Amonkhet Pre-Release…SpartanNerd Experience

I was on the fence about playing in the pre-release this time.  My nerd closet is busting out, and I’m feeling a little overwhelmed with my stuff.  But after previewing the goodness of the Egypt themed Amonkhet, I couldn’t hardly wait to play.  So here is a review of my experience!

At midnight on April 22, the Tangled Web in Spartanburg SC had more players in it than I’ve ever seen there.  Maybe.  (Perhaps Theros had more?)    They totally hit capacity.  Pulled out every table and chair.  One guy voluntarily sat in the floor to build.  (He just wanted to.)

As usual, everyone was given a box.  Here is my box right after opening.

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This is one of the prettiest pre-release boxes I’ve seen.  And it has a neat construction as well.  Here’s what you get.  A nifty “Cartouche” box.  Six boosters.  A “The Trial of the Five Gods” card.  A stamped oil rare or mythic.  (mine is Throne of the God-Pharoh.),  And a deck builders guide.

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To save data, I am only showing you my rares, and a picture of my picks.  (The SpartanNerd Blog, like my nerd closet, is maxed out with stuff.)

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I crafted an incredible deck with the six packs of Amonkhet.  It has lots of flyers and just enough removal.   The god card is also very good, being indestructible, big and flying, and gaining you card advantage.

I have some small zombies that count as great early game removal.  And one of them, a rare,  has his own recurrence.  I have cards that return creatures from graveyard to hand, with Gravedigger being a classic. This is great for cycling or keeping annoying creatures out.  I pulled a big mythic angel but thought it not worth splashing for.  Throne of the God-Pharoah plus the curse is like insurmountable drain in this format. Bone Picker.  A black delver style card is also very good too.  

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You’ll notice I only have one Throne…It is a legendary artifact.  So I opted to only keep the one…probably the best move.  No one played artifact removal against me all night!

I won the dice roll every time, but like drawing more than playing first.  (I have a history of doing this in sealed.  It’s a good policy in the slower format.)

I took an early win.  2-1.  My loss was because of the poor choice to keep a hand without early creatures.  I think it unwise to count on playing control without any board state.  I didn’t see any -1/-1 counter abilities against my creatures for removal.  This guy played three colors.  Unwisely.   He had some big manticores.  But i was able to remove them.  

Round 2 against J.D.   a person I’ve rarely beaten.  He played green red.   I lost game 1,  A grind-y match,  where i drew a land when i only had one life, and needed removal.   Game 2 though…he played a red card that is 4/2, with a requirement that he discard a card, and got to tank an embalm creature.  Sick!   So he won that too.  I had the god in hand.  But couldn’t see the way of turning him on.  I felt good about my hand too.  But it just wasn’t good enough against what he had.  Sadness!

Game 3.  Creature stall for a long time.  My opponent cloned kefnet.   He almost decked himself as I held him off forever.  Then with two life remaining, he cycle-shocked me.   He took away game 2.   And i dropped

It was great fun!   I left for home at 4:15 AM.

WILL I PLAY TOMORROW?  (I did.  My deck was white-blue, featuring the white god Oketra.  Either I or my deck performed better.  But it was a slow deck that took awhile to get everything working.)

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SpartanNerd Vacation….A World of Nerdery

What did the SpartanNerd do on his vacation to North Myrtle Beach???  Here is a list, with notes…

1.  Swimming…Everyday.  I got the SpartanSmurfs input on a name change for them for this blog.  SpartanSmurf #1 will now be called SpartanTeen.  And SpartanSmurf #2 will now be called SpartanKid.

See.  That swimming time was a great time to discuss the important things in life.  I also spent the time to discuss Nature vs. Nurture with them, as well as the idea of Predestination vs. Free Will…and Plato’s Cave!

 

2.  Fishing…I have had a good run of fishing lately.  Mostly with rubber worms.  But they didn’t work in the marsh at the RV Resort where we were staying.  But the frozen shrimp did!

 

3.  Nerd Stuff Hunting….I was looking for a few specific things…6-Inch Darth Maul Star Wars Black Figure…Marvel Select Thanos…DC Comics from November 1982…and Spawn #10.

of these, I found two.  Thanos wasn’t costed cheapskate enough for me at $30.  But I found Spawn #10!  For $4.25!

 

 

4.  Magic The Gathering Core 2015 (M15) Set Pre-Release…This was a seeded sealed deck tournament.  Normally I don’t do well with sealed deck.  But this time I crafted the greatest deck!  I will get to the specifics in my next blog entry, but I made it to the top 4 and we split the winnings!

 

5.  Masters of the Universe Comics Marathon Reading…25 comics in 6 days.  Ka-Bamm!  (Except issues 7 and 8.  the art is really bad in those two.)

 

6.  Cable TV Watching.  There really isn’t anything on, is there?  Good thing I just have NetFlix at home!

 

7.  Aquarium…We visited the NC State Aquarium at Fort Fisher.  It was…OK.  Really the best part was the Butterfly Bungalow.  Fort Fisher was a complete DUD, however.  The best part was riding on the ferry from Southport to Fort Fisher and back.

 

8.  Eating at restaurants…The Biscuit Shack…ahem, The Shack is great food.  We also ate at…Becks Calabash, K&W Cafeteria, Big Daddy’s (In Fort Fisher…Ewww), and IHOP.

 

9.  Eating at Home…We shopped at the Wal-Mart so fiscally responsible that we had exactly enough food to eat seven breakfasts and lunches/dinners.

 

10.  Not playing guitar, recording music, singing, leading worship, blogging, or teaching…  It is good to take a break for awhile.  It helps you get refreshed.  Now I will try and finish my album before school starts back!