Epilogue and Final Thoughts...
Due to bad tie-breakers, I ended up #10 out of 62 players, got 3 boosters prize, and was overall really
happy about it.
The 1st Boros I lost to, went into TOP8 with the same result (5-2), while the 2nd Boros didn't make the TOP16 (limit of the prize pool), mainly due to lack of skills while his deck had all the ingredients to finish TOP8.
In the player pool, we had (can't remember the exact numbers):
- 20 Boros (~32%)
- 17 Simic (~27%)
~ 12 Gruul (~19%)
~ 8 Orzhov (~13%)
~ 5 Dimir (~8%)
I can't remember exactly who ended in the TOP8, but I know there was at least 4 Boros, a Simic and an Orzhov. I don't think any Gruul nor Dimir went into TOP8.
Most of them opened crazy pools. The Swiss winner opened both Aurelia and Aurelia's Fury.
The Simic was ridiculous. That player almost got a contruscted deck in his pool. Among others, he got: Fathom Mage
x2 Master Biomancer Prime Speaker Zegana Foil, of course. Zameck Guildmage
x2 Elusive Krasis
x2 Drakewing Krasis
x2 Spire Tracer
x3 Madcap Skills
x2 Ghor-Clan Rampager
...This guy is the archetype of the player you want to take them down a peg. Not only he's extremely lucky anytime he opens a single pack (I remember him opening Vraska the unseen - Foil, of course - at the RTR Prerelease) but he keeps on braging about how good he is, and how everybody else does play mistakes... Luckily, I played really few times against him, and I remember beating him once (without mana screw/flood) in a RTR draft. He couldn't understand what happened.I'm pretty sure there are a few guys like that at every single Magic store.
Back to the topic, Madcap skills
was the MVP of many prerelease decks. I advised a few players in Dimir and Simic/black to MD Bane Alley Broker
as he turned to be a lot better than people originally thought.
The Prerelease was mainly ruled by Boros (they were also so many...) and the few Orzhov decks.
I had a lot of fun playing the GTC Prerelease, and I'm looking forward to the next one in April.