2017.11.13

MTG Ixalan ship

Okay I'll put these in their own posts so they're easy to nav around.

Monday we did sealed at Barrel Harbor. Beers, cards, epic space battles on one side and the Panthers wrecking the Dolphins on the other. Also, a table dog:

Magic the Gathering draft Barrel Harbor Brewery dog weimaraner

Sealed: everyone gets six 15-card packs and builds a 40-card deck (17 lands). Like draft but different - larger per player card pool, but it's not a shared pool.

Nothing grabbed me as a card/tribe to build a deck around. I had a lot of dinos, but they were spread among the three colors. I had very few Merfolk or Pirates. It looked like I could put together a black/white vampire deck but didn't even have enough of those to have any choice. The difference from a draft was immediately obvious: I could decide on a tribe and zero in on these cards.
Vanquishers Banner Pious Interdiction Field of Ruin Unclaimed Territory
Duskborne Skymarcher Deadeye Tracker Seekers Squire Bishops Soldier
Bishops Soldier Skymarch Bloodletter Skymarch Bloodletter Skymarch Bloodletter
Paladin of the Bloodstained Lurking Chupacabra Bishop of Rebirth Bishop of the Bloodstained
Glorifier of Dusk Queens Agent Duress Slash of Talons
Skulduggery Demystify Vampires Zeal Rallying Roar
Contract Killing

Source.

Mana cost histogram
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Cards
Bishop of Rebirth
Bishop of the Bloodstained
Bishop's Soldier
Bishop's Soldier
Contract Killing
Deadeye Tracker
Demystify
Duress
Duskborne Skymarcher
Field of Ruin
Glorifier of Dusk
Lurking Chupacabra
Paladin of the Bloodstained
Pious Interdiction
Queen's Agent
Rallying Roar
Seekers' Squire
Skulduggery
Skymarch Bloodletter
Skymarch Bloodletter
Skymarch Bloodletter
Slash of Talons
Unclaimed Territory
Vampire's Zeal
Vanquisher's Banner


Well, I went 0-2, 0-2, 2-1 where my win benefitted from some unlucky draws by Corey. Everything I put out seemed to be removed, and my opponents were able to put together some great combos. The expensive vampires didn't do much for me, not like their peers in the dino realm.

What to do differently? Read on.
General purpose

Here are the other cards I've opened that are tribe-agnostic, with tribal ones to follow.
Hierophants Chalice Sunpetal Grove Gilded Sentinel Shore Keeper
One With the Wind Dive Down Sirens Ruse Depths of Desire
Cancel Duress Skulduggery March of the Drowned
March of the Drowned Contract Killing Sunrise Seeker Slash of Talons
Vampires Zeal Demystify Demystify Demystify
Legions Judgment Rallying Roar Ixallis Keeper Ixallis Keeper
Blinding Fog Rummaging Goblin Rummaging Goblin Trove of Temptation
Swashbuckling Dual Shot Rile Rile
Fiery Cannonade Demolish Demolish

Source.

White/green dinos

Eight dinosaurs in the white/green would mean filling with humans or whatever. Wasn't appealing and I think white/green is supposed to be the bad dino combination.
Territorial Hammerskull Steadfast Armasaur Looming Altisaur Bellowing Aegisaur
Belligerent Brontodon Commune with Dinosaurs Grazing Whiptail Colossal Dreadmaw
Thundering Spineback

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Red/white dinos

Ten here, I guess this would be playable with some tribal buffing.
Tilonallis Knight Dinosaur Stampede Rampaging Ferocidon Frenzied Raptor
Thrash of Raptors SunCrowned Hunters Sky Terror Territorial Hammerskull
Steadfast Armasaur Looming Altisaur Bellowing Aegisaur

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Green/red dinos

Nine in the green/red. Still short of the ideal 13ish creatures and I didn't pull any of the good low-cost creatures like Raptor Hatchling, Nest Robber, or Otepec Huntmaster (which itself makes dinos cheaper).
Commune with Dinosaurs Grazing Whiptail Colossal Dreadmaw Thundering Spineback
Raging Swordtooth Tilonallis Knight Dinosaur Stampede Rampaging Ferocidon
Frenzied Raptor Thrash of Raptors SunCrowned Hunters

Source.

Merfolk

Four merfolk in so many cards. Wow.
Watertrap Weaver Watertrap Weaver Jade Guardian Storm Sculptor
River Heralds Boon River Heralds Boon

Source.

Pirates

Eight pirates spread over three colors. Nah.
Desperate Castaways Dire Fleet Hoarder Shipwreck Looter Daring Saboteur
LightningRig Crew LightningRig Crew Brazen Buccaneers Dire Fleet Interloper

Source.

Rethink

In retrospect I should have just repeated what worked for me last time, though maybe I'd still opt for trying the tribe I haven't yet used.

Red-green gave me a decent suite of dinos, with a few possible mechanics:
The obvious weaknesses here are a lack of removal, flyers, and some high casting costs.
Sky Terror Bellowing Aegisaur Sunpetal Grove Unclaimed Territory
Trove of Temptation SunCrowned Hunters Fiery Cannonade Rile
Rile Tilonallis Knight Ixallis Keeper Rampaging Ferocidon
Frenzied Raptor Thrash of Raptors Grazing Whiptail Raging Swordtooth
Colossal Dreadmaw Thundering Spineback Swashbuckling Vanquishers Banner
Commune with Dinosaurs Dual Shot Dinosaur Stampede Demolish

Source.

Mana cost histogram
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Cards
Bellowing Aegisaur
Colossal Dreadmaw
Commune with Dinosaurs
Demolish
Dinosaur Stampede
Dual Shot
Fiery Cannonade
Frenzied Raptor
Grazing Whiptail
Ixalli's Keeper
Raging Swordtooth
Rampaging Ferocidon
Rile
Rile
Sky Terror
Sun-Crowned Hunters
Sunpetal Grove
Swashbuckling
Thrash of Raptors
Thundering Spineback
Tilonalli's Knight
Trove of Temptation
Unclaimed Territory
Vanquisher's Banner