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Shards of Alara Prerelease

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I hit the first flight at Eastwood City last Saturday, September 27. Here’s my sealed pool:

The pool was pretty good, decent removal and I built the deck around fatties (Naya, obviously). I opened two Mythic Rares which was obviously above average. As a side note, I don’t know about the secondary market effect but when opening boosters, Mythic Rares are absolutely a home run. You find yourself excited to open every Alara booster in hopes of ripping a Mythic!

No game blow-by-blow this time. I went 3 and 1, losing in round 2 to an Exalted deck. I severely underestimated this mechanic in Limited;

[Angelic Benediction][1]

is a pretty big problem for the opposing player.

So I failed to win a prerelease shirt again (somewhat awkward since I had made a forum post asking if we would have prerelease shirts larger than XL!)

The packs I won didn’t have any good rares, so I convinced Switch that we should go play another flight (in hindsight it wasn’t that good an idea!)

My second flight pool:

This pool was significantly worse; I basically just put together all the removal I had and hoped I could control the board.

I only went 2 and 2 this time though; I lost round one after my opponent hit the cycling off Resounding Thunder before I did. I lost round four in two games – both to a resolved Realm Razer that left me defenseless.

So, 5-3 in eight rounds. It wasn’t bad, but it wasn’t good either.

Slops to the venue at Eastwood. The playing area was in the open, it was humid and later in the night we had to play in the dark and with rain pouring on the tents.

Anyway, Alara seems pretty good, especially in limited. The multicolor theme is always fun, and there’s surprisingly a lot of color-fixing available for four or five color decks. However, we probably won’t play at the release party, seeing as how we played the prerelease TWICE.

[1]: http://magiccards.info/autocard.php?card=Angelic Benediction


Comment by Benj on 2008-10-09 03:14:29 +0000

Nice blog you got here. Sana dumami pa ang mga pinoy MTG bloggers. 🙂

Question: How do you make the decklists look like the way they do in yellow

boxes? Even the cardnames have links. Do you do that manually? I’m really

interested in having the same thing for my own blog. 😉

Thanks in advance, and keep up the good work!

Comment by Roy on 2008-10-09 05:12:23 +0000

Hi Benj. I actually read your blog also, sana nga dumami tayo hehe.

About the decklists and cardnames, I do programming so I wrote a plugin for

Wordpress that automatically formats the decklists for me. Unfortunately since

you’re using Blogger, it’s more difficult since Blogger doesn’t support

plugins. It might be possible using JavaScript… I’ll think about it hehe