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A Few Thoughts on Eternal Masters Full Box Sealed

Eternal Masters full box sealed is the best limited format in Magic: The Gathering and it is one only a few will get to play since Eternal Masters boxes are so hard and so expensive to get. A few friends and I got together last weekend and we all got at least one box of Eternal Masters. Instead of booster drafts or regular 6 pack sealed drafts we decided to go all in and have a full box sealed mini tournament. It was the most fun I had playing Magic in a long while!

First off my deck.
1 Mother of Runes
4 Mogg War Mashall
3 Keldon Marauders
2 Young Pyromancer
1 Whitemane Lion
2 Dualcaster Mage
1 Ghitu Fireslinger
1 Beetleback Chief
1 Giant Solifuge

1 Swords of Plowshares
1 Firebolt
2 Chain Lightning
2 Carbonize
2 Rally the Peasants

10 Mountains
1 Plains
1 Mishra’s Factory
4 Wind-Scarred Crag

Eternal Masters full box sealed decks are like 40 card Legacy decks. My deck is an insane aggro deck but it didn’t do too well because it was a bit too fair. Here were a few things that actually happened.

  • My brother killed my whole board with Burning Vengeance and Flame Jab (plus a bunch of other flashback spells).
  • One of my friends got the soft locked with Isochron Scepter and Counterspell.
  • One deck had Entomb, Sensei Divining Top and the Worldgorger Dragon and Animate Dead combo.
  • One deck had 5 cascade cards in the deck for insane value.
  • I actually had to cut Swords of Plowshares for a game 2 which is unheard in any other draft format.
  • Finally, even my deck almost had a one shot kill with a bunch of tokens and Rally the Peasants.

Standard is to Legacy as Shadows Over Innistrad Sealed is to Eternal Master full box sealed. After playing this, regular drafts just feel boring. I am kind of tired of trying to get there with vanilla 2/1s for two. Unfortunately this may be a once in a lifetime deal since Eternal Masters boxes are approaching $300 a box but I am happy I got to try it at least once!

(If you are wondering I did OK in my box. I pulled a Maze of Ith, Sylvan Library, Duplicant, foil and non foil Shardless Agent, Maelstrom Wanderer, Vampiric Tutor, Sinkhole and couple of other good foils, commons and uncommons.)


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Random Pack Break: MTG Conspiracy

So I was playing an epic game of Commander at my local gaming store. But unfortunately after an hour of back and forth, I was one of the first players knocked out. (Never ever spare a Daretti…) So looking to kill the time and picked up two packs of Conspiracy…

Dack Fayden Conspiracy

and I pulled a Dack Fayden, the greatest thief in the Multiverse! It is probably the most valuable non foil card you can pull from Conspiracy. The other rare was actually a Dack’s Duplicate so the packs have a little Dack Fayden theme going around.

I have two Dack Faydens now and I want to brew something sweet with them. Currently it really only sees play in Vintage Delver decks. Maybe a control-ish Tiny Leaders deck lead by Shu Yun, the Silent Tempest? Anyways, I am drawing a blank but I am opened to ideas!

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MTG Repack Break: 2 T-shirts and 2 Packs & Brewing with Jeskai Ascendancy

This repack in K-Mart caught my eye the other day and of course, as usual, I just couldn’t resist.

Magic Cards and Tshirt Repack

It has two Magic themed t-shirts and two Magic packs (1 pack of Return to Ravnica & 1 pack of Khans of Tarkir). The two t-shirt are of the Boros guild and of Chandra. I think they are pretty neat and definitely worth it with the repack priced just over $20.

There wasn’t anything of note in my Return to Ravnica pack. I did get a foil Guild Feud (and the rare in the pack was Palisade Giant which is meh). I did pull another Jeskai Ascendancy in my Khans of Tarkir pack. This is one of my favorite cards printed in the last few years. It has so much combo potential and there are just so many ways to build around this card. In fact, it has seen play in Standard, Modern and Legacy. The new set Fate Reforged is going to add a number of sweet cards to the deck but I wanted to share you my Jeskai Ascendancy list that I have been working with.

4 Monastery Swiftspear
4 Seeker of the Way
4 Raise the Alarm
4 Hordeling Outburst

Burn Spells:
4 Lightning Strike
3 Magma Jet
4 Stoke the Flames (the FNM version of course)
4 Jeskai Charm

Draw and Filtering:
4 Jeskai Ascendancy
3 Treasure Cruise

4 Mystic Monastery
4 Temple of Triumph
1 Temple of Enlightenment
2 Mana Confluence
1 Shivan Reef
1 Battlefield Forge
2 Flooded Strand
4 Mountain
2 Plains
1 Island

This is a more aggro version of the Jeskai Ascendancy tokens list with more burn and a lower curve (compared to the stock list). If you get value out of the anthem effect of the Ascendancy that is great but you would be more than happy if you only just get the looting effect so you can draw gas. With Fate Reforged out next week, I am thinking of cutting 4 Monastery Swiftspear and 4 Seeker of the Way for 4 Monastery Mentor and 4 Soulfire Grand Master. The curve would be a bit higher so maybe I would have cut something like a Magma Jet or Jeskai Charm for another land.

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Post RTR Standard Brewing: Rabble Red

Mono red aggro decks are sure to be strong right out of the gate in Standard, post rotation. Here is my Sligh/ Rabble Red build.

4 Foundry Street Denizen
4 Firedrinker Satyr
4 Satyr Hoplite
4 Akroan Crusader
3 Mogis Warhound
3 Arena Athlete
4 Goblin Rabblemaster

4 Titan’s Strength
4 Dragon’s Mantle
1 Coordinated Assault
1 Hall of Triumph
4 Stoke the Flames

20 Mountains

Mono Red Heroic

The core of this deck is mono red heroic. There are 16 one drops, 6 sort of two drops (Mogis Warhound is not really a two drop) and 4 Goblin Rabblemasters. In testing, you really want to go one drop then next turn go combat, heroic enabler followed by another one drop. Lightning Strike won’t cut it anymore with cards like Courser of Kruphix, Butcher of the Horde, etc. Finally there is a minor token theme and I think Hall of Triumph would be insane. In fact, I have 1 more in the sideboard for mirror matches.

As you may have notice there are actually no actual Khans of Tarkir cards in the deck and that is not by design. The two strongest cards from the set for this deck is Monastery Swiftspear and War-name Aspirant. I am not sure if Montasty Swiftspear is in fact better than Satyr Hoplite. I am leaning towards the Satyr Hoplite for now because it can survive a Drown in Sorrows and maybe even an Anger of the Gods better. As I said, this deck doesn’t really want two drops. Arena Athlete is probably the weakest card of the deck though but the “can not block” ability is so powerful that if you cut Arena Athlete for War-name Aspirant you also need to cut some one drops for Frenzied Goblin or heroic enablers for Hammerhand. War-name Aspirant is also a nombo with Foundry Street Denizen.

It is hard to build a sideboard right now but I am going with something like this for the first week.

3 Magma Spray
2 Circle of Flame
1 Hall of Triumph
4 Eidolon of the Great Revel
2 Purphoros, God of the Forge
1 Mountain
1 Blinding Flare
1 Harness by Force

Magma Spray, Circle of Flame and Hall of Triumph is for mono red and mono black aggro decks. The eidolon is for mid range decks that have to lower their curve to keep up with this deck. Blinding Flare and Harness by Force is help against those big green decks. Finally I wanted a robust threat against control decks. Stormbreath Dragon and the new Sarkan is bit high of the curve so I want to try Purphoros, God of the Forge.

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Magic: The Gathering Shards of Alara Premium Pack

I found this premium pack of Shards of Alara in a repack. These normally go for about $20 and I picked this one up for $3. Basically it was a no brainer and unfortunately I only found one for sale. The premium packs has cards from the Shards of Alara block and all 15 cards are foiled. It is a gimmick Wizards try once so I guess it didn’t do so well.

Shards of Alara Foils

Shards of Alara Foils 2

Right off the bat, Wild Nacatl and Path to Exile draws my attention. Both cards see a lot of play and I should be able to trade them for some cards I need. Wild Nacatl foils are about $4- $5 but the foiled Path to Exile can go for as high as $20. As for my rare, I have a dragon EDH deck (Zirilan of the Claw is my commander) so I am always open to dragons foils although I really doubt Predator Dragon would make the cut.

Overall this is as good of a pack as I can hope for.

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I Bought A Magic Collection Yesterday…

I bought a Magic: The Gathering collection yesterday and there were a couple of decent cards…

Magic Collection

Just a Force of Will, Rishadan Port, a couple of tutors, a few lands from Urza’s block, and a bunch of Legacy and EDH staples. Not too shabby and I haven’t really spent the time to go through everything carefully yet.

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2013 Commander Decks Set and My Nicol Bolas EDH Deck

I finally, finally got my hands on a set of 2013 Commander Decks and I paid just slightly under MSRP too. When it comes to collecting, I am not usually one to wait but I had to in the case because commander decks where either A) – Sold out as soon it was put of the shelves or B) – Crazily marked up.

The deck everyone really wanted though is Mind Seize.

Commander Deck Mind Seize

More specifically everyone was looking for this card.

True Name Nemesis

True-Name Nemesis is legacy staple and it is currently worth $40 and the decks’ MSRP is $30 so you can see why there was a huge run for them. Wizards has said they will reprint these deck to satisfy demand but because these Commander decks are printed as a set of five, its print run is drag down by the weakest deck. Basically these Commander decks will be rare and will be more scarce as time passes.

Anyways I don’t just play Legacy. I actually play a lot of Commander. Fun Fact: Commander used to be known as/ is still sometimes called EDH which you may or may not know stands for Elder Dragon Highlander. Highlander means you can have only one copy of each non- basic land and the Elder Dragons was a cycle of a kick ass legends from the set Legends. So in the spirit of the early days of Commander/ EDH I wanted to build a deck based on a Elder Dragon. That dragon I picked was the strongest of Elder Dragons, Nicol Bolas.

Here is the decklist on Tappedout.net.

Honestly it is a pile of cards from the Mind Seize deck and cards I wanted to play. One cute line of play is to cast Diabolic Revelation for Cauldron Dance, Triskelion and Mikaeus, the Unhallowed. Play Triskelion, ping someone for three. On your next turn in the attack phase, cast Cauldron Dance and put both Triskelion and Mikaeus, the Unhallowed into play. With both Triskelion and Mikaeus, you can deal infinite damage as long as no one has any instant speed graveyard removal. Another “fun” card is Standstill. The game becomes a blinking contest to see would react first.

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