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By: MarcosPMA, Marcos Rodriguez
Oct 31 2013 10:07am
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So for the foreseeable future, I will be tackling on a Sealed DE and an 8-4 draft as well in every article.  I will have to plan it in advance, but I will do a Sealed MTGO PTQ and try not to vomit a lot of value.  As for Theros Sealed, I think the format is figured out for the most part already.  Most people know that the format is a regular one with both slow and fast decks and its share of unbeatable bombs *cough* Elspeth *cough*.  Outside of Dissolve, counter magic is fairly weak and narrow (Stymied Hopes and Annul I'm looking at you!) and blue does not have that much card advantage.  The removal in the set is fairly expensive and not always effective if your opponent is representing God's Willing.  Even if your opponent doesn't have a bomb, you should still have an answer to a monstrous creature like Ill-Tempered Cyclops or Nessian Asp.  I think some people overvalue Gray Merchant of Asphodel and will play black even if they really don't have the Gray Merchant deck.  For that deck you'd ideally want at least 2 copies of Gray Merchant, the one copy really doesn't do all that much unless you're able to stall the board pretty easily.  With that said, let's open some packs!

Deckbuilding

Round 1

Round 2

Round 3

Round 4

Draft/Deckbuilding

Round 1

Round 2

Round 3

Conclusion

As far as the draft is concerned, I'm not experienced in drafting Heroic, so when I took Hoplite second, that was me trying to force it and see where it went.  If we stick to black then we pick up a Harpy, and pick 3 is probably the Warcaller and try to go R/B.  I should've taken Reaper of the Wilds pick 4 even if I had gone Eidolon/Harpy/Warcaller since with Reaper and Asp in the pack, it's a reasonable chance Green is open (which it was) and Cerberus is pretty filler and can be picked up in later packs.  However, I was still trying to be U/W and the Wing Steed Rider is such a good card for that deck that I couldn't pass it up.  Pack 2 Pick 2, taking the Fabled Hero is fine, our other options aren't exciting and it gives us an option to backdoor our way into U/W again, otherwise we take the Battlemaster and hope the wheel the Invocation.  By the time we get to Nemesis of Mortals, we're pretty clear in G/B and continue with those colors in mind through the rest of the draft.  I'm very glad I took the Fleetfeather Sandals over "hating" an Elder, none of the cards in that pick were really powerful so it's better to take the card that you might use over a random card, which was a big factor in us winning Game 3 in Round 2.

As far as the Sealed is concerned, we could have started with the R/G deck over the U/B deck, but I felt that the U/B deck was more powerful than the R/G deck, even if R/G is my favored color pair to play.  We did end up siding into that deck a lot was the major reason we got to 3-0 before losing, but I would still start with the U/B deck if I had to do it over again.

Thank you guys for reading/watching, I'll be back with another DE and 8-4 next time!  If you have any comments, questions, or concerns, leave them in the comment section below!