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Episode 428 – Eldritch Moon Prerelease Report

Hey look, a prerelease happened. Ordinarily that would mean a live episode recorded at said prerelease, but we didn’t do this that time. Instead we’re doing it old-school style and talking about it on the next episode! And since Dirk didn’t hit a prerelease and we didn’t want to bore him, we grabbed our old buddy Bill to take his place this week! You know Bill. He’s also known as Squee over on Monday Night Magic. Yay! So yeah, set looks pretty cool.


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  1. Drew
    July 25, 2016 at 10:16 am | Permalink

    Glad you guys had an awesome prerelease! I ended up on a U/B control deck that clogged the board, killed some dudes, drew some cards and would usually win with either a melded Chittering Host, a Flipped Voldaren Pariah, or you know, casting Emrakul. The deck was also great at getting at least delirium (Epiphany at the Drownyard was an MVP at enabling this), so I’d usually cast Emrakul for 8 or 9 (which meant that the other player either conceded or was utterly wrecked by her mindslaver effect). I went 3 and 1 and had a ton of grindy games, but a ton of fun.

    • July 25, 2016 at 10:27 am | Permalink

      Holy crap dude, that’s awesome that you managed to play Emrakul AND do some melding at the Prerelease!

  2. Will
    July 25, 2016 at 3:15 pm | Permalink

    I love the prereleases at the store I go to. We have 4 rounds regardless of how many people show up and prize is paid out based on your record rather than standings. Doing rounds based on attendance and paying out by standing sounds crazy. Then again, my shop has 6 prerelease events starting at midnight Friday though Sunday, including 2 two-headed giant events, one Saturday and one Sunday, so rounds based on attendance wouldn’t work. There are some people who play in all of them, but I’ll never know how they can do it while not going crazy from a lack of sleep.

  3. Nathan
    July 27, 2016 at 5:59 pm | Permalink

    Glad to hear you guys enjoy my ramblings. didn’t mean to make this post so long but I hope you enjoy it anyway.

    My prerelease experience was weird. The only viable colors I had were white and black, but I had a ton of removal and low drops to play an amazing tempo game. Normally this would be great, but I had a problem.

    I ran 17 lands, yet somehow was consistently flooded, like are-you-playing-20-lands-or-something? levels of flooded. I lost two games in a row to that alone.

    Then, when I got cards to play it would be in the wrong colors, one game I lost because I either drew swamps or white cards… and I had more plains than swamps.

    the apex of horribleness was when I was flooded with swamps, but had Certain Death in hand (or as I call it, the slender man card) and was one mana away from casting it… and yet couldn’t play it… because I kept drawing white cards. so I managed to be mana flooded, mana screwed, AND color screwed at the same time. …ya.

    The games I did win were because I played a Geist Powered Scarecrow, which had the same effect as Hearthstone’s 6/8 with taunt: I was losing until I played it, and then magically I wasn’t losing anymore. That card single handedly allowed me to survive long enough to draw the lands I needed as my flood/color problem plauged me every round of the prerelease) to play my removal and claw my way back into the game. Apparently paying 1 more mana for your creatures isn’t that bad when you already have a 4/4 to attack and block with.

    ultimately I managed to go 2-2 getting me 5th place and 4 extra packs. Yes the store I went to did cut to top eight, but I think that’s more because they’re so small that its just easier for them to do so, and no one complains because everyone there is either casual enough to not care in the first place, or competitive enough to get to the top eight.

    thanks for what you do and for reading a post as flooded with words as my field was flooded with lands… of the wrong color.

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