Building the deck: Carlos Romão

Posted in Event Coverage on February 22, 2003

By Rui Oliveira

Sorting out the bombs from the cheerleaders.We all know the guy won Worlds playing Psychatog. He played in both Constructed formats and in the Top 8. He breezed through those parts of the tournament. But... he compiled a somewhat very less impressive 3-3 in the Limited portion. That would seem to label him as a Constructed specialist.

On the other hand he took Grand Prix Rio (a Limited tournament) a couple of years ago. No matter what people say about the level of Magic outside the US-Europe circuit you don't just "luck" your way to a Grand Prix win.

To shed some light into this question who found out way through four hundred tables to bring you Carlos's Sealed Deck. First, obviously, here is the card pool:

Red:
1 Frenetic Raptor
1 Chain of Plasma
1 Thoughtbound Primoc
1 Skirk Commando
1 Goblin Sledder
1 Bloodstoke Howler
1 Skirk Outrider
1 Lay Waste
1 Goblin Taskmaster
1 Ridgetop Raptor
1 Skirk Prospector
1 Searing Flesh
1 Brightstone Ritual
1 Break Open
1 Skirk Marauder
Black:
1 Wretched Anurid
1 Blood Celebrant
1 Embalmed Brawler
1 Quick Sliver
1 Wirewood Hivemaster
1 Syphon Soul
1 Syphon Mind
1 Head Games
1 Ghastly Remains
1 Skirk Marauder
1 Scion of Darkness
2 Crypt Sliver
2 Goblin Turncoat
1 Death Pulse
1 Infest
1 Swat
1 Screeching Buzzard
1 Nantuko Husk
1 Cabal Archon
Blue:
1 Voidmage Apprentice
1 Shifting Sliver
1 Mistform Seaswift
1 Echo Tracer
1 Crown of Ascension
1 Imagecrafter
1 Riptide Biologist
1 Riptide Chronologist
1 Sage Aven
1 Screaming Seahawk
1 Slipstream Eel
1 Spy Network
1 Trade Secrets
White:
1 Akroma's Devoted
1 Deftblade Elite
1 Daru Stinger
1 Daru Sanctifier
1 Whipgrass Entangler
1 Unified Strike
1 Sandskin
1 Righteous Cause
1 Pacifism
1 Inspirit
1 Crown of Awe
1 Battlefield Medic
Green:
1 Defiant Elf
1 Krosan Vorine
1 Needleshot Gourna
1 Patron of the Wild
1 Hundroog
1 Gempalm Strider
1 Centaur Glade
1 Krosan Tusker
1 Barkhide Mauler
1 Wirewood Savage
1 Wellwisher
1 Wirewood Herald
Artifacts and Lands:
1 Cryptic Gateway
1 Secluded Steppe

Now take your time and sort through everything before seeing what the "Champ" picked. Done? Let's go, then.

According to Carlos Green, Black and Red looked like the perfect choice. He had a very hard time figuring out how to work all three of those colors in but finally decided to reduce Red to a mere splash for Skirk Marauder.

Here is the final list:

Carlos Romão

Download Arena Decklist

A final comment? "I'm still not sure about some of the Red cards I left out, but I think the deck is pretty good". The final five rounds of the day will determine if he made the right choices, but you can start second guessing him right now :)

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