I felt like you shouldve either taken Counterspell pick 2 or Tarmogoyf pick 3. This wouldve set you up to be more aggressive than you were and probably end up Bant. As it seems though, and you mentioned this, you were pretty apprehensive to take green cards even after giving solid reason for taking Cobra pick 2. I know my Modern restriction creates a different environment but Im always looking for the cheaper aggressive creatures before any finisher. Control needs these cheaper creatures so they arent blown out in the early game. Most control finishers can be swapped out with each other as well. I agree that Sphinx is one of the better ones but I still wouldnt take it that early in the draft. Especially since Meloku and Jar-Jar showed up later. I greatly enjoyed the article and love reading others thought process when drafting. How do you set it up to record these drafts and how much extra time can the other players expect to add with you taking notes? Id love to try this with one of my drafts sometime.
i wanna reflexively vote "no" on sphinx's due to previous bad experiences with similar cards, but the cube has changed a lot since i took out USZ and phyrexian arena for ruining control mirrors.
at what point does it start being good in cube, x=3? i dunno, i might try it but my playgroup is averse to the idea (and we have plenty of UW players -- ok, maybe only one and a half -- who have said it'd just be the best card)
Your new deck also missed out on your crazy 4 drops of the bant one. Those probably helped solidify position where in the new deck you were hoping to grind into something big or grind long enough for your littler threats to take action. I will say that your new deck had one additional sword for the mystic to pick up, I am surprised this wasn't more relevant, but I guess only have 4-5 reasonable dudes to hold the swords hurt a lot compared to the old deck of like 7-10ish, plus buddies from Elspeth.
My guess is that even though you have two decent bombs to finish off, the new deck durdles really hard for relatively few game enders at the top of the curve.
(I am new, sorry if I'm way off here.)