Journey Into Nyx Prerelease Report

Categories Magic: the Gathering

Oh man this set is fun! I played Izzet, even though I had a white seeded pack. Woops.

Played in a prerelease yesterday at Anime Imports in Pacifica with a few friends. Good times were had. Here’s a brief report.

Omid's Sealed Izzet Jank

Creatures (12)
Bladetusk Boar
Forgeborn Oreads
Crackling Triton
Cloaked Siren
Nyxborn Triton
Purphoros’s Emissary
Spellheart Chimera
Prescient Chimera
Sigiled Starfish
Akroan Conscriptor

Enchantments (4)
Purphoros, God of the Forge
Font of Ire
Font of Fortunes

Spells (7)
Bolt of Keranos
Rise of Eagles
Portent of Betrayal
Titan’s Strength
Hour of Need
Voyage’s End
Lightning Strike
Lands (17)
Mountain
Island Sideboard 1 Nullify

I had a ridiculously strong white draw, but didn’t feel like playing it for some reason. I chose to build the “most fun” deck instead of the “most likely to win” deck. It’s prerelease. Whatever. 🙂

R1 vs. Brian (Golgari)

Brian took looooooooooooong turns, which can usually be frustrating if you’re on the other side. Oh well.

G1: On the play

For some reason he won the flip and chose to draw. I was okay with that. I hit him with one of my 2/3s a couple times, then blew him out with a [[Rise of Eagles]] followed by a [[Titan’s Strength]] on the consecutive attack phase.

G2: On the play

This time I got my intimidating boars out and hit him for 3 a few times, since he had no red or artifact creatures to speak of. Towards the end of the game, I played my [[Font of Ire]] (with 4 mana up) while he was at 6 life and had 1 creature out. He attacked me with said creature. I took the damage and went to 4.

In his 2nd main, he tried to remove my creature. I [[Hour of Need]]ed it and got a 4/4 flier out of it.

Untap, upkeep, draw, kill you with this sphinx and this font.

1-0 (2-0)

 

R2 vs. Kelly (Golgari)

This was an interesting match. Kelly was new to paper MTG, having only played on the XBLA Duels of the Planeswalkers 2013 version of the game… which is fine and all, but does a disservice to actually teaching you the game. Almost everything becomes automated by the engine. Tapping mana, drawing a card, moving through phases… etc.

G1: On the play

We traded blow for blow, then he had a huge turn where he got me from 14 to 6. Don’t remember how. I hit him with the boar a few times and ended up using [[Font of Ire]] for the win after a board deadlock.

G2: On the play

Oh man, best finish to any game of the day. Won by getting him from 12 to 0 in one turn.

It’s like, turn 8 or 9. I have a [[Font of Ire]] (MVP) in play. He tries to remove one of my creatures before blockers are declared. I cast [[Hour of Need]] in response. I am at 8 life, so I block his smaller creature and don’t sweat it since he’s tapped out.

Beginning of my turn, attack him, Font him, and cast [[Lightning Strike]], which I drew that turn. Wooo.

2-0 (4-0)

 

R3 vs. Jeremy (Boros)

Ugh. 3fast5me.

G1: On the draw

I lost.

G2: On the play

I didn’t damage him. I lost. He had that new 1-drop red heroic guy that gets a counter for each spell that targets him. He was able to target it with one (or more) spells every turn. I was dead by turn 5 or so.

2-1 (4-2)

 

R4 vs. Andy (Azorius)

Pretty much a repeat of the last match. Couldn’t keep up.

Also, I work with this guy and he’s an asshole, so this match didn’t count. Haha.

We split the 5 prize packs between us, so instead of him getting 4 (for going 3-1) and me getting 1 (for going 2-2), we did 3 and 2. Thanks Andy <3

2-2 (4-4)

 

Wrap-up

Yeah, I didn’t expect to go undefeated or anything. This deck was super fun and the new starfish is pretty amazing. It’s like a poor man’s [[Thassa, God of the Sea]]. Really awesome. Being able to scry before your draw step is rad in limited.

Headed back to Anime Imports today with my buddy Todd to hopefully take down some nerds in 2HG.

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