Rivals of Ixalan Pre-Release

I got the best parking spot at the Pre-release which is something.
I did not know any of the cars, but Marco gave us plenty of time to build decks–read that to mean jack spent 30 minutes making me a black/white deck that I did not use.

The shop was well attended.

I went 2-2 which is not very good

Jack had a much better day thenĀ I did.
Also, Ryan drew this fantastic sketch

Friday Night Magic > Unhinged

Friday Night Magic with a UN SET! What could go wrong…
This is not deckbuilding–this is turn 5!

You never ever want to look over the table and see this on the other side!

First time player, Will (on the right) has Spike in the spin.

but Spike makes it through for another round!

I won this FNM with a RED DECK WINS build–I did not lose a game, I don’t think–I won simply and quickly. I only went red cause no one else was in it and the sprocket mechanic just made red go even faster.
It was not a very fun deck, but it was effective.
We did have a rules Question!

Ixalan Prerelease at Alakazam Comics

Jack & I went to the Alakazam Comic prerelease of Ixilan. They had a Two-Headed Giant sealed tournement which seemed perfect for us; since, we did not know any of the cards at all.
We had watched the Wedge Prerelease Guide on Mana Source YouTube channel:
As well as the Magic the Amatuering demo game:
but we were not very well prepared–I was planning to force Merfolk, cause I love Simic, and Jack was going to wait and see what he got…
He ended up getting like all the removal cards–I switched to dinosaur and the plan was for him to keep us alive until the monsters could attack–not the worst plan we have ever had.
Game one was against some very serious Brian’s and Tim’s–talk of time on the pro tour and winning Two-Headed Giant at GenCon had us shaking–lots of weird rules interpretations on what opponent meant lead to some confusion on everyone’s part–but a solid win for us out of the gate.

Game two was against Hot Garbage who had been playing all night at a midnight prerelease. They had good cards and a solid strategy, but we were able to fairly easily outlast them and simply grind them down.

Game three had just about my favorite moment playing Magic with Jack of all time–we were two and oh going into this game and everyone knew what cards we had (Jack and I had been paying basically no attention at all the entire time). So the game started like it had–Jack had some cheap flyers backed with tap tricks and I was dropping monsters–they were struggling with blocks on Jack and did not agree with the decision the made and started fighting amongst themselves–it is never fun to play against Pouty players, particularly when the players likely were better than us, knew the cards better, and were frustrated–but whatever. They had argued if Jack could have a trick–the trick was tap pay one add plus one plus one–the trick was on the table. The decided he did not have a trick, played into a trick that was on the table–I mean literally it was not even a card in hand trick, and then one of the players gut all fussy.
But that was not the best.
After that, Jack looked at the board, and was like “you want to just race them?” I mean he says this out loud to me, in front of them, while they are still reeling from the last round. They knew that our decks were not Agro, but they also had learned that Jack knew what he was doing.
We raced and won.

3-0 is not a bad place to be.
I found this set very playable and a lot of fun. Alakazam is a great place to play Magic. Fun.