I had fiddled around with a Ravnica tournament pack here, an 8th Edition starter deck there, and a Time Spiral intro deck that I was never too thrilled with. I'm not entirely sure what became of those particular cards. It wasn’t until after my first draft of Shadowmoor that I really got into Magic. Augury Adept is the card that struck me right away as what I wanted for my very first pick in my very first draft pack. Considering I knew next to nothing about the game at the time, it was a surprisingly good pick.
On the surface, Augury Adept doesn’t look like much. She’s a 2/2 Kithkin Wizard (Kithkins rule!) with an interesting ability. First of all, her hybrid mana cost is great for Limited; you can play her in either white or blue, or both, and not have to worry about being color-screwed. If she does any combat damage to a player, you get to reveal the top card of your deck, gain life equal to its mana cost, and put it into your hand. If it’s a land, you don’t gain any life, but you still get to add it into your hand. What’s especially good about the way that this ability is worded is that it’s technically not drawing a card. The wording can be relevant since cards that prevent you from drawing outside of your draw step do not affect her ability.
If I remember correctly, I got the Adept through for some damage a number of times and got some nice little draws out of it. But I didn’t do particularly well in that tournament. I did win a few games, though, mostly because during the same draft I picked a Godhead of Awe! We’ll talk about that crazy girl later, but even a “noob” knew how good that card is!
At the time, Augury Adept got to enjoy a little card called Steel of the Godhead, also originally printed in Shadowmoor.
In Commander, Augury Adept can easily deal combat damage a couple of times, especially in the early turns during a multi-player game. That card draw and little extra life gain makes her investment of only 3 mana very, very good. If you can make her un-blockable, you could get quite a few cards out of her, especially with double strike.
I sold the Adept and the Godhead of Awe to my local game shop relatively soon after pulling them. I learned they each were valuable enough to get money from and was happy to get the cash to essentially make my draft entrance fee back. I easily got more then than they are worth now for them, but I wish I still had them simply for the nostalgic value. I did, in fact, get a new Augury Adept from the Commander 2013 product, which brought back this great memory. If you’re looking for a little creature to fill out your blue/white EDH deck that can do some early game work for you, she’s worth a look... especially, if you run Kithkins!