Conspiracy: Figuring out how to draft this thing.

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Here are some of my assorted thoughts about the set.

This guy is a trap. If you get him later than pack 1, I wouldn't bother. You need to draft every pack with this in mind and even then, your 15th pick Lizard Warrior is going in the deck. Still, if you draft 5 color goodstuff this could get there. Playing a 60+ card deck is really rough in limited, but I feel like I am ballsy enough to try it. Landcycling may help.

Do you want everyone to attack you? Because this is how you get everyone to attack you.

This gets my vote for "worst 'playability in the set to financial applicability' ratio"

I welcome a price reduction on Reflecting Pool. I've always said I sell way more $8 shock lands than I do $20 shocklands.

Until the price goes down on this, only pass it if the pack also contained a foil Dack Fayden.

This is preselling for $4. That doesn't seem correct.


This set has like 0 red cards and the red cards it does have cost RR. So... enjoy that I guess. Stay the hell out of red.

[EDIT] - The same site that led me to believe the whole set was spoiled also led me to believe red was not as deep as the other colors. We'll know more on Monday when the full spoiler is up, but for right now, red looks very clunky. There is a lot of good gold stuff that red splashes into, but with the best red being RR, you're going to have to commit early to base red splashing the other stuff, or use a very light splash just for gold stuff.

This card was good in limited in a much larger set than this one. Just ask Mike Long. Or ask Darwin Kastle if you want to see him upset.

Thanks for reprinting another card people used to ship me in bulk but that I could buylist for $2.

This is a trap. You're never going to cast this, no matter how many players are at the table, and if you do, it's because you had to target your own Squirrel Nest to fulfill all of the targeting conditions. You can't cast it unless there is a legal artifact, creature, enchantment and land.

As some of you indicated, the full spoiler is going to be up Monday. With today's spoilers including cards like Sporecap Spider and Gnarlid Pack, I am not super confident that anything stellar is forthcoming, but watch this space for further developments.

Jason Alt

Jason Alt is a value trader and writer. He is Quiet Speculation's self-appointed web content archivist and co-captain of the interdepartmental dodgeball team. He enjoys craft microbrews and doing things ironically. You may have seen him at magic events; he wears black t-shirts and has a beard and a backpack so he's pretty easy to spot. You can hear him as co-host on the Brainstorm Brewery podcast or catch his articles on He is also the Community Manager at and writes the odd article there, too. Follow him on Twitter @JasonEAlt unless you don't like having your mind blown.

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10 thoughts on “Conspiracy: Figuring out how to draft this thing.

  1. It hasn’t been spoiled yet. Monday!

    PS: QS powers-that-be: having poorly researched articles with incorrect news that seem like they were slapped together in a few minutes does NOT entice me to want to pay money to find out if the articles behind the paywall are any better.

    1. As a subscriber, the articles you have access to are only the gravy. If you dig deep in the article archives you can get great fundamentals. The real appeal of renewing my membership lies in the forums. You can get great dialogue in order to figure out for yourself why you would or would not invest in specs.

      That said, this article was rushed a bit and I don’t blame you for holding it in such low regard. All in all Jason Alt writes many articles and this one probably didn’t receive priority.

      1. Actually, I am aware that the insider articles and the forum are great resources; I was a subscriber for a while, I just don’t have the time any more to do even the very minimal amount of work to make the subscription worthwhile. I just wanted to point out that free content, while obviously intended to be inferior to the paid content, does reflect on the site, and even knowing what I know about the Insider content, slapdash free content makes me less likely to return. Seeing something like this makes me at least somewhat fearful of just getting flat-out false content, from the title on down to the individual observations (which have been revised above).

        Personally, I think it’s probably a bad idea to have Jason write an article every day for the free side; I loved his once-a-week free articles before, and his Insider articles sound intriguing, so I know he’s good, but the quickies make him look a lot worse than he is.

  2. Dang, I feel bad for Jason. This was not a terrible article. I am sure having to put one out every day is not the easiest of things. No to be a jerk.

    1. I don’t feel bad for me. I got bad Intel and wrote an article with incorrect information. People give me shit when I write great articles, I have to expect it when I write a bad one. Thanks for caring, though.

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