Posted in GRAND PRIX SALT LAKE CITY 2014 - COVERAGE - EVENTS on September 6, 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.

Whether you're a veteran of Magic 2015 Sealed or you've just started opening packs, building the best Limited deck from just six packs of cards is a daunting challenge. Taking time to build decks and explore options is one of the ways any player can improve in one of the trickiest formats.

Here is a sample pool from six packs of Magic 2015, and it's a good example of the types of hard decisions the Sealed format entails. With Hornet Queen headlining green, it'd be easy to just pile up Forests and find something to pair with it. However, green is lacking in early drops. Similarly, colors like blue and black have early action, evasion, and removal, but lack the splashy bomb finishers that can threaten to end games on their own. Powerful tricks like Polymorphist's Jest, Sanctified Charge, Festergloom, and Chord of Calling pull us in different directions, but it's up to you to find the deck you'd choose to play.

1 Kinsbaile Skirmisher
2 Oreskos Swiftclaw
1 Midnight Guard
1 Warden of the Beyond
1 Hushwing Gryff
1 Razorfoot Griffin
1 Seraph of the Masses
1 Oppressive Rays
1 Solemn Offering
1 Sanctified Charge
1 Heliod's Pilgrim
1 Selfless Cathar
1 Tireless Missionaries
1 Soulmender
1 Glacial Crasher
2 Chronostutter
1 Fugitive Wizard
1 Negate
1 Quickling
2 Encrust
1 Welkin Tern
1 Illusory Angel
1 Turn to Frog
2 Aeronaut Tinkerer
1 Divination
1 Polymorphist's Jest
1 Frost Lynx
1 Eternal Thirst
1 Witch's Familiar
1 Waste Not
1 Wall of Limbs
2 Black Cat
1 Carrion Crow
1 Shadowcloak Vampire
1 Blood Host
1 Festergloom
1 Child of Night
1 Typhoid Rats
1 Caustic Tar
1 Ulcerate
1 Accursed Spirit
1 Kird Chieftain
1 Forge Devil
1 Altac Bloodseeker
1 Torch Fiend
1 Borderland Marauder
1 Generator Servant
1 Rummaging Goblin
1 Scrapyard Mongrel
1 Crowd's Favor
1 Shrapnel Blast
2 Clear a Path
1 Miner's Bane
1 Wall of Fire
1 Life's Legacy
1 Hunter's Ambush
1 Vineweft
1 Chord of Calling
1 Hornet Queen
1 Ancient Silverback
2 Charging Rhino
1 Ranger's Guile
1 Verdant Haven
1 Naturalize
1 Living Totem
1 Paragon of Eternal Wilds
1 Plummet
1 Ornithopter
1 Profane Memento
1 Staff of the Wild Magus
1 Staff of the Flame Magus
1 Will-Forged Golem
1 Rogue's Gloves
2 Evolving Wilds
1 Bronze Sable

We'll see what some of the pros have to say about this pool later and find out if your thoughts line up with what the masters would do.