Month: April 2016


  Hey, everyone! It’s time for your favourite Limited puzzle and mine, Pick a Pack of Pickled Commons! This time ’round, we’re going to investigate Shadows over Innistrad. Now, I had a bit of an Epiphany at the Drownyard a while back, and decided to switch things up for Shadows. Madness, right? Hopefully, these Pieces of the Puzzle aren’t too hard to put together!   (Scotia Is Going To Kill Me For This Pun Count: 4)   Today, we’re going to talk about Sealed. In Sealed play, you take six booster packs and construct the best 40-card deck you can out of what they contain. No drafting, passing, picking, or trading — it’s just you and those six packs. As a result, building for Sealed is a little bit of a different process than drafting, or Constructed deckbuilding. Your deckbuilding priorities will shift a tiny bit from the BREAD acronym I’ve discussed in the past. Everyone gets at least six rares or mythics and 18 uncommons in their pool (possibly more with the guaranteed transform card in each Shadows booster), so compared to drafting, you’re going to be facing some big bombs more often. In turn, removal becomes more important as well — whether they’re bounce, burn, or kill spells, having some way to deal with your opponent’s Reaper of Flight Moonsilver is going to be very important. (Scotia...

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THE MANA DORK— Hungry Like The Wolves

It’s good to have goals. Way back in January, I wrote about my three New Year’s Magic Resolutions for 2016—go undefeated at a draft, win a pod of Competitive Commander, and top-8 a Pre-Release or Games Day. I’m pleased to report that at the Shadows over Innistrad pre-release I attended at AMNG, I placed fourth overall with an RG Wolf/Werewolf aggro deck, knocking that particular resolution out of the park! This was at the 5 PM Saturday flight, me having officially decided I’m too old to do midnight pre-releases now. (No, it has nothing to do with questionable nutrition choices at previous pre-releases, nothing at all, why would you ask?) This was what I put together from my pool— Creatures 1x Convicted Killer 1x Cult of the Waxing Moon 1x Ember-Eye Wolf 1x Falkenrath Gorger 1x Graf Mole 1x Hinterland Logger 1x Incorrigible Youths 1x Loam Dryad 1x Mad Prophet 1x Quilled Wolf 1x Solitary Hunter 1x Thornhide Wolves 1x Ulrich’s Kindred 1x Ulvenwald Hydra Non-Creature Spells 1x Aim High 1x Burn from Within 1x Clip Wings 1x Dual Shot 1x Fiery Temper 1x Magmatic Chasm 1x Rabid Bite 2x Rush of Adrenaline 1x Senseless Rage Lands 8x Forest 8x Mountain I won a tense first pair of rounds against a very low-to-the-ground GW Humans deck and an intimidating UR Control deck, before losing to a GB Control deck...

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