Monthly Archives: October 2017

Ixalan Prerelease


After not posting about a few sets, it’s time for my normal autumnal attempt at regular posting. My “local-ish” game store in Oberursel had a launch sealed event with leftover prerelease packs. This was great in that I hadn’t had the chance to get to prerelease, and it also gave me a chance at getting the Fatal Push promo. My hopes were high.

While I had hoped for a somewhat organized pool from the prerelease pack, my promo was Dreamcaller Siren. I also opened an additional one in one of my six packs. I felt with those two cards somewhat obligated to go pirates and or flying creatures. The rest of my pool wasn’t strong enough in any two colors. So I attempted blue white black priates/flyers. After scrubbing out the first two rounds I rebuilt blue black red pirates. I knew three colors was a problem, but I was worried about a lack of removal. In hindsight Izzet Pirates was probably a better direction.

I don’t always make great limited deck building decisions (really I regularly make bad decisions in limited). One of the reasons for my bad decisions, is lack of repitition. I make it to an FNM once a month, usually late in the set cycle. I also don’t read up enough on what card is good in a given format. I would say evaluating cards for limited is not a strong suit of mine. I’m generally good at looking at a card and knowing if it will spike in price. That doesn’t help me though. Adulting gets in the way of playing regularly.

My other issue with evaluating cards is reading new cards in German and evaluating the translation. I can generally read and understand the cards no problem. I will however forget a piece of the rules text and undervalue a card. This happens regularly. I read all of my cards and since they are all new I forget what exactly they do. I will also use the art as the mental link for what it does. Two names for things isn’t helpful for learning a new set. I did open the new Jace, but he didn’t due much of anything when I played him. I think I didn’t have enough creatures in my deck to exploit the potential card advantage. So for me he was Jace, Useless Castaway.


Although at the end of the day, I had a fun time, and got that sweet sweet German Promo Fatal Push goodness…


I recently purchased an Apple Watch 3 (GPS), I’ll be posting a review here soon once I’ve used all of the features enough to write a mostly informed review. Next weekend we’ll be in Vienna, so I’ll be adding a review of the trip and pictures of the bus trip.