It would be great if we knew what guilds are doing the best. Who won at your prelelease? If you placed, what was your pool? What was in your deck? It would be nice to see what to expect from certain guilds. Please show pics if you have your pool still intact.
At my 24 person prerelease, Orzhov won.
As for my deck, I don't recount exactly what I put in it, but just that it was a naya deck that averaged 3,1 cmc per card.
I had Boros and splashed green for Ghor-Clan Rampager and 3 other bloodrushers.
Boros appears to be the strongest based one all the reports I've seen. It put 7 people in the top 10 of a 70+ man event.
2. Dimir(Splash White)
3. Orzhov(Splash Blue)
4. Gruul(This was my placing)
After taht I don't really know. I know that boros did fairly well, although was not unbeatable with about half the Boros players placing rather high and the other half in the abysmal depths of the below.
I played a mid-range Gruul deck with 3 Disciple of the Old Ways and 3 Scab-Clan Charger that carried me hard in many games. Desceptively powerful cards. Threw in two Madcap Skills . Lackluster removal, however the combat tricks proved to function very similar to removal most of the time.
Rubblebelt Raiders and Legion Loyalist proved to be absolute bombs most of the time, and is brutal when you have both on the battlefield. That said, these cards only came out in something like 3 or four games. Most games were decided by my common/uncommon bloodrushers, particularly the two cards noted above.
Another advice: Remember Holy Mantle ? Remember how everyone was dissapointed when they saw it?
Well it's a bomb that wins games, so there.
Boros won at my LGS, but the 1st place guy got Aurelia, Firemane, Spark Trooper, 2 SunhomeGuildmages and a Trufire Paladin, and a couple of Boros charms, and enough crap to fill the rest of his deck as he went undefeated. Second place ran Boros as well, and splashed green I think. The rest of the top 8 were a mix of Boros/Gruul/Simic, with the occasional splash of black. No Dimir or Orzhov deck placed in top 8, though decent cards from those guilds made appearances in otherwise good decks.
I ran Naya, an almost equal mix of WGR, because my Boros pack sucked and my Gruul cards weren't quite enough, so I had to mix. It was effective, but getting mana screwed cost me a couple matches. If i hit my first four land drops, I won. That was how powerful those colors were; you didn't need much to win, and I did without rares in play or in hand in some of the games I won.
Bloodrush+Double strike means doom for your opponent, and 4 mana got that done easily...
My own personal rankings based on how I did were as follows:
*Boros (splashing blue)
*Dimir (splashing white)
*Gruul (splashing black)
*Simic (splashing black)
*Orzhov (splashing blue)
I really didn't get a lot of good control spells to enable extort.
I only know second and third place, and we both were boros.
Although, he had a firemane, reckoner, and auriela's fury, and i had reckoner, spark trooper, and a couple charms.
40 Man Event
Boros won our event, but the guy had so many bomb rares and Aurelia's fury to boot. However, the best guild in IMHO: Dimir. I didn't even have that good of a sealed deck and I did well and that is with ample land screwage. I felt Orzhov was the weakest actually.
At mine top 4 just went for a draw between all
I was simic
One was grull
One was Orzov had 2 thrulls, ghost councel, and 2 or 3 other good rares for his colors
and unsure about the last one
Don't remember exactly how many showed up, but it was quite a few, the prerelease had been sold out since Thursday, or so. However, I do remember who won.
1st - Boros (splashing green, I believe)
2nd - Me, also Boros
3rd - Simic
4th - Gruul
There was a tie, really, between 1st and 2nd and between 3rd and 4th, we actually just went 5 rounds of swiss with no top cut, and both I and the winner went undefeated. This was my deck, I believe.
Sealed Deck Show
2 x Daring Skyjek
2 x Firefist Striker
1 x Skinbrand Goblin
1 x Skyknight Legionnaire
2 x Warmind Infantry
2 x Assault Griffin
1 x Frontline Medic
1 x Scorchwalker
1 x Fortress Cyclops
2 x Foundry Champion
1 x Urbis Protector
2 x Furious Resistance
1 x Smite
2 x Martial Glory
1 x Arrows of Justice
1 x Mark for Death
3 x Boros Guildgate
8 x Plains
6 x Mountain
I played dimir at the prerelease and they did a lot better than I had anticipated, their promo was almost impossible to get off the board once it hit and it basically won the game a lot of the time; as for who won of the 5 guilds? I have no Idea, for some reason I went against 3 separate decks 3 times in a row before I flipped the table and went home, god the extort mechanic is agrivatingly annoying, going against a deck at a prerelease is like playing against a deck that was designed by accountants or anyone that works at the DMV... i'd say is a lot better off then anyone had anticipated...
Orzhov was the top winner in our 30 players. I on the other hand, did not do so well... I had great Orzhov midrange bombs, but not much survivability to get there. Most of my other cards were Gruul.
Played Gruul, I got my box has alot of mid to late game bombs and next to Nothing for early game that would work for Gruul no guildmages [got early game orzhov >.> and like 1 Cloudfin raptor and shamleshark[splashed U] and no boros outside of a 4 drop. Ended up gettting mana screwed on my 3 losses.
Played against 3 Gruul mirrors. won against 2[2-0 and 2-1] and last to the 3rd due to splash of boros 1-2 , lost against simic R splash 1-2, and lost to Dmir 1-2
I got 3 Skargg Goliath one was in the guildpack, 1 was foiled was in same pack as my Stomping Grounds , and other one was plan, 2 [c]Ruination worm , 1 Borborygmos Enraged and a few others also got Stomping grounds.
Anyways it was a 25-man. Boros and Orzhov sold out. Someone who got boros got alot of money cards[like $60+ worth according to someone who seen his pulls include Aurelia's fury[c] and [c]Domri rade
not sure on 3-5
not sure on 8th.
Gruul absolutely wrecked at the prerelease I went to.
But then again, about half the people were playing Gruul, so it's to be expected.
Top two were Boros at my prerelease.
It might be because Boros is the guild that benefits most from the guild pack (then it has a critical mass of battalion creatures). In a draft or a regular sealed when they're more scarce it might not dominate so hard.
Boros won; Dimir came in second (me :D).
It was mainly Boros and Simic in the top slots.
Unfortunately, our 25ish person prerelease was pretty skewed. Tons of Simic and Boros, then 3 Dimir, 2 Orzhov, and 2 Gruul.
Played in two pre-releases Orzhov both times.
In the first one (Friday midnight)I got only 5 extort cards total, but a ton of removal, but splashed blue and managed to win 2 of the 3 rounds (lost in round 1 to Boros player who got all the good Boros commons and uncommons, won against another Orzhov deck that splashed blue and a Dimir deck that splashed black).
The second one I did today (Saturday 2:00pm) got a crazy pull: Ghost Dad out the of the guild pack, Deathpact Angel, and Alms Beast out of two random boosters plus three of the guild mages. Won round 1 against another Orzhov deck (new player ran 60 cards in his deck, even though the store announced 3 times that the minnimum was 40 cards most of the new players to pre-release still build 60 card decks), won round 2 against Dimir deck that has a lot of good mill, but too few creatures, and won final round against Simic with splash of red that got too few creatures the first gaem and no blue lands the second game.
1st place: Orzhov splast red
2nd place: Boros, guy had two firemane avengers
I came in 9th (4-2) playing orzhov splashing red for boros charm and foundry champion.
At my 40 man prerelease, Boros took 1st with an undefeated record. The next 4 players all tieds, which contained 1 Dimir (ME!!!), 2Orzhov, and 1 Jank(I don't know how this guy was winning with 4 colors :/)
My opinion on top cards: Holy Mantle this card wrecked me. Bad. Crypt Ghast was fantastic ramp and the Extort saved my butt a few times even though I was Dimir. Dimir's Promo is the most deadly promo out there. Boros has a lot of removal and psuedo-removal it seems.
Gruul was terrible for me. I destroyed them so quick. Orzhov seemed to do the worst except for one guy who got really good cards from his packs, and I take back what I said about Cipher. Although some cards are still terrible like Last Thoughts alot of them are amazing. The threat they pose forced Boros players to change tactics, Gruul players to wait on Bloodrushing, and Orzhov suddenly had to race.
Simic seems the weakest in my experience.
I took 2nd at a 40 man event running simic without a splash. The cards I was most impressed by were Cloudfin Raptor and Adaptive Snapjaw . The raptor especially was a real workhorse, but another card that really turned out great was Leyline Phantom . Every time it hit I got to replay and trigger evolve on all my dudes again! The only on-color rares I used were Simic Manipulator and Diluvian Primordial and the primordial really closes games out fast by pulling their best spell out and slapping them with it. Againt boros I boarded in all my Clinging Anemones and that seemed to take care of the guys my fliers couldn't block. Hardest match up by far was Orzhov, my only loss came against a guy running tons of extort and cheap spells, couldn't hurt him fast enough and he drained me to death without attacking.
A friend and I just got done with a 2HG sealed prerelease event, and we placed 6th out of 30 pairs, having only lost once. I ran Orzhov with only extort and removal, and he ran Gruul with some white for Aurelia and a couple other tricks. It worked really well since most of my extorters were decent on defense and he had some big-backed reach guys to defend us while he built, and the opposition could never get a foothold on the battlefield because I removed just about everything that seemed problematic. Extort was great since it hits both opponents, for a total loss of two and gain of two, for just one extra mana. With three extort guys out, I could cast Smite and kill a creature and cause 6 life loss to their total and gain six for us. It was just nasty. Our one loss was basically to a mirror match, the only differences being a few rares and the like. We did great, got packs, and most importantly, had a great time.
Lesson to be learned: Orzhov and Gruul for 2HG, so neither player is trying to take the colors of the other deck and you can make solid, consistant decks....and then Extort for the win.
1. Dimir (insane pulls)
^These were all undefeated.
4. Dimir (splash white for Gideon and Deathpact)
2. Boros (me)
In the first one, I placed 9th with 3-1, my only loss to fourth. I played heavy Extort Orzhov.
I took second as Orzhov with a small red splah ( Aurelia's Fury and like 3 other cards), first was Boros and third was another Orzhov. However, it was a smaller, second rotation of 28 people compared to the first. There was only one Simic and one Gruul, around 5 Dimir and the rest were Boros and Orzhov, with Orzhov having a bit more, so the results are more than a little skewed. Extort plays really well and Alms Beast is a monster. Did surprisingly well despite opening two enter the Infinite in my sealed pool.
I played Boros. Won my first three games, lost 4th to the evenntual Simic winner and lost my fifth to a fellow Boros player who pulled Aurelia and a foil Aurelia's Fury. 22 Players and most popular guild was Simic by far.
I don't remember the exact placings of them, but the top 8 at my 81 pre-release were mostly boros and gruul, one orzhov was up in there. I was in the top 30 with Dimir, and every game I lost I had the opponent sweating. (Stating this because I had entered as Dimir expecting to do far worse than I did. As someone allready mentioned, the promo is a game-ender, and I opened a second one in my packs.) And while Boros had a decent positioning in the high rankings, the majority of them were in the lower 50%. Simic and Gruul were mostly mid-high placements. Whilst Orzhov ended up being fairly evenly spread across the map.
(As a side note, Boros made up ~30 of our 81 player pre-release.)
Boros won the prerelease I attended. Lots of copies of the strong 2 drops and a pair of firemanes. The shop only did 40 minute rounds, and didn't have a round clock others could see, so I feel like aggro had an unfair advantage. I had THREE games go to time and I was playing Gruul splashing Simic so it's not the most durdley deck. That was a downer and definitely hurt my prize payout (3-2-1)
On the positive side I conceded to two friends and that helped put Simic and Dimir in the top 8! I believe every one else in the T8 was boros or orzhov, with 3-4 being boros and 1st and 2nd.
I played Gruul in the first flight, won my first round but had mana issues the next two (just straight up lack of lands or flooding, wasn't being a 3 color or greedy) and dropped after becoming a 1-2 and out of prize contention.
I had planned on playing Orzhov or Dimir second flight, and was lucky enough to sit down and watch one of the older players who really knew how to build decks teach a newer player how to fix his Orzhov pool, and how to play it. I went Orzhov second flight, and hoo boy.
Extort extort, extort.
I had 9 Extort creatures I ended up running (I cut 4 syndicate enforcers simply because I had better things to do at 4 mana), 6 of which were 3 mana or less.
I was always planning the usage of my mana 3 turns in advance, extort exort extort. My opponents would be like "attack!" and I would be like okay I don't give a crap. Next turn I would recoup most of my loss, and eventually they began to have to leave the small guys back as my Basilica Guards clogged the ground. At which point I started using the two smite I had in my deck. They lose an attacker, the Gruul player even bloodrushed against me twice before becoming VERY afraid of bloodrushing after I had instant speed removal two turns in a row (only two instants I had, but the fear in his eyes was priceless in every attack step after that).
Round 3, I was up against Boros. First game the guy got a couple of small guys out and then got mana screwed/drew all his big stuff. Next game was probably the most complicated and intense game of magic I have played in awhile. There were 4 consecutive turns with 20 point life swings. I had a Wight of Precinct Six with a Gift of Orzhova and a Holy Mantle on it. But he dropped the 4WW angel that lets you choose an ability every combat step (lifelink/vigilance/fs), and he was choosing lifelink and attacking in with a Rust Scarab + the Angel. I couldn't block the rust scarab to use smite on it since the ability would still trigger. I eventually got him down to one life with the swings, and then on the next attack I used smite and extorted to one to finish him off. He called for a judge to make sure everything went down correctly, and in the process of redoing the attack for the judge we realized one of his guys was a pinger that had lifelink so he was actually at 2 not 1. So the game went on for another 3 turns before I finally topdecked some removal to kill his angel and then he pulled nothing that could kill my 11/11 pro-creatures flying lifelink creature over the next two turns.
It was around 10pm at that point, and I had been doing this since noon, so I drew with the my round 4 opponent to split the packs (4 round tournament, prizes based on record, not standings). Walked away with 11 packs, 2 of which contained shocks. So after a rough start earlier in the day Orzhov pulled through for me.
I think around 4 out of the top 10 were Orzhov, with no Dimir, and the rest Gruul/Boros, with one random mostly Simic, but splashing for sick bombs. One of the Gruul guys had had to call the judge over as he was opening his pool so the judge could confirm to his opponents that yes, he did in fact open 3 mythics, all in his colors, with 4 other rares in his colors (one was the promo). 2 Hellkites, Bourbawhatever, Rubblehulk, Rubblehulk promo, Gyre Sage (I had watched him open the packs and was remarking as he opened pack 6 he really needed some mana ramp... the pack delivered.), and don't remember the others... it was pretty sick.
Boros did really bad at my prerelease, and Orzhov wrecked face. I went Orzhov, pulled a Ghost Council in my Prerelease pack and got 5th out of 31. The life advantage is just crazy. Most other people who didn't run Orzhov ran Simic or Dimir and did alright. I think only one person ran Grull. (Minus splashing red for thngs like Domri Rade)
I played two flights on Saturday. First flight I played Boros splash black after pulling ghost council, spark trooper, and firemane avenger. With that I went undefeated with other Boros variants at the next two spots. Second flight I pulled a Aurelia's fury and another spark trooper and went 4-1. This time around I went more for the battalion using many 2-3 drops with it. Overall at my FLGS Boros was by far the winner with dimir doing the worse. First flight was 72 participants and third was roughly 60.
I went to 2 prerelease events at 2 different stores. At the first one, 6 out of the top 8 were Boros with the winner being Boros. With the event at the second store, 4 out of the top 8 were Boros with me being the winner & playing Boros. So, obviously from what I experienced I'd say Boros is by far the best.
I played dimir at our store and won 1st of 14. We had a couple dimir, mostly orzhov and Boros. 1 person played simic and one person playing gruul. My record was 4-1 with the loss being to another dimir deck...since my rogues could be blocked. I'm looking forward to building a more control type deck in standard based on my dimir experience at the event.
Went Orzhov and did terrible, although it wasn't the guild's fault. Extort was actually really awesome.
My pool was... weird. I would say "bad," but it got me plenty of good cards for other formats, so I guess I can't really be disappointed.
Started off with Obzedat, Ghost Council . Alright! Exactly what I wanted, and to be fair, the one game where he actually did come into play, he single-handedly won the game. First pack - Aurelia's Fury ! Eff yeah! Looks like I'm going BWR! Second pack - Sepulchral Primordial ! Bomb city!
Then the third pack - Sepulchral Primordial - Foil. OK, cool I guess. Probably can't afford to play both, but I'll have him for EDH!
Then the fourth pack - Sepulchral Primordial . OK, now you're just messing with me. Things were going downhill fast.
... and worst of all besides the Executioner's Swing that came in the guild pack, I got no removal. No One Thousand Lashes . No Mugging . Not even a Smite . With only a slew of low-drops and handfull of bombs, I had to find a way to merge together half an Orzhov deck and half a Boros deck (because I really didn't have the support to do a straight Orzhov deck).
Then it hit me: I have no mana fixing. No keyrunes. No gates (besides the one Orzhov one from the guild pack). No Prophetic Prism . This basically added up to disaster, as I'm sure you can imagine. Fury was a flop both times I played it. It basically just bought me a turn before being overrun.
TL;DR: Getting forced into a three color deck, with no ramp/mana fixing, no removal, and no mid game is a recipe for disaster. But at least I had fun!
Prerelease results: The top six coming into round 4/4 were 3 Orzhov and 3 Simic. I was playing another simic on table 1, table 2 had orzhov V. simic, and table 3 had the orzhov mirror.
4. Simic < Me!
5. I stopped keeping track, because this 3-1 wasn't in the first three tables going into round 4...
The winning cards were exactly what you'd expect: Ooze Flux for me (though Shambleshark performed above expectation), Nimbus Swimmer and Drakewing Krasis across from me, and 11 extort critters in the Orzhov deck that placed.
Played twice. The first night Boros was the clear winner. The second night had only about 13 participants, and Gruul won -- to be fair, the winner popped a Domri Rade , which was a powerhouse.
Night 1, I chose Simic, splashing Black and did pretty decently. My workhorses were Drakewing Krasis , Elusive Krasis , Mystic Genesis , and Call of the Nightwing or Midnight Recovery ciphered onto the Krasis'. Fathom Mage ended up being a heavy investment for a 1/1, and I never saw a single card draw from her, due to an almost immediate removal from opponents. Alternate art looks pretty, though. My hardest match-up was Dimir -- I had no way to deal with his unblockable rogues...
Night 2: I chose Orzhov, and decided to splash red after opening a Firemane Avenger . I also opened an Alms Beast and Obzedat, Ghost Council , so I was pretty firmly in place. Unfortunately, the council never saw play...
My workhorses for Orzhov were basically anything with Extort on it (it's a super fun mechanic, and it gets out of hand with 2 or 3 extort creatures on the board), Gift of Orzhova worked well on Deathcult Rogue . Alms Beast added an intriguing element to play, and was a really nice Turn 4 drop. I'm sure the Ghost Council is beastly, but he was always milled out by Dimir and their damned Consuming Aberration s!
The overall great cards in the set that I saw, excluding rares:
Guildscorn Ward (poor man's holy mantle)
Daring Skyjek (aggresive turn 2 drop)
Come to think of it, I didn't even play a boros deck. Guess that means I wasn't very good...
Midnight release with a 72 man pool I went 5-0 with 3 other people.
I picked simic and pulled a ghost council, so I made a simic deck and a seperate 40 card orzhov deck splashed boros. I won the first 3 matches on simic with some crazy evolve and bouncing combinations for re-evolving. Match 4 I lost game one so I switched to my B/W/R deck and won both games with Obzedat out. Match 5 the same thing happened, expect battalion won the day.
The next day I played a dimir deck with rogues and mill. 5-1 I had stolden identify, lord of the void, and the slum lord. I tended to get the slumlord out along with the skeleton that bounces to your hand with undercity informer to mill them out. I won the first 5, lost round 6. Never even saw lord of the void, consuming aberation was an all star.
Two headed giant I went 4-0 with double dimir boxes. I was dimir/orzhov, my friend was gruul with boros. I would mill until my consuming aberation was big enough and my partner would gruul charm or aurelia's fury them and I'd swing for the win with a counter in hand in case of some tricks. Won every match in under 20 minutes.
Overall I'd say all of the guilds are nuts if you run them right. Boros was always the first to go though.
My two flights, I went Dimir and Orzhov respectively. Boros had completely sold out by Day 2, but for a few people who preregistered for it. By the second flight, only Gruul was left so of the 48 people playing, probably 40 were Gruul.
Boros selling out wasn't unexpected given every single pro and amateur anywhere were saying it was the best guild by a country mile, but Dimir had almost sold out too, which was interesting. Gruul was easily the least-wanted guild, which is bizarre given how much people were talking up Bloodrush before the prerelease. Simic was second-least popular, but still popular, and Orzhov was slightly more popular again because although the two are comparably powered, my old local store is really removal-happy, so people were favouring Orzhov for all the removal spells they got over Simic.
Flight 1: Played Dimir splashing white for two Executioner's Swing, a Keyrune, and 1000 Lashes.
Game 1 of Round 1 (mirror), I had put a Death's Approach under my Bane Alley Broker when my opponent got a Consuming Horror out at 2/2 against my dominant board presence. I had mistakenly believed I'd put a Swamp under my Broker, so I didn't think to look, fetch the Death's Approach at end of turn, and then kill it immediately, and lock the game. I looted for three more turns, looking for an answer to the Horror, he countered all of my guys, ripped a few removal spells and got an unblockable Horror at 13/13 to kill me. Lost when I got stuck on two lands Game 2.
Round 2, another Dimir deck. Game 1, we did nothing of relevance for the first 5 turns, until I hardcast my Horror... for 0/0. Lost that game, won the next, drew on time.
Had a strong deck and won the rest, but my disgusting misplays cost me 4 packs.
Flight 2: Played Orzhov straight up. Buckets of removal, including the sweeper. Destroyed the first round, got paired against my Simic playing new-player friend, barely beat him by topdecking the Eviction to exile his Simic Keyrune which he had Ciphered double Stolen Identity on and made a mountain of flyers by copying my Pets and Griffins.
Round 3: Another friend, we ID'd so he could get dinner.
Round 4: Young kid playing Gruul. Don't know how he'd 2-1'd, because his deck and play wasn't great. Ended up second because of the ID, one other player had 4-0'd (neither me or my friend were paired up, we both paired down, weirdly).
I'd sponsored one of my friends to play (i.e. I pay his entry fee, and collect all his cards at the end), so my haul was pretty good given he won 5 (another ID against the same friend as me).
I ended up with 35 packs from the day, traded some stuff to get cards I wanted for both my EDH and Standard decks (Master Biomancer for Sorin, Rubblehulk nonpromo for Enter the Infinite, and 1 Sacred Foundry, 1 Assemble the Legion, 1 Molten Primordial and 1 spare Eviction for Obzedat and Fathom Mage to my Simic friend, for his Jor Kadeen EDH list.
In one flight I ended up with 4 Sacred Foundry (one in my prizes, 3 in my friend's Sealed pool). I also got a few bits and pieces.
I went RUG Simic and Dega Orzhov and got 3-1 both times. Was 3rd place with my RUG Simic deck.
Each guild can do well for itself, you just have to splash sometimes if you get bad pulls for the main guild.
Boros and Orzhov appeared to do well. I saw one guy with 2 x treasury thrull , 2 x orzhov keyrune , deathpact angel , merciless eviction and a bunch of early removal and extort. Needless to say, he did rather well.
Boros was very easy to win with if you had the nuts packs, and the nuts packs seemed to show up for a lot of boros players. Typically, two bomb rares and sufficient two drops to get to batallion by turn 4. wrecking ogre and frontline medic seemed to show up a lot (although not for me).
I opened Boros but only had spark trooper in my pack rares on color, not enough 2-drops, but quite a lot of extort. So I went into Orzhov splashing red for my guild promo and a cinder elemental and went 4-1.
I did not see the leaderboards at the 220 man event I went to but Boros and Orzhov seemed to be the best. I went 3-1 with Boros and the loss was to an Orhzov deck. Auralia the War Leader is as good as she seems, at least in limited.
I'm not sure where I placed (second?), but at the final prerelease of the weekend, I went 3-1 with Boros. I lost a round to land issues. A player who played Gruul came in first (apparently) with a 3-1 record.
When 4-0 with simic...had a crazy pool with Prime speaker, 1 simic minpulators, 2 fathom mages, and a breeding pool. Also 2 of the 0/1 flyers and 2 charms also 2 of the 6 drop flyers that make evoled creatures flying....pics in my other post. I think without the insane pool I would have not been able to out gun boros but my manipulator was whipping that ass tho. Orzhov got second and I know we had at least two boros decks in top 8
I just missed top 8ing at a 64 person event with Gruul. Game 3 of the last round before cutting to top 8 was not my friend. I had a bomb hand, if I could have drawn my 3rd land, or ripped any of my 1/2 drops off the top. Ended up placing 12th, and everything above me was Gruul ot Boros. Top 8 drew out if I recall.
My Boros and my Wife's Orzhov lists carried us to 3rd place (in again, a 64 person event) for the Saturday 2HG event. But my pool was fairly sick, and Extort is pretty sick in a multiplayer format. Dimir/Gruul and Simic/Boros split the win.
I chose Simic for the event, and didn't get the best sealed pool. It was more Boros than Simic (I even pulled a Gideon), but I went with Simic anyway. I didn't get a whole lot of decent evolve guys and only about one of each good common/uncommon one. I didn't get any charms, keyrunes, or guildmages, which made me sad.
Regardless of my mediocre pool, I went undefeated the first three rounds. I beat another Simic deck, an Esper deck (Dimir/Orzhov), and a Dimir deck. The next two round brought defeat at the feet of two Dimir decks, which milled the answers I needed before I could get them. I still made it to the top 8.
My run in top 8 didn't last long. I was playing against a Gruul player who ran Dimir instead. My deck decided it didn't want to ever give me mana again, and I ended up losing pretty quickly. I placed seventh out of twenty-seven and got three packs. My prize pool was satisfactory, at least.
Somewhat ironically, the Simic deck I beat first round ended up taking first.
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