Build with the Pros - Sealed Pool

Posted in Event Coverage on October 8, 2016

By Meghan Wolff

Meghan is one half of the Good Luck High Five podcast and an adjunct professor at Tolarian Community College. She loves Limited, likes Modern, and dips her toes into each Standard season. She's decidedly blue and is the #1 hater of Siege Rhino in the Multiverse.

Over 1,500 inventors have arrived at GP Atlanta, ready to test their ingenuity, deckbuilding, and play skill in a long climb to the Top 8.

We've cracked open a Sealed pool and laid out the contents below. Try your hand at crafting the best invention from the pool below, and later in the day you'll have the opportunity to compare your approach, and your final creation, to the work of pros at today's event.

First, a snapshot of our rares.

Our pair of green creatures sticks out, as both are potent threats and make good use of Kaladesh's unique resource, energy. Cataclysmic Gearhulk can clear a stalled board and leave you with a 4/5 and another creature or artifact in play. Insidious Will can redirect your opponent's best piece of removal, Scrapheap Scrounger is a threat with staying power, and Botanical Sanctum gives us some flexibility if we choose to splash a third color in our final deck.

Below, we have the entire pool sorted by color.


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Sorcery (3)
2 Fragmentize 1 Refurbish
Other (2)
1 Tassled Dromedary 1 Visionary Augmentary
14 Cards

White doesn't have many creatures, but what it lacks in numbers it makes up for in quality. Both of the two-drops have relevant abilities, Fairgrounds Warden functions as a removal spell, Skyswirl Harrier has evasion, and Visionary Augmenter is a flexible card for a variety of board states. We also have quality removal in Skywhaler's Shot.


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Blue has creatures, and many of them have some form of evasion. Having a critical mass of artifacts in our deck would also improve a lot of our blue cards, making Gearseeker Serpent cheaper, launching Weldfast Wingsmith into the air, and making the most of Glint-Nest Crane. A handful of servos could also get us a great deal with some Shrewd Negotiation.


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There's a lot going on in black, including some fabricate and some evasion. It also has a wide variety of spells, including two Live Fast, an all-purpose removal spell in Tidy Conclusion, a pair of combat tricks, and Underhanded Designs, a powerful and flexible card in the right artifact-heavy deck.


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While black has options, red has very few. It does, however, have two copies of Welding Sparks, a quality red removal spell.


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Green is a little sparse outside of our two solid rares. It does provide options for splashing a third color using Attune with Aether, which also gives us energy for our Architect of the Untamed.

Artifacts and Multicolor

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The all-stars of our artifacts are the three copies of Renegade Freighter. We also have a few creatures that can help fill out our curve should we need it and a Prophetic Prism to help with a possible splash.

That's our pool. Let us know what you would build by tweeting using #GPAtlanta, and tune in later for a pro's take on building our Sealed pool!

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