Monthly Archives: December 2011

Innistrad draft 12/13

I recorded audio with this and Nick was right, it definitely affected my ability to think as clearly.  Instead of the audio I’m just gonna do a postmortem.

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If I hadn’t passed Moan first pick I might take Dead Weight…prob not though.

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This pack came back to haunt me in the sense that in the next pack I open and pass Dearly Departed because I recall passing a lot of white first pack; however, the black cards in this pack are obviously better and are going to be taken first.  Pretty awful blunder.  I’m never recording again…

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Should have taken the green guy here.  I should be less concerned with signaling and more concerned with snapping up playables when I don’t have my colors set in stone.

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…and now I regret taking that Spectral Flight since this is a solid green card in an originally mediocre pack.  Considering I haven’t passed any good green, it seems like a good opportunity (besides, the only cost is a Riot Devils and a lack of a green signal to the guy on my left).

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I could have jumped into white here, but like I said, I falsely remembered having shipped a lot of white.  I don’t think Desperate Ravings can be that bad of a pick here though, it is pretty insane in straight blue/red.  Also, it keeps open the possibility of going UGr which is very viable at this point since judging from pack 1 green is being underdrafted.

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This was the pick that really made me realize it would take some practice to be able to talk through my drafts.  My only explanation is that I was running really low on time.  In retrospect, I like taking Avacyn’s Pilgrim or Fortress Crab.  Probably Crab since Pilgrim goes down in value in a deck with a shakier manabase that relies on Think Twice to find the right colors.
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God I hate my deck.  Why didn’t I just take Dearly Departed?

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FML

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I am going to need a lot of Armored Skaabs.

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Maybe?

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I’m in serious trouble at this point.

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This is kind of an interesting pick, I guess.  I have too many 6-drops so the Rig isn’t an option.  Lantern Spirit survives Rolling Temblor, but I think would rather play a guy that is often going to be blocking their turn 2 or 3 play and trading to get something in the yard for me.  Lantern Spirit does this too, but I feel like the first strike can gum up the board and create a better situation for Rolling Temblor.

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I have 3 Think Twice and a Desperate Ravings, but I need more guys.  Sorry, Burning Vengeance.

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Should have taken Riot Devils, easily.  I thought I would play the Tomes because I had so many graveyard demands, but ended up not.

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The UNIVAC!

I feel like I made progress developing this song.  I’m gradually getting a sense of proportionality when working with wave forms and arpeggios.  On one synth, you can have panning oscillating at 1/2 beat periods, volume oscillating at 3 beat periods, and a five-tone ascending arpeggio playing over a 4 beat period.  This song is the product of doing that type of thing on too many different synths.  The mix shows improvement from previous songs because I stopped using Maximus simply as a set of presets and started using it as the weapon of multiparameter madness that it deserves to be treated as.

UNIVAC