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Adventure in limited

Adventure in limited

Sealed prep for the play in and qualifier on MTGA

Hello readers! Andy here with a new article about magic gathering.
Today will be a spicy one, we are talking about LIMITED and oh men, i love the format.

First, let’s see why we should be looking at sealed and draft formats.

On this weekend ( aside from the last championship ) there is the first “ play in “ event for the new competitive scene, and the format for this ( and for the 2nd one next week) is sealed like the main qualifier weekend (sealed+draft) on may 28
As you see, if you play Magic arena you are into these events and you need to crack packs.

Also, last weekend we had the Arena open( sealed and draft ) and it was a perfect opportunity to test , in a competitive environment , what we should be doing on the upcoming events.

So let me share with you my thoughts on the format and what happened on the arena open.

On the week prior to this event, i had lots of sealed to prepare correctly for what was coming, and on saturday i opened my stream with enough money to make 2 attempts on the Arena open, an event i always suggest to play and more so if the format is sealed ( in which you need no deck or format preparations at all ) .
You can still watch it full here( is on english ) : https://www.twitch.tv/videos/1483858065

First, i opened my packs and this came

Deck (40)
Paragon of Modernity
Maestros Theater
Revel Ruiner
Call In a Professional
Tramway Station
Unlicensed Hearse
Dusk Mangler
Make Disappear
Echo Inspector
Lord Xander, the Collector
Glamorous Outlaw
Strangle
Rooftop Nuisance
Light ‘Em Up
Cormela, Glamour Thief
Mountain
Deal Gone Bad
Psionic Snoop
Witty Roastmaster
Expendable Lackey
Hypnotic Grifter
Devilish Valet
Fake Your Own Death
Swamp
Island
Sideboard (57)
Revelation of Power
Brokers Initiate
Obscura Storefront
Gathering Throng
Rakish Revelers
A Little Chat
Glittering Stockpile
Brazen Upstart
Botanical Plaza
Skybridge Towers
Capenna Express
Majestic Metamorphosis
Incriminate
Riveteers Overlook
Case the Joint
Jetmir’s Fixer
Take to the Streets
Riveteers Charm
Obscura Charm
Riveteers Ascendancy
Daring Escape
Warm Welcome
Speakeasy Server
Most Wanted
Dig Up the Body
Dapper Shieldmate
Cabaretti Initiate
Brokers Charm
Rogues’ Gallery
Incandescent Aria
For the Family
Run Out of Town
Antagonize
Glittermonger
Prizefight
Buy Your Silence
Involuntary Employment
Disciplined Duelist
Rhox Pummeler
Backup Agent
Quick-Draw Dagger
Celestial Regulator
Mr. Orfeo, the Boulder
Obscura Interceptor
Hold for Ransom
Illicit Shipment
Ceremonial Groundbreaker

Sadly i founf out it was super hard to build,, had the “lord xander” bomb and enought mana fixing to do crazy things but as we will learn later, the less colors, the better.

2-3 was the final record after 3 different builds, with the final one being a 5 color fantasy that didn’t work at all.

Well, magic is still magic, but after a small break ( and a visit from the mail man who brought me my new phone ) I opened my next 6 packs.

Deck (40)
Brokers Ascendancy
Forest
Island
Plains
Illuminator Virtuoso
Raffine’s Informant
Kill Shot
Swooping Protector
Mysterious Limousine
Speakeasy Server
Skybridge Towers
Security Bypass
Exotic Pets
Botanical Plaza
Venom Connoisseur
Obscura Initiate
Faerie Vandal
Out of the Way
Majestic Metamorphosis
Witness Protection
Sewer Crocodile
Psychic Pickpocket
Sleep with the Fishes
Rooftop Nuisance
Backstreet Bruiser
Obscura Storefront
Sideboard (55)
Prizefight
Snooping Newsie
Racers’ Ring
Chrome Cat
Corrupt Court Official
High-Rise Sawjack
Quick-Draw Dagger
Plasma Jockey
Tramway Station
Fatal Grudge
Cleanup Crew
Strangle
Social Climber
Dapper Shieldmate
Broken Wings
Cabaretti Initiate
Security Rhox
Errant, Street Artist
Fake Your Own Death
Daring Escape
Most Wanted
Glittering Stockpile
Syndicate Infiltrator
Riveteers Requisitioner
Aven Heartstabber
Maestros Theater
Midnight Assassin
Girder Goons
Gathering Throng
Rakish Revelers
Rob the Archives
Cabaretti Charm
A Little Chat
Gilded Pinions
Ominous Parcel
Exhibition Magician
Murder
Warm Welcome
Revelation of Power
Shattered Seraph
Tainted Indulgence
Scheming Fence
Incriminate
Wrecking Crew
For the Family

As you can see, the deck starts with one of the most broken cards there is, Brokers Ascendancy.

This single card was enough reason for me to add green to a solid UW deck( this is something that happens mostly on draft) and men, the matches where unreal
I started 4-0, lost, and won 2 more to a 6-1 position and …it all started to crumb.

Sadly arena didn’t help with the draws and in the final game this happened;

https://clips.twitch.tv/NimbleHealthyDuckYee-6Ovm6sqYxJ_xnGF_

Nothing to do with more than 10 lands drawn almost in a row and a wrath from my opponent.

6/3 were the final results and after 8 hours of stream, I ended my tryus of the open for the time being.

It wasn’t the results I was looking for, but the test was a success. I finally got what I needed to understand the format, its strengths and faults and how to prepare myself more for the upcoming events.

Luckily , I’m already qualified for the “ qualifier weekend” on May 28 so no play-in event for me , but the qualifier has a draft portion so I shifted to draft on the next few days .

And men, it was super nice.

I started with a quick draft ( mostly to have my time in each pick ) and knowing that UW, GW, BANT ( brokers ) are the most solid option, also RG or RB are solid
2 deck colors are a solid option with a splash of a 3rd if needed .

You can still watch the picks here : https://www.twitch.tv/videos/1486886495

Deck (40)
Racers’ Ring
High-Rise Sawjack
Pugnacious Pugilist
Caldaia Strongarm
Voice of the Vermin
Freelance Muscle
Civic Gardener
Plasma Jockey
Attended Socialite
Mountain
Forest
Sticky Fingers
Call In a Professional
Elegant Entourage
Sizzling Soloist
Plains
Rabble Rousing
Strangle
Riveteers Initiate
Witty Roastmaster
Darling of the Masses
Luxurious Libation
Cabaretti Courtyard
Sideboard (16)
Caldaia Strongarm
Extraction Specialist
Gilded Pinions
Bootleggers’ Stash
Refuse to Yield
Capenna Express
Brokers Initiate
Cleanup Crew
Glittermonger
Jackhammer
Backstreet Bruiser
Out of the Way
Wrecking Crew
Psionic Snoop
Unlucky Witness

This was what ended up being a super powerful deck, 7-1 was the record and the games were hyper quick.

Of course, Rabble Rousing is such a powerful card, and the reason to splash white on a solid red green build.

with all the hype , i entered a premier draft ( with a token from the mastery ) and build this one;

Deck (40)
Titan of Industry
Mountain
Evelyn, the Covetous
Forest
Sticky Fingers
Wrecking Crew
Crew Captain
Ready to Rumble
Exhibition Magician
Rhox Pummeler
Tramway Station
Mayhem Patrol
Freelance Muscle
Racers’ Ring
Jetmir’s Fixer
Riveteers Charm
Swamp
Riveteers Initiate
Plasma Jockey
Jewel Thief
Riveteers Overlook
Body Dropper
Girder Goons
Fatal Grudge
Corrupt Court Official
Corpse Explosion
Sideboard (16)
Corrupt Court Official
Cutthroat Contender
Join the Maestros
Maestros Diabolist
Maestros Charm
Maestros Initiate
For the Family
Jackhammer
Suspicious Bookcase
Cut of the Profits
Chrome Cat
Cement Shoes
Brass Knuckles

even so the last build was a jund, i started with a solid RB splash blue ( only fore the maestro charm and maestros diabolist )
and i got 4 wins .Then i shifted to this jund list, and netted 2 more wins until i found myself with a 6/3 record

overall i had good results with RED cards, mixing them with black or red could be a solid option on draft and, knowing that day 2 of the qualifier weekend is this format, i found myself with the confidence to overcome it

This is all for today, but i’m looking for this weekend’s championship to get some updated list in standard and historic, but mostly standard because we have a Great event coming up!!.

On may 28 there will be a GAtor Standard tournament and I will be casting the top 8 with my friend sandoiche, so i expect to see you all there!!!.

Don’t miss any of all the things happening this weekend and good luck to those playing the play in event.

If anything, you can reach me for questions and suggestions .

see ya next time!
Andres F. “Blue Robot” Monsalve

Pro tour Honolulu 09 , Pro tou Austin 09 , Pro tour San Diego 2013, Strixheaven Championship 2021

Worlds 2013( captain of Team Argentina )

Finalista Gp Sao Paulo , Semi finalist GP Rio de janeiro

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