then each person drafts a team of ten cards, choosing one for each category:
Small creature (0-3 cmc)--3 pts (1.5 sideboard)
Medium creature (4-5 cmc)--3 pts (1.5 sideboard)
Big creature (6+ cmc)--3 pts (1.5 sideboard)
Instant--2 pts (1 sideboard)
Sorcery--2 pts (1 sideboard)
Enchantment--2 pts (1 sideboard)
Artifact--2 pts (1 sideboard)
Flex slot Common--1 pt (0.5 sideboard)
Flex slot Uncommon--1 pt (0.5 sideboard)
Flex slot Rare/Mythic--1 pt (0.5 sideboard)
Then we wait for GP Memphis (the first major Standard tournament post-release). Each player gets the above number of points for each time a card on their team appears in a deck in the top 8 (which means that the top two decks supply points three times, at the finals, semi-finals, and quater-finals). This counts the NUMBER of cards that appear as well, so a card that's run as a 1-of won't earn the same number of points as a card that shows up in playsets.
Prizes are bragging rights. Post below if you're interested or if you have any questions!
Credit to hannibal6 for the original system, which I've tweaked only slightly for this iteration.
January 2, 2018 4:17 p.m.
I'm intrigued. So after deciding on the ban list, one person would select one card for a slot, then another would select a card, and so on until everyone filled their 10 slots?
January 2, 2018 4:25 p.m.
Oh yeah count me in! Almost forgot about it, it's been a while haha, but good fun.
January 2, 2018 4:37 p.m.
Ryjo: Last time, we just had people pick a full ten and submit them- there was some overlap, but it meant both that no one got stuck picking really dumb cards, and it allowed us to not struggle over time zones and planning times for picks.
January 2, 2018 5:36 p.m.
Bovine073: Welcome back! Hopefully you won't slaughter me quite as badly this go around.
I guess we should keep entries open until, say, a day after full spoilers go up? Then that should give us time to ban cards, pick teams, and have them ready by prerelease.
January 3, 2018 3:09 a.m.
Count me in! After seeing the first two days of spoilers, I am very excited to do this. I already have my pick for small creature too.
January 3, 2018 3:41 a.m.
You can count me in for this one too. I didn't bother with Mtg since Ixalan came out since I only play draft and it was a horrible experience... but RIX looks very promising :)
January 3, 2018 10:42 a.m.
Definitely in! Super excited. I forgot all about this
January 3, 2018 8:12 p.m.
Ok! Full spoilers are up, and there's an even 8 of us, so let's get this party started!
Each player can now choose one card that will be banned from drafting - simply name the card in this thread. Once we have 8 exclusions, you all can submit your teams either by posting under a spoiler in this thread, or if you're the paranoid type by enabling chat with me and sending the team in that way.
January 5, 2018 4:21 p.m.
I'm going to eject Silvergill Adept from consideration, because Merfolk seems like a deck that can do some heavy lifting. Also Merfolk is a thing in older formats.
January 5, 2018 5:17 p.m.
I'll ban silent gravestone. Its just a sideboard card, but I feel like unless the scarab god gets banned, people are going to playing it everywhere
January 6, 2018 1:16 a.m.
ill ban Legion Lieutenant, since mono white vamps did super well last PT and they only stand to gain from this set.
January 6, 2018 1:57 a.m.
Sorry, I completely forgot about this.
I'll ban... hmm... Baffling End.
January 9, 2018 3:07 p.m.
Alright! That's everyone. Ya'll can either post teams here under spoilers (third button from the right above the comment box), or enable chat with me to submit.
Friday at 11:59PM will be the deadline to get your teams in! Good luck!
January 9, 2018 4:58 p.m.
Boza's Team Show
Medium creature (4-5 cmc)--3 pts (1.5 sideboard) - hedging in vampires with Twilight Prophet.
Big creature (6+ cmc)--3 pts (1.5 sideboard) - Ghalta, Primal Hunger is a weird one, but could pay off and hedges dinos.
Sorcery--2 pts (1 sideboard) - Thunderherd Migration for the dino hedge.
Enchantment--2 pts (1 sideboard) - Radiant Destiny by a country mile.
Artifact--2 pts (1 sideboard) - Azor's Gateway doubling up on azor.
Flex slot Common--1 pt (0.5 sideboard) - Martyr of Dusk
Flex slot Uncommon--1 pt (0.5 sideboard) - daring bucaneer
Flex slot Rare/Mythic--1 pt (0.5 sideboard) - Wayward Swordtooth
January 10, 2018 2:56 a.m.
RyJo's Picks Show
Medium creature (4-5 cmc)--3 pts (1.5 sideboard) - Champion of Dusk, because a dedicated Vampire deck seems playable, and getting a 4/4 and drawing several cards for 5 CMC seems very possible.
Big creature (6+ cmc)--3 pts (1.5 sideboard) - Tetzimoc, Primal Death, I'm hedging for some sort of control deck looking to use this creature to prevent the opponent from over extending.
Instant--2 pts (1 sideboard) - Reckless Rage, I think enrage could be a thing, or it could enable some plays with Cherished Hatchling in a Dino deck.
Sorcery--2 pts (1 sideboard) - Golden Demise, most of RDW's creatures get hit by this, and Temur energy's thopters get erased.
Enchantment--2 pts (1 sideboard) - Radiant Destiny, Vampires and Dinosaurs can use this on color, Merfolk can certainly splash this. The G/W Cats deck can also use this and get Ascend going.
Artifact--2 pts (1 sideboard) - Azor's Gateway, I would have gone with Silent Gravestone, but that was banned. This just seems very powerful.
Flex slot Common--1 pt (0.5 sideboard) - Naturalize, it's back, and there are some good targets for it to hit. This is most likely going to be a sideboard only card, but I think between Merfolk, Dinos, and Temur Energy, this will see some play.
Flex slot Uncommon--1 pt (0.5 sideboard) - Thunderherd Migration, for that Dino ramp.
Flex slot Rare/Mythic--1 pt (0.5 sideboard) - Blood Sun, the flip enchantments seem powerful, and this appears to be a good way to prevent those lands from becoming a problem.
January 10, 2018 9:45 a.m.
PhotogenicParasympathetic's Team Show
Medium creature: Trapjaw Tyrant. I'm not sure if Dinosaur tribal will be a thing, but if it is, this guy will be there.
Big creature: Nezahal, Primal Tide seems like a good control finisher
Instant: Vona's Hunger, cause Edict effects are totally fair and never broken at all.
Artifact: I'm feeling Golden Guardian. Free enrage triggers, with possible upside if you kill the Guardian? Maybe. It'd probably be better if it were weaker...
Flex slot Uncommon: Swift Warden. Merfolk. A thing. Gonna be.
Flex slot Rare/Mythic: Wayward Swordtooth, cause even if Dinos aren't good, who doesn't like ramp?
January 10, 2018 11:26 a.m.
Chandrian's List Show
January 10, 2018 12:53 p.m.
shadow 63's picks Show
instant = negate sorcery =slaughter the strong enchantment = form of the dinosaurartifact = captain's hook
flex common=naturalizeflex uncommon = expel from orazca flex rare = admiral's orders
thanks for doing this. it was tough making the list
January 11, 2018 9:19 p.m.
my list Show
mid creature = Forerunner of the Empire
large creature = Tetzimoc, Primal Death
instant = Negate
sorcery =Slaughter the Strong
enchantment = Form of the Dinosaur
artifact = Captain's Hook
flex uncommon = expel from orazca
flex rare = Admiral's Orders
January 11, 2018 9:28 p.m.
My Team Show
Medium Creature - Rekindling Phoenix (This card looks amazing, but I have no idea what kind of deck it would fit into. I'm hoping someone else figures that out)
Large Creature - Ghalta, Primal Hunger (It feels a little too "win more" for me, but nothing else really looks playable)
Instant - Negate (everyone loves negate)
Sorcery - Thunderherd Migration (This is really the only reason to play Dinos)
Enchantment - Journey to Eternity (Seems awesome if someone builds a good GB midrange deck)
Artifact - Captain's Hook (This should help RDW in the energy matchup)
Common - Fanatical Firebrand (This goes with my next pick)
Uncommon - Daring Buccaneer (I'm hoping theres a pirate subtheme version of RDW, or maybe a UR tempo version)
Rare - Wayward Swordtooth (It's a powerful effect for a non-combo build of Dinos, also strong with ghalta)
January 12, 2018 2:55 a.m.
January 12, 2018 6:03 p.m.
My picks Show
Medium creature (4-5 cmc)-- Rekindling Phoenix
Big creature (6+ cmc)-- Ghalta, Primal Hunger
Sorcery-- Thunderherd Migration
Enchantment-- Hadana's Climb
Artifact-- Azor's Gateway
Flex slot Common-- Fanatical Firebrand
Flex slot Uncommon-- Daring Buccaneer
Flex slot Rare/Mythic-- Kumena, Tyrant of Orazca
January 12, 2018 11:35 p.m.
Sorry for being late again. Show
Small creature - Direfleet Daredevil
Medium creature - Bishop of Binding
Big creature - Etali, Primal Storm
Instant - Expel from Orazca
Sorcery - Golden Demise
Enchantment - Radiant Destiny
Artifact - Orazca Relic
Flex slot Common - Martyr of Dusk
Flex slot Uncommon - Ravenous Chupacabra
Flex slot Rare/Mythic - Rekindling Phoenix
January 13, 2018 9:39 a.m.
Hello everyone, just a reminder that this weekend is the weekend where we will get the results of our little game. I am curious what the results will be (altough I doubt I made great choices, compared to what I'm seeing from Standard so far).
February 22, 2018 9:48 a.m.
I think noone made good picks based on how standard and bannings turned out. But, hey this is a fun experience.
February 22, 2018 10:01 a.m.
Yeah, I think Bovine and hannibal picking Rekindling Phoenix might be the deciding factor here... Card seems like it's doing okay.
February 22, 2018 11:50 a.m.
I don't think I have much of a chance vs bovine. I just have to hope merfolk doesn't make top 8.
February 23, 2018 12:23 a.m.
Well, the results are in!
In third place! I give you.... shadow63 with 41.5 points!
In second place, the one, the only... hannibal6 with 76 points!
And in first place, yet again, he's your reigning championnnnnn... Bovine073 with 94 points!
Here is a link to the google spreadsheet in which I tallied the points - feel free to peruse this stunning read, in which the median points earned per card were... 0!
Interestingly, not ONE of the cards we chose to exclude made an appearance, and there were ZERO RIX cards that made an appearance that we did not choose.
February 26, 2018 2:15 a.m.
Woot, I am actually not 0. The last paragraph of the summary is particularly interesting! Congrats to the winner and to everyone who participated and thanks for the great organization!
February 26, 2018 2:57 a.m.
Thanks for organising this and doing the math :) And thanks for all to participate as well.
Minor thing is I also have negate as a flex spot, I think it would've added 14 points to my total ;)
Anyway, I had a lot of fun (and am kinda sad the set wasn't very impactful). Once Kaladesh et. al rotates I believe Standard will be much more open and unused cards may suddenly shine
February 26, 2018 4:13 a.m.
Ahh! Sorry Chandrian, I forgot to put Negate's values in for the flex slot, so the functions I had totaling your points didn't see any points for Negate-as-a-flex. It's been fixed now, and as predicted, you earned an additional 14 points, bringing you to 32 total!
February 26, 2018 6:22 a.m.
Another interesting round we had, we were 100% on picks but 0% on vans, which is hilarious. Looking forward for if we do it again!
February 26, 2018 7:18 a.m.
Baffling end got banned and I think it was easily the best enchantment
February 26, 2018 9:58 a.m.
So pretty much all my points came from negate lol. It felt like cheating picking it but I can't complain thanks for putting all those together
February 26, 2018 12:11 p.m.
I may have come in last, but I like to think of it as it only gets better from here.