Pulling up to The Only Game in Town (which is in no way connected to the mafia) in Somerset, NJ, I was pretty psyched out. I haven’t been to a prerelease in about a decade, back when there were no mythic rares or card alterations or women in Magic the Gathering.
It was a simpler time. A less hygienic time.
Anyway, I’ve been itching to unleash some Izzet chaos for months now, and I wanted to arrive early to ensure I’d get my pick of guild (Azorius was my backup) and find a seat before things got uncomfortably sweaty.
I was also meeting Captain Decoy, a reader/viewer, at the shop. I had done my homework, made sure he wasn’t completely insane, but you never know, right? It turns out he was a great guy, extremely normal with no obvious signs of dementia. We actually have a lot in common, with work history, living situation history, and the fact that neither of us had to use the emergency cattleprods we brought to the store. Well, I didn’t anyway.
There were over 60 people registered for the tournament, with Izzet and Golgari filling up fastest. Azorius was the least popular guild (as I anticipated; being a bureaucrat isn’t sexy) by a wide margin, so Decoy didn’t have too much competition for deck boxes. We each got five Return to Ravnica boosters, a guild deck pack that only contained cards from our particular guilds, and some other guild-themed accessories. With that, deckbuilding commenced… see the video below for a detailed overview of my picks.
WiNG’s prerelease card analysis & decklist
As stated in the video, I went 3-1, primarily facing down a mixture of Rakdos and Golgari piles. While I initially hit a snag against a Selesnya player who trampled over my weak creatures, I made the correction to include a few Rakdos cards like Carnival Hellsteed, which ended up deciding multiple games. When all was said and done, my Izzet/Rakdos deck delivered a lot of hard-fought victories. I was awarded four extra RTR booster packs plus the more important prize: gloating on the internet.
Well, enough about me… Got any thoughts on the cards I used or your own prerelease experiences?