When I went to the Return to Ravinica prerelease, I didn't get to choose a guild. They were randomly given out and no one wanted to trade away the one I wanted. It was still a good experience, but it was annoying reading on this site that we got to choose our guild and then being told at the tournament that no actually, it's pot luck.If you're going to tell us we get to choose our guild, make sure you sufficiently oversupply ALL the tournaments so we do actually get to choose our guild.Perhaps it's going to be different for Gatecrash, but I have seen nothing on this site acknowledging that this has been a problem, so I'm not expecting much...
76125763 wrote:Zindaras' meta is like a fossil, ancient and its secrets yet to be uncovered. Only men of yore, long dead, knew of it.
Haven't seen the Stasis argument in a while.
When I went to the Return to Ravinica prerelease, I didn't get to choose a guild.
I signed up for both pre-release events at my local gamestore. I enjoyed the 1st event (won 2 lost 4) with the Dimir kit, and didn't play past the 2nd round at the second event with the Boros kit.The first event was fun as there were lots of people so even though I didn't draw enough Dimir colored cards to make a Dimir themed deck I didn't have to play against a lot of power gamers who had much more experience than I did with making a 40 card deck on the fly. Same with the 2nd event, I just didn't have the experience (the 2nd event being the 3rd of all the events I ever attended, the 1st one being way back in an Ice Age Torunament.The 2nd day I pretty much sat there trying to survive while playing various Battalion creatures while the power gamer wheeled out his machine and just chewed me up. Since mostly the hard core guys showed up on Sunday after the late night Saturday event I didn't get to play against people that just wanted to play for fun. Both of my 1st opponents also had traded around with their fellow power gamers to make their machines run as well as they could. I personally didn't have any friends there to trade with.So overall, I don't think I will just whip out money for any more pre release events anymore, I'll wait till I can gather enough cards to make actual guild decks and not the mishmash decks I made.
boros saw heavy play and much win during my prerelease experiencegruul was both under-represented and underperformed. I expected to learn the power of bloodrush during the prerelease (because right from the cards, I didn't deem the ability very powerful) but I only got reinforced in my initial evaluation. I'd rather play a creature than use it as a two-for-one opportunity for my enemy.dimir was brutal, especially their promo cardsimic was too slow to be anywhere near competitiveI went orzhov, although I feared that they would be too slow, too, but I didn't want to play the fast guilds and also because I'm a benedictine monk and playing something church-related felt more appropriate.I went 3-1 which was two wins better than expected. my deck played rather aggro-ish, although it had 6 removals for backup. I only had 3 cards with extort. I had some fatties (the 6/6 guy who gave lifelink to opponents, the 4/7 white multiplayer guy, the 4/4 that fetches cards from the graveyard, the 3/3 flying guy who shrank enemy fliers, but even when they saw play, they usually didn't impact the game in any meaningful way. my games were won by my small creatures and that guild enchantment that gives flying and lifelink.
Boros was too powerful, I think. At my store, I played in the 4th "flight" (first Sunday one). On Saturday, there had been a total of 7 undefeated players across the three events - all 7 playing Boros. In my event and the third one Sunday, Boros was 8 of the first 10 guilds picked, because they were clearly winning everything.I picked Orzhov, and I 4-0ed, but it was just because my deck had crazy stupid bombs (Obzedat and Angelic Skirmisher mostly) and a lot of removal and some solid guys. After facing a Simic player who was clearly new to Magic in round 1, I faced three consecutive Boros players, all of whom suffered their only loss to me. Boros, man, too strong. Orzhov is also a clear second and Dimir/Gruul/Simic were all non-entities in the "top tables," basically. I expect things to be different without the guild pack around (for instance, it made Selesnya somewhat weaker in RTR compared to its prerelease), but Boros being the best SEALED deck when it's the guild most suited to aggro drafts? I dunno how that's going to go.