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Played a ELD sealed event on Arena tonight. Went 3-3, which is pretty sad but also par for the course for me.

Pool and Deck

1 Deathless Knight (ELD) 208
7 Forest (ANA) 65
1 Locthwain Gargoyle (ELD) 225
1 Beanstalk Giant (ELD) 149
1 Fierce Witchstalker (ELD) 154
1 Sporecap Spider (ELD) 176
2 Giant Opportunity (ELD) 159
3 Insatiable Appetite (ELD) 162
1 Gingerbread Cabin (ELD) 245
1 Curious Pair (ELD) 150
1 Witch’s Cottage (ELD) 249
2 Eye Collector (ELD) 86
8 Swamp (ANA) 63
1 Malevolent Noble (ELD) 95
1 Reave Soul (ELD) 103
2 Foreboding Fruit (ELD) 88
1 Bake into a Pie (ELD) 76
1 Wicked Guardian (ELD) 109
1 Bog Naughty (ELD) 80
1 Cauldron’s Gift (ELD) 83
1 Clackbridge Troll (ELD) 84
1 Fell the Pheasant (ELD) 153

1 Burning-Yard Trainer (ELD) 117
1 Inspiring Veteran (ELD) 194
1 Sage of the Falls (ELD) 63
1 Gingerbrute (ELD) 219
1 Embereth Paladin (ELD) 121
1 Moonlit Scavengers (ELD) 57
1 Crashing Drawbridge (ELD) 217
2 Charmed Sleep (ELD) 40
1 Prized Griffin (ELD) 24
1 Shining Armor (ELD) 29
1 Vantress Gargoyle (ELD) 71
1 Animating Faerie (ELD) 38
1 Faerie Vandal (ELD) 45
2 Brimstone Trebuchet (ELD) 116
1 Unexplained Vision (ELD) 70
2 Outflank (ELD) 23
1 Barrow Witches (ELD) 77
2 Blow Your House Down (ELD) 114
2 Thrill of Possibility (ELD) 146
2 Wolf’s Quarry (ELD) 184
1 Queen of Ice (ELD) 61
1 Happily Ever After (ELD) 16
1 Syr Elenora, the Discerning (ELD) 67
1 Drown in the Loch (ELD) 188
1 Wintermoor Commander (ELD) 205
2 Beloved Princess (ELD) 7
1 Raging Redcap (ELD) 134
1 Flutterfox (ELD) 12
2 Weapon Rack (ELD) 236
3 Merchant of the Vale (ELD) 131
1 Emry, Lurker of the Loch (ELD) 43
1 Frogify (ELD) 47
1 Righteousness (ELD) 27
1 Silverflame Ritual (ELD) 30
1 Rimrock Knight (ELD) 137
1 Corridor Monitor (ELD) 41
1 The Royal Scions (ELD) 199
1 Arcanist’s Owl (ELD) 206
1 Steelclaw Lance (ELD) 202
1 Barge In (ELD) 112
1 Tall as a Beanstalk (ELD) 178
1 Ardenvale Tactician (ELD) 5
1 Prophet of the Peak (ELD) 227
1 Tome Raider (ELD) 68
1 Faeburrow Elder (ELD) 190
1 Idyllic Grange (ELD) 246
1 Knight of the Keep (ELD) 19
1 So Tiny (ELD) 64
1 Bloodhaze Wolverine (ELD) 113

In retrospect the choice of Black-Green was a poor one. Fierce Witchstalker and Deathless Knight were great, but the Beanstalk Giant was too slow to have any impact and the rest of the green stuff was mainly just speedbumps against better cards. I didn’t get food enough for those Giant Opportunities most of the time, and the tokens died to deathtouch or bounce when I did get them out.

Blue-Black would have been a better option, in hindsight. More flyers, couple of additional removal options, and Syr Elenora would have definitely made up for loss of the Witchstalker and Deathless Knight.

Fuuuuuck. I consider myself something of a competent Limited player, but I just went 1-2, 0-2 in my first Eldraine traditional draft.

I’m a fraud, and my ancestors are ashamed.

Do you have a deck list we can critique? :P

Imagine, if you will:

Garbage. Garbage, everywhere.

I’ve drafted that deck too many times…

Jesus fuck. 0-2 again. I need to step away.

Sorry to hear that, @Adam_B. What archetypes did you run up against? I’m sure there will be plenty of Knights charging around, but I kinda like the second-card red-blue stuff.

Yeah, this happens from time to time and is not a great experience. You have my condolences, hopefully your next few rounds will go smoother.

I haven’t played much Arena, but I really should.

BG midrange seems prevalent and brutal. When the WG Adventure thing comes together it seems very nasty. UB control is a bastard if they pull enough removal.

Also I haven’t drafted well. Both decks have been pretty shit. Bunch of cards that fill out a curve but don’t necessarily work together all that well. Sometimes them’s the breaks.

Today’s the day for that play-any-deck-in-standard event. It only runs for 36 hours for some reason, so get your games in while you can. I ran a Golgos-Field of the Dead deck to 7 wins, then lost to a mirror and a GW Adventure thing with a perfect draw.

Deck

4 Circuitous Route (GRN) 125
1 Boros Guildgate (GRN) 243
1 Golgari Guildgate (GRN) 248
1 Selesnya Guildgate (GRN) 255
2 Temple Garden (GRN) 258
4 Growth Spiral (RNA) 178
4 Hydroid Krasis (RNA) 183
1 Azorius Guildgate (RNA) 243
2 Breeding Pool (RNA) 246
2 Hallowed Fountain (RNA) 251
1 Plaza of Harmony (RNA) 254
3 Arboreal Grazer (WAR) 149
2 Time Wipe (WAR) 223
1 Orzhov Guildgate (WAR) 269
1 Simic Guildgate (WAR) 274
4 Golos, Tireless Pilgrim (M20) 226
1 Blossoming Sands (M20) 243
4 Field of the Dead (M20) 247
1 Temple of Malady (M20) 254
1 Temple of Mystery (M20) 255
1 Tranquil Cove (M20) 259
1 Plains (ELD) 250
2 Island (ELD) 254
2 Forest (ELD) 266
2 Realm-Cloaked Giant (ELD) 26
4 Fae of Wishes (ELD) 44
4 Once Upon a Time (ELD) 169
1 Castle Vantress (ELD) 242
2 Fabled Passage (ELD) 244

1 Deafening Clarion (GRN) 165
1 Unmoored Ego (GRN) 212
1 Ethereal Absolution (RNA) 170
1 Plaza of Harmony (RNA) 254
1 Jace, Wielder of Mysteries (WAR) 54
1 Planewide Celebration (WAR) 172
1 Time Wipe (WAR) 223
1 Ashiok, Dream Render (WAR) 228
1 Devout Decree (M20) 13
1 Planar Cleansing (M20) 33
1 Trostani Discordant (GRN) 208
1 Negate (M20) 69
1 Veil of Summer (M20) 198
1 Glass Casket (ELD) 15
1 Teferi, Time Raveler (WAR) 221

I enjoyed the event, wish there were more like it. Kind of nice to get a chance to pilot one of those hundreds-of-dollars-of-cards decks for a change. And I ended up getting a Oko for my 7-win prize, nothing wrong with that.

So, if you need a deck to power through a few wins for daily gold, I recommend Lee Shi Tian’s mono-red from Mythic Championship V.

My slightly modified version

Deck
4 Runaway Steam-Kin (GRN) 115
4 Cavalcade of Calamity (RNA) 95
4 Light Up the Stage (RNA) 107
4 Tin Street Dodger (RNA) 120
3 Tibalt, Rakish Instigator (WAR) 146
4 Scorch Spitter (M20) 159
1 Bonecrusher Giant (ELD) 115
4 Fervent Champion (ELD) 124
4 Rimrock Knight (ELD) 137
2 Torbran, Thane of Red Fell (ELD) 147
3 Castle Embereth (ELD) 239
18 Mountain (ANA) 59
4 Shock (M19) 156
1 Experimental Frenzy (GRN) 99

Sideboard
3 Experimental Frenzy (GRN) 99
4 Lava Coil (GRN) 108
4 Legion Warboss (GRN) 109
4 Claim the Firstborn (ELD) 118

The fact that it’s red aggro means the games will be short, one way or the other, so you’re likely to get through your daily stuff fast.

I’m so mad at myself for drunkenly buying the Eldraine season pass one night. What a turd of a set.

I think it’s awesome. Lots of great cards for my Commander and casual decks, and we did a draft a few weeks back and it was a really great draft set. I like the adventure mechanic a lot more than I thought I would.

EDIT: I just realized this is the Arena thread, I’m talking about physical cards which might make a big difference.

It’s not a great Standard, that’s for sure. Pioneer has absorbed most of my interest the last few of weeks to make up for it.

Oko just got banned in Brawl. I imagine they’ll move up the ban date for Standard. It’s pretty clear at this point that Oko has warped the meta.

See, I don’t like it at all in draft. It feels like very much a “prince” draft format, which sucks to start with, and drafting in Arena is way more about abusing the bots’ algorithms than it is actually following a good draft strategy.

That’s always going to be an element of Arena drafting, sure, but in M20 at least it was more or less limited to Weaponsmith/Bow shenanigans which were much less endemic to the format.

Also, fire Merfolk Secretkeeper into the sun soonest, thx.

Well, drafting with humans is awesome. Highly recommended. :)

I’m not good enough to take advantage of the bots or whatever, but I’ve had some fun Arena drafts nonetheless. Black and green food is my favorite, but I’ve won some with mill and red-white aggro too. The one thing that’s not come together for me at all is knights, oddly enough in a set with a ton of them.

I do agree that playing against Secretkeeper is annoying, but I don’t think I’ve lost to mill more than anything else. It just seems worse since it takes forever.

I had a Secret Keeper deck and I was doing great until I went up against someone that knew the trick to defeating me without even effort - he just put more cards in his deck, including a card that let him fill his library with creatures from his graveyard. Oops. :)

Change your passwords.

Free code for a Liliana deck for Twitch Prime members (or a code for a some free gems/vault progress is Dimir was already your jam, as it is mine):

1 Liliana, Dreadhorde General (WAR) 97
1 Enter the God-Eternals (WAR) 196
1 Dreadhorde Invasion (WAR) 86
2 Faerie Duelist (RNA) 39
1 Sphinx of Foresight (RNA) 55
1 Commence the Endgame (WAR) 45
3 Eternal Skylord (WAR) 49
3 Aven Eternal (WAR) 42
4 Lazotep Reaver (WAR) 96
2 Gleaming Overseer (WAR) 198
2 Callous Dismissal (WAR) 44
2 Spectral Sailor (M20) 76
2 Winged Words (M20) 80
2 Unexplained Vision (ELD) 70
2 Foulmire Knight (ELD) 90
2 Nightveil Predator (GRN) 191
3 Murder (M20) 109
1 Gravewaker (M20) 323
4 Dimir Guildgate (GRN) 245
11 Swamp (WAR) 257
10 Island (WAR) 255