Prerelease: First Impressions

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Had the maximum 70(I think) players at my prerelease, and it was four rounds of fun. Our entire top 8 played 3+ color decks, and I believe all of them(at least 6) used blue. This doesn't mean blue is the best color in the format, but splashing for it is quite easy with all the mana fixers and the utility it adds is unmatched. I personally played a bant deck, mainly Selesnya splashing blue for some needed control elements, and I finished 4th. Funnest prerelease I've played in ever, and I'm really looking forward to drafting this set. What are your first impressions at your first prerelease of RtR? Any changes on your opinions of certain power levels or cards that suddenly stand out?
You are Red/Blue!
Probably not 70 players because I once got 6 rounds with just 56 players.

Mafia Game Slots:

1. Open

2. Hundred Acres (Dead Town)

3. Open

4. Open

5. Open

6. Open

I didn't go to a midnight prerelease and am heading out to my first event of the weekend in a couple of hours, so I'm looking forward to reading others' impressions.  I preregistered so as to get the guilds I really wanted to play (Azorius & Izzet -- don't know if they're the most powerful or whatever but those are color combos I enjoy playing) and am quite excited about the prerelease.

What do you think were the surprising cards?  More powerful/less powerful than you expected?
I played Rakdos.

I didn't pull much in the way of powerful cards with my boosters with the exception being dreadbore. The two off color pain lands, and shite for blue or green didn't warrant a splash.

I went 2-0 my first match easily, against Azorius, he simply couldn't keep up with my onslaught. Got out decently fast agaisnt him both games. The few creatures he had, I had answers for.

Second match, 2-0 as well. Slesnya. First game, put a pounding on him, second was a bit slower but he never developed whatever it is that deck is supposed to do.

Third match 0-2(WTF!) So this was easily the best opponent/best deck I faced all night. Solid cards through out, very little, if any filler. Slesnya again, with a splash of black for removal. First game brought him to three before he stabilized, I didn't have a turn three or four play which obviously cost me the game. Second game, I wasn't fast again, but managed to get a solid beating in before his bombs came out. That land that turns into an 8/8 with vigiliance was tough to deal with. I was pinging him with my wall(from 4 to 1) before he top decked Arrows, and won because of it. I needed one more turn. Would've loved to play a third game. (this opponent ended up going 4-0 overall, with the first match being a no show)

Fourth match 2-1 Slesnya, again! Smoked him the first game, just coldn't keep up. Stole his bomb and hit him for 12? iirc and followed up with an even bigger round next turn. Second game, I never delveloped, too slow missing turn three play. Match game he didn't have a shot, attack, attack, attack.

Summary:

I finished 3-1 overall and split the packs with the guy I beat. Right thing to do. 15th overall out of 100. Pretty solid return I'd say. I had a great time. Haven't played a single game in over ten years.  The folk at Gamingetc in Stratford were very good, and made the tourney run smoothly. I wish I could've played another sealed event today, RtR is loads of fun in limited. I made only two mistakes last night, pretty good I think.

The stuff you're probably looking for:

Detain is annoying. The blue commonwith detain and draw a card is pretty decent.  Very, very few can keep up with the speed of a decently built Rakdos deck. I'll edit later to add a decklist. I ran 17 creatures, 6 spells, 17 lands. All of my spells were removal of some degree. Savenge didn't particularly strike me as anything that great, and Unleash was amazing for my deck. I literally only didn't unleash once. Izzet's promo isn't as bomby as I thought it would be. I'll try to add some more about this later; but in short, removal is HUGE. Pay attention to what your opponent has first game, save it for stuff worth getting rid of. Mana fixing is EASY. three colors is not difficult in the least, but I'd only splash for removal or some sor tof bomb.
After this Pre-release, I really have mixed feelings...

I played Selesnya, splashing black, and got extremely lucky with the cards I opened. All of my rares where in these 3 colors.

Collective Blessing
Lotleth Troll
Wild Beastmaster *FOIL*
Chromatic Lantern
Necropolis Regent
Grove of the Guardian

Plus
Worldspine Wurm
Mana Bloom
... which didn't make it to the main deck, even though it was tempting to play the Wurm, I had no ramp at all.

My mana base: (17 lands)
2xSelesnya Guildgate
3xTransguild Promenade
1xRogue's Passage
1xGrove of the Guardian
2xSwamp
4xForest
4xPlains


I played 5 rounds (BYE at 1st match) and ended up 1-4.... I had mana issues in all 4 rounds I lost. Had to mulligan 2 times to 5, 2 times to 6. Got mana flood on another game... I won the 4 games I didn't have mana issues...


This is so much bad luck that it was really, really frustrating. But I really enjoyed the set, and I think it will be a lot of fun to draft it.


Note: I also got unlucky on removals got only 3. 2 of them were 6CMC.


Overall, I can't complain, I got great cards that clearly match up the investment. Laughing     
Haven't got time for a full post now but I went 5 colour, aggro/populate/control and went 4-1 (only lost to the winner) and that was close.  I know it sounds ridiculous but I really did and will post the full deck later.
Went 4-2 with a Golgari deck. Detain is just a pain to play against, I see why people were rating it the best, it it accounts for one of my losses.

Pack Rat and Stab Wound can both just win games on their own. Lots of fun.
I went 4-2 with a Selesnya deck splashing Black off Guildgate, two Axebane Guardians and 3 swamps (for Pack Rat, Stab Wound, Sluiceway Scorpion and Jarad's Orders). The other rares I got to play were Grove of the Guardian (promo) and Collective Blessing, both from my guild booster. Stab Wound was literally my only removal and most of my opponents had decks that were far stronger than mine, so I wasn't too disappointed with the result, though I lost R6 to fall short of top 8 (there were no playoffs, but still) after having been offered a draw that might get us there. In my board I had Worldspine Wurm (even with 3 pieces of ramp, completely unplayable. I ran a Horncaller's Chant and boarded it out most games because it was too slow), Supreme Verdict (my Blue was terrible) and the Rakdos rare that is an X/X depending on how much life opponent lost that turn because it was too color-intensive.

Selesnya did really well for me, I feel. It's probably the most reliably good guild, followed closely by Golgari, but I think Azorius/Izzet WUR decks (which gave me both my losses) have the highest potential. If I go to another prerelease, I'm gonna try Azorius, I think.
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Played Golgari, kept my deck G/B.  Necropolis Regent is a tank.  Loved that I pulled it.

Anybody pull a foil Treasured Find?  I was hoping to get one, but nobody managed to snag it.
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I went 5-2 by opening the bombiest Azorius/Selesnya deck ever (Archon, Armada Wurm, Supreme Verdict, Martial Law, and a metric ****ton of early fliers).

I lost to a nuts rakdos deck that finished in first overall (I was the only person to take a game off of him all tourney) and, surprisingly, Doorkeeper.dec absolutely rolled me.

AND STAB WOUND IS THE MOST FKING ANNOYING THING EVER.

I'm going back on Sunday at noon, and I am definitely taking Rakdos and hoping for Stab Wounds out the wazoo.  Seems like the way to win.

I played against:

Round 1: Rakdos
Okay deck, some stuff I wouldn't play probably.  Player made a few gameplay mistakes too, but nothing major.  He got a win with Hellsteed but in the other 2 games I just outlasted his stuff and beat down with Wurm/Archon. 

Round 2: Azorius (splashing green I think)
I don't remember this match much except I went 2-1, both of my wins due to the brokenness that is Armada Wurm.  I think the game I lost I got stuck on 3 forever.

Round 3: Rakdos (first place overall deck)
Jacked a game with Armada, but I got rolled hard to Stab Wound, Auger Spree, the destroy target monocolored thing, Annihilating Fire, Hellsteed, and a shitton of early unleash I couldn't outrace.

Round 4: Doorkeeper.dec
g1 I wiped his board of 2 Doorkeeper and the red pinging wall, but he topdecked better than me and won.  g2 he just milled me out before I could retaliate, and Hover Barrier stopped all of my offense.  He then dropped due to having stuff to do which ****ed up my tiebreakers but oh well.

Round 5: Rakdos
g1 got rolled by 3 Stab Wounds despite having board control very early.  g2 and g3 I rolled him while he got stuck on too little lands (he ran 15.  He did have a very aggressive deck but it wasn't aggressive enough to win early without multiple stab wounds) 

Round 6: Izzet (splashing for Hellsteed and Archon, 3 PRERE RARES OP)
His Hypersonic Dragon was no match for my Hover Barrier, Martial Law, and Armada Wurm in the 2 games I won.   He took 1 from me by using Teleportal for 21 on a stalled board, definitely a cool play.  G3 he drew a swamp and a plains without having Hellsteed or Archon which screwed him over early, definitely a greedy manabase.

Round 7: Golgari
This guy said it was his first prerelease.  A few gameplay mistakes but nothing too big, and a solid deck with lots of reach blockers.  I got Martial Law early both games and Archon at turn 7 both games just as I was about to die.  Both games I won the turn before he would have killed me.   Sometimes it pays to be lucky instead of skilled.


14/~85, I won a From the Vaults: Realms as a door prize (last time I went to that store I won a Goyf, so clearly I need to go there more often), got some sweet rares, and in a week I can head back to get some packs.  Definitely worth $25.

I'll post my deck/pool later, heading out to dinner soon. 
REMEMBER FLUFFY, mercilessly slain by the bastard Useless Mancer
Fluffy, the cute and cuddly baloth beatstick of marshmellowy fluffyness and lolz, om-nom-noming Keeper's wicked soul; its insane, deadly amount of cuteness rips the fabric of reality to shreds, its pink, soft, round teeth dripping with honey, every breath spreading the repugnant smell of fresh flowers, this horrifying creature of destruction devastates Keeper by spreading its deadly, all-powerful fluff over the countryside, laying waste to dragon and furry bunny alike. It comes howling out of the east, an endless rattling and gnashing of teeth, a twisted grinding pull on the very fabric of reality threatening to consume body and mind alike in an endless glimmering pink torrent. Nothing is more terrible than the sun glittering on its teeth, save perhaps the light glancing off the oily tones of the sequins that cover its hotpants. Of course, there was that child who tried to eat Fluffy, mistaking him for a giant, walking piece of cotton candy. That child... is now the almighty leader of Fluffy, controlling his every move, sending him to devour the people that cross his path. And Keeper. Because we said so. Nothing can stop Fluffy's march to victory, spreading the sweet smell of strawberries where ever it lays its mighty paw. Followed by many jolly fairies singing joyful songs about Fluffy's cuddlyness, the baloth wanders the mountains of Zendikarland on a quest to share the love with Keeper, tough love that is...
Fluffy, we'll miss you friend. We'll miss you...
Siggy Siggables
56544366 wrote:
My other name consideration was "Thermodynamics of Doom!"
58271798 wrote:
Master Yumyums! Master Yumyums! I made it even more unfun! Spirited Betrayal Sorcery All lands are copies of Night of Souls' Betrayal. The legend rule doesn't apply to them. *Headsplosion*
56267956 wrote:
76064519 wrote:
If they make Mono-blue control a viable option for FNM again, I'm going to force myself to browse 4chan while listening to Hannah Montana and Justin Bieber and then I'm going to read Twilight books before I go to sleep for 1 whole week...
I already do that.
56544366 wrote:
57718868 wrote:
I NEED GRADES TO MAKE ME FEEL SPECIAL.
Use of caps lock: 9/10
58438088 wrote:
We were goddamn slowly making our way towards those **** mountains. The road was all filthy and wet, bird **** on every step and eldrazi piss raining from the sky. "So those ****tards are finally awake huh?" my idiotic companion asked. "Yep, we're in deep ****, homie." "Wazzup?" "Nothing, just pissed." My companion looked to the sky. A drop of the eldrazi urine fell right in his eye. "Oh, man. Now I'm pissed too." As we were moving on, we were looking around on the innocent nature. Two baloths were doing it on the road so we had to make a little detour. The pools of piss were kinda unpleasant but at least it was warm so we had no trouble at night. "One gets used to piss running down your face you know." said my companion. "F'shizzle." answered I stoicly and kicked two rabbits, who were doing nasty things to each other's ass, in the ass. "Man one can't take a spit here without hitting some shamming animals." "Word. Zendikar sucks. Hope the eldrazi contribute a little to the population regulation." As my companion said that, a gigantic, 20 meters tall eldrazi slithered by. On it's arms and tentacles were remains of birds, rabbits, baloths, angels, planeswalkers, dragons, krakens and a few cities. We stood up and clapped loudly. "A few bitches less." (People don't get banned for such posts do they?)
58021268 wrote:
Am I the only one? Looking over the recent threads debating the merits of "Belgium," the various ideas to "fix" England and other topics which concern European nations, I'm struck by how much I don't care what happens. Britain and Spain are, to me, completely inaccessible due to the Atlantic Ocean, not to mention volcanoes and socialism. I sound like I'm bashing European nations, and I guess I kind of am. If you enjoy living in France, Luxembourg, Poland or any other, older nation, that's fantastic. I just don't see why there's such a huge uproar about a volcano that is mostly affecting a niche group of people.
57008088 wrote:
57036138 wrote:
56957928 wrote:
57052258 wrote:
Hell, I don't even like that they printed Pillarfield Ox
I'm real happy for you, and I'mma let you finish, but pillarfield ox has one of the best pieces of art of all time. Of all time.
Really? I don't really see the greatness.
It's an Ox. In a PILLARFIELD. That's like, a field of frickin' PILLARS, but to this Ox it just looks like an ordinary field of grass - because he is so BADASS.
56916508 wrote:
Finally, Master Yumyums just had probably the most boring, worthless card in the entire contest. Why would you need to give creatures -1/-0 on your turn? To beat them down with your nonflying blue aggro deck that plays a bad win condition card to win (and if you are playing the critters, why aren't you winning with them?!)? And the win condition itself is so mindblowingly difficult it seems like it was only made simply to fit the criteria.
Derivative Radial Tangent Calculation of Pure, Absolute, Utmost, Uncontestable and Utter Doom Newton's Second Law of Equations As an additional calculation to add to ~, reveal a Mathematical Equation from your hand, with a converted mana casting cost equal to a Prime Number. (Prime numbers are 2, 3, 5, 7, 11 13, 17...) ~ costs ƒ(x) = Σπ(δƒ(u)-ƒ(x)) if you're a fan of René Descartes in Facebook. ~ deals X damage to each creature your opponents control within a radius of X KM from ~, where X is the revealed Equation's converted mana cost. ~ deals Y damages to target player, where Y is the area of the Sphere (using the first 50 digits of pi as pi). ~ deals Z less damage, where Z is the distance in Lightyears from the centerpoint of the Sphere. Add up X, Y and Z and round it up to the closest number. Multiply the damage ~ would deal by m, where m is the number of multiples of that number. Calculate the first 50 Fibonaci numbers: Deal the difference between the 25-50th numbers, and the first 25 numbers. As long as the angular acceleration of an object t approaches maximum velocity relative to the cross product of a vector n and its bisector as the object passes through point Q at vector n's convergence in zero gravity, Disastrous Radial Tangent Calculation can't be countered. As long as you can do a geometric proof of anything on this card, target opponent must be doing one. Otherwise, he or she loses the game. (both games. you just lost the game.)
I used 3 colours, finised 7th and 4-2 with a Selesnya deck, with heavy help from golgari and black. Pulled an abrupt decay and an overgrown tomb.

Really fun day and lots of close games.  i thought the format worked extremely well. Well done Wizards. 
I'd be interested in what you thought of Trestle Troll and Centaur's Herald.
REMEMBER FLUFFY, mercilessly slain by the bastard Useless Mancer
Fluffy, the cute and cuddly baloth beatstick of marshmellowy fluffyness and lolz, om-nom-noming Keeper's wicked soul; its insane, deadly amount of cuteness rips the fabric of reality to shreds, its pink, soft, round teeth dripping with honey, every breath spreading the repugnant smell of fresh flowers, this horrifying creature of destruction devastates Keeper by spreading its deadly, all-powerful fluff over the countryside, laying waste to dragon and furry bunny alike. It comes howling out of the east, an endless rattling and gnashing of teeth, a twisted grinding pull on the very fabric of reality threatening to consume body and mind alike in an endless glimmering pink torrent. Nothing is more terrible than the sun glittering on its teeth, save perhaps the light glancing off the oily tones of the sequins that cover its hotpants. Of course, there was that child who tried to eat Fluffy, mistaking him for a giant, walking piece of cotton candy. That child... is now the almighty leader of Fluffy, controlling his every move, sending him to devour the people that cross his path. And Keeper. Because we said so. Nothing can stop Fluffy's march to victory, spreading the sweet smell of strawberries where ever it lays its mighty paw. Followed by many jolly fairies singing joyful songs about Fluffy's cuddlyness, the baloth wanders the mountains of Zendikarland on a quest to share the love with Keeper, tough love that is...
Fluffy, we'll miss you friend. We'll miss you...
Siggy Siggables
56544366 wrote:
My other name consideration was "Thermodynamics of Doom!"
58271798 wrote:
Master Yumyums! Master Yumyums! I made it even more unfun! Spirited Betrayal Sorcery All lands are copies of Night of Souls' Betrayal. The legend rule doesn't apply to them. *Headsplosion*
56267956 wrote:
76064519 wrote:
If they make Mono-blue control a viable option for FNM again, I'm going to force myself to browse 4chan while listening to Hannah Montana and Justin Bieber and then I'm going to read Twilight books before I go to sleep for 1 whole week...
I already do that.
56544366 wrote:
57718868 wrote:
I NEED GRADES TO MAKE ME FEEL SPECIAL.
Use of caps lock: 9/10
58438088 wrote:
We were goddamn slowly making our way towards those **** mountains. The road was all filthy and wet, bird **** on every step and eldrazi piss raining from the sky. "So those ****tards are finally awake huh?" my idiotic companion asked. "Yep, we're in deep ****, homie." "Wazzup?" "Nothing, just pissed." My companion looked to the sky. A drop of the eldrazi urine fell right in his eye. "Oh, man. Now I'm pissed too." As we were moving on, we were looking around on the innocent nature. Two baloths were doing it on the road so we had to make a little detour. The pools of piss were kinda unpleasant but at least it was warm so we had no trouble at night. "One gets used to piss running down your face you know." said my companion. "F'shizzle." answered I stoicly and kicked two rabbits, who were doing nasty things to each other's ass, in the ass. "Man one can't take a spit here without hitting some shamming animals." "Word. Zendikar sucks. Hope the eldrazi contribute a little to the population regulation." As my companion said that, a gigantic, 20 meters tall eldrazi slithered by. On it's arms and tentacles were remains of birds, rabbits, baloths, angels, planeswalkers, dragons, krakens and a few cities. We stood up and clapped loudly. "A few bitches less." (People don't get banned for such posts do they?)
58021268 wrote:
Am I the only one? Looking over the recent threads debating the merits of "Belgium," the various ideas to "fix" England and other topics which concern European nations, I'm struck by how much I don't care what happens. Britain and Spain are, to me, completely inaccessible due to the Atlantic Ocean, not to mention volcanoes and socialism. I sound like I'm bashing European nations, and I guess I kind of am. If you enjoy living in France, Luxembourg, Poland or any other, older nation, that's fantastic. I just don't see why there's such a huge uproar about a volcano that is mostly affecting a niche group of people.
57008088 wrote:
57036138 wrote:
56957928 wrote:
57052258 wrote:
Hell, I don't even like that they printed Pillarfield Ox
I'm real happy for you, and I'mma let you finish, but pillarfield ox has one of the best pieces of art of all time. Of all time.
Really? I don't really see the greatness.
It's an Ox. In a PILLARFIELD. That's like, a field of frickin' PILLARS, but to this Ox it just looks like an ordinary field of grass - because he is so BADASS.
56916508 wrote:
Finally, Master Yumyums just had probably the most boring, worthless card in the entire contest. Why would you need to give creatures -1/-0 on your turn? To beat them down with your nonflying blue aggro deck that plays a bad win condition card to win (and if you are playing the critters, why aren't you winning with them?!)? And the win condition itself is so mindblowingly difficult it seems like it was only made simply to fit the criteria.
Derivative Radial Tangent Calculation of Pure, Absolute, Utmost, Uncontestable and Utter Doom Newton's Second Law of Equations As an additional calculation to add to ~, reveal a Mathematical Equation from your hand, with a converted mana casting cost equal to a Prime Number. (Prime numbers are 2, 3, 5, 7, 11 13, 17...) ~ costs ƒ(x) = Σπ(δƒ(u)-ƒ(x)) if you're a fan of René Descartes in Facebook. ~ deals X damage to each creature your opponents control within a radius of X KM from ~, where X is the revealed Equation's converted mana cost. ~ deals Y damages to target player, where Y is the area of the Sphere (using the first 50 digits of pi as pi). ~ deals Z less damage, where Z is the distance in Lightyears from the centerpoint of the Sphere. Add up X, Y and Z and round it up to the closest number. Multiply the damage ~ would deal by m, where m is the number of multiples of that number. Calculate the first 50 Fibonaci numbers: Deal the difference between the 25-50th numbers, and the first 25 numbers. As long as the angular acceleration of an object t approaches maximum velocity relative to the cross product of a vector n and its bisector as the object passes through point Q at vector n's convergence in zero gravity, Disastrous Radial Tangent Calculation can't be countered. As long as you can do a geometric proof of anything on this card, target opponent must be doing one. Otherwise, he or she loses the game. (both games. you just lost the game.)
Well I typed my entire pool but then my computer deleted it all so nevermind.  It was pretty obvious to go WUG anyways.  Not typing that all again.
REMEMBER FLUFFY, mercilessly slain by the bastard Useless Mancer
Fluffy, the cute and cuddly baloth beatstick of marshmellowy fluffyness and lolz, om-nom-noming Keeper's wicked soul; its insane, deadly amount of cuteness rips the fabric of reality to shreds, its pink, soft, round teeth dripping with honey, every breath spreading the repugnant smell of fresh flowers, this horrifying creature of destruction devastates Keeper by spreading its deadly, all-powerful fluff over the countryside, laying waste to dragon and furry bunny alike. It comes howling out of the east, an endless rattling and gnashing of teeth, a twisted grinding pull on the very fabric of reality threatening to consume body and mind alike in an endless glimmering pink torrent. Nothing is more terrible than the sun glittering on its teeth, save perhaps the light glancing off the oily tones of the sequins that cover its hotpants. Of course, there was that child who tried to eat Fluffy, mistaking him for a giant, walking piece of cotton candy. That child... is now the almighty leader of Fluffy, controlling his every move, sending him to devour the people that cross his path. And Keeper. Because we said so. Nothing can stop Fluffy's march to victory, spreading the sweet smell of strawberries where ever it lays its mighty paw. Followed by many jolly fairies singing joyful songs about Fluffy's cuddlyness, the baloth wanders the mountains of Zendikarland on a quest to share the love with Keeper, tough love that is...
Fluffy, we'll miss you friend. We'll miss you...
Siggy Siggables
56544366 wrote:
My other name consideration was "Thermodynamics of Doom!"
58271798 wrote:
Master Yumyums! Master Yumyums! I made it even more unfun! Spirited Betrayal Sorcery All lands are copies of Night of Souls' Betrayal. The legend rule doesn't apply to them. *Headsplosion*
56267956 wrote:
76064519 wrote:
If they make Mono-blue control a viable option for FNM again, I'm going to force myself to browse 4chan while listening to Hannah Montana and Justin Bieber and then I'm going to read Twilight books before I go to sleep for 1 whole week...
I already do that.
56544366 wrote:
57718868 wrote:
I NEED GRADES TO MAKE ME FEEL SPECIAL.
Use of caps lock: 9/10
58438088 wrote:
We were goddamn slowly making our way towards those **** mountains. The road was all filthy and wet, bird **** on every step and eldrazi piss raining from the sky. "So those ****tards are finally awake huh?" my idiotic companion asked. "Yep, we're in deep ****, homie." "Wazzup?" "Nothing, just pissed." My companion looked to the sky. A drop of the eldrazi urine fell right in his eye. "Oh, man. Now I'm pissed too." As we were moving on, we were looking around on the innocent nature. Two baloths were doing it on the road so we had to make a little detour. The pools of piss were kinda unpleasant but at least it was warm so we had no trouble at night. "One gets used to piss running down your face you know." said my companion. "F'shizzle." answered I stoicly and kicked two rabbits, who were doing nasty things to each other's ass, in the ass. "Man one can't take a spit here without hitting some shamming animals." "Word. Zendikar sucks. Hope the eldrazi contribute a little to the population regulation." As my companion said that, a gigantic, 20 meters tall eldrazi slithered by. On it's arms and tentacles were remains of birds, rabbits, baloths, angels, planeswalkers, dragons, krakens and a few cities. We stood up and clapped loudly. "A few bitches less." (People don't get banned for such posts do they?)
58021268 wrote:
Am I the only one? Looking over the recent threads debating the merits of "Belgium," the various ideas to "fix" England and other topics which concern European nations, I'm struck by how much I don't care what happens. Britain and Spain are, to me, completely inaccessible due to the Atlantic Ocean, not to mention volcanoes and socialism. I sound like I'm bashing European nations, and I guess I kind of am. If you enjoy living in France, Luxembourg, Poland or any other, older nation, that's fantastic. I just don't see why there's such a huge uproar about a volcano that is mostly affecting a niche group of people.
57008088 wrote:
57036138 wrote:
56957928 wrote:
57052258 wrote:
Hell, I don't even like that they printed Pillarfield Ox
I'm real happy for you, and I'mma let you finish, but pillarfield ox has one of the best pieces of art of all time. Of all time.
Really? I don't really see the greatness.
It's an Ox. In a PILLARFIELD. That's like, a field of frickin' PILLARS, but to this Ox it just looks like an ordinary field of grass - because he is so BADASS.
56916508 wrote:
Finally, Master Yumyums just had probably the most boring, worthless card in the entire contest. Why would you need to give creatures -1/-0 on your turn? To beat them down with your nonflying blue aggro deck that plays a bad win condition card to win (and if you are playing the critters, why aren't you winning with them?!)? And the win condition itself is so mindblowingly difficult it seems like it was only made simply to fit the criteria.
Derivative Radial Tangent Calculation of Pure, Absolute, Utmost, Uncontestable and Utter Doom Newton's Second Law of Equations As an additional calculation to add to ~, reveal a Mathematical Equation from your hand, with a converted mana casting cost equal to a Prime Number. (Prime numbers are 2, 3, 5, 7, 11 13, 17...) ~ costs ƒ(x) = Σπ(δƒ(u)-ƒ(x)) if you're a fan of René Descartes in Facebook. ~ deals X damage to each creature your opponents control within a radius of X KM from ~, where X is the revealed Equation's converted mana cost. ~ deals Y damages to target player, where Y is the area of the Sphere (using the first 50 digits of pi as pi). ~ deals Z less damage, where Z is the distance in Lightyears from the centerpoint of the Sphere. Add up X, Y and Z and round it up to the closest number. Multiply the damage ~ would deal by m, where m is the number of multiples of that number. Calculate the first 50 Fibonaci numbers: Deal the difference between the 25-50th numbers, and the first 25 numbers. As long as the angular acceleration of an object t approaches maximum velocity relative to the cross product of a vector n and its bisector as the object passes through point Q at vector n's convergence in zero gravity, Disastrous Radial Tangent Calculation can't be countered. As long as you can do a geometric proof of anything on this card, target opponent must be doing one. Otherwise, he or she loses the game. (both games. you just lost the game.)
5-2 with Rakdos.  Won 6 packs - best I've ever done at a pre-release.

Rakdos is the real deal.  I was an inch from finishing 6-1 but I lost... to another Rakdos deck!  That guy finished second over all.

If you are going to do unleash, you have to go in to it and go in all the way.  If you do, you'll be handsomely rewarded.

I'll post my deck in my FNM decks thread in a bit.
I'm back.  Had a great time, did OK, 3-2 with an Azorius deck that splashed red so I could play the Niv-Mizzet I pulled.  My green and black cards were crappy.  Overall, flying is what kept me going in games, and I wrapped up two matches by casting Teleportal for its Overload cost.  That card suprised me as being a game finisher.

I HATED playing against Stab Wound.  It's perfectly named because if you don't take care of it with removal (either direct or by removing your creature it's attached to) you bleed to death.  Tomorrow I'll be playing Selesnya instead of the Izzet I'd planned.
I played golgari and got some pretty good cards. Jarad in my guildpack, and two(!) loltheh trolls in the same pack(one foil of course), an underworld connections and some other stuff, I just played straight black green since it was good enough (I could have had red with double auger spree, dopuble annihilating fire, double electrickery, and a street spasm). I had horrible luck though and went 3-3, several game I cpuld have one with just one more land which I never drew .
I'd be interested in what you thought of Trestle Troll and Centaur's Herald.



Trestle Troll was incredibly solid. Three mana and its body blocks most things without regen, and blocks practically everything with regen. If you ever scavenge on one it becomes incredibly hard for your opponent to win that game. I think regeneration is really strong in this set. Originally I thought I would rarely unleash Grim Roustabout, but I found myself attacking with it quite a bit. My Roustabout even fought of a Vraska the Unseen.


Centaur's Herald was decent. I assume the Selesnya decks really want this card. It did go down from my original evaluation. Before the prerelease I was thinking "This card is great, limited decks don't do things turn one anayway." Often I found myself playing a Guildgate turn one though, I had completely forgotten about that aspect of the format in my evaluation. So yeah, it's not always a turn one play if it is in your opening hand. A 3/3 is still fairly solid though and when you draw it late the chump aspect of the card is really nice. This format feels like it revolves around medium sized guys, small and big guys seem a little weaker. That was just my experience today though.

I'd be interested in what you thought of Trestle Troll and Centaur's Herald.



Trestle Troll was incredibly solid. Three mana and its body blocks most things without regen, and blocks practically everything with regen. If you ever scavenge on one it becomes incredibly hard for your opponent to win that game. I think regeneration is really strong in this set. Originally I thought I would rarely unleash Grim Roustabout, but I found myself attacking with it quite a bit. My Roustabout even fought of a Vraska the Unseen.


Centaur's Herald was decent. I assume the Selesnya decks really want this card. It did go down from my original evaluation. Before the prerelease I was thinking "This card is great, limited decks don't do things turn one anayway." Often I found myself playing a Guildgate turn one though, I had completely forgotten about that aspect of the format in my evaluation. So yeah, it's not always a turn one play if it is in your opening hand. A 3/3 is still fairly solid though and when you draw it late the chump aspect of the card is really nice. This format feels like it revolves around medium sized guys, small and big guys seem a little weaker. That was just my experience today though.



Much appreciated, thanks.
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Fluffy, the cute and cuddly baloth beatstick of marshmellowy fluffyness and lolz, om-nom-noming Keeper's wicked soul; its insane, deadly amount of cuteness rips the fabric of reality to shreds, its pink, soft, round teeth dripping with honey, every breath spreading the repugnant smell of fresh flowers, this horrifying creature of destruction devastates Keeper by spreading its deadly, all-powerful fluff over the countryside, laying waste to dragon and furry bunny alike. It comes howling out of the east, an endless rattling and gnashing of teeth, a twisted grinding pull on the very fabric of reality threatening to consume body and mind alike in an endless glimmering pink torrent. Nothing is more terrible than the sun glittering on its teeth, save perhaps the light glancing off the oily tones of the sequins that cover its hotpants. Of course, there was that child who tried to eat Fluffy, mistaking him for a giant, walking piece of cotton candy. That child... is now the almighty leader of Fluffy, controlling his every move, sending him to devour the people that cross his path. And Keeper. Because we said so. Nothing can stop Fluffy's march to victory, spreading the sweet smell of strawberries where ever it lays its mighty paw. Followed by many jolly fairies singing joyful songs about Fluffy's cuddlyness, the baloth wanders the mountains of Zendikarland on a quest to share the love with Keeper, tough love that is...
Fluffy, we'll miss you friend. We'll miss you...
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56544366 wrote:
My other name consideration was "Thermodynamics of Doom!"
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Master Yumyums! Master Yumyums! I made it even more unfun! Spirited Betrayal Sorcery All lands are copies of Night of Souls' Betrayal. The legend rule doesn't apply to them. *Headsplosion*
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If they make Mono-blue control a viable option for FNM again, I'm going to force myself to browse 4chan while listening to Hannah Montana and Justin Bieber and then I'm going to read Twilight books before I go to sleep for 1 whole week...
I already do that.
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I NEED GRADES TO MAKE ME FEEL SPECIAL.
Use of caps lock: 9/10
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We were goddamn slowly making our way towards those **** mountains. The road was all filthy and wet, bird **** on every step and eldrazi piss raining from the sky. "So those ****tards are finally awake huh?" my idiotic companion asked. "Yep, we're in deep ****, homie." "Wazzup?" "Nothing, just pissed." My companion looked to the sky. A drop of the eldrazi urine fell right in his eye. "Oh, man. Now I'm pissed too." As we were moving on, we were looking around on the innocent nature. Two baloths were doing it on the road so we had to make a little detour. The pools of piss were kinda unpleasant but at least it was warm so we had no trouble at night. "One gets used to piss running down your face you know." said my companion. "F'shizzle." answered I stoicly and kicked two rabbits, who were doing nasty things to each other's ass, in the ass. "Man one can't take a spit here without hitting some shamming animals." "Word. Zendikar sucks. Hope the eldrazi contribute a little to the population regulation." As my companion said that, a gigantic, 20 meters tall eldrazi slithered by. On it's arms and tentacles were remains of birds, rabbits, baloths, angels, planeswalkers, dragons, krakens and a few cities. We stood up and clapped loudly. "A few bitches less." (People don't get banned for such posts do they?)
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Am I the only one? Looking over the recent threads debating the merits of "Belgium," the various ideas to "fix" England and other topics which concern European nations, I'm struck by how much I don't care what happens. Britain and Spain are, to me, completely inaccessible due to the Atlantic Ocean, not to mention volcanoes and socialism. I sound like I'm bashing European nations, and I guess I kind of am. If you enjoy living in France, Luxembourg, Poland or any other, older nation, that's fantastic. I just don't see why there's such a huge uproar about a volcano that is mostly affecting a niche group of people.
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Hell, I don't even like that they printed Pillarfield Ox
I'm real happy for you, and I'mma let you finish, but pillarfield ox has one of the best pieces of art of all time. Of all time.
Really? I don't really see the greatness.
It's an Ox. In a PILLARFIELD. That's like, a field of frickin' PILLARS, but to this Ox it just looks like an ordinary field of grass - because he is so BADASS.
56916508 wrote:
Finally, Master Yumyums just had probably the most boring, worthless card in the entire contest. Why would you need to give creatures -1/-0 on your turn? To beat them down with your nonflying blue aggro deck that plays a bad win condition card to win (and if you are playing the critters, why aren't you winning with them?!)? And the win condition itself is so mindblowingly difficult it seems like it was only made simply to fit the criteria.
Derivative Radial Tangent Calculation of Pure, Absolute, Utmost, Uncontestable and Utter Doom Newton's Second Law of Equations As an additional calculation to add to ~, reveal a Mathematical Equation from your hand, with a converted mana casting cost equal to a Prime Number. (Prime numbers are 2, 3, 5, 7, 11 13, 17...) ~ costs ƒ(x) = Σπ(δƒ(u)-ƒ(x)) if you're a fan of René Descartes in Facebook. ~ deals X damage to each creature your opponents control within a radius of X KM from ~, where X is the revealed Equation's converted mana cost. ~ deals Y damages to target player, where Y is the area of the Sphere (using the first 50 digits of pi as pi). ~ deals Z less damage, where Z is the distance in Lightyears from the centerpoint of the Sphere. Add up X, Y and Z and round it up to the closest number. Multiply the damage ~ would deal by m, where m is the number of multiples of that number. Calculate the first 50 Fibonaci numbers: Deal the difference between the 25-50th numbers, and the first 25 numbers. As long as the angular acceleration of an object t approaches maximum velocity relative to the cross product of a vector n and its bisector as the object passes through point Q at vector n's convergence in zero gravity, Disastrous Radial Tangent Calculation can't be countered. As long as you can do a geometric proof of anything on this card, target opponent must be doing one. Otherwise, he or she loses the game. (both games. you just lost the game.)
Went 3-1 (7-4) at an afternoon release playing Azorius splashing green.  Beat Golgari twice and Rakdos once and lost to another Azorius deck (Rogue's Passage is a pain in any Azorius deck's ass.)  Opened several good rares, including a Jarad I couldn't play, but was a little disappointed that I didn't get any of the key Azorius uncommons (Skyknight, Guildmage, etc.) so I had a few issues with my matches in getting through.

My deck was:
1 Aquus Steed
1 Archon of the Triumvirate
1 Avenging Arrow
1 Azorius Arrester
1 Common Bond
1 Crosstown Courier
1 Detention Sphere
1 Eyes in the Skies
1 Giant Growth
2 Hussar Patrol
1 Jace, Architect of Thought
1 Martial Law
1 Rubbleback Rhino
1 Runewing
1 Selesnya Sentry
1 Skyline Predator
1 Stealer of Secrets
1 Sunspire Griffin
1 Tower Drake
1 Towering Indrik
1 Vassal Soul
1 Voidwielder

1 Azorius Guildgate
1 Grove of the Guardian
1 Selesnya Guildgate
1 Transguild Promenade
2 Forest
6 Island
5 Plains


Azorius is not a guild for the inexperienced. Especially with Golgari and Rakdos around, Azorius is all about holding the line and winning the long game.  I spent a lot of my matches under 8 life.  A few things I noted during my matches:

-Jace is obscene.  He ultimated twice during the tournament, once to get an opponents Worldspine Wurm, while the second didn't find a great creature from my opponent, but also pulled my own Archon into play and led to a concession.

-Golgari hates Detain...a lot.  Scavenge isn't nearly as good when the creature you're enhancing gets locked away.  Speaking of Golgari...

-Lotleth Troll is a beating, even without Corpsejack Menace.  I nearly lost to that card single-handedly in round 3.

-Civic Saber, Stealer of Secrets and Avenging Arrow are much better than I thought.  I drew more cards with the 2/2 than I ever did with most of the other common spells in the same vein.  The Arrow took out a Carnival Hellsteed even.

-Archon of the Triumvirate won me most of my games.  I thought 7 was going to be a little high, but I rarely had trouble getting there.  Azorius is good at making the game go long, even against the speed of Unleash.

-Flash is really good to take advantage of in Azorius. Hussar Patrol and Skyline Predator ate creatures all day long.

-Martial Law is just unfair.  

Those who fear the darkness have never seen what the light can do.

I've seen angels fall from blinding heights. But you yourself are nothing so divine. Just next in line.

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All I'm saying is, I don't really see how she goes around petrifying swords and boots and especially mirrors. How the heck does she beat a Panoptic Mirror? It makes no sense for artifacts either. Or enchantments, for that matter. "Well, you see, Jimmy cast this spell to flood the mountain, but then the gorgon just looked at the water really hard and it went away."
Aquus Steed seems unplayable to me. Was it? Did you have nothing else worth playing in that spot?
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Aquus Steed seems unplayable to me. Was it? Did you have nothing else worth playing in that spot?



First off, no I didn't have anything else worth putting in that spot.  And second, actually no.  It slowed beats down or kept the Rakdos player from attacking effectively because I was able to keep mana open to use on the attack and drop a Flash creature if he didn't.  It also helped null most fliers in the opposing Azorius deck until I could draw into something I could use against them. 

Those who fear the darkness have never seen what the light can do.

I've seen angels fall from blinding heights. But you yourself are nothing so divine. Just next in line.

191752181 wrote:
All I'm saying is, I don't really see how she goes around petrifying swords and boots and especially mirrors. How the heck does she beat a Panoptic Mirror? It makes no sense for artifacts either. Or enchantments, for that matter. "Well, you see, Jimmy cast this spell to flood the mountain, but then the gorgon just looked at the water really hard and it went away."
I went 4-0-1 for first place in a 32 man pool.  I played Selesnya with only a small splash of black.

Very happy with what I pulled: 

1x[C]Deathrite Shaman[/C]
1x[C]Trained Caracal[/C]
2x[C]Giant Growth[/C]
1x[C]Swift Justice[/C]
1x[C]Concordia Pegasus[/C]
2x[C]Vitu-Ghazi Guildmage[/C]
2x[C]Centaur Healer[/C]
1x[C]Wayfaring Temple[/C]
1x[C]Dreg Mangler[/C]
1x[C]Seller of Songbirds[/C]
2x[C]Axebane Guardian[/C]
1x[C]Selesnya Keyrune[/C]
1x[C]Towering Indrik[/C]
2x[C]Rubbleback Rhino[/C]
1x[C]Coursers' Accord[/C]
1x[C]Trostani's Judgment[/C]
1x[C]Risen Sanctuary[/C]
1x[C]Angel of Serenity[/C]

1x[C]Grove of the Guardian[/C]
1x[C]Selesnya Guildgate[/C]
7x[C]Forest[/C]
7x[C]Plains[/C]
1x[C]Swamp[/C]

The 8/8 token was pretty big for me.  Used a simple [C]Swift Justice[/C] on it once or twice in a pinch, when I was low on life.  Also having two of the [C=Vitu-Ghazi Guildmage]Guildmages[/C] was big.

This was my first prerelease, and I was obviously thrilled with the results.  My one draw was to Selesnya who splashed blue.  An Azorius deck took second place, and also won the earlier afternoon prerelease.
So for pre-release I picked Rakdos. I really wish I had chosen Selensya or Azorious, but I can't take it back now. I ended the 6 hour tournament 1-3-1. This was my first tournament so I wasn't completely upset about the outcome. In fact, I expected to do worse and end last. I ended next to last, so I'll count this as a win!

1 Ash Zealot (foil)
1 Dreadbore
1 Carnival Hellsteed (promo)
1 Cryptborn Horror
1 Tavern Swindler
1 Bloodfray Giant
1 Blistercoil Weird
1 Guttersnipe
1 Dead Reveler
1 Bellows Lizard
2 Drainpipe Vermin
1 Viashino Racketeer
1 Gore-House Chainwalker
1 Ogre Jailbreaker
2 Splatter Thug
1 Spawn of Rix Maadi
1 Daggerdrome Imp
1 Rakdos Charm
1 Auger Spree
1 Cremate
1 Racecourse Fury
1 Deviant Glee
2 Stab Wound
2 Rakdos Guildgate
7 Mountain
7 Swamp

I really wish I would have pulled better B/R cards for this, but I can't say I was disappointed in how I did with what I had.
 This was my first event I have ever played and I had a blast. There were around 60 or so players I believe, and I came in the mid tens (I think maybe 14.) I went with the classic Izzet (waiting eagerly for Dimir or Orzhov.) Anyway, my Hypersonic Dragon and Mercury Chemist or whatever were pretty boss. And Mizzium Mortars never let me down. Wound up winning 4 boosters, and when all was aid and done I pulled Rakdos, Isperia, Jace, and Jarad, and traded all those except Jarad. Oh and detain is annoying as all get out. Stupid Azorius kept me from being 4-0. Oh well 3 wins is fine by me.

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I signed up to play Izzet and went 3-1 (7-4) with a Grixis deck.



I knew I was going to either splash white or black when I chose Izzet and Rakdos gave me much better cards than Azorius did. I got really lucky and one of my packs had the Utvara Hellkite and a foiled Chaos Imps inside of it. I lost to a hyper aggressive Rakdos deck who came in first and I had to mulligan to 5 during one of our matches. I think this deck had a really good curve and played very well. 

A turn 1 Rakdos Cackler followed by a turn 2 Rakdos Shred-freak (both Unleashed) is brutal. Stealer of Secrets is amazing in this format and drew me so many cards over the course of the day. I really like throwing my creatures at my opponent's face and the Flailer was just a lot of fun and throwing him over my opponent's blockers won me a close match. My 3 beatsticks were all flyers, but won more of my games with an overloaded Teleportal and my smaller creatures than I did with the beaters. Essence Backlash kind of sucked for me (even though it won me my first match), but the only other counterspell I drew was Cancel and I am morally opposed to ever playing that card.

Some of my packs were really nice and I look forward to playing Golgari in the morning. Will probably splash Selesnya just to change things up, even though I think Rakdos would be better from experience.

From the previews it seemed Unleash was the weakest mechanic and Detain was the strongest for RTR but after playing against each guild I am surprised at how incredibly effective Unleash is in Limited. Detain is still the top mechanic being strong in both constructed and limited and is a pain in the butt to face, but Golgari seem to get screwed in Limited. Scavenge costs are ridiculously high and from what I watched while waiting for my next match (place only had room for 50 players to sit at a time so there were lots of spectators floating around), the only way to really play Golgari is by ignoring scavenge entirely. Overload is awesome and felt perfect for Izzet and really fit their fluff and play style and like Detain I am glad it will be viable in both constructed and limited formats. Love me some MOAR POWWA!! Populate can be hard to counter if the deck is built right, but like Scavenge, the costs tend to be high and I think is more geared towards a constructed environment

played azorius at the prerelease, was very impressed. detain is sweet and very powerful. as expected, new prahv guildmage is ridiculous, avenging arrow is good removal, and i feel like righteous authority is a legitimate bomb.
How is Avenging Arrow good removal?

On the attack it is actually just Sepent's Gift. On defense it is an Assassinate that you have to hold mana up for. I'd say its playable, but wouldn't go beyond that. 
So for pre-release I picked Rakdos. I really wish I had chosen Selensya or Azorious, but I can't take it back now. I ended the 6 hour tournament 1-3-1. This was my first tournament so I wasn't completely upset about the outcome. In fact, I expected to do worse and end last. I ended next to last, so I'll count this as a win! 1 Ash Zealot (foil) 1 Dreadbore 1 Carnival Hellsteed (promo) 1 Cryptborn Horror 1 Tavern Swindler 1 Bloodfray Giant 1 Blistercoil Weird 1 Guttersnipe 1 Dead Reveler 1 Bellows Lizard 2 Drainpipe Vermin 1 Viashino Racketeer 1 Gore-House Chainwalker 1 Ogre Jailbreaker 2 Splatter Thug 1 Spawn of Rix Maadi 1 Daggerdrome Imp 1 Rakdos Charm 1 Auger Spree 1 Cremate 1 Racecourse Fury 1 Deviant Glee 2 Stab Wound 2 Rakdos Guildgate 7 Mountain 7 Swamp I really wish I would have pulled better B/R cards for this, but I can't say I was disappointed in how I did with what I had.



Looks to me like you had some amazing R/B pulls for this deck.  You were able to run at least 4 on-color rares which is amazing.  I think the problem was that you were running way too many blanks.  Blistercoil Weird, Bellows LIzard, Drainpipe Vermin, Viashino Racketeer, Daggerdrome Imp, Rakdos Charm, and Racecourse Fury are all pretty bad in this deck IMO. 

With Rakdos, you really need to go balls to the walls aggro, stick in as much unleash as you can, and forget about blocking.

I would have dropped one of the above mentioned cards for another Mountain, maybe 2, without seeing your pool it's hard to know what else you could have done.

But at least at the top end, this looks like it had the makings of a pretty good pool.
First prerelease I went Selesnya, opened stuff in GW but no good splashables IMO. I drew against an Azorius deck because we had it drag out forever once we had achieved board stall, then I played my friend who was also Selesnya but had the legendary populate guy against my more aggressive build. So I went 0-1-1 drop (prizes went down only to 4-1).

Joined a mini PR then (16 players, 3 rounds, guarantee one pack even if you lose out) with Rakdos, but the pool was basically insane red with Izzet and Rakdos bombs so I went in three colors with a very controllish deck. That was fun actually, didn't have a lot of Unleash except for the Hellstead and another guy that can sac to deal its power in damage to opponent, so I got to stay somewhat control. Just a lot of insane removal and a guy that could draw 2 for U and discard a card to deal its CC in damage to a creature. Went 3-1 because I kept a shaky 5 cards hand on my third game of that match.

Then we joined 2HG and decided to pick Azorius/Golgari to spread out the wealth of multicolor cards as well as have a decent strategy (flyers + scavenge seemed nuts). I ended up splashing red too for Rakdos' Return (excellent finisher) and a 5cc common that deals 2 and force 2 random discards *to each opponent*, which is just insane in 2HG. We went 3-1 here as well.
2-1 rakdos, 0-3 izzet, 2-2 selesyna, today i'll be using golgari and azorious.

Rakdos standard really fast early game with my 4+ being removal. Out raced the matches i won, ran out of gas on the match i lost. Got em to 1 life and 3 life on the games i lost.

Izzet I had removal but the bodies were just...terrible. Played games against people who had good creatures...just couldn't hang so i flipped to junk. Did better and more competitive but still lost, sadly because its drawback was very little removal.

Selesyna (bant) first match i somehow got 6 creatures in 2 games. Hard to win when the bottom 12-14 cards of your library are 90% creatures. Beat a rug easy, faced a mirror he had some nice populate ran out of gas at 5 and 6 life. Then played another bant deck and smacked that down.

My impressions so far....everything seems to be okay or even good, azorious seems to be doing the best at my store. Except, izzet. It just seems really bad.
I went 6-1 and came in 5th in a 105 man pre-release playing Rakdos.  Three of the other 8 were in the Rakdos guild and 2 were golgari splashing red.  We decided to split the top 8 prize pool which left me with 18 packs! Overall, I think the consistency of turn one or two unleash guy into removal  or more unleash guys just came out on top of the grindier decks.

My deck specificly was able to punish bad keeps and mulligans with 3 of the 1/2 deathtouch unleash card and triple mind rot. It also helps that the rakdos top end can push through the remaining damage needed to win.

I had a ton of fun and ended the day with double abrupt decay, double steam vents, and a Rakdos along with alot of legacy cards that I traded for. I love this sets limited game and cant wait to see it drafted.
Without doing a more detailed write up.

I went Izzet, drew the first vs. Selensniya and beat the next 2 golgari decks and lost the third.  With Izzet, every creature has to be worth it's slot since you're going to be running a fair amount of spells, and your goal is to play for the long game where you can Inspiration.

Overall impressions, all the guildmages are good, as are all the guild charms.  I'm not sold on the keyrunes, except for Rakdos.

In limited you're going to end up 3 colors more often than not, know which colors your should be.

Draft bombs, nothing new here. Angel of Serenity flat out wins games, doesn't matter guilds or colors, it hits the field and your opponent better answer that in 2 turns.  I had several opponents scoop just from hitting the field.

Azor's Elocutors is pretty good, and not for the reasons you'd think.  It's a solid body, but you aren't likely to win through getting to 5 counters, though it is certainly possible, probably better odds in draft than sealed.  They're still good though because now your opponents brain is running on two seperate tracks, they think you're trying to win through the counters and will make some bad plays to stall it.  Keeping the opponent occupied with it gives you time to draw into real game winners or field better options, and if you've got the board control than it's just a win more card, and still a solid one.

Izzet is the one guild I think that has a solution to everything if you draft it well.  In the hands of a pro I expect them to be quite powerful, the same deck to a beginner will just get stomped.  I could probably say that about every guild but it's especially true with Izzet.  You're going to have to know when you can take the hits and when you can't.  Also knowing tricks like using Dramatic Rescue to kill a token to fizzle a populate effect.  You really need to know the tricks to not get stomped.  Goblin Electromancer doesn't hurt either.

There are some very efficient costed critters in this format, and also a number of ways to stop them or slow them down.

Most of the people at my venue went Selesnia, even though I faced mostly golgari.  I was worred about the Golgari scavenge expecting lots of small creatures that get killed only to feed big creatures later.  Turns out that scavange is really expensive on most cards at common, so it doesn't happen as often, and golgari seems to only be able to field a few.  This that they often only have a few creatures, and if you can take those out, their deck is done.

Think I'm going to try my hands at Rakdos later today.  Hopefully draw Mizziam Mortars again.  That card is the best solution to Selesnia centaur tokens.
Tolkein was a jerk. Seriously, what DM sends 9 Wraith Lords at a Lvl 2 party of Halflings. The only 'correct' way to play D&D is by whatever method is making the group you have at that session, have the most fun.
So sad, so bad. My prerelease was a miserabel experience and I didn't like the set at all. Maybe I'm partly to blame because I chose the weakest guild Izzet. Rakdos stomped me in every game. Didn't get any Frostburn Weirds or any good staller walls. My removal was okay and bombs were awesom 2x Hypersonic Dragon but when your creatures lack behind what can you do?

But I opened some shocks so at least I didn't lose all of my money!
The biggest fault was the guild promo because it maded every other deck to repeat itself. Like a beign slave for the theme.
I'm conflicted about being able to choose your guild during the pre-release and get a pack just for them.

What worked:
- Got people more excited about it.
- Got to play with pre-release promo (that dragon won me so many games!
- Got a GuildGate

What didn't:
Normally when you open 6 packs of magic cards, there's enough of a distribution of colors that you can go where your pool tells you to, no one pack will heavily sway the number of playables or deny other color pairs too many.
However when one pack is dedicated to two colors, you have to hope the rest of your packs can support it.

Case in point, I picked Izzet, but the rest of my pool was screaming "Play Core Green with Golgari and Selesnya!" If I had listened to the latter, I would've had a great curve of green creatures, several bombs... but 20 total playables and no mana fixing. With only a Seek the Horizon I needed to rely on either white or black (not both) to fill in the holes, but both sucked so I couldn't.

Instead I was stuck building less bomby, more consistent Izzet deck. I still went 4-0-1, but that's not the point. I would have rathered the extra pack to shore up my awesome green deck.
Also, I've opened 13 packs so far: only 1 Guttersnipe and no Pyroconvergence. I am a sad man.
My Deck was Golgari with red added:

Rakdos Keyrune
Auger Spree x3
Rites of Reaping
Trestle Troll x2
Dreg Mangler
Sluiceway Scorpion
Rakdos Ragemutt
Corpsejack Menace

Green:

Savage Surge
Slime Molding
Drudge Beetle
Gobbling Ooze
Centaur Herald
Oak Street Innkeeper
Gatecreeper Vine

Black:

Underworld Connections
Assassin's Strike
Dead Reveler x2
Daggerdrome Imp

Land:

Golgari Guildgate
Blood Crypt
Mountain x3
Forest x6
Swamp x6

Thoughts:

 I picked Golgari because so many people at my location were picking Selesnya and I didn't want to follow the crowd. I don't think Golgari is particularly good because I thought Scavenge would be much better than it was. I think I used the ability, maybe, three times in three matches. It just didn't work well with the pacing of the board. That made the Corpsejack fairly blah.

The Trestle Troll were very good and handled so much more than I expected. I also am a true believer of the Underworld Connections, it won me a match for sure. Auger Spree was good almost every time and I thought they would help me win, which they did but not as much as I hoped. Overall, the lack of really impact creatures and a sub-standard guild power put me behind the curve. I went 1-2 and then dropped so I could go watch football.
In my 4-0 deck I got Launch Party, Anihilating Flame, Auger Spree, Assassin's Strike, Ultimate Price, and Stab Wound. Ragemutt also did a lot of work for me. 
In my 4-0 deck I got Launch Party, Anihilating Flame, Auger Spree, Assassin's Strike, Ultimate Price, and Stab Wound. Ragemutt also did a lot of work for me. 



I had my R7 opponent put three auras on Ragemutt, and it saved him that game.  Even with only two, I still would have won.  Ragemutt can be super important for changing a race, which is what R/B is trying to do.
I picked Golgari as my guild. I really wish I went with Selesnya since I got a decent amount of populate cards and Trostani, Selesnya's Voice. I ended up making a mostly green/white deck splashing black. I opened up good rares Loxodon Smiter, Deadbridge Goliath, and Necropolis Regent. I went 5-2 on the strengths of those rares plus populate cards. I got really sick of seeing Grove of the Guardian. Five of my opponents were playing Selesnya and of course they played it every game. I faced about 15-20 8/8 vigilance tokens throughout the day. That wasn't very fun. I lost track of how many times I had to use regenerate on Grim RoustaboutTrestle Troll, and Selesnya Sentry to hold them off.

"This list much made Niche barf a lil' in his mouth, so I can be proud of that." -rstnme

Following community.wizards.com/go/thread/view/758..., I'd like to know where I got wrong. Since many of your are better players than I do, I'd like to get your opinion on my deck to do better next time.

 Creatures (13)
Centaur's Herald (token)
Slitherhead
Fencing Ace x2
Keening Apparition
Lotleth Troll
Sunspire Griffin later replaced by Seller of Songbirds (token) (after I got depressed with my mana issues) 
Selesnya Sentry 
Wild Beastmaster *FOIL* 
Trestle Troll
Towering Indrik
Korozda Monitor
Necropolis Regent (never had it in hands)
 
Others (11)
Druid's Deliverance (populate)
Call of the Conclave (token)
Chromatic Lantern
Aerial Predation
Chorus of Might
Eyes in the Skies (token & populate)
Knightly Valor (token)
Coursers' Accord (token & populate)
Assassin's Strike
Trostani's Judgment (populate)
Collective Blessing 

Mana (17 lands)
2xSelesnya Guildgate
3xTransguild Promenade
1xRogue's Passage
1xGrove of the Guardian (token)
2xSwamp
4xForest
4xPlains
  
SideBoard
Sundering Growth
Rubbleback Rhino was in my main at the beginning, but with my mana problems, it always ended up on the table too late to have any impact.

Thanks for your comments...
Went 3-2 my Prerelease, heavily relying on the back of a sub-par Azarious Air Force. 2 Keeper of Birds, 2 Azorious Runekeys, and a Spirit Warden a deck should not make. However, Knightly Valor and Supreme Verdict let me win games that I probably shouldn't have. I would have liked to have had more detain also.

Faced off against 4 Rakdos decks over the course of five games, and it was getting tiring towards the end. The final game I played against had 2 (2!) Ravenous Demons.... Rakd... the 6/6 for 2BB demons... which made it feel like the person was cheating. :D

Can't complain though. Got 2 Pain lands from the packs, and then drew 3 Mythics in my prize packs, so good things!
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