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2021 Booster Draft 1st Place
« on: August 15, 2021, 03:46:40 PM »
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2-Player LoC Booster Draft:  20 players

Game 1:  Josh P. - 2/2 tie
Game 2:  Buddy D. - 5/0 win
Game 3:  Steve L. - 5/4 win
Game 4:  Chris F. - 4/4 tie
Game 5:  Brayden B. - 4/2 win
Game 6:  Shon S. - 5/2 win
Game 7:  Dario V. - 5/2 win

Postexilic & Royal Heroes / Evil Judean Royalty & Assyrians

50 card deck, no Reserve

Dominants
Led Astray

Lost Souls
Meek x7

Support
Book of the Law
Oath of Purity
Marriage Covenant
Assyrian Camp x2

Dual-Alignment
Amaziah, the Just x2
Abijah, the Conqueror

Heroes
Jeshua, the Restorer x2
Achim, the Compiler
Jacob, Disgruntled Subject
Zadok, the Consummate
Matthan, the Defender x2
Ezra, Favored by God
Joshua, the Conqueror
Jehoshaphat, the Seeker
Hezekiah, the Devout
Joseph, the Righteous

Good Enhancements
Royal Parade
Davidís Triumph
Jehoiadaís Strength
Sling Stones
Israelís Sword
Temple Spears and Shields
Builderís Spear
Davidís Proclamation
Feast of Booths x2

Evil Characters
Jehoiakim, Puppet King x2
Jehoiachin, the Conquered
Ahaziah, the Wicked
Queen Maacah
Mattan, Priest of Baal
Assyrian Ambassador

Evil Enhancements
Treason! Treason! x2
Solomonís Oppression
The Rabshakeh Threats
Hooked and Shackled
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Re: 2021 National - Booster Draft 1st Place
« Reply #1 on: August 15, 2021, 03:47:34 PM »
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So, it was a quite an unexpected placement, but a great blessing to have placed 1st in booster!  LoC has been a great way to play booster as it does what the card designers designed it to do: play booster well by limiting certain themes/brigades in the set. Having played LoC booster many times now and LoC constructed a few times, Iíve found that the best offense and defense (IMO and experience) is Postexilic & Royal heroes and brown evil characters. This has been proven when I placed 3rd in booster at Nats 2020, this year by placing first, and other times Iíve played those same themes in other booster drafts (and from what Iíve seen from others who use those same themes). 

So, without further adieu, here is a quick break down of this yearís deck. I drafted the brown evil characters first (mainly Jehoiakim and Jehoiachin, and as many copies of them as I can) as those are the most reliable blockers for booster. They are chump block guys who have won me and other players multiple battles. Then, I may either draft heroes or brown enhs that help continue the chump block strategy, such as Solomonís Oppression and Treason! Treason!  Then, I draft royal heroes and/or Postexilic. Of course, any of this varies based upon what I have in hand. Maybe I want Royal Parade over a hero or blocker; or maybe I simply canít turn down an ultra rare just for its value. But, the above is how I tend to draft.

Another main component to my drafting is soul gen. If youíve played booster draft enough, chances are, youíve experienced soul drought.  However, this can be mitigated if you draft cards that help soul gen, which is vital for booster.  In this deck, I had multiple ways: two copies of Matthan, a Hooked and Shackled (which I can play in territory on one of my good or evil kings of Judah to soul gen pre-attack), and Jehoiachinís star ability. There are others, like Josiah, but I didnít draft any of him as he never entered my hands.

The offense had plenty of interrupts and I could gain inish by attacking with a low numbered guys (like Jeshua) so I could use interrupts to interrupt any brown chump blockersí soul protecting abilities. I could also band a lot with my and/or my opponentís heroes for whatever purpose I needed (I put Marriage Covenant and Oath of Purity under Support above, but I mainly used them for the enh side).

I found that I barely could use my evil brown soul protecting enhs as many times my opponents would have a meek hero in battle; the same goes for Led Astray, which out of all 7 games I successfully used one time. It was the brown blockers that did the job for me.

The Assyrian splash helped me a few times when I was in a pinch. But I mainly used Assyrian camp as a fort as fodder for Jehoichinís give ability.

We only had 5 super packs to draft from so there wasnít much choice left over for other cards to select.  As you can see, I didnít even have a reserve as I didnít really need it. In hindsight, I would have put one of the Treasons in it so I could get it with Solomonís Oppression or Ahaziah.

If I had to redo my draft I would have chosen another card over Led Astray and Sling Stones (Sling Stones is such a weird card to pull off. You canít use it in SI, and if the hero is equipped with it and is removed from battle, it canít be used as it has to be in battle).  There were no ultra rares in my packs.

Thatís the short and sweet of it. I had some great games: some close, some not so close and two ties. No losses though, which was nice. All of my opponents were great sports. One of the best (and kind of annoying) games was my first game with Josh P (who ended up taking 2nd in booster).  We literally kept blocking back and forth with brown guys, and it wasnít until about 10 minutes or so left that we actually started rescuing souls lol. We ended up timing out with a 2/2 tie. I love playing Josh because he keeps me on my toes as heís a very analytical and smart player.  A shout out to all of my opponents who built cool and challenging decks and played very well. 👍

One last thing, I was very proud of my 12-year-old son, Brayden B., who placed 7th in booster!  Every year I see him getting better and better as a player.  I didnít even get a full 5 soul win when I played him!

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Re: 2021 Booster Draft 1st Place
« Reply #2 on: August 15, 2021, 07:21:45 PM »
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Two copies of Jeshua and you placed first. Coincidence? I think not.

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Re: 2021 Booster Draft 1st Place
« Reply #3 on: August 15, 2021, 07:48:44 PM »
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Two copies of Jeshua and you placed first. Coincidence? I think not.

Ha yep. His topdeck didnít get used and I barely used his band. It was his 2 toughness that came in handy the most, especially in my game with Dario. I kept getting inish. 😁

By the way, Iím going to start calling you Jaydenshua. 😂
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Re: 2021 Booster Draft 1st Place
« Reply #4 on: August 16, 2021, 09:22:06 AM »
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Two copies of Jeshua and you placed first. Coincidence? I think not.

Ha yep. His topdeck didnít get used and I barely used his band. It was his 2 toughness that came in handy the most, especially in my game with Dario. I kept getting inish. 😁

By the way, Iím going to start calling you Jaydenshua. 😂
Lol Tyler wrote out my Reserve list for T2-MP and put "Jayden, the Restorer" on there.

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Re: 2021 Booster Draft 1st Place
« Reply #5 on: August 16, 2021, 10:18:57 AM »
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Two copies of Jeshua and you placed first. Coincidence? I think not.

Ha yep. His topdeck didnít get used and I barely used his band. It was his 2 toughness that came in handy the most, especially in my game with Dario. I kept getting inish. 😁

By the way, Iím going to start calling you Jaydenshua. 😂
Lol Tyler wrote out my Reserve list for T2-MP and put "Jayden, the Restorer" on there.

Haha thatís perfect.
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Re: 2021 Booster Draft 1st Place
« Reply #6 on: August 16, 2021, 04:06:32 PM »
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Are you going to post your red warriors T1-2p deck too?
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Re: 2021 Booster Draft 1st Place
« Reply #7 on: August 17, 2021, 07:16:46 AM »
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Are you going to post your red warriors T1-2p deck too?

I am. Just havenít had time to do the write up and such. I wrote/posted all of the above when I was flying back from Nats, so I had some downtime then.
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Re: 2021 Booster Draft 1st Place
« Reply #8 on: August 17, 2021, 08:56:05 AM »
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Awesome! Looking forward to it.
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