~So I went to the Zendikar Pre-Release today, got my foil Rampagin Baloth promo, Planechase promo, six packs of Zendikar boosters and a whole lot of fun. Unfortunately, I did not win any matches. :(
I heard last night at FNM that several regular players would not be able to make it out the next day but there still was 22 players ready to crack blister packs with a similar number expected at day two (Sunday) event.
A brief video ->
Let's see what I pulled . . .
Rares and Uncommons -
White : Emeria Angel, Kor Duelist, Arrow Volley Trap
Blue : Archmage Asenscion, Aether Figment, Summoner's Bane, Living Tsunami
Black : Halo Hunter, Blood Tribute
Red : Lavaball Trap, Goblin Ruinblaster, Quest for Pure Flame, Hellfire Mongrel, Murasa Pyromancer
Green : Rampaging Baloths, Tajuru Archer, Cobra Trap, Frontier Guide, Baloth Cage Trap
Artifacts : Blade of the Bloodchief, Carnage Alter, Trusty Machete, Trailblazer's Boots
Lands : Graypelt Refuge, Jwar Isle Rufuge
And here is what I built . . .
2 x Shieldmate's Blessing
1 x Blade of the Bloodchief
1 x Kor Duelist
2 x Nissa's Chosen
2 x Khalni Heart Expidition
2 x Journey to Nowhere
1 x Kor Skyfisher
1 x Tanglesap
1 x Trailblazer's Boots
2 x Grazing Gladehart
1 x Oran-Rief Recluse
1 x Kor Sanctifiers
1 x Timbermaw Larva
1 x Emeria Angel
2 x Territorial Baloth
1 x Rampaging Baloths
1 x Graypelt Refuge
1 x Turntimber Grove
Result : 0 matches won out of 4 played . . . wahhh !!! - I really suck and definitely need more experience (and guidance) building a sealed deck. In my defence however, I did win some games of the matches I played. The local metagame here is fairly advanced and many the guys and gals who frequent the store to play have been doing so far longer than the two years I have.
I have to say I love the new landfall mechanic and did actually spring my Rampaging Baloth in at least two games - the mechanic as well as the Baloth are certainly worthy enough to build a fun casual MTG FNM deck with.
If you were able to get out to an event, I hope all had a blast, if not - the release event is next weekend !