Monday, January 28, 2013

Gatecrash Prereleases

So I went to three prereleases total. Wanting to try as many guilds as possible (in Return to Ravnica, I could only do two), I chose Boros, Simic, and Orzhov. Everyone wanted Simic at my local store, and Orzhov and Boros came after that. Gruul was a front-runner for the first one with it disappearing, but after, no one really went for Gruul. Dimir was the least played, but the most over-powered.

Of the three, I managed Top 8 in the third one (with Orzhov/Non-Green).

Some other occurrences at my local shop were a flood of kids (I mean under 12) that had no idea how to play and came for the first time. Personally, I recommend starting out playing casually with friends, then FNM. A sealed prerelease where you have a friend build a three color deck with 68 cards isn't the best place to start.

Also, my local shop ran out of lands (no one was returning them) around the second prerelease (this is why I always carry my full-art Zendikar land), and also, an Orzhov box was mis-packaged and instead included everything from Simic. Weird. Kind of like the Golgari box for RTR in some stores having rares in the land slot in the booster packs...

Anyway, here are the decks:

Boros (Actually Boros with a splash of black)

1x Boros Elite
1x Dutiful Thrull
1x Sunhome Guildmage
1x Wojek Halberdiers
1x Basilica Screecher
2x Bomber Corps
1x Daring Skyjet
1x Skyknight Legionnaire
1x Warmind Infantry
1x Firemane Avenger
1x Scorchwalker
1x Towering Thunderfist
1x  Foundry Champion (promo)

1x Beckon Apparition
1x Guildscord Ward
1x Shielded Passage
1x Smite
1x Boros Charm
1x Martial Glory
1x Skullcrack
1x Massive Raid
1x Assemble the Legion (totally awesome card!)
1x Orzhov Keyrune

1x Boros Guildgate
1x Orzhov Guildgate
1x Sacred Foundry (greatest pull from the box, aside from Assemble the Legion)
7x Plains
1x Swamp (foil, pulled from booster)
5x Mountain

Simic (Just Simic)

1x Experiment One
1x Shambleshark
1x Zameck Guildmage
1x Frilled Oculus
1x Simic Fluxmage
1x Slaughterhorn
1x Fathom Mage (promo)
1x Adaptive Snapjaw (in Limited/Sealed/Draft, this is pretty good...)
1x Nimbus Swimmer (art is sweet. So is the card...)

1x Bioshift
1x Burst of Strength
1x Forced Adaptation
1x Hydroform
1x Agoraphobia (perfect to lock down someone else's Adaptive Snapjaw...)
1x Naturalize
1x Skygames
2x Spell Rupture (Step 1: watch opponent tap all lands, Step 2: counter spell, Step 3: swing for game!)
1x Miming Slime
1x Verdant Haven
1x Last Thoughts
2x Way of the Thief (Great card for pumping Adaptive Snapjaw and then casting Miming Slime)
1x Skyblinder Staff

1x Simic Guildgate
8x Island
7x Forest

Orzhov (Orzhov with blue and red splashed)

1x Dutiful Thrull
1x Shadow Alley Denizen
1x Syndic of Tithes
1x Deathcult Rogue
1x Kingpin's Pet
1x Skynight Legionaire
1x Basilia Guards
2x Court Street Denizen
1x Slate Street Ruffian
1x Syndicate Enforcer
1x Treasury Thrull (promo)

2x Smite
1x Boros Charm
1x Dimir Charm
1x Martial Glory
1x Orzhov Charm
1x Blind Obedience
2x Contaminated Ground (perfect in Limited)
1x One Thousand Lashes
1x Killing Glare
1x Prophetic Prism

2x Orzhov Guildgate
1x Dimir Guildgate
5x Plains
1x Island (foil, pulled from booster)
5x Swamp
2x Mountain

Videos of box openings will come later today if not in a couple of days. They will be added to this post, and to the YouTube videos page.

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