First Impressions of Core Set 2019

Ah Core Set 2019. The puns that can be made. The fact that it is M19 on the cards but it's not actually Magic 2019. Nor is it the nineteenth “core” set… Wait. I guess if you count Alpha and Beta separately and Origins as a “core” set… Well, holy shit. They lined it up. Or something. Who cares.

Pre-release weekend! I started out pulling a Tezzeret, Artifice Master and then proceeding to go 0-4 in the pre-release. Holy shit. None of my rounds lasted longer than twenty minutes either. Let's just say that… things happened each round. But I did have a game where a turn three Manalith led into a turn four Tezzeret and well, I did win that game.

I think I went a little nuts and participated in a total of six pre-releases, but I am playing in GP Chiba, which is M19 Sealed, so, I mean, practice. After dejectedly going 0-4, I went 2-1, 2-1, 1-2, 1-2 and 2-1. Okay so not great but I started to feel like I had a grasp of the format and was trying out different kinds of decks to see what could be done.

Patient Rebuilding is kind of nuts if you land it at the right time. Against someone without enchantment removal or counters you can just ride the value engine of usually drawing two cards a turn or sometimes four or at the very least just your regular one but whoops, is that your Chromium that got put into your graveyard? I’m so sorry.

Those games went well for me.

I started a league on Magic Online, but the lackluster pool has me less than excited to play. I should crank through it though, as I am going to need as much practice as I can get for Chiba. My goal for this tournament is to build a good deck. I don't feel like I did that last year at GP Kyoto, so I hope to go in a bit smarter this time. Results? Let them fall as they may. I want to know that I registered something decent.