~I could not get out to the Saturday Alara Reborn Pre-Release but did manage to make it out to the Sunday one. I was happy to find that we did have more than enough players (to make it a DCI sanctioned event) and several players who were playing in the tourney the previous day but simply could not get enough of the new card goodness.
Here is the Match summary ( 2 - 2 ) . . .
Match One (Stewart) : Game 1 - Win, Game 2 - Win.
Match Two (Brian) : Game 1 - Win, Game 2 - Loss, Game 3 - Win.
Match Three (Mike) : Game 1 - Win, Game 2 - Loss, Game 3 - Loss.
Match Four (Pat) : Game 1 - Loss, Game 2 - Win, Game 3 - Loss.
Winning decks in this tournament were typically a Jund build - unfortunately, I had put together and Bant deck. I am totally ineffective in the sealed environment but must admit that I may have played only less than a dozen times or so. Having said that, I must also admit that I am seeing some marginal improvement. I thoroughly enjoy building decks and play-testing these in the constructed standard environment but realise that variety is good.
You can check out this video summary of the Alara Reborn Pre-Release and see the notes below.
This is the build I went with . . .
BANT BUILD (G/W/U) - 40 Cards17 LANDS : 5 x Forrest, 6 x Plains, 5 x Island, Seaside Citadel
1 Drops : Valiant Guard, Court Homonculus, Might of Alara
2 Drops : Knotvine Palladin, Steward of Valeron, Esper Stormblade, Cylian Elf, Call to Heel, Aven Squire
3 Drops : 2 x Rhox Warmonk, Lorescale Coatle, Winged Coatl, Guardian of Akarasa, Parasitic Strix, Obelisk of Bant
4 Drops : 2 x Bant Sojourners
5 Drops : Waveskimmer Aven
6 Drops : Sigiled Behemoth
7 Drops : Rockcaster Platoon, Yoked Ploughbeast
8 Drops : Kederekt Leviathan
Hindsight is a beeotch - After the event, I went home, grabbed a beverage and looked at the card pool again. This is what I should have played . . .
ALTERNATE JUND BUILD (B/R/G) - 40 Cards17 Lands : 6 x Swamps, 6 x Mountains, 5 x Forests
1 Drops : Hissing Iguanar, Shadowfeed
2 Drops : Jund Hackblade, 2 x Goblin Outlander, Maniacal Rage, Dragon fodder
3 Drops : Nyxathid, Knotvine Mystic, Matca Rioters, Savage Hunger, Branching Bolt, Wandering Goblins, Dark Temper, Llightning Talons, Resounding Thunder, Pestilent Kathari
4 Drops : Scavenger Drake, Sewn Eye Drake, Singe-Mind Ogre
5 Drops : Voracious Dragon
6 Drops : Morbid Bloom, Valley Rannet
Hey - I might even make it out to the proper Alara Reborn Release event (because I am salivating for that Knight of New Alara) and be much wiser for the above silliness. I did bring home a pack I won which provided me a Filigree Angel so I guess the day was not a complete loss.
. . . by-the-way - Does anyone else think that the art on both pre-release cards is worse than the regular cards ?