Modern Masters has just been fully spoiled and the release is less than a week away. What started off with the spoiling of Tarmogoyf last year has culminated in what looks like the best draft format in a long time. While most places are focusing on the financial side of the set, I decided to go a different route than I usually do. I do prefer to look at the financial side Magic in most cases, but with so many fun cards being released, I couldn’t resist looking at the playability of cards. I’m going to take a look at some major draft strategies that I want to try while drafting Modern Masters.
Let’s take a look at one of the most obvious routes you can go; Faeries. Faeries fill up 12 creatures spots (not counting the Changelings), and give you some of the best in the game with Scion of Oona,
Affinity is back, and we now get to draft Mirrodin cards with the colored artifacts from the Alara block. White and blue seem to be the winners for the best Artifact colored cards with choices like Etherium Sculptor,
Green Red dudes –
There are a lot of good creatures in all the colors but this combination goes along the suspend creatures the green and red provide like
The above are my ideal plans but aren’t the only options for this set. Wizards has given us a strong tribal theme that you can attempt during draft also. Yes, faeries is a tribal theme but in reality when you are drafting faeries, you are creating blue control deck. Here are some of the other heavy tribal choices.
Giants are apparently a route that Wizards wanted to give you as an option, with key cards such as
Another theme is Rebels. Some rebels search for other rebels to build you team. I’m not a fan of this route personally but since there is no real mass removal in the set, this can gain you advantage during a standstill. Heck, it may be really good too but I can’t comment on its effectiveness as a draft plan.
There are enough Goblin card to support a tribal theme, and if you have the chance to go that route you would be fine.
I’m sure I’m forgetting a few other strategies to go with for this set but this should give you a general idea of what to look for and what to pick. As with any draft strategy bombs will be taken first, but this set has the special privilege of having a high amount of money cards. This fact, combined with the limited amount of drafts that may be happening in your area, will mean that rare drafting will be more common that ever so don’t expect to ever see the following card passed to you (unless there is a better foil version in the pack): Tarmogoyf, Dark Confidant, Vendillion Clique, Sword of Fire and Ice, Elspeth, and Kiki Jiki (I thought about adding Cryptic Command to that list but I feel like this card has the ability to be passed by the uninformed). Either way, this should be a great set and great fun for everyone who gives it a try. Good luck!