GTC Sealed #1 – Mike
Mike tries something a little different in the time between paper release of DGM and the online release of the new set. Spoiler alert, due to some internet connectivity issues, the only part of this event that actually happened was the deckbuilding, which also ultimately resulted in the submission of a 140 card deck.
How would you have build your deck based on this sealed pool? I won’t give away the three color combination I ended up going, but I am pretty confident the guild I chose was the correct option. What you all can help me out with is not only what would your splash color have been, but within the splash what are your 22nd and 23rd cards?
I would have made almost the exact same build, with one exception. Instead of the Psychic Strike I would have played the Shade. With two guildgates in the main, the shade is pretty good. In addition, your deck (and Sealed) is going long so the shade becomes a sweet finisher. Also, your removal is pretty strong already so you don’t need the Strike over another creature. Finally, it keeps your splash more consistent.
For the sideboard, I’m noting that Smog Elemental can be a good trade out for one of the Horrors against a strong flyer opponent.
Maybe being this far into the format or maybe I am stubborn but I do not necessarily see a time when I would be playing the shade. The experience that I have had with it, I am not a fan. More often than not it has not done what I wanted it to do.
I like psychic strike I think as a play style preference. I always like to have a counter because although it is not technically “removal” if I play disciplined it can get them even harder than the grisly spectacle that I hold. And given what I have said about both the shade and psychic strike I very well may just be wrong, and too into my specific ways of playing.
Lastly, I agree, as you can probably tell with the deck that I “submitted” that the Orzhov splash blue (or more closely to a full Esper) deck was the best build. And totally agree, smog elemental sideboard, forgot to mention that.