Grand Prix Vegas Practice – Sealed Pool #001

A sea of tables spreads out across the cavernous room. A voice rings out above the din of conversation, “Check the list against the pool that you have been passed. Once you confirm that it is complete, you may begin deck building. If you have any issues, please call a judge.” I open up the folded list and start flipping through the stack of cards that accompany it. After a quick check to see if there is any money in the pool, I settle in and ask the big question… “What the heck do I build out of this?”

This scenario is only eight days away, within the desert confines of Las Vegas, Nevada sits Cashman Center, home to Grand Prix Las Vegas which as of yesterday stands as the second largest Magic Grand Prix in history! That is with pre-registrations only, and a solid week still to register! The format of GPVegas is Modern Masters Limited, which means that day one will be Modern Masters Sealed. Aside from reading articles, watching videos on Youtube, and listening to Podcasts, the best way to prepare for this tournament is practice, practice, practice!!! Modern Masters is a limited release set, and after a week of being on the market, it is getting harder and harder to find, and if we can find it, the cost is outrageous. I’m all for buying packs, but each practice sealed pool would cost $60 or more! At that cost the price of practice is just too much. For me the answer was simple, on my iPad I have an app called Decked Drafter which lets me practice drafting against bots, open sealed pools, build decks, and even test them out (gold fishing).

In preparation for what will likely be the biggest GP in history, I will be running many, many Modern Masters sealed pools and drafts, and I thought that a good way to get some feedback and interaction would be to post some of them here. I would love feedback, the decks that you would build with this same pool, discussion, etc… on the sealed pools and decks that I post.

Just a quick note, linking to each of these individual cards takes a lot of time, and if I’m going to do one of these each day for the next week, I think that I will just link to the Modern Masters search on Gatherer. I think it will be more effective than clicking in each individual card and it will save me a lot of time as well. Here’s the link: Modern Masters. This time, since I already did all the work, I’ll leave the individual cards linked as well.

So without further ado, here is the first of many sealed pools:

1 Blinding Beam
1 Bound in Silence
1 Dispeller’s Capsule
1 Flickerwisp
1 Gleam of Resistance
1 Hillcomber Giant
3 Meadowboon
3 Otherworldly Journey
1 Pallid Mycoderm
1 Reveillark
1 Saltfield Recluse
1 Test of Faith

1 AEthersnipe
1 Careful Consideration
1 Dampen Thought
1 Errant Ephemeron
1 Etherium Sculptor
1 Faerie Mechanist
1 Latchkey Faerie
1 Logic Knot
2 Mothdust Changeling
1 Mulldrifter
1 Pact of Negation
2 Perilous Research
1 Reach Through Mists
1 Scion of Oona
1 Spell Snare
2 Take Possession
1 Traumatic Visions
2 Vedalken Dismisser

1 Death Denied
1 Deepcavern Imp
1 Drag Down
2 Facevaulter
1 Festering Goblin
1 Marsh Flitter
1 Rathi Trapper
1 Raven’s Crime
1 Stinkweed Imp
1 Street Wraith
2 Thieving Sprite
1 Warren Pilferers
1 Warren Weirding

1 Crush Underfoot
1 Empty the Warrens
2 Fiery Fall
1 Glacial Ray
1 Grapeshot
2 Mogg War Marshal
1 Pardic Dragon
2 Stinkdrinker Daredevil
1 Thundering Giant

1 Citanul Woodreaders
1 Echoing Courage
1 Giant Dustwasp
1 Greater Mossdog
1 Incremental Growth
1 Life from the Loam
1 Moldervine Cloak
1 Nantuko Shaman
1 Penumbra Spider
1 Search for Tomorrow
1 Sporoloth Ancient
1 Sylvan Bounty

1 Electrolyze
1 Tidehollow Sculler
1 Manamorphose
1 Murderous Redcap

2 AEther Vial
1 Arcbound Stinger
1 Frogmite
1 Myr Retriever
1 Runed Stalactite

2 Terramorphic Expanse
1 Vivid Crag

Below is the deck that I created. I “spoilered” it in case you didn’t want my deck to influence a deck that you would create with the same pool. Just select the contents of the table and you will be able to see the text.

9 Island
6 Plains
2 Terramorphic Expanse
17 lands2 Mothdust Changeling
1 Arcbound Stinger
1 Flickerwisp
1 Scion of Oona
1 Faerie Mechanist
1 Latchkey Faerie
1 Mulldrifter
1 Reveillark
1 AEthersnipe
1 Vedalken Dismisser
1 Errant Ephemeron
12 creatures
1 Pact of Negation
1 AEther Vial
1 Runed Stalactite
1 Spell Snare
2 Otherworldly Journey
1 Blinding Beam
1 Bound in Silence
1 Careful Consideration
1 Gleam of Resistance
1 Traumatic Visions
11 other spells
1 comment
  1. Me said:

    I would go white / blue, Reveillark, other worldly journey (3), Meadowboon (3), bound in silence, flickerwisp, pallid mycoderm, aethersnipe, faerie mechanist, mothdust changeling (2), muldrifter, pact of negation, scion of oona, spell snare, aether vial, runed stalctite, errant ephemeron, blinding beam, test of faith, terremorphic expanse (2), plains (7), islands (8). Total cards 40.

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