KTK: Sealed pool

We’re having PTQs in the Seattle area this weekend and next, so I decided to do a practice Sealed deck. Here’s my pool, which I’ve also posted on TappedOut. How would you have built this pool? Post your builds in the comments and I’ll post my build (also in the comments) tonight.

Jeskai Banner
Mardu Banner
Witness of the Ages

Abzan Battle Priest
2 Ainok Bond-Kin
Dazzling Ramparts
2 Erase
Jeskai Student
Mardu Hateblade
Rush of Battle
Sage-Eye Harrier
Salt Road Patrol
Watcher of the Roost

2 Crippling Chill
2 Disdainful Stroke
Force Away
Jeskai Windscout
2 Mystic of the Hidden Way
Scion of Glaciers
2 Taigam’s Scheming
Treasure Cruise
2 Wetland Sambar

Bitter Revelation
Dead Drop
Debilitating Injury
Disowned Ancestor
Mardu Skullhunter
Molting Snakeskin
2 Rakshasa’s Secret
Rite of the Serpent
Rotting Mastodon
Ruthless Ripper
Shambling Attendants
2 Sidisi’s Pet

Act of Treason
Arrow Storm
Barrage of Boulders
Mardu Heart-Piercer
2 Mardu Warshrieker
Monastery Swiftspear
2 Shatter
Swift Kick
Valley Dasher

2 Dragonscale Boon
Feed the Clan
Hooting Mandrills
Kin-Tree Warden
Longshot Squad
2 Savage Punch
Smoke Teller
Sultai Flayer
Tusked Colossodon

Chief of the Scale
Crackling Doom
Death Frenzy
Flying Crane Technique
Jeskai Charm
Mardu Ascendancy
Mardu Charm
Sidisi, Brood Tyrant
Snowhorn Rider
Sorin, Solemn Visitor
Temur Charm

Bloodfell Caves
Flooded Strand
Nomad Outpost
Swiftwater Cliffs
Tranquil Cove

THS: Sealed pool #2

For those who haven’t seen it yet, I posted my build of the previous sealed pool in the comments section of that post. (I prefer that to a separate post so people reading this later don’t see my build before they see the pool.) While most people who looked at that pool came up with the same build, a few of us later found a build that seemed to do better, and that build is also included in the comments.

I played at another sealed deck PTQ this weekend. I opened an amazing pool with Abhorrent Overlord and Whip of Erebos, so of course it didn’t come back to me, unlike the crappy pool I opened last week. In its place, I got a pool with 2 bomb but little removal. I did only slightly better this time, going 1-2 drop, even though I always chose to play first. I’d like to blame opposing bombs (my round 1 opponent killed me from 17 life on turn 5 with just Anax and Cymede and Labyrinth Champion on the table, although this was my fault as I should have realized he could do 17 damage and should have blocked the Champion to force a trick) and bad luck (missing my third land drop in round 3 when I’d kept a 2-land-plus-cantrip hand on the play). Here’s my pool, which I’ve also posted on TappedOut. How would you have built it? Post your builds in the comments and I’ll post the build I played at the PTQ, and how I’d build it today, in the comments section a couple of days from now.

Bronze Sable
Flamecast Wheel
2 Fleetfeather Sandals
Opaline Unicorn
Prowler’s Helm
Traveler’s Amulet

Battlewise Valor
Cavalry Pegasus
Divine Verdict
Ephara’s Warden
Favored Hoplite
Glare of Heresy
Gods Willing
3 Lagonna-Band Elder
Ordeal of Heliod
3 Setessan Battle Priest
Silent Artisan
Traveling Philosopher
Wingsteed Rider

Aqueous Form
Breaching Hippocamp
Fate Foretold
Lost in a Labyrinth
Meletis Charlatan
Mnemonic Wall
Prescient Chimera
Thassa’s Bounty
Thassa’s Emissary
Triton Shorethief

Baleful Eidolon
Boon of Erebos
Cutthroat Maneuver
Dark Betrayal
Gray Merchant of Asphodel
Keepsake Gorgon
2 Ordeal of Erebos
Pharika’s Cure
Returned Centaur
Returned Phalanx

Arena Athlete
Coordinated Assault
Deathbellow Raider
Dragon Mantle
Messenger’s Speed
2 Priest of Iroas
Purphoros’s Emissary
Spearpoint Oread
Titan of Eternal Fire
Two-Headed Cerberus
Wild Celebrants

Anthousa, Setessan Hero
Centaur Battlemaster
Commune with the Gods
2 Fade into Antiquity
Feral Invocation
Leafcrown Dryad
Nemesis of Mortals
Nessian Asp
Nessian Courser
Nylea’s Presence
Savage Surge
Sedge Scorpion
Shredding Winds
Staunch-Hearted Warrior
Time to Feed
Vulpine Goliath

Battlewise Hoplite
Kragma Warcaller
Polis Crusher
Prophet of Kruphix

Nykthos, Shrine to Nyx

THS: Sealed pool

Unfortunately, last week’s prep didn’t help me do well at the PTQ. I opened a weak pool — the person verifying the registration said he was happy he didn’t have to play with it — and then ended up with that pool after it was passed left 3 times. I also had some weak draws and ended up going 0-2 drop. But before I blame everything on bad luck, let me post the pool here and see whether I might have misbuilt it. (The pool’s also up at http://tappedout.net/mtg-decks/theros-sealed-pool-2013-11-24/ which might be easier to work with.) How would you have built this pool? Post your builds in the comments and I’ll post my build later this week.

Akroan Horse
Bronze Sable
Burnished Hart
Flamecast Wheel
Fleetfeather Sandal
Prowler’s Helm
Traveler’s Amulet
Witches’ Eye

Battlewise Valor
2 Cavalry Pegasus
Gift of Immortality
Glare of Heresy
Gods Willing
Observant Alseid
Phalanx Leader
Scholar of Athreos
Setessan Battle Priest
Silent Artisan
Traveling Philosopher
3 Wingsteed Rider

Aqueous Form
Lost in a Labyrinth
Meletis Charlatan
Mnemonic Wall
Nimbus Naiad
Prescient Chimera
Thassa’s Bounty
Triton Shorethief
Voyage’s End

2 Asphodel Wanderer
Baleful Eidolon
Cavern Lampad
Fleshmad Steed
March of the Returned
Ordeal of Erebos
Read the Bones
Viper’s Kiss

Borderland Minotaur
2 Boulderfall
2 Demolish
Dragon Mantle
Fanatic of Mogis
Firedrinker Satyr
Flamespeaker Adept
Lightning Strike
Ordeal of Purphoros
Purphoros’s Emissary
2 Satyr Rambler
Two-Headed Cerberus
2 Wild Celebrants

2 Agent of Horizons
2 Fade into Antiquity
Karametra’s Acolyte
Leafcrown Dryad
2 Nemesis of Mortal
2 Nessian Asp
Nylea’s Disciple
Nylea’s Emissary
Nylea’s Presence
Ordeal of Nylea
2 Shredding Winds
Time to Feed
Vulpine Goliath
Warriors’ Lesson

Horizon Chimera
Spellheart Chimera
Steam Augury
Triad of Fates

Unknown Shores