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By: xger, Xger
Aug 11 2017 12:00pm
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Last time, I started off with a 2-1 finish, beating opponents with Nicol Bolas, God-Pharaoh and Torment of Hailfire. Let's see what we have instore this time around!

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Introduction to Article Series

This series takes a look at one of the lesser written about formats - Friendly Sealed. For those unaware, it is the format closest to the old MTGO leagues, where you get to add packs over the course of the league. For the series, I will always add a pack and do a discussion of the additionally packs. For the initial pool, I'll try to do a decent overview of the pool and options, and then how much discussion there is for each pack will depend on how the pack changes the pool - it might completely change the deck or change just a single card.


I'll also include a value of the pool and pack, and might do some EV calculations (i.e. how much is the add-a-pack league worth). While it won't be true EV, it will be a real world application, which should highlight some of the variance you'll expect to see. Starting with the 7th league (the first Amonkhet league), I will include the record needed to break even or do better, which will vary based on the value of the set at the time. Generally, I will lock the prices I use for calculations at the first article, so unpredictable changes don't skew the results.

I am likely to do a mix of write-ups and videos depending on the article. As always, let me know if you have any thoughts on how to improve the series!

Friendly League 7 Stage 2

Well, this is the deck I had at the end of the first stage, and after that is the Hour of Devastation pack that I opened:

Friendly Sealed 7, Stage 1 - Hour/Amonkhet
Green/Black splashing Grixis… - 40 Cards Total
1 Scrounger of Souls
1 Gravedigger
1 Bone Picker
1 Ruin Rat
1 Rhonas the Indomitable
1 Sifter Wurm
1 Quarry Beetle
1 Tenacious Hunter
1 Oasis Ritualist
1 Hooded Brawler
2 Harrier Naga
1 Naga Vitalist
1 Feral Prowler
1 Exemplar of Strength
15 cards

1 Torment of Venom
1 Hour of Glory
1 Magma Spray
1 Ambuscade
1 Splendid Agony
5 cards
1 Torment of Hailfire
1 Doomfall
2 cards

1 Nicol Bolas, God-Pharaoh
1 cards
1 Crypt of the Eternals
1 Desert of the Fervent
7 Swamp
1 Island
7 Forest
17 cards



Quite sad my pool doesn't have Evolving Wilds, as that guarantees a land drop every turn, and it gets a lot of lands out the deck. Without that, or a lot of cycling or sac lands, Ramunap Excavator isn't that great. Otherwise it's nice to get Hashep Oasis to have a utility land. Other than that, Carrion Screecher is an interesting card. I know a lot of people don't like it as it is so fragile. But, it is also a 3 power flier, which can do lots of work in sealed. I have generally been playing them, and the 1 toughness has rarely been a make or break kind of moment. It is a serviceable creature.

Overall, not a super exciting pack, but not a complete bust other. 

So, here is the finished Stage 2 deck:

Stage 2 Matches:

Here, I went 2-1. Enjoy the videos:

Stage 3 Pack and Deck:

Of course, Stage 3 brings an Amonkhet pack, so let's see what we have here:

Friendly Sealed 7 Amonkhet Pack
- 15 Cards Total
1 Glyph Keeper
1 cards

1 Consuming Fervor
1 Decimator Beetle
1 Reduce/Rubble
3 cards

1 Cartouche of Strength
1 Colossapede
1 Compulsory Rest
1 Desert Cerodon
1 Dune Beetle
1 Festering Mummy
1 Hekma Sentinels
1 Hyena Pack
1 Naga Oracle
1 Painful Lesson
10 cards
1 Mountain
1 cards


Here is an overview of the value:

Category Value
Pack Value  $0.15
Winnings                                        30 PP
Costs $1.71
Outcome $0.15 + 30PP - $1.71

While it may have been strange to talk about how 67¢ was good for a pack, here is why. Every card is worth 1¢, the worst possible. However, given the 2-1, I got 30 Play Points, meaning that since AKH is so cheap, I technically came out ahead here.

Off the bat, there are some good cards for my deck, namely Cartouche of Strength and Decimator Beetle. Colossapede is also quite nice, though my deck is a bit on the heavy side. Glyph Keeper is an interesting card, and it might have been good if I have better blue to support it. While there were some gains in the two packs, it was not enough to really make blue worthwhile. And, splashing a double blue card is probably beyond my deck....

On that note, I finally break down and stop splashing anything. While Nicol Bolas, God-Pharaoh is very strong, it just seems unlike to be worth the splash, particularly because I have splashing two colors for it. I also have a reasonable replacement in Sandwurm Convergence. And, by picking up Cartouche of Strength, my removal is very strong, so there is no need to splash for Magma Spray. In all likelihood, I should have played it this way to begin with, but it was fun playing Nicol Bolas, God-Pharaoh.

Anyway, here is the Green Black deck I ended up on:


I kept in Desert of the Fervent for the benefit with Hashep Oasis and Sidewinder Naga.

Stage 3 Matches:

Again, I went 2-1, bringing me to 6-3. Enjoy the videos:

Final Value

So, I finished with a 6-3 record. Interestingly, given my valuable opening, breaking even here would not have taken much, even a 4-5 finish would have been above water, even after packs. Here is where I ended up:

Category Value
Pool Value  $22.59 + $0.67 + $0.15 = $23.41
Winnings                                        200PP + 30PP + 30PP + 30PP = 290PP
Costs 240PP + $3.96 + $1.71 = 240PP + $5.67
Outcome 50PP + $23.41 - $5.67 = 60PP + $17.74

Quite pleased with this result, as I recovered all of my costs, and can nearly get the next sealed as a result. Not a common result and luck dependent, but wow is it nice.

Wrap Up

While I would have enjoyed a better record, I definitely am happy with the fiscal outcome. Let's hope the trend continues. As always, I appreciate comments and suggestions!


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Nice. One suggestion: can you by Rerepete at Mon, 08/14/2017 - 06:49
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Nice. One suggestion: can you list the cards added/removed as well so we don't have to compare deck lists to figure it out (ala sideboard notes) Thanks