Posted in NEWS on June 28, 2014

By Adam Styborski

Stybs has played Magic the world over, writing and drafting as part of the event coverage team and slinging Commander everywhere his decks will fit.

Building a deck is among the first features of the game we learn about, but it's also one of the most elusive skills to master. While the dizzying array of choice in formats like Standard and Modern are difficult due to their size and consistency, Limited – particularly the booster pack-dependent Sealed – is an altogether different challenge.

Sealed Deck is six booster packs—eighty-four random cards, minus the occasional premium foil basic land or two—to find, build, and play a deck with. The sample Sealed pool featured here features some obvious hits that excite any player:

Brimaz, King of Oreskos; Godsend; Dictate of Kruphix; Mistcutter Hydra; Daxos of Meletis; and Phenax, God of Deception.

All of these rares have homes in the right deck, the question left to you is to find any of them in the pool. Is white's array of power (backed up with removal like Banishing Light and tricks like Ajani's Presence) enough alone, or do we pair it with blue to add Daxos of Meletis (and tricks like Voyage's End)? Is the beef in green, led by the ever-scaling Mistcutter Hydra, where we start instead? What about the win-from-defense angle presented by Phenax, God of Deception and creatures like Mnemonic Wall and Grim Guardian?

Take a look at the options and discover what you find yourself. We'll see what the pros had to say about it later.

1 Skyspear Cavalry
1 Banishing Light
1 Lagonna-Band Trailblazer
2 Oppressive Rays
2 Ajani's Presence
1 Godsend
1 Loyal Pegasus
1 Revoke Existence
1 Brimaz, King of Oreskos
1 Glimpse the Sun God
1 Elite Skirmisher
1 Ephara's Radiance
1 Griffin Dreamfinder
1 Observant Alseid
1 Cavalry Pegasus
1 Leonin Snarecaster
1 Ray of Dissolution
1 Chosen by Heliod
1 Aerial Formation
1 Pin to the Earth
1 Dictate of Kruphix
1 Cloaked Siren
1 Floodtide Serpent
2 Sphinx's Disciple
1 Coastline Chimera
1 Voyage's End
1 Fate Foretold
1 Thassa's Bounty
1 Mnemonic Wall
1 Ritual of the Returned
2 Bloodcrazed Hoplite
1 Grim Guardian
1 Feast of Dreams
1 Ordunos River Trawler
1 Necrobite
1 Warchanter of Mogis
1 Shrike Harpy
1 Grisly Transformation
1 Nyxborn Eidolon
1 Erebos's Emissary
1 Scourgemark
2 Gluttonous Cyclops
1 Lightning Diadem
1 Kragma Butcher
1 Scouring Sands
1 Archetype of Aggression
1 Reckless Reveler
1 Pharagax Giant
1 Rage of Purphoros
1 Magma Jet
1 Satyr Rambler
1 Minotaur Skullcleaver
2 Pheres-Band Thunderhoof
1 Kruphix's [autocard]Insight
1 Nature's Panoply
1 Swarmborn Giant
1 Consign to Dust
1 Golden Hind
1 Noble Quarry
1 Culling Mark
1 Snake of the Golden Grove
2 Charging Badger
1 Mistcutter Hydra
1 Artisan's Sorrow
1 Satyr Hedonist
1 Staunch-Hearted Warrior
1 Nylea's Disciple
1 Ordeal of Nylea
1 Feral Invocation
1 Phenax, God of Deception
1 Chronicler of Heroes
1 Daxos of Meletis
1 Chariot of Victory
1 Springleaf Drum
1 Anvilwrought Raptor
1 Opaline Unicorn