Grand Prix Vegas Practice – Sealed Pool #002

Practice Sealed Pool #002

Link to Gatherer Modern Masters page

White
1 Amrou Scout
1 Angel’s Grace
1 Dispeller’s Capsule
1 Ivory Giant
1 Kithkin Greatheart
2 Pallid Mycoderm
1 Path to Exile
1 Saltfield Recluse
1 Sanctum Gargoyle
1 Sandsower
3 Veteran Armorer

Blue
1 Careful Consideration
1 Mothdust Changeling
1 Peer Through Depths
2 Pestermite
2 Reach Through Mists
1 Riftwing Cloudskate
1 Scion of Oona
1 Spell Snare
3 Spellstutter Sprite

Black
2 Absorb Vis
1 Blightspeaker
1 Death Cloud
1 Death Rattle
1 Deepcavern Imp
1 Drag Down
1 Dreamspoiler Witches
1 Faerie Macabre
1 Marsh Flitter
1 Raven’s Crime
1 Street Wraith
1 Warren Pilferers
1 Warren Weirding

Red
2 Blind-Spot Giant
1 Desperate Ritual
1 Empty the Warrens
1 Grapeshot
1 Greater Gargadon
2 Hammerheim Deadeye
1 Lava Spike
1 Mogg War Marshal
2 Rift Bolt
2 Stinkdrinker Daredevil
1 Tar Pitcher
1 Thundercloud Shaman
1 Thundering Giant
1 Tribal Flames

Green
2 Durkwood Baloth
1 Echoing Courage
2 Imperiosaur
1 Kodama’s Reach
1 Krosan Grip
1 Moldervine Cloak
1 Nantuko Shaman
2 Penumbra Spider
1 Riftsweeper
1 Search for Tomorrow
1 Sporoloth Ancient
1 Summoner’s Pact
1 Thallid
1 Thallid Germinator
1 Thallid Shell-Dweller
1 Tooth and Nail

Multi
1 Kitchen Finks
1 Mind Funeral
1 Tidehollow Sculler
1 Worm Harvest

Artifact
1 Arcbound Stinger
1 Arcbound Wanderer
1 Chalice of the Void
1 Myr Enforcer
1 Pyrite Spellbomb
1 Runed Stalactite

Land
1 Dakmor Salvage
1 Vivid Grove

Note: Take a shot at building the pool before reading further if you don’t want to be influenced by the choices I made.

This pool presented an interesting challenge. Many times when opening a sealed pool one of the first things I look for is which color has the most cards. That will be the color with the most support and the most “playable” choices from which to build a deck. In the case of this pool, red and green were the two colors with the most cards. In Modern Masters however, you need to strongly consider the archetype of the colors that you are choosing. Green/Red primarily wants to focus on suspend and getting big creatures on the board for cheap. While this pool does have a couple of suspend cards, it really isn’t strong in that respect. However, there is a red/green deck here.

When looking at the pool for the first time, I saw a lot of Thallids. This would be going in the direction of green/white. My white pool was small compared to the green, but it had some great cards like two of the Pallid Mycoderm and a Path to exile. The first deck I built was Green/white Thallids:

10 Forest
7 Plains
17 lands

1 Thallid
1 Riftsweeper
1 Thallid Shell-Dweller
1 Veteran Armorer
1 Kitchen Finks
1 Thallid Germinator
2 Imperiosaur
2 Pallid Mycoderm
2 Penumbra Spider
1 Sporoloth Ancient
1 Durkwood Baloth
1 Ivory Giant
15 creatures

1 Summoner’s Pact
1 Angel’s Grace
1 Path to Exile
1 Pyrite Spellbomb
1 Kodama’s Reach
1 Moldervine Cloak
1 Search for Tomorrow
1 Tooth and Nail
8 other spells

While I liked the deck, I noticed that there might also be another strong tribal build possible. It would be a little more difficult because it was in my two weakest colors in terms of number of cards. I’m talking about Blue/Black Faeries!

1 Dakmor Salvage
8 Island
8 Swamp
17 lands

1 Mothdust Changeling
1 Blightspeaker
3 Spellstutter Sprite
1 Deepcavern Imp
1 Faerie Macabre
2 Pestermite
1 Scion of Oona
1 Dreamspoiler Witches
1 Marsh Flitter
1 Riftwing Cloudskate
1 Street Wraith
1 Warren Pilferers
15 creatures

1 Chalice of the Void
1 Pyrite Spellbomb
2 Reach Through Mists
1 Spell Snare
1 Warren Weirding
1 Death Rattle
1 Absorb Vis
8 other spells

Finally I decided that I should at least look at the two strong colors, and that led to building the Green/Red deck.

9 Forest
8 Mountain
17 lands

1 Thallid
1 Thallid Shell-Dweller
2 Blind-Spot Giant
2 Stinkdrinker Daredevil
1 Thallid Germinator
2 Hammerheim Deadeye
2 Imperiosaur
2 Penumbra Spider
1 Sporoloth Ancient
1 Thundercloud Shaman
1 Thundering Giant
1 Durkwood Baloth
1 Greater Gargadon
18 creatures

1 Runed Stalactite
1 Moldervine Cloak
2 Rift Bolt
1 Search for Tomorrow
5 other spells

I’m not sure which of these decks is the strongest. In a pre-release it wouldn’t matter, as I could switch between rounds, but in a Grand Prix it matters. Whichever build I chose is the one that I would be stuck with for the entirety of day one, so I should chose carefully.

Which of these decks would you chose? Or is there yet another deck that you would build from this pool. (I realize that between the playable cards across all colors, as well as the mana ramp in green, I could probably put together a pretty strong five color deck too.)

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2 comments
  1. Me said:

    My first inclination is to go green white thalid deck with kitchen finks and imperiosaur. Would have removal in the form of path to exile. Penumbra spider for dealing with fliers.I would not play tooth and nail, cost too much to be effective. Would play durkwood baloth and chalice of the void.

    • Thinking about it further, you are probably right on the Tooth and Nail. The only time you would play T&N is when you have a LOT of ramp and several fattie bombs. The nice part is that if you have the bombs in your hand you don’t even have to entwine T&N. I do think that the G/W build is one of the more flexible, and maybe the more powerful build vs. R/G.

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