My Experience at the Magic 2015 Prerelease

I have been grinding Magic 2015 all weekend.

As you know, everyone got a free Sealed Deck prerelease event. I happen to have more than one account (highly recommended) so I got to play more than one event.

So far, I have gone 4-0 three times, having selected Black every time. There seems to be a mistake with the power balance between the prerelease cards.

Look at this guy.

indulgent tormentor

Is he broken in limited? You bet he is! In one sealed I even had two of him. I did not win that one, though.

I have written about one of my 4-0 Events here: http://mtgolibrary.blogspot.se/2014/07/tales-from-magic-2015-prerelease.html

This time, though, I will tell you of another event.

[d title=”Magic 2015 with Chandra, Pyromaster”]

Land
8 Mountain
9 Swamp
1 Urborg, Tomb of Yawgmoth

Creatures
1 Typhoid Rats
1 Forge Devil
1 Altac Bloodseeker
1 Torch Fiend
1 Witch’s Familiar
1 Krenko’s Enforcer
1 Paragon of Open Graves
1 Juggernaut
1 Nightfire Giant
1 Indulgent Tormentor
1 Will-Forged Golem

Spells
1 Heat Ray
1 Sign in Blood
1 Inferno Fist
1 Lightning Strike
1 Stoke the Flames
1 Haunted Platemail
2 Flesh to Dust

Planeswalkers
1 Chandra, Pyromaster

[/d]

My creature count is low but as most of the other cards are removal spells, I am fine with that. As usual I play zero non-removal enchantments to avoid getting 2-for-1:ed. I tried to be very careful when I cast [c]Inferno Fist[/c] so I would not get blown out. Card advantage is more important in Sealed Deck than in Draft, IMHO.

In retrospect I should not have played [c]Paragon of Open Graves[/c] with so few black creatures. He ended up getting sideboarded out a lot.

The big surprise of the deck was [c]Altac Bloodseeker[/c] who is really good in the archetype. At one point he attacked for six points of first strike damage. Not bad.

Here you can see me build this deck in four minutes. I have played a lot of BR in these events, so I knew exactly what I was looking for.

 

A little something about the cards I did not include in the deck

[c]Festergloom[/c]: After a few tournaments I stopped maindecking this. Excellent sideboard card, though, but a little worse than usual with all my red small guys this time.
[c]Leeching Sliver[/c]: Too expensive
[c]Meteorite[/c]: I maindecked this far too many times. But this time I managed not to.
[c]Mind Rot[/c]: Sideboard card. Ended up getting boarded in a lot. Maybe it is better in a prerelease where you know that everyone has a free bomb.
[c]Miner’s Bane[/c]: He is just too vulnerable for a six-drop. Getting him struck by lightning is the worst.
[c]Ornithopter[/c]: A trap. Never play it.
[c]Unmake the Graves[/c]: Too slow and situational
[c]Wall of Fire[/c]: Sideboard card against the green decks.

Do you disagree with my build? Let me know in the comments below.

The Matches

In round one I faced a really good UW Tempo deck. I thought UW Tempo wasn’t a real thing, but it turned out that it was. Watch duel two if you watch nothing else – it was super intense!

 

In round two I went against a nice Simic deck with Jace that I am sure tried to abuse bouncing ETB creatures. It did not work out for him as Chandra just ran him over.

 

UB Control seems like a hard archetype to get together, mainly because Blue seems so weak (it did not help that they got the worst of the prerelease cards). Here is a very competent player trying to control my Black Red anger.

 

In the final match I faced the best deck – Black Red! I told myself that I had to remember to save my removal for [c]Indulgent Tormentor[/c] and I would come out on top. Watch the mirror match here and then you know why BR decks dominated the prerelease.

 

More Magic 2015 Limited

You can see all the prerelease events that I, VaultBoyHunter and Anomulus0 played in the below playlist:

 

I sure hope that they give us more of these Phantom Points events at some point.

As you might know, I was very hooked to M13 and M14 (I did 100 videos with M14!) and I think I will fall in love with the core set again.

So, now, tell me what happened to you at the M15 Prerelease? Did you play? How did you do? Did you choose any other color than black?

Published by

Dan

Magic writer for MagicGatheringStrat.com and mtgolibrary.com Video maker on youtube.com/magicgatheringstrat Video maker on www.youtube.com/channel/UCuIXoVRYAX2KyMBtqq7JGxQ