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Dragonsmaze Prerelease April 27, 2013

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In the prerelease today I chose Dimir as my guild and got Golgari as my backup pack. The Golgari was a lot stronger than the Dimir cards although most of my black removal spells came from my guild pack.

The green was better than most of my blue creatures and I had all the good scavenge guys. I’ll update with my decklist.

I went 3-1-1 on the day taking 6th out of 30 some people. The loss was to a 5 color mostly green blue fliers deck. That had red removal and drew better than me in both games. My tie was against a Boros/Izzet build that just gummed up the board.

Anyway here are the spoils of the day.



Rise of the Eldrazi Prerelease in Pittsburgh April 13, 2010

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Unfortunately for me I have to work this Saturday. But for those of you who play Magic: the Gathering I say happy day as you attend the Rise of the Eldrazi Prerelease. Emrakul, the Aeons Torn is your prerelease card. If this guy isn’t enough to get you excited about the prerelease you need to unleash your inner Timmy.

Attending the Prerelease in Pittsburgh

If you are planning on attending the prerelease in Pittsburgh make sure you double check the PES website right before you go. They have changed the location twice  since I’ve been keeping an eye on the event. As of right now the location is listed as the Omni William Penn Hotel in downtown Pittsburgh.

Also, make sure you bring your own supplies to the event. Like extra sleves and paper.

Study Up

If you plan on doing well make sure you get as much info as you can on the new cards. There has been more talk about what cards are going to be played than any other set I’ve ever seen released. Seriously. Keep an eye on blogs around the net for what cards you should be playing. This might not only be a helpful indicator for what is going to help you win, but also what others are going to be thinking about as they deckbuild.

Good luck and I will be with you in spirit as you strive to get to 15 mana to cast some of the most awesome creatures ever printed.

Worldwake Prerelease Video February 5, 2010

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This is Aaron, from Buymorecards.net.  Norm kindly asked me to show you what transcended at the Worldwake prerelease party here a week ago.  Luckily, nobody was hurt in the making of this movie.

Now that I think about it, a little bit got lost in translation, but you get the idea. Enjoy.

Worldwake Prerelease Recap January 31, 2010

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I hope everyone was able to attend a prerelease this weekend. Worldwake took me to the Crown Royal Plaza hotel in Crafton, PA where the staff was friendly and generous. Seriously, a chef gave me free coffee and the woman at the registration desk hooked me up with a notepad after PES ran out of score sheets.

Shot of about half of the room.

The above photo was about a half hour before seating was posted. We had around 120 participants at our release. I drove Aaron from Buy More Cards and Erik from my local shop. We crammed into my truck whose close quarters let us get to know each other a bit more than we were expecting. Aaron was expecting to Open Lotus Cobra, Abyssal Persecution and Jace. He scored a cobra at the Zendikar Prerelease so his expectations were rather high. Erik and I were just happy to crack some new packs.

I went 2-2 on the day opening up with a 2-0 start before letting my perfect day dreams crash around me. My card pool was one of the better sealed pools I’ve opened. The removal was spread across all my colors I had Hideous End and Anowon, the Ruin Sage in black. Red brought the heat with double Searing Blaze, and singles of Magma Rift, Cunning Sparkmage, and Lavaball Trap. I really only had one removal spell in white with Iona’s Judgment. My blue was pretty scarce (thankfully) and I was even using Oran-Rief Recluse as removal in green, yes I did get to kick this guy.

As for creatures I didn’t open any bombs, Anowon would have been a bomb if I had vampires to back him up. However I only had a couple vamps to support him and the double black casting cost seemed like a dead card with my build. Black in general turned out to be my splash color, mainly for Hideous End (I know double black in that cc too). White had potential with lots of Kors but I didn’t feel right playing it with my pool when I had stronger cards and bigger creatures. My final deck ended up being Red/Green/Black with an Ally sub theme. The Allies didn’t seem obvious at first but once I settled on those colors the best creatures were allies. Before this weekend I totally underestimated Kazuul Warlord, but he just owns when he gets out with some other Allies.

Two cards that really won games are Searing Blaze and Bestial Menace.

I’m pretty sure that whenever I resolved either of these spells I was able to win the game. Blaze is just awesome for two mana. This spell had me keeping mana in my hand once I was around 5 land so I could either landfall or draw into this 6 total damage dealing card of awesome. Whats that, you just cast Vampire Nighthawk? Looks like instead of gaining life you’ll be taking three and waving bye, bye. Blaze is pretty freaking awesome. Bestial Menace is as good as it looks plus some. I said I didn’t have any bombs but this spell is super bombish. Getting three creatures for one is huge, a staple in any limited format for sure.

On a final note, Aaron had his flipcam with him and we did take some video. We’ll see if it was any good as early in the day we took some film and took less and less as the day went on.

Worldwake Prerelease Preview January 29, 2010

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Tomorrow I’ll be hitting up our local PES prerelease in downtown Pittsburgh Robinson near the airport. There are so many excellent new cards so make sure you check out the spoilers on MTG Realm and Gathering Magic. Here are a few of the cards I’m excited about.

There are some really interesting new synergies that are going to add a lot of great new variation to constructed. Also tons of awesome limited cards.

Hopefully I’ll be able to make a quick video during the day so I can report on people’s first reactions to the set.

M10 Prerelease & Launch Parties July 20, 2009

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This weekend I was lucky enough to play a lot of Magic. Launch party Saturday and Sunday followed by a draft of M10. Collecting the new lands is a goal of mine and building decks that I otherwise wouldn’t touch, like mono red in draft and blue control in limited (don’t do control by the the way it is a loose loose IMO). Regardless the fun factor has been very high.

At the prerelease I had a luke warm experience with the cards. Rare’s including Shivan Dragon, Nightmare, Haunting Echoes, and I can’t even remember what else. I ended up playing black green with about 5-6 removal spells and Overrun. I finished 2-2 out of prize range. There were so few people at the Prerelease it was kind of sad. While I was familiar with most of the players I yearn for the days with the big events, multiple flights, etc. I do want to share this photo I took while at the event.


Pour one out for you mogg homie.

I had a lot more fun with the Launch Parties. Saturday at my local shop I played blue green with a focus on counter magic since I had about 6 counter spells. I don’t suggest anyone going this rout in the future if you hope to win a match. I did have a lot of fun playing the deck and one play I was able to gain 20 life with a Bountiful Harvest and Twincast.

My assessment on sealed and draft is that white has the best removal followed by black. Drafting in white Excommunicate, Divine Verdict, Pacifism, Safe Passage, and Harms Way are very strong. That is five cards mostly at common and in draft if you can collect enough you will have a lot of answers. I did ok with few creatures forcing mono red in draft. Fireball is good.

How were your M10 experiences. Is the set living up to the hype?

Alara Reborn Prerelease Today April 25, 2009

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Have fun everyone playing in a prerelease today. I’m planning on heading to the event in Cannonsburg this afternoon.

Feel free to send me a message or say hi if you see me.

Alara Reborn – Prerelease & Release card spoilers March 23, 2009

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Thanks to CopySix’s hound dog like research in digging up the spoilers for Alara Reborn‘s Prerelease and Release cards. You can check out his post here. The cards were translated from a French Alara Reborn poster.

Broodmother Dragon

Creature – Dragon (Mythic Rare)
At the beginning of your upkeep, put a 1/1 red and green dragon token with flying and devour 2 into play
Jean-Sebastien Rossbach, *53/145

I just think we found a viable application for Goblin Assault! WOOT!

I’ve got to give Wizards of the Coast a high five for the great work with Dragons in this block. Solid creatures that I really want to collect. Broodmother Dragon is all around awesome. Now if you could only delay your opponent from playing Bitterblossom until turn six…

Knight of New Alara

Creature – Human Knight
Each other multicolored creature you control gain +1/+1 for each of its colours.
David Palumbo, *70/145

I find in interesting that the official knight of new Alara is only green and white, but that is where my criticism stops. Almost like a light within that is going to have some real power in a completely multi colored block. I can’t wait to get my playset of this guy because he is going to be hot.

Prerelease February 1, 2009

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I have to agree with Norm on the disappointment of the prerelease format. I really do not want to attend the “big” prerelease in my area, but the people who put it on, PES, are the same people who put on Grand Prix Trials, PTQs, Regionals, States, and with out PES there would be little to no high level magic in my region. 

One thing we need to realize is a lot of the changes come from Wizards themselves and your local tournament organizer has to abide or risk being tattle-tailed on and lose their good standing to hold tournaments. An example is my local store was given eight boxes, of which were Conflux and Shards, to hand out as product and prizes and a stack of pre-re foils. Last Thursday they were told they could only hand out one foil per person -they would have handed the left over as door prizes- and the prize support would be limited to two packs times the amount of people who played. Therefore, if thirty people showed up, then 180 packs for product to play with and sixty packs would be handed out as support. What are they supposed to do if there are any packs left over? Throw them away. Destroy them. Not give them out as prize support.

I’m sure the “big” prereleases have similar constraints and I am shocked that there were no drafts, since there was a large out cry after Shard’s prerelease. Someone at Wizards has a good reason for limiting the support, but I have yet to figure it out.

Conflux Prerelease Recap Video January 31, 2009

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The people have spoken. I brought my camera with me today and here is a recap of my thoughts on Conflux. I didn’t spend time in between rounds to take any footage especially the second round as my deck was pretty slow. 

First thing’s first. I hate to complain about a prerelease because there is so much excitement about the new cards, but seriously Wizards what gives? Please leave comments to let me know what happened in your area. As I mention in the video, I  showed up at 8 a.m. sharp to get into flights early. I knew from people and the previous nights FNM that there weren’t going to be the usual flights but no one seemed to know what was going on. Anyway, there are a lot of people who showed up in between 8 and 9 to play. There was no flight, there was no draft there wasn’t even open duling. Basically the event is changed to just flights that start at specific times. No more main event, no more 32 man flights. Just strictly scheduled flights starting as predetermined times. 

I’m not so much bothered by the change, but rather how it occured. As I understand in the PES folks got the message late yesterday from Wizards about the changes. I’ve got to say this really sucks because I made specific plans to participate in the event early in the day. I was hoping to do two events and leave early afternoon. These changes pretty much prevented my plan from happening. The changes do make sense, because something I complained about during the Eventide prerelease is that I was only able to get into one event because I couldn’t get there until 1 p.m.  and these changes seem to try to fix that. The problem is that the current prereleases are very poorly attended compared to previous prereleases. So let me get off this rant, but it’s obvious that the prerelease is still kind of broken. 

How about those cards. Well I spend some time in the video talking about what I saw and used today. Cards that I liked, cards that are working, and how the heck are we dealing with these mana costs. Well I didn’t spend too much time talking about paying crazy mana costs but I did see some people win with 5 color decks. I felt that three color decks defiantly have a better ability to smooth out their base more than anything. 

Next I’ll be thinking about some standard builds with the new cards. One card in particular that I did open today, Master Transmuter. Everyone was begging to trade it, but I’ve got plans for her.