M13 Sealed Deck Pools

The Daily MTG website (the official Magic website aka The Mothership) frequently posts sealed deck pools and draft simulators.  I’ll be posted my builds here.


This is a frustrating pool with 2 rare lands.  White seems easy to discard as not having anything good.  I think the other color to be written off is Green.  It has 2 bombs in Silklash Spider and the Hydra, but little else including almost no creatures.

Blue is intriguing with Stormtide Leviathan, lots of blue removal, and 2 blue rings.  With more mill effects I’d seriously be tempted to build a deck that tries to stall and mill with Stormtide backup.  Black offers goodies like 2 Nighthawk and removal.  Red offers alot of cards including 2 Searing Spears, but no “wow” factor.  I think you either go U/B or U/R here and the decks are two different styles: very aggressive or very slow.

Ultimately, I can’t build a U/B deck out of this that doesn’t feel clunky.  There aren’t really enough blue creatures for the rings.  The Entrancers work with the stall and could wear rings while they mill, but the deck feels like it really needs more mill to be viable enough.  All the flying and Harbor Serpent plays well with Stormtide, but the creature count is low with about 10 non-creature spells.  I just don’t feel comfortable with this deck.

LANDS (17)
9 Mountain
7 Swamp
1 Hellion Crucible

2 Goblin Arsonist
1 Bloodthrone Vampire
1 Krenko’s Command (technically a spell, but since it just makes tokens I count it here)
1 Dragon’s Hatchling
1 Torch Fiend
1 Rummaging Goblin
2 Giant Scorpion
2 Vampire Nighthawk
1 Crimson Muckwader
2 Goblin Battle Jester
2 Bloodhunter Bat
1 Canyon Minotaur

1 Kitesail
2 Searing Spear
1 Cower In Fear
1 Turn To Slag
1 Essence Drain

Fire Elemental is the odd man out here.



Green is first to go due to sheer lack of cards and Red goes fast behind it with no cards of note including zero burn spells.  I’d say that is the first thing you should do in a sealed pool after sorting your cards and removing unplayable cards: find 2 colors that are just bad due to quality and/or quantity.

Lots of cards in the remaining colors so what do we go with?  Ajani is a big bomb and we’ve got Stormtide Leviathan again.  Cathedral of War is good and I see alot of other Exalt cards so lets see what we can do with that angle.  White is definitely in with Ajani, lots of Exalted, and the syngergy of Faithmender with 3 Sunstrikers.  I normally hate Guardian Lions but this seems like a deck that would actually like them.

Blue or Black for the second color?  Neither color is offering many creatures.  Black helps with the Exalted, but as a splash the early drops are a little awkward (Knight and Tormented Soul, plus 2 removal).  Blue has Stormtide and Sleep, and bunch of counter and draw.  The mana works better though and the splash would be for more than 4 cards.

LANDS (17)
6 Island
10 Plains
1 Cathedral of War

3 Ajani’s Sunstriker
1 Aven Squire
1 Attended Knight
1 Scroll Thief
1 Wind Drake
3 Guardians of Akrasa
1 Griffin Protector
1 Rhox Faithmender
1 Captain’s Call
1 Stormtide Leviathan

2 Negate
1 Pacifism
1 Ajani, Caller of the Pride
1 Sleep
2 Divine Verdict
2 Angelic Benediction

I feel fairly good about going U/W here, but the exact 40 cards seem hard to determine.  Do I want an 18th land?  Do I skip Captain’s Call because of Exalted?  Divination or Tome?  Maybe even Essence Scatter?  (I pretty much always like Negate to stop removal more than Scatter to stop their bombs.)

Off to my last M13 draft at tonight’s FNM…


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