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I'm hosting a draft in about ten days. I'm hoping that it'll be a better experience than the last time. And this time I know that Ajani and Dack are just pure traps and I'll warn the table accordingly. Seriously, who decided to put the Azorius walker in the set with Selesnya and the Selesnya walker in the set with Azorius?
Since we have more mono-color walkers this go-round, I'm anticipating that people won't be as siloed as they were last time. Might lead to a more organic-feeling draft, if only two people are opening on-guild bombs. I don't think that it'll be amazing, but I certainly expect it to be better than the trainwreck that the last one was.
I would love to have Dack in my deck. I think Gruul and Simic draft really well together.
Ajani is a bit odd since Simic and Azorius don't mix as well, but it is still doable.
I drafted the first box, and opened up Teferi. I thought that I would go Bant, but the color-fixing just wasn't there and I never had both Teferi and Islands in a game. Dack's +1 is okay - target player loots 2 - but I don't think I'd consider it a bomb in the format. His -2 is almost completely irrelevant (although it's better than Tezz from the first set), and while you can build around his ult, it's also not a gamebreaker. What are you doing with Gruul and Simic? You're playing out your creatures and putting counters on them. That's great - but Dack doesn't really add to that game plan except by giving you the ability to loot away lands once you've got enough. If there's nothing amazing in the pack then sure, I'll take him, but the odds of having some other quality card that doesn't commit you to playing Temur are pretty deece.
Ajani is probably a better fit in a Bant deck, most likely Simic splashing some white. You can pick up Azorius fixing, and he puts counters on your creatures which is exactly what Simic wants to be doing. He also helps you draw into creatures. But the color requirements aren't going to be easy. As I mentioned in the Limited thread on this topic, my last draft was won by a Boros player who drafted Daretti and then just left him on the sidelines. I'm very wary of trying to warp my colors around a planeswalker that might not be a bomb.