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By: MarcosPMA, Marcos Rodriguez
Jan 07 2014 12:12pm
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Greetings!  It's 2014 and with it a whole new bunch of events to prepare for this month, the biggest one being GP: Sacramento!  Details can be found here.  We also have the Theros Championship Qualifiers coming up, which feed into the Theros Championship.  Details about that can be found here.

Personally, I'd love to qualify for the Theros Limited Championship, so I'll be hammering away at the Qualifiers trying to get myself qualified for the event.  I'll be recording as many of those Qualifiers as I can as well as the Championship itself (assuming everything works out).  This week I'll break down 2 Sealed pools while next week I'll provide a primer on Theros Sealed another with a draft video for those preparing for GP: Sacramento.

Note: I didn't intend to do 2 pools before writing this article, so how I talk during the first set of videos reflects this line of thinking.

With that said, let's open some packs!

Deckbuilding

Round 1

Round 2

Round 3

Deckbuilding

Round 1

Round 2

Round 3

Conclusion

As for pool number 1, I should have realized that when I'm splashing for Scholar of Athreos to kill my opponent, I probably should be playing a different build.  I think I might have been too locked on in playing Prognostic Sphinx and Ashiok and was willing to play mediocre cards to play them.  My blue was not deep enough to be a support color which made me rely on my black, which wasn't that great to begin with.  At the end of the 3rd video I theorized that I should have played a more aggressive deck, and that's probably correct.  My slow deck can't beat any bombs, so I should try and win the game before the bombs take over and run me over.  Even if there wasn't a better deck in my pool, I should have played like the pool was good.  I was quite harsh with my pool and as a result I wasn't playing as optimally as I could have.  With a better mindset I could done better in that DE.  For those curious, I built this version of the deck after I cooled off a bit.

Note: the 2 Returned Phalanx should be swapped for Bronze Sable and Fleshmad Steed.

Basically here we're trying to maximize the use of our 2 Ordeals to put enough pressure on our opponents to hopefully steal games that we wouldn't be able to win.  The deck isn't great, but it has a better and clearer route to victory than the UBw deck did.

The funny thing here is that I think both pools are mostly the same in terms of power level except that the 2nd has a little bit more depth so we could actually cut playable cards from the deck and still be okay.  The GW deck is the best out of any deck I tried to build, it doesn't abuse the Heroic mechanic much but you don't need it to start bestowing your creatures and trying to assemble Voltron.  It has outs to fliers and enchantments, and Nemesis of Mortals and Nessian Asp can go toe to toe with bombs.  It's an average deck, but it's probably one of the better average decks I've seen.

So, as always, if you have any comments, questions, or concerns, leave them in the comments section below.  Next week I'll be back with a primer on Theros Sealed and a draft video, so I'll see you guys next time!

Thank you for reading/watching!