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By: whiffy, Georgios Efelis
Oct 25 2011 7:54am
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Hello there everybody! Sorry I am a day behind schedule but I had work deadlines that trumped my schedule as well as not having internet access for a couple of days with a defunct modem. I'm here today though with my first stab at Snapcaster Mage. I went over a little bit of how the event shook out in last week's article. All the videos are here and I apologize in advance if I didn't catch all the drops in round 2 in the editing process. Anyways on to the event!

                                                               DECK TECH

Bob Castor
Almost a Fish Deck
Trygon Predator 
Dark Confidant 
Blightsteel Colossus
4 Snapcaster Mage
11 cards

Other Spells 
Voltaic Key 
Vampiric Tutor 
Mana Drain 
Mana Crypt 
Mental Misstep 
Sensei's Divining Top 
Chain of Vapor 
Force of Will 
Tezzeret the Seeker 
Sol Ring 
Time Vault 
Jace, the Mind Sculptor 
Chrome Mox 
Demonic Tutor 
29 cards

Strip Mine 
Underground Sea 
Misty Rainforest 
Polluted Delta 
Tropical Island 
20 cards

Dark Confidant






So next week is some 4c Snapcaster goodness and an Innistrad sealed deck to boot! So I have been hitting the ISD sealeds pretty hard since I got back the internet when I was not at work or asleep. I started on my alternate account with 96 tickets. My goal; play in at least 8 sealed decks. So far so good. It's no secret that I like limited, and the pay out on these things is pretty absurd. I have played in 7 events so far, I have accrued 44 rares and 6 mythics with the opens. By the way, how cool is it that you could open packs with two rares, and if you’re crazy lucky you could get one with a foil rare as well. In ISD, every pack has a flip card. But it's used from, I believe a common's spot. So if your mandatory flip card is a rare, bonus for you since you still get your other rare. Besides the opens I still have 30 tickets and 3 Boosters in reserve. That is just painfully close to two more events. I must make at least a 2-2 in my next pool to get to the ticket count for the ninth sealed. I’m not sure if my rares are worth 96 tickets on the secondary market, but i still have at least 6 packs to bust, and hopefully another 12+ after that. Ha ha.


In the actual events I ended up playing a lot. I think I played it 4 or 5 out of the 7 events. The decks I tend to build are far more controlling, jammed with as much removal and 2 for 1's that I can fit. I often splash White for things like Rebuke , Slayer of the Wicked, and sometimes Urgent Exorcism. I tend to enjoy playing Blue for the flyers, but also the tempo bounce cards. Grasp of Phantoms and Silent Departure are quite amazing in sealed. It is often a double Time Walk if executed correctly. White also has some strong evasion and Bonds of Faith is almost always excellent if you have enough playables. Black tends to have some good value cards which end up going into the dredge yourself game plan. Corpse Lunge is pretty good when your milling, as is (Ghoul Raiser). Red has some excellent cards in it, but I tend to find it pretty shallow as far as creatures. Because of this this I've only played it twice. As a splash color it's fine. As a main color I was unimpressed, at least with my opens. Green looks terrible to me. I only played it once and it was rare heavy. The commons and uncommons never seem to gel, there a third werewolves, a third humans, and a third random. Not a lot of synergy to be crafted with the color in a random pool. I'll bet green is good in draft though. I will talk more about sealed in next week’s article but for now this is my record.

1x finals split (10.5 packs)
2x 3-1 (16 packs)
2x 2-2 (12 packs)
1x 0-3 drop
1x 0-1 and time out. Deck looked like a solid 2-2 at least and 3-1 would not have surprised me.
96 tickets in, 30 tickets, 44 rares, 6 mythics, 3 boosters out.


That's it for this week.

Classic Dailies are every Saturday at 12:30 PM EST and Sunday at 6:30 PM EST. Come on out guys!

See ya in seven, have at me in the comments if you wish

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small adjustment to my sealed by whiffy at Tue, 10/25/2011 - 23:50
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small adjustment to my sealed performance. the 2x 2-2 is worth 6 packs not 12. Also i hit 10 sealeds, working on getting to 11 with a solid BR Removal bomb heavy pool.

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BTW what do you use for the video recorder? I have been wondering awhile about this..

Camtasia 7. by whiffy at Wed, 10/26/2011 - 00:16
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Camtasia 7.

Same old same old.. by Mikey K159 at Wed, 10/26/2011 - 21:54
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I think you've faced dredge int he 4th round every time you play in a dailyXD... That deck is just to popular.