GP London, 134th

A short recap of my performance at the biggest UK Grand Prix ever, featuring sealed deck, double draft and hilarious side notes.

Domri Rade Rubblehulk Prime Speaker Zegana

Day 1: Sealed deck

I had a very strong sealed pool with 6 good rares (Domri Rade, Rubblehulk, Prime Speaker Zegana, Foundry Champion, Ogre Slumlord, High Priest of Penance). Additionally I had 2 x Mugging, 1 x Arrows of Justice and 3 x Zhur-Taa Swine, so I was pretty sure of starting with Gruul as my base colors.

However I was also a few playables short and I had to consider splashing for a third color. I could either splash Boros (Foundry Champion, Sunhome Guildmage and Truefire Paladin) or Simic (2 x Drakewing Krasis, Prime Speaker Zegana).

I had double Prophetic Prism, a Simic Guildgate and a Boros Keyrune for mana fixing. I felt that Sunhome Guildmage and Truefire Paladin were much worse on the splash than in a true Boros deck and that I might need some more defense in the air (thus the Drakewing Krasis). While Prime Speaker Zegana is certainly very powerful, it would be very hard to cast on the splash and the Foundry Champion is almost on the same power level.

In the end I had one minute left on the deck building clock and mentally flipped a coin for Simic, which was most definitely the wrong choice as it added an element of variance to my deck which it didn't need. During the tournament Zegana would either rot uncastable in my hand or draw me 6 extra cards. I sided into Boros (Foundry Champion, Sunhome Guildmage, Boros Keyrune) almost every match.

Game notes


Side notes

Simic Manipulator Gyre Sage Clan Defiance

Day 2: Draft 1

I started the draft with opening Simic Manipulator. I could have had an insane Dimir deck, but when 2 Nimbus Swimmer wheeled I was confident enough that Simic was open as well. The deck looked good on paper, but I wasn't sure of its power as I had not drafted a good Simic deck until then.

With sweeping my first draft I had a shot at making Top 32 or Top 64 despite my bad record from day 1. I just had to finish 2-1 or 3-0 in my second draft. Should be doable, right?


Consuming Aberration Diluvian Primordial Nightveil Specter

Day 2: Draft 2

I first-picked Consuming Aberration, but unfortunately there were at least 3 other good Dimir cards also in the pack: Deathcult Rogue, Duskmantle Guildmage, Death's Approach. In pack 2 I first-picked Neightveil Specter and at P2P2 I made the error of picking Prime Speaker Zegana over Death's Approach. In the end I had a strange UB control/mill deck with a lot of rares (Consuming Aberration, Diluvian Primordial, Sepulchral Primordial and Neightveil Specter), but way too may three-drops (including 3 x Sage's Row Denizen and 2 x Bane Alley Broker) and not enough removal (2 x Death's Approach).



Another Grand Prix, another blast! I feel like I could have probably ended up with one or two losses less. Recently I have a tendency of losing my first round of high-stake tournaments (GP Lisboa, PTQ Cologne, GP London). A factor that needs further investigation. Apart from that I had a very nice stay and tons of fun in London.

Gatecrash in general seems like a very fast format to me, even in sealed. Apart from the main event we did quite a few drafts and I have a pretty good feeling of the environment now. Enough to say, that each guild is playable. Yes, even Dimir and Simic.

PS: Visit the The Breakfast Club when you are in London. Best. Breakfast. Ever.

13.02.2013 • #Limited, #Sealed, #Draft, #Grand Prix