So, it’s true. I played Simic at one of the Gatecrash pre-release events. You all know the drill: I had a five-pack sealed pool, plus one guild-specific pack and a promo card. Now, as only a brave person can do, I am going to show you the abomination that I brought forth into this world:
In my defense, this was a sealed pool — and things aren’t always rosy in a sealed pool, even when you get a guild-specific booster pack and a shiny promo card.
Why do I think this deck is gross? I know, I know, it has two Cloudfin Raptors (great card) and one Experiment One (great card, also great creature type, “Human Ooze.”) BUT! My curve is all out of whack. And, even though I had some good cards, a bad curve cannot make up for that.
Simic does best with a lot of creatures. I like to draft Simic with 20-21 creatures. All I need are two removal spells. As I said – this deck does have a lot of creatures. But, once again, the curve is off.
Also, you want as many 2-drops as you can get your paws on. I do not have enough 2-drops in this deck at all. Frilled Oculous? That guy is a champ. Boros just doesn’t know what to do against him.
Plus, all you need is one Keymaster Rouge. Three? What was I thinking? That’s pretty risky, particularly in Simic, since upon casting you have to return something to your hand – losing its counters. I have also lost all love for Fathom Mage. Too expensive and too slow for this format!
But that deck was then. This is now. Here is a Simic deck I drafted a couple of weeks ago at my local store.
See the difference? It’s like night and day. True, it doesn’t have the prime one-drops that the earlier deck had — but, guess what, it didn’t *need* them because the curve was good. Yeah – I’ll say it – I think a good curve with plenty of vanilla 2-drops outclasses better creatures in a bad curve.
The deck above won me a draft pretty dang easily. And I’m proud about that! But what I’m *more* proud about is that it shows growth.
As a learner, it can sometimes be hard to believe that you’re actually growing as a player. A couple of bad draft weeks in a row . . . or a couple of bad nights at FNM can really give your confidence a knock. But when you get a chance, drag out a couple of old decks you put together and compare them to what you’re building now. Chances are, you’ll see what amazing growing you’ve been doing all along.