In October Ryan traveled back home to Columbus, Nebraska for Friday night was the night for Magic. Finding out that it was a drafting tournament, he was a little disappointed because he wanted to play a standard tournament, but prepared himself for the draft.
He was drafting Return to Ravnica, which is a set in the world of Magic. In a draft you have to purchase three 15 card booster packs. These packs have a concentration of better cards, usually containing a rare or a mythic rare, some uncommons, and commons and a land card. Mana is what it’s usually referred to. Along with trying to think about what other people might be playing. The usual parameters of a draft is that you get 45 minuets to open packs, make your deck of 40 cards, and getting ready for your opponents. When you play an opponent, you play best two out of three.
So Ryan had his packs, opened them up, and decided he would run red ad black, or rakdos as it is usually referred to. The first two rounds go by quickly, as he pulls some good creature cards and some sorcery and instant spells. In four rounds he had four wins. His game record was eight wins and one loss. This is important because it can lift you against other players who might have the same round score as you.
In the final round of the night, Ryan was going up against another blue/white deck. His opponent had a round score of three wins to one loss. Ryan, being the only undefeated player left in the tournament thought he had a great chance at winning because of his win against a similar deck earlier. Game one of round five began, and Ryan thought he had the match on lock down, knocking his opponent to five life. Until Skyrok came into play. This creature come into the battle field with a special ability. Your opponent has to return a creature card to his or her hand. It has flying so the only other creature that can block it has to have flying as well.MHis opponent played two more of Skyrok, and won game one. Game two Ryan won easily, since the Skyrok bird eluded his opponents hand.
Game three. The final game of the tournament.
Ryan again gets his opponent down to near death, 12 life this time (you start each game with 20 life) and looked like it would be a uncontested win. With 16 life on his counter, Ryan seemed like he was in the driver seat. But them came in Skyrok. The next turn he dropped another one, having two out on to the field. Bringing Ryan down to 14 life, then down to 10 the turn after that. Ryan dropped a three power creature on one turn (the one he was brought down to 14 life), and a two power creature (the turn he was brought down to 10, he attacked with his creature bringing his opponent to 9). The race was going to be lost though as his opponent was swinging for six each turn and he was swinging with only five. He was defeated.
The final standings were in his favor though. Him and his opponent were at four wins and one loss, but Ryan’s game score was nine wins and three losses. The guy who just beat him was nine wins and four losses. Leaving Ryan to take first place, winning the tournament, his first of his career. He won eight booster packs, among them, another foiled card, a shock land called overgrown tomb.