Wednesday, April 21, 2010

L'Ascension d'Eldrazi

This past Sunday, I played in the Rise of Eldrazi pre-release here in Besançon. Having not looked at the spoilers at all, everything was a surprise for me. I was extremely happy with this set. Not only was it extremely fun to play, but the promo was pretty much amazing.

I didn't really enjoy Zendikar this much although I did like the Landfall mechanic. It sort of made or broke your game. It also made getting mana screwed more frustrating than ever. I really liked little 0/1 Eldrazi tokens you could sack for mana. They made the intimidating 15 cost creatures very playable. Anyway, on to my sealed event deck list:

1 Gigantomancer
1 Spawnsire of Ulamog
1 Akoum Boulderfoot
1 Pelakka Wurm
1 Daggerback Basilisk
1 Emrakul's Hatcher
1 Haze Frog
1 Kozilek's Predator
1 Lavafume Invoker
1 Nest Invader
1 Ondu Giant
1 Overgrown Battlement
1 Reinforced Bulwark
2 Sporecap Spider
Ulamog's Crusher
1 Wildheart Invoker
1 Awakening Zone
1 Heat Ray
1 Staggershock
1 Hellion Eruption
1 Ancient Stirrings
1 Flame Slash
1 Wrap in Flames
8 Forests
6 Mountains

My Hellion Eruption and Awakening Zone combo is what won me like 3 games. I also had two people scoop to me when I played the Sawnspire of Ulamog. One was even at 17 life... He very well could have turned it around. Must be no one told him to play to the end because it they can always fuck up. That's what happened to him in the first game actually. He had me down to six, he could have killed me next turn but forgot to do something. I then drew what I needed to take him down.

Overall, I really enjoyed playing this set so far and I'm looking forward to the next few months of drafts when I return home. I know I'm definitely building an eldrazi deck for casual and maybe even for standard if I can manage something that works a little faster. I suppose we'll see after a few drafts eh?

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