I’ve been playing board and card games with Tom for about seven years, if I’ve counted right. He introduced me to Epic a couple months ago. Him telling me it was his favorite game was enough to pique my interest, and I quickly came to really enjoy the unique facets of the game.
Dark drafting is one of the ways I can beat Tom. The randomness makes every draw fun, almost like opening a present to see what you’ll get. It can be frustrating to pass good cards to your opponent, but of course, that comes back at you. Overall, it’s very satisfying to play this format and come up with a plan for a deck as you build it based on draws.
Read on to see my choices in the 10 rounds, along with my commentary. Tom’s draft can be found here: Sample Epic Dark Draft 3/16/16 (Tom).
– Paul Kaefer, guest blogger
Thoughts: Surprise Attack is wonderful. You draw AND can play a card as if it had ambush. Works with any deck, not just Wild.
I’m guessing Tom will pick Banishment and Flash Fire. Both are usable in many situations, and Flash Fire can be great for wiping token champions and some of the nice cards that have one or two defense.
Thoughts: Do I risk taking something that requires loyalty, this early on? Angel of Death is fantastic, but I don’t want to have to pick Evil cards later that might not be as good.
I do like Word of Summoning, as well. Ambush+Recycle is a nice combination.
Thoughts: This potentially gives me more draw back. Inner Demon may slightly throw him off… I’d like that to happen.
I don’t have enough loyalty to go with Ice Drake just now.
Demon Breach is better on your turn, however you can ambush in two demons to “chump block” which is cool.
Thoughts: I’ll bet a lot of money on what Tom picks here! It’s really annoying to play against Psionic Assault (especially if you can’t banish it from your opponent’s discard pile). Time Walker is great with the loyalty.
I partly can’t let Tom get Steel Golem, and another strong part likes the fact that it’s powerful and untargetable. You never realize how many cards say “target” on them until you are trying to get rid of a Steel Golem!
Drinker of Blood
Lord of the Arena
I’m excited to play this deck. I got a bunch of cards that I really enjoy playing, both from my first picks and Tom’s passes to me. I feel well-prepared to counter stuff Tom lays on me, as well as to have sufficient draw during the game.
I really enjoy dark drafting. It’s fun to have a little idea of what your opponent could take, and guess based on that.
It was particularly fun to keep track of what I thought Tom would pick, and compare notes after we played with our decks. (Tom’s draft can be found here: Sample Epic Dark Draft 3/16/16 (Tom).) When we played these games, it helped me improve to be thinking about what cards Tom might have chosen. It was helpful to discuss at the end, both to learn more of Tom’s playing style, as well as what he thought would work in these drafts.
I wouldn’t encourage you to take notes as meticulous as these every time you play (but if you have a more efficient way to do so, please let us know in the comments below).
So overall, I would recommend (1) making sure you have some idea of faction investment as you draft; (2) think about important things that your deck may be strong or weak at, like card draw, removal, and slow/fast cards; and (3) keep in mind specific cards your opponent is almost guaranteed to have selected. I don’t think most people will remember everything, but it can be pretty easy to keep track of likely combinations that you can anticipate playing against.
About the Guest Author
Epic has made his way into his top ten, and is interested in playing with more people. You can learn more about Paul on his website.