Monday, July 27, 2015

Gideon's Prerelease

And... We're back!

While the prerelease was a couple weeks ago, the one on MTGO I played on Saturday (the deck was horrible and we won't speak of it again) reminded me of the deck I crafted from my Gideon box. There wasn't too much to work with in the prerelease box, but let's take a look at what I had and what I built, but maybe there's something else I could have run with...

Pack #1
Pack #2
Pack #3
Ampryn Tactician
Fetid Imp
Smash to Smithereens
Healing Hands
Aspiring Aeronaut
Yeva's Forcemage
Mantle of Webs
Boggart Brute
Alchemist's Vial
Ravaging Blaze
Zendikar's Roil
Possessed Skaab
Outland Colossus
Herald of the Pantheon (FOIL)
1/1 Red Goblin Token
Dragon Fodder
Celestial Flare
Dark Dabbling
Orchard Spirit
Guardians of Meletis
Fiery Impulse
Knight of the Pilgrim's 
Conclave Naturalists
Bounding Krasis
Dwynen's Elite
Molten Vortex
2/2 Green Elemental Token
Healing Hands
Deadbridge Shaman
Smash to Smithereens
Ampryn Tactician
Elvish Visionary
Artificer's Epiphany
Mantle of Webs
Boggart Brute
Guardians of Meletis
Unholy Hunger
Zendikar Incarnate
Skaab Goliath
Zendikar's Roil
Harbinger of the Tides
1/1 Artifact Thopter Token
Pack #4
Pack #5
Pack #6
Infectious Bloodlust
Akroan Jailer
Send to Sleep
Might of the Masses
Undead Servant
Scrapskin Drake
Vine Snare
Cleric of the Forward Order
Lightning Helix
Shambling Ghoul
Joraga Invocation
Skaab Goliath
Malakir Cullblade
Hixus, Prison Warden
No Token
Infectious Bloodlust
Akroan Jailer
Thornbow Archer
Maritime Guard
Hitchclaw Recluse
Wild Instincts
Alchemist's Vial
Nantuko Husk
Bellows Lizard
Elemental Bond
Citadel Castellan
Fleshbag Marauder
Shivan Reef
1/1 Artifact Thopter Token
Akroan Jailer
Dark Dabbling
Chandra's Fury
Charging Griffin
Send to Sleep
Yeva's Forcemage
Mantle of Webs
Boggart Brute
Guardians of Meletis
Murder Investigation
Annointer of Champions
Enthralling Victor
Gaea's Revenge
1/1 Artifact Thopter Token
Seeded Pack
Charging Griffin
Suppression Bonds
Knight of the Pilgrim's Road
Mighty Leap
War Oracle
Blessed Spirits
Knight of the White Orchid (Promo)
Planeswalker Marker Card

Green/White Prerelease Deck

2-2-0 at Red Battle Games, 12 July 2015


x1 Akroan Jailer
x1 Anointer of Champions
x1 Knight of the White Orchid (Promo)
x1 Cleric of the Forward Order
x1 Elvish Visionary
x1 Herald of the Pantheon
x1 Citadel Castellan
x1 Blessed Spirits
x1 Knight of the Pilgrim's Road
x1 Orchard Spirit
x1 Ampryn Tactician
x1 Charging Griffin
x1 Outland Colossus
x1 Gaea's Revenge


x8 Plains
x7 Forest


x2 Alchemist's Vial

Other Spells

x1 Might of the Masses
x1 Celestial Flare
x2 Mantle of Webs
x1 Mighty Leap
x1 Murder Investigation
x1 Healing Hands
x1 Vine Snare
x1 Supression Bonds
x1 Joraga Invocation

Herald of the Pantheon  Outland Colossus  Gaea's Revenge  

Given some of the limited bombs I had in Green and the great supporting white cards, I felt my path was clear...

Knight of the White Orchid  Citadel Castellan  Celestial Flare

Looking back now, some sort of Blue/Red deck might have worked. I had Shivan Reef for mana, Harbinger of Tides, all the Send to Sleeps, and then Molten Vortex and some other cool red spells. Instead, I went with some weird blend of White/Green that worked some of the time. I'm thinking if I were to do it over, I'd add another land or two (lack of Evolving Wilds for color fixing) and I'd lose Herald of the Pantheon. An earlier version of the deck had more enchantments and with only three, this card served really no purpose. I probably should have dropped in Hixus instead, or done something with Zendikar's Roil. I kind of see my mistake now... Of course, all hindsight is 20/20, so it's easy to judge my mistakes and know exactly how to go about resolving them.

Hixus, Prison Warden  Zendikar's Roil

Now it's your turn... What could have made my deck that much better? Could I have taken the contents of my prerelease box and made something better in other colors? Let me know in the comments below. It's always great to learn from one's mistakes.

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