Sunday, 7:49 p.m. – Shuuhei Super Sealed

Posted in Event Coverage on July 17, 2011

By Rich Hagon

Rich Hagon combines a deep knowledge of the players of the Pro Tour with a passionate love of the game. He's a regular commentator for Pro Tour and Grand Prix live video coverage, and is the official Pro Tour Statistician. He has been covering Magic events since 2006.

The Player of the Year playoff back in February did more than produce one of the most compelling Magic storylines of all time. It also created a brand new format, and it's a format that lots of people have been trying out away from the cut and thrust of tournament play. Super Sealed features twelve boosters rather than the usual six, but the way Magic works, twelve boosters can give you decks that are comfortably more than double the power of normal Sealed play.

As we head for the second phase of the Battle of Champions, we thought we'd show you just what a player has to deal with when it comes to building Super Sealed. Here's the pool that ended up with Shuuhei Nakamura, the 2008 Player of the Year.

Roc Egg
Celestial Purge
Serra Angel
Alabaster Mage
Gideon Jura
Day of Judgment
Oblivion Ring
Archon of Justice
Mesa Enchantress
Heavy Arbalest
Siege Mastodon x2
Pacifism x2
Gideon's Lawkeeper x2
Mighty Leap x2
Stave Off x2
Assault Griffin x2
Peregrine Griffin
Griffin Sentinel
Guardians' Pledge
Stonehorn Dignitary
Divine Favor
Angel's Mercy
Stormfront Pegasus
Armored Warhorse
Griffin Rider

Azure Mage
Belltower Sphinx x2
Mind Control
Mind Unbound
Master Thief
Cancel x2
Flight x2
Divination x2
Jace's Erasure x2
Merfolk Looter x2
Ice Cage
Chasm Drake
Coral Merfolk
Æther Adept
Aven Fleetwing
Amphin Cutthroat
Harbor Serpent
Mana Leak
Skywinder Drake
Diabolic Tutor
Reassembling Skeleton
Onyx Mage
Wring Flesh x2
Disentomb x2
Child of Night x2
Dark Favor x2
Drifting Shade x2
Taste of Blood x2
Warpath Ghoul
Zombie Goliath
Tormented Soul
Hideous Visage
Brink of Disaster
Duskhunter Bat
Doom Blade
Devouring Swarm
Blood Seeker
Sorin's Thirst
Bloodrage Vampire
Mind Rot

Circle of Flame
Goblin Chieftain
Goblin Bangchuckers
Grim Lavamancer
Goblin Grenade
Tectonic Rift
Incinerate x2
Goblin Piker x2
Goblin Tunneler x2
Chandra's Outrage x2
Fiery Hellhound
Act of Treason
Manic Vandal
Goblin Arsonist
Goblin Fireslinger
Goblin War Paint
Bonebreaker Giant x2
Lightning Elemental
Gorehorn Minotaurs
Lava Axe x2
Wall of Torches
Slaughter Cry
Autumn's Veil
Acidic Slime
Carnage Wurm
Elvish Archdruid
Hunter's Insight
Naturalize x2
Fog x2
Garruk's Companion x2
Llanowar Elves x2
Trollhide x2
Runeclaw Bear x2
Lurking Crocodile x2
Giant Spider
Vastwood Gorger
Sacred Wolf
Bountiful Harvest
Greater Basilisk
Rampant Growth
Brindle Boar
Titanic Growth

Kraken's Eye x2
Swiftfoot Boots
Kite Shield
Elixir of Immortality
Adaptive Automaton
Wurm's Tooth
Rusted Sentinel
Dragon's Claw

Drowned Catacomb
Rootbound Crag
Buried Ruin

So there it is, and it's quite a collection. Part of the beauty of Super Sealed is that you aren't trying to decide between the last two or three cards for the one deck that seems really 'obvious'. Instead, you're often building two or three completely different archetypes, where perhaps barely a handful of cards overlap.

For example, you could build a deck that was determined to kill absolutely everything your opponent ever did, based in Black-Red. You might try to build Bloodthirst, because that's an aggro strategy which, when complemented with some removal, can be unstoppable.

Perhaps you're wanting to build a big green fatties deck. Or maybe blue-white flyers is your thing, taking to the air en route to victory.

Have a go yourself at building from this pool, and then take a look at what Shuuhei ended up playing:

Shuuhei Nakamura

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At the time of writing Shuuhei is 2-0 with the deck, needing at least one more win tonight to reach the final. If he does, he'll get a brand new Super Sealed pool to play with tomorrow in the final match in the Battle of Champions, and you'll read all about it on

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